A Winter's Journey (2023)
Not just a snowboarding montage set to music, “A Winter’s Journey” tells the story of best friends Tony and Chris’ experiences with diversity and progression in the sport of snowboarding. From Colorado to Alaska to Canada to Europe. Does Tony have what it takes to become a respected boarder in only his 2nd full season of riding? We’ll find out.
Concerned Global Citizens (2023)
In the summer of 2021 Tony Aaron II and Chris Carthern began traveling around the world making a documentary about the effects of climate change on popular tourist destinations and the locals who live there. They will continue their travels through the spring of 2023. During their travels they speak with locals, scientists, activists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, climate policy advisors, meteorologists, climatologists, climate aware travel agents, and others to get a wide range of perspectives of the effects of climate change on 5 continents.
Beyond the Frame: Karting Colorado (2023)
A behind the scenes look at Mystery Dinner Studios’ attempt to make “Karting Colorado”, a documentary about bringing diversity to the Colorado karting scene. We explore the creative and practical difficulties of everything from creating unique camera angles to the director of the documentary simultaneously racing the go kart to dealing with the frustrations and consequences of “the soft bigotry of low expectations”. If you desire to learn we will show you how it’s done.
Murder at the Mechanics Institute: A Country of Coups (2023)
Mystery Dinner Studios team up with Villanova University history professor William Horne to explore the historical events of the 1866 racist murders at the Mechanics Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana and the through line of violent acts and policies in the history of the United States to the present.
Mahogany Mermaid: Aliyah Griffith (2023)
Marine Science PhD Student and National Geographic Explorer Aliyah Griffith tells the story of her journey to become the first black woman to graduate from the UNC marine biology program with a PhD and her attempts to bring a more efficient method of surveying coral reefs to the shores of her native island of Barbados.
Tony Aaron II and Chris Carthern are co-executive producers, best friends, and social justice advocates that have devoted their careers to self-producing diverse, woke, incisive, and insightful content with the uncompromising intention of permanently changing the world for all underrepresented peoples. #BlackLivesMatter #ProportionalRepresentationNow
Tony Aaron II
Director ∙ Cinematographer ∙ Editor ∙ Composer ∙ Executive Producer
Camera Operator ∙ Location Sound Recordist ∙ Executive Producer
Associate Executive Producer ∙ Casting Producer
Redditt O. Hudson
Police Reform Consultant ∙ Retired Police Officer
Mentor ∙ Retired CBS Paramount Executive
LGBTQIA Activist ∙ Ex-Evangelical Writer
Rev. Benjamin Perry
Religious Progressive ∙ Religion Consultant
Police Reform Consultant ∙ Retired Detective Sargent
Marine Science PhD Student ∙ National Geographic Explorer
Intern ∙ Camera Operator ∙ Still Photographer
Villanova University History Professor ∙ Historical Researcher
Black Historian ∙ Author ∙ TV Writer ∙ Activist
MYSTERY DINNER STUDIOS presents CGC: ECOTOURISTS and CGC: A WINTER’S JOURNEY
executive produced by CHRIS CARTHERN and TONY AARON II
associate executive produced by ALLISON EWING and SEAN NEVILLE
edited by TONY AARON II score composed by OTIS JONES and TONY AARON II
directed by TONY AARON II cinematography by TONY AARON II camera operator CHRIS CARTHERN