Directors Reel

We’re two guys who make documentaries. We focus on exploration, adventure and conservation because we love the natural world. Our goal is to inspire others to travel on and take care of the planet.

Feature Films

Get acquainted with our work! In our focus to showcase exploration, adventure and conservation, we’ve completed the following feature films over the years. From paddling the Inside Passage to traversing the great Ganges River, come join us!

Short Films

Have a couple minutes? Why not take the opportunity to learn something new? From Africa to Maine—or up in space—there’s a story to be told.

Films Produced in Association

Over the years we’ve teamed up with some very talented, like-minded filmmakers.

Go Ganges!

Two friends in a foreign land on a quest to travel the ultimate river. Television producers and adventure travelers Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley test their skills on an epic adventure down India’s sacred river, the Ganges. Together they journey from the source glacier of the river in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, where it empties into the Indian Ocean. And they do it rather unconventionally – traveling on foot, cycle-rickshaw, rowboat and anything else that moves. Battling hardships unimaginable to most, the friends test their limits on the planet’s most populated, polluted and holy river. The adventurers provide a colorful testimony to the distress the river endures, and why it merits reprieve as an irreplaceable emblem.

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Go Ganges!

GYRE: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

A National Geographic journey along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage. A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, their goal is to create art from the trash they find to raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife. Their artwork will become part of a traveling exhibition in 2014.

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Paddle to Seattle

Follow two friends as they build their own kayaks and paddle together for 97 days through the wilderness on a journey from Alaska to Seattle—only to survive to talk about…most things.

Join adventurers Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley as they masterfully navigate the 1,300-mile Inside Passage, traveling through waters that border North America’s largest temperate rainforest. Brown bears guard the shores. Rain pelts them for weeks without rest. They’ll even encounter deadly—not to mention dead—marine life. Enriched with interviews of colorful locals, our charming heroes’ stories are threaded together by their unconventional humor and wit. Ultimately, this is a story about friendship and how it survives the…Paddle to Seattle.

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Paddle to Seattle

Pedal to the Midnight Sun

Before there was “Paddle to Seattle” J.J. and Josh found adventure on their “Pedal to the Midnight Sun.” Two friends, bonded by past extraordinary adventure, make a pact to share a grand adventure whenever fortune allows. Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley meet up in the small fishing town of Seward, Alaska. After a winter of correspondence over essential gear, food, and expectations for the summer’s expedition, Kelley and Thomas embark for the arctic. Their plan is to follow the Alaska Pipeline to its source, as far north as the US Highway system will take them. The spirited story features the wildlife, wild people, and oddities of the isolated northwest state. The fellows share a 20th century resonance philosophy of throwing all your possessions together and make off with a grand adventure. The guys use humor and offer an honest view of what it takes to cross a continent under your own power: living outside everyday, having to find your own water everyday, and dealing with close calls from some of the nations most extraordinary trucking hauls.

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Pedal to the Midnight Sun

About Us

Josh and J.J. have a special passion for the outdoors and people. Over the course of their 10-year friendship they developed an incomparable style of filmmaking. Together the founded Dudes on Media, an Emmy nominated adventure media company providing online content. Using unique journeys around the world as a way to gain access to greater global events and news.

J.J. Kelley

Filmmaker & Adventurer

Josh Thomas

Filmmaker & Adventurer

Our Clients

We’ve been honored to work with some of the best networks and companies out there that are dedicated to the cause of wildlife and preservation.

  • Discovery Channel
  • National Geographic
  • Outside Television

From the Blog

Teaching Fish and Wildlife Conservation to Kids

Today, when we think of wildlife conservation we think of elephants and rhinos, gorillas, and tigers, but it all began with an American hunter called Aldo Leopold.

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Touching Space, A New Short Film for National Geographic

From this ethereal vantage, we have the opportunity to not only look beyond our planet, but to also gaze back at ourselves. Space has never been more accessible to the dilettante explorer; we live in a world where commercial flights beyond our atmosphere are a growing reality. What was once only accessible to an elite band...

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