The Bear

The Bear is an Emmy award-winning production company that combines the talents of writer/directors Ben Steinbauer and Berndt Mader

THE BEAR IS AN EMMY AWARD-WINNING FULL SERVICE PRODUCTION COMPANY BASED IN AUSTIN, TX. ANCHORED BY THE DIRECTING TALENTS OF BERNDT MADER AND BEN STEINBAUER, THE BEAR IS A CREATIVE CO-OP. WE COLLABORATE WITH AGENCIES, ARTISTS AND FRIENDS TO CREATE INSPIRED ORIGINAL FILMS.

01/08/2024

'Coming In Hot' for Whataburger 🧡

Director Berndt Mader teamed up with up-and-coming table top director Nitya Jain to unveil Whataburger’s new premium coffee in their latest campaign created by McGarrah Jessee and produced by The Bear.

Vanessa Pla Unpacks 10 of Her Magical Music Videos 12/29/2023

We couldn't be more proud of Vanessa and her prolific output in 2023! Thank you to the Austin Chronicle for showcasing her singular voice and multiple influences that led her to create so many magical music videos. We can't wait for more in 2024!

https://loom.ly/FEurRVk

Vanessa Pla Unpacks 10 of Her Magical Music Videos Inside the busy director’s creations for Tele Novella, Night Beats, and more

12/19/2023

'Good boy' for Solo Stove 🔥🪵

When your dog's idea of a walk involves scouting for the finest firewood, you know you're in good paws. Directed by the talented Paul Pryor.

12/15/2023

Natalie Rhea helps clean skincare brand Mad Hippie introduce the brand's revamped look with a refreshing campaign, "Be You".

12/11/2023

Rohitash Rao directed a hilarious holiday ad for Roto-Rooter using classic Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer style claymation. We transformed our edit suite into a winter wonderland, with beautiful winter dioramas.

Photos from The Bear's post 12/06/2023

On-set magic featuring Jayson Tatum for Jordan 🔥

New work by our very own Priest Batten, produced by Follow Through Studio for Jayson Tatum’s shoe, the Jordan Tatum 1.

11/28/2023

‘Dusk Till Dawn‘ for Salomon

Joey Hunt's latest labor of love, produced by The Bear in collaboration with Suite 650.

Conversation Stoppers 11/27/2023

'Conversation Stoppers' for Fruit of the Loom directed by Berndt Mader with our friends at GSD&M.

Changing the subject has never been so comfortable.
This holiday season, Fruit of the Loom Conversation Stopper sweatshirts outfits are gonna do the talking and stop uncomfy conversations before they start.

Conversation Stoppers Changing the subject has never been so comfortable. Order your Conversation Stopper sweatshirt now and get it just in time for the holidays.Shop on Amazon: h...

11/13/2023

Check out the director's cut of Ben's cool new work with Checkr. Using real people and their actual businesses, these spots zoom in on the details the way Checkr helps their customers background check employees.

Filmed in Dallas, cinematography by Taylor Camarot and edited by Angie Dominguez, The Bear took this from start to finish with the good folks at Barrett Hofherr.

Mirrors on the Moon’s better place | shots 11/02/2023

OUT NOW! "Whiskey & Wine" is a mesmerizing multicolored dreamscape animated and directed by Rohitash Rao.

Featuring the incredible talents of Mirrors on the Moon, a new music project from Donny Dykowsk, the short film follows a skeleton's journey beyond the grave with charming stop-motion visuals.

Read more via shots.net

Mirrors on the Moon’s better place | shots A skeleton journeys beyond the grave in this charming stop-motion promo for the New Jersey-based band’s track, Whisky & Wine.

10/25/2023

Our talented director Grace Potter, and her sister Emily Potter, are lighting up the screen with their latest film 'Freaks' at Austin Film Festival as part of the 'Best Lil Shorts in Texas 2' lineup.

The film tells the story of an ex-boyfriend who shows up to a party with a girl that looks just like his ex, and has the same name as her. Let's just say, it doesn't end well...

