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LIGO – Generations

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Synopsis: Generations tells the story of four generations of researchers and scientists who have dedicated their lives to one of the most advanced astronomical tools on the planet, in search of evidence for the final, missing piece to Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this film is the 2nd in a series which began with LIGO, A Passion for Understanding.
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LIGO – A Passion for Understanding

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Synopsis: A Passion for Understanding brings to life one of the most important astronomical tools of our time while telling the human story of creativity, passion, and drive to understand the very fabric of the Universe in which we live.
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Monitor Gray

  • Genre: Science Fiction, short film
  • Synopsis: In the shadow of a shattered U.S. economy where States are seceding from the Union, one man gains prominence, wealth, and power by defeating cancer through what he claims is the hand of God. Monitor Gray tells of the rise to power of a City-State which promises heaven on Earth for those who are willing to succumb; and of a love that binds, over distance and through time.
  • Status: Film festival circuit completed in 2015. This short film is now live at www.monitorgray.com.
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MarsCrew134 Analog

  • Genre: Documentary, short film
  • Synopsis: On January 18, 2014 a crew of six highly qualified scientists and engineers and one documentary film maker entered the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the high, winter desert near Hanksville, Utah, for the duration of two weeks.
  • Status: Six 3-minute films were in January 2014 produced exclusively for Space.com, each introducing the work of the six crew members. These films will be rolled into The Explorers.
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Chasing Asteroid 1998 QE2

  • Date: May 2013
  • Genre: Educational, Documentary
  • Synopsis: This was produced for the South African Astronomical Observatory as an experiment in how a short, documentary style film may be effective in presenting the very real intrigue and enthusiasm for science as enjoyed by scientists themselves. Astronomy in particular is a field of research which engages the public in a direct, life-long interest in what we see in the dark night skies.

“If astronomers received this kind of coverage for the public to see on a daily basis, as well as astronomy projects around the world … it would be invaluable for the entire field. Astronomy has so many aspects that it touches, and no one has ever brought that to the attention of the public,” —JC Mauduit, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development.

 

The Archaeological Site at the Church of the Redeemer

  • Date: October 2012
  • Genre: Historic Education, Promotion
  • Synopsis: During my volunteer position as Interim Communications Assistant for Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL), East Jerusalem, Palestine, I was given opportunity to work with the Germany Archaeological Institute to produce a short, edu-promo film about the four year effort to prepare the historic site beneath the Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem.What was uncovered far below the city streets surprised the archaeologists, and is astounding to everyone who visits.

 

Baptismal Site at the River Jordan

  • Date: October 2012
  • Genre: Historic Education, Promotion
  • Synopsis: During my volunteer position as Interim Communications Assistant for Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL), East Jerusalem, Palestine, I was given opportunity to generate a number of short documentary style films which both educate and promote through story telling.This short film was produced for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in October of 2012. The ELCJHL is one of the seven Christian church bodies given land by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the support of this heritage site.

    According to Unesco World Heritage, “… the Jordanian Department of Antiquities has systematically surveyed and partially’ excavated a series of ancient sites that collectively represent one of the most important archaeological discoveries in modem Jordan — the settlement and region of Bethany (or Beth abra), where John the Baptist lived and baptized. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mt. Nebo.”

    This film showcases the construction of three buildings: the Church, the Guest House, and the Dormitory looking out to the Baptismal Site and toward Jerusalem. It includes interviews with the chief architect, project manager, and world renowned guest artist Hakon Gullvag who will install a one-of-kind panel above the alter.

    Construction was expected to be completed in the spring of 2013, at which point Christians of all denominations are invited to enjoy the facilities and to worship here.

 

Ron Spomer Outdoors, Inc.

  • Date: September 2011 – October 2012
  • Genre: Outdoor Education, Documentary
  • Synopsis: Through Over the Sun, I worked with Ron Spomer Outdoors to capture Ron’s incredible working knowledge of and passion for the dwindling natural world. Together, we produced more than two dozen short films which ranged in topic from how to select the best boots for hunting to the mating behavior of the North American Caribou.

    It was, for me, an opportunity to return to my lifelong passion for the out-of-doors while learning from one of the world’s most knowledgeable hunter/writer/conservationists.

