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Bare Metal

Short Documentary

Completed on:



CA, TX, IL, WA, CO, & Washington D.C., USA



Session 5 - Saturday 12:00-2:30pm





Brandon Robert Gries, Ryan Freng, John Shoemaker


Brandon Robert Gries, John Shoemaker, Ryan Freng


Brandon Robert Gries

Key Cast

David Gottfried, Ali Ruckteschler, Nancy Novak, Dean Nelson, Christian Belady, Joe Kava, Philip K Bell, Kevin Dempsey, Charles Johnson, Stacy Smedley, Rosemary Barnes, Tabitha Stine, Brent Constantz, Colin Wessells, Kevin Brown, Christie Gamble, Brigette Douglass, Amy Marks, Johnson Agogbua, Ken Cowen, Tom Schott, Craig McKesson, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Chris Downie, Tony Grayson, Matt Koerner, Scott Hannah, Karim Shaikh, Joe Reele, Matt Robinson, Teri Klug, Kyle Self, Jessica Maderos

Other Credits

Executive Producers: Brandon Robert Gries, Scott Pfeil; Cinematography: Ryan Freng, John Shoemaker, Luke Kolarsky; Editors: Maximillian Olmstead, Tyler Kortekaas; Graphics: Hannah Hess


Microsoft, Google, META, and AWS are some of the biggest single-power consumers in the world. Along with other digital infrastructure companies’ consumption, they make up 2.4% of the world's energy use. This film details the digital infrastructure industry's work to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to lower carbon emissions and help save the world.

Statement from Filmmaker

Filming occurred 07/20 to 09/14. The result was: 30+ people and hours of interviews, 6 states, funneled into this 10-minute film, a pilot for a docuseries we hope to create. We entered the film to catch industry leaders in their curiosity zone and compel them to act. What kind of positive impact could we have on embodied carbon if the largest companies on earth (digital infrastructure companies representing 30% of global GDP) partnered strategically with the heritage industries that have literally changed the face of the physical earth? How can we collaborate across companies to revamp the supply chain? It will take their collective brainpower, innovation, and coordination to solve the building component of the climate crisis. But is that enough? And can they do it?

Student Film


First Time Filmmaker


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