Come celebrate Grace's new film with us!
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Screening at Rollins Theatre at the Long Center:
🎬 Saturday October 28, 2023 4:40pm

Screening at the Galaxy Theatre:
🎬 Monday, October 30th at 7:00pm

10/23/2023

Join us for the "In Tow" short film premiere at Austin Film Festival, where the film is nominated for the Narrative Short Jury Award!!!

The film follows a mother and a daughter who wake up to find that their mobile home is being towed away with them inside of it! Written & Directed by our friend Sharon Arteaga, and sponsored by The Bear!
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Screening times at Rollins Theatre in the Long Center:
🎬 Friday, October 27th at 4:30 pm
🎬 Tuesday, October 31st at 4:15 pm

Photos from The Bear's post 10/20/2023

The Bear is thrilled to announce that, The Third Bedroom, a dreamy short film by our very own producer Kathryn Van Buren will have its Austin premiere at Austin Film Fest! We are so proud of KVB and hope you all can join us in celebrating her hometown screening!
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Screening times at Galaxy Theatre 6:
🎬 Friday, October 27 @ 3:45pm
🎬 Tuesday, October 31 @ 7:15pm

Photos from The Bear's post 10/16/2023

The Bear images from Berndt Mader’s doc series, "How to Create a S*x Scandal", on HBO’s MAX platform. See why Berndt describes this as "one of the craziest stories I've ever come across. Truly stranger than fiction, and more horrifying because the injustice was real."

Brainwashing, manipulation, and disturbing acts caused a small local community in Mineola, Texas to unravel. Stream the series on MAX, , based on Texas Monthly reporting by Michael Hall.

Eggs in One Basket- Tele Novella (Official Music Video) 10/11/2023

“Eggs in one Basket” 🪺✨

Directed by Vanessa Pla, Tele Novella's latest music video, from their album "Poet's Tooth," is the ultimate arts and crafts wonderland. Hit the link to watch the full music video!

Eggs in One Basket- Tele Novella (Official Music Video) Official music video for "Eggs in one Basket" by Tele Novella.Taken from their album, Poet's Tooth. Out via Kill Rock Stars October 6, 2023. Order the record...

ChildFund | Take It Down 09/12/2023

We are proud to join ChildFund, WRTHY and Biscuit Filmworks for the campaign to demand more be done to protect children online. Noam Murro directed the campaign spot and Ben Steinbauer directed the documentary series that helps people understand the gravity of this problem and what can be done to stop it. Click the link to watch and take action and learn more!

https://loom.ly/bvIGIXw

ChildFund | Take It Down Technology created this monster. Only technology can .

09/11/2023

Thrilled to announce that director Richard Krause has joined our roster!

Krause is an award-winning director whose obsession for cinematic storytelling took hold at the age of five, when he wore out the VHS tape of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Since then, he has turned that passion into a career.

His portfolio ranges from dark and sensual music videos to buoyant and exhilarating commercials for clients such as Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Dallas Cowboys, Dolby, Mercedes, Nvidia, and Samsung.

Richard has also directed and produced several award-winning short films, including the critically acclaimed “Fight the Foot,” which was screened at SXSW; “The Fading Light,” which premiered at the prestigious Australian creative festival Pause Fest; and “Dig,” which was nominated for the Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Richard has also won awards as a visual effects artist and supervisor, with credits on notable independent films like “Ghost Story” and “Ain't Them Bodies Saints.”

09/06/2023

We are proud to support an Austin OG with our latest campaign for UFCU, directed by our very own Abigail Enright. Crafted by our friends at Proof Advertising, the spot captures the essence of life in Austin, TX, and the profound impact of UFCU's legacy on the daily lives of Austinites.

08/31/2023

We love this fun and dynamic new work from director Paul Pryor! The cinematic spot for premium outdoor goods brand Duck Camp is rooted in their mission to encourage new adventures out in the wild.

