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Web videos are forgotten days after release. Billboards come down. Ads fade away quickly (or are simply blocked). Movies last forever. The films in the Motivation cannon have particular historical relevance and importance and will still be finding new audiences 20 to 50 years from today. The Motivation series is synonymous with the highest level of documentary storytelling. Being a part of a Motivation film means being part of a legacy of great films and is an honor that few will be selected for.

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ADAM BHALA LOUGH

4-time Sundance Festival alum, Spirit Award nominated writer/director and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Independent Filmmakers to Watch, Adam Bhala Lough has dedicated his career to telling compelling stories, collaborating with interesting people and creating authentic work. His films are driven by an obsession with storytelling, music and images as well as a deep love and curiosity for people.

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ETHAN HIGBEE

Ethan Higbee is a film director and producer, music producer and gallerist living in Ojai California, most known for directing the film The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry, producing the Motivation series, composing the music for the Lil Wayne biopic The Carter, and creating Dem Passwords art gallery in Los Angeles. Born and raised in coastal Maine, Ethan gave up an Olympic dream in track and field to study film and painting at NYU. Currently, Ethan is in production directing a film on the life of Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson.

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TIM DOWLIN

Hailing from Philadelphia, Tim Dowlin is a veteran in the skateboarding industry having worked as a lead producer at The Berrics for half a decade and producing The Motivation, Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story and Motivation 3: The Next Generation. In addition to skateboarding, Tim produced Mark Webber’s movie Flesh and Blood, nominated for Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. Currently Tim works as a lead producer at Street League.