February, 2018


"Nyogon: together" documentary film Winter Update!

We are now half-way finished with the "director's cut" editing stage, which will produce an initial cut of the film, and we are continuing to gain momentum in the post-production process! Click below to find out more and follow the project! (Senou, Mali -- L-R: Director/Producer Michael Axtell, fixer/production assistant/oral historian Jeliba Kouyaté, Peace Corps Mali legend Sam Samaké, African Sky founder Dr. Scott Lacy, fixer and production assistant Yacouba Sangaré)

November, 2017

Release of branded content video campaign for the burgeoning San Francisco Urban Film Fest, which features films, workshops, and talks about pressing social justice issues related to urban planning and design.

July, 2017


360BayArea Podcast


Featured Guest on 360BayArea's artist podcast panel: "#HeARTofTheCity - Artists Trying to Get Your Attention!" Produced by The Ambassadors Circle. Recorded at United Roots media collective in Oakland, CA.

April, 2017

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Guest Speaker at Serendipia.Life

Talked alongside filmmaker Ezra J. Stanley at the Serendipia.Life Social Entrepreneurship Collective in San Francisco's historic North Beach on the subject of putting Love in Life and Love into Art!

March, 2017


Dreaming Monk Productions teams up with FilmHero for feature documentary film, "Nyogon: together". FilmHero will aid with community screening tours and marketing/distribution once the film is complete.

December, 2016

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Talking ethnographic filmmaking at CIIS

"Nyogon: together" director Michael Axtell and Co-Producer Ezra J. Stanley talked anthropology, ethnography, food justice, and all-things documentary filmmaking with the stimulating Alternative Economic Systems class in the Anthropology and Social Change program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in SF!

November, 2016



Documentary feature film about climate change in West Africa, "Nyogon: together", receives Greenlight from Seed & Spark Campaign for Post-Production! Hard at work now on editing the film! (Mike with filmmaker and Nyogon co-producer, Ezra J. Stanley)