Tagged: Adventure

New Work from the Dudes

As some of our most fervent Dudes on Media fans know, Josh and JJ not only make adventure documentaries together like Go Ganges! & Paddle to Seattle, but they also work on television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. Josh just finished 3-months of production for season 10 of the Deadliest Catch. As a producer/shooter, Josh held the camera steady while he puked over the deck of many a crabbing vessel, and then, he puked again.

JJ has just finished a one-hour National Geographic documentary on the illicit ivory trade. Battle for the Elephants, a groundbreaking new special, explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. JJ was one of the film’s producers, and in addition to the national broadcast on PBS, JJ wrote, edited and even narrated a 4 part Web series exploring the supply and demand for elephant ivory. Elephant numbers are at the lowest level ever recorded, and exposing this tragedy is at the core mission of Dudes on Media. It has always been our goal to create programing that honors and explores the natural world.

Here is one of the episodes in the series. In this video, JJ follows investigative journalist and war corespondent, Aidan Hartley. Together they were the first to ever film Tanzania’s ivory stockpile, which is the largest cache of raw  ivory in the world. JJ held the camera and produced this piece in the field for National Geographic. So if this injustice calls to you or if you just miss JJ’s sultry voice, check out this video.

With Public Radio on traveling the Ganges River

Listen to J.J. Kelley on Capital Public Radio

Go Ganges! Television producers and adventure travelers JJ Kelley and Josh Thomas test their limits on an 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.  They do it rather unconventionally–traveling on foot, cycle-rickshaw, rowboat, and just about anything else that moves.  They turn their adventure into a documentary called Go Ganges!, which is showing on Saturday morning at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City.  JJ joins us by phone to give us a preview of his adventure.

A Photo Update


If you didn’t see Josh on Survivorman teaching Les Stroud how to eat bladderack kelp, it’s worth the $2 to download. Josh gets some extended screen time with the survival scholar, and helps prepare Les’ kayaking trip into the Alaskan wild.

Download the “Behind the Scenes” episode of Season 2 on ITunes; find Josh on act 2, Kayaking in Alaska.