 

A Study in Motion

  • Date: Spring 2012
  • Genre: Experimentation
  • Synopsis: A compilation of a number of video sequences I shot this spring and early summer, each is a study in motion, a way of looking at how things move from a different point of view. In this experimental format, I touched upon the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water.More about this projects is available at www.kaistaats.com/blog/

 

Welcome to Holden Village

  • Date: October 2011
  • Genre: Still Life
  • Synopsis: Originally showcased in this NPR.org story, this short film captures life in this unique, isolated, wilderness mountain village in the Washington Cascades.

 

Homeless in Austin

  • Date: January 2009
  • Genre: Feature Documentary
  • Credits: Shot by Kai Staats; Edited by Jae Staats
  • Synopsis: This 48 minute autobiography film tells the story of Luciano Mendez, a man who has been without a home for many years, often living on the streets of Austin, Texas.His story is familiar–a childhood fraught with the pain of a broken home, violence, alcohol abuse, and self destructive behavior. He lost his mother and father to cancer; his daughter grew up without him. He has never held a job for long, forever challenged by alcohol and drugs.

    Luciano also speaks of forgiveness at the side of his mother’s deathbed, acceptance of his brother, and love through the pain. Luciano shares moments of powerful insight to his own behavior as he moves to change over time.

 

CE-10 for Yellow Dog Linux on Sony PS3

  • Date: Spring 2009
  • Genre: Promotional Short
  • Credits: Produced by Bivás Biswas for Fixstars of Tokyo; Written and co-Directed by Kai Staats
  • Synopsis: This promotional video showcases the CE-10 video encoder developed by Fixstars of Tokyo, Japan. The CE-10 ran on the Yellow Dog Linux operating system on the Sony PS3.

 

Yellow Dog Linux on the Sony PS3

  • Date: Spring 2007
  • Genre: Promotional Short
  • Credits: Produced and Directed by Bivás Biswas for Terra Soft Solutions; Written by Kai Staats
  • Synopsis: This promotional video showcases Yellow Dog Linux dual-booting on the Sony PS3.

 

Sweet Memory

  • Date: Spring 2007
  • Genre: Short Film Challenge for the Phoenix Horror Challenge
  • Credits: Starring Tim Avent, Kimber-Leigh, and Rylan Ryker; Produced by Staats Bros. Film; Written by Jae Staats; Set support by Jason Francois
  • Synopsis: A nagging wife makes life miserable for Charlie Hill … but her nagging may never end.

 

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Vinnie’s Babe

  • Date: June, 2004
  • Genre: Short Film Challenge for the Phoenix Film Festival 48 Hour Film Challenge
  • Credits: Produced by Staats Bros. Film; Written by Jae Staats
  • Synopsis: A Gangster, a Dame and a Hit Man.

For this short film challenge, the theme was “Escape,” the prop a Camera, and the mandatory line, “I thought I’d be the first one to go!” “Vinnie’s Babe” placed 5th out of 53 entries, won Best Story/Script, and accumulated 7400 views in just 7 days on Ifilm.com—reaching #7 most watched film out of 1300 shorts on Ifilm.com as of March 2006.
 

Staats Bros. Film - Stalked!

Stalked!

  • Date: 2003
  • Genre: Short Film
  • Credits: Produced by Staats Bros. Film; Written by Jae Staats
  • Synopsis: Not everything is as it seems when a man is asked to stalk a woman, by the woman’s friend, only to discover too late he is caught in a frightening, dangerous game.

Premiered at Modified Arts Film Festival in the fall of 2003. Featured in Phoenix Midtowm Messenger.
 

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Five Minutes To Live

  • Date: 2001
  • Genre: Short Film
  • Credits: Produced by Staats Bros. Film; Written by Jae Staats
  • Synopsis: If you left your office for lunch, as you do every day, but are knocked unconscious in the elevator and awakes in an alley, a note on your chest which reads, “You have five minutes to live,” –what would you do?

 

Staats Bros. Film - Steamer Cleaner

The Steamer Cleaner – 2001

  • Date: 2001
  • Genre: Short Film
  • Credits: Produced by Staats Bros. Film; Written by Jae Staats; Original score by Karen Bea, first chair viola, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
  • Synopsis: A door-to-door salesman has an unusually bad day … and then it gets strange.

This was the debut short film for brothers Kai and Jae Staats. It was reviewed by the Phoenix New Times

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