"America the Beautiful" is out now!

This poignant reimagining of "America the Beautiful" from folk singer Hayley Reardon is a reminder of the immense heart and beauty that is alive and well in this country despite all that feels broken. It was such an honor working on this project for the last 7 months, I can’t thank Hayley enough for bringing me on board to help tell the story of our slice of America. I owe a special thanks to my camera assistants for principal photography Henry Power and Paul Strileckis, George Nicholas for his advice, and Sarah Bex-Rice at Metropolis Post for making it possible for us to shoot partially on film.

Technical Specifications

Capture Medium: Digital Cinema (Sony XDCAM and ProRes422HQ), 16mm Film (Kodak 7203 50D, 7219 500T)

Cameras/Lenses: Sony F3 with Canon FD Lenses, Bolex R16 with Kern-Switar Lenses

Edited in Adobe Premiere, Conformed and Graded in DaVinci Resolve


Directed & Photographed by Blake Larson

Written & Produced by Hayley Reardon and Blake Larson

Camera Assistants: Henry “Bill” Power, Paul Strileckis

Production Assistant (NY): Meghan Dube

16mm Film Processed by Kodak Brooklyn

Film Scanning and Color by Metropolis Post NYC

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