Photos from The Bear's post 07/20/2023

AFS hosted a tribute screening of Winnebago Man last night in honor of the passing of the late, great Jack Rebney. Our friends responsible for making the movie joined us, along with special guest, Keith Gordon, co-star of the doc and Jack's best friend. In lieu of a service, what better way to honor the man behind the swearing than sharing his film with an audience. We're so grateful to be a part of such an incredible and supportive filmmaking community. RIP Jack Rebney and thank you for all the laughs. You will not be forgotten.

07/20/2023

Excited to introduce a brilliant addition to our roster, director and photographer, Natalie Rhea!

Her recent adventures documenting cowboy culture in the American West, fly fishing with river guides, touring with country musicians, and writing observational humor have taught her the importance of chasing stories with an open mind, trusting eyes and a desire to constantly evolve.

Her work ranges from music videos to short documentaries, comedy commercials to outdoor lifestyle. She has created work for Tecovas, Yeti, All Hands, Ooni, Shane Smith & The Saints, Koe Wetzel and many others.

Stay tuned for incredible creations to come! 🎬

WINNEBAGO MAN: Jack Rebney Tribute Screening | Austin Film Society 07/18/2023

Come join us this Wednesday night AFS Cinema for a special tribute screening for the late, great Jack Rebney. Special guests in attendance for the Q&A with director Ben Steinbauer. Hit the link for tix!

WINNEBAGO MAN: Jack Rebney Tribute Screening | Austin Film Society Type “The Angriest Man in the World” into any search engine, and one name appears — Jack Rebney, a.k.a. “The Winnebago Man” — an ’80s RV salesman, whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Inter...

Photos from The Bear's post 07/14/2023

Meow Wolf called and The Bear answered!

Here’s a peek behind the scenes with Joey, Grace, and Abby as they created the amazing content that now lives within Meow Wolf’s new Grapevine exhibit, The Real Unreal.

It was a great pleasure seeing these talented creators work together to build the world of the Fuqua family through old portraits, social media posts, and home videos. It’s been an amazing experience that we wouldn’t trade for the - real or unreal - world!

We hope to see you in Grapevine!

Photos from The Bear's post 07/14/2023

Thrilled to unveil more from our latest collaboration with Meow Wolf, with stunning photography from The Bear’s own Abigail Enright. The period photos and soulful portraits are an essential part of the new Grapevine exhibit and provide a backstory for the family at the center of it all.

The photos tell the history of the Fuqua family, ranging from wedding photos to school portraits to current photos of the family just being their authentic selves.

With photos by Abby and videos by Grace and Joey, we’re so proud that The Bear was able to become its own collective of artists to help Meow Wolf create The Real Unreal!

Photos from The Bear's post 07/14/2023

Welcome to Meow Wolf’s latest exhibit, The Real Unreal, with narrative visuals produced by The Bear! 🌀✨

Because Meow Wolf is a renowned collective of artists, we thought it only fitting to approach the project as a collective ourselves.

We’re very proud of the work by directors Grace Potter and Joey Hunt, who effortlessly teamed up to create the backstory for this much-anticipated interactive experience in Dallas. Grace and Joey poured heart and soul into bringing characters to life in videos that will guide visitors through the interdimensional magic of the exhibit.

We were thrilled to get a preview of the whole psychedelic adventure at Grapevine Mall in Dallas, and are very excited to share a sneak peek here. The space officially opens to the public today, so go check it out!

Stay tuned for more content from The Real Unreal and The Bear!

‎Sandlot Revolution: The Bear, Berndt Mader & Ben Steinbauer on Apple Podcasts 07/06/2023

Berndt and Ben knocked it out of the park with the podcast, delving into the world of The Bear films, sandlot tales and John Daly’s intimates. Give it a listen at the link below!

‎Sandlot Revolution: The Bear, Berndt Mader & Ben Steinbauer on Apple Podcasts ‎Show Sandlot Revolution, Ep The Bear, Berndt Mader & Ben Steinbauer - Jun 30, 2023

07/06/2023

We're thrilled to share the news: "Night Swim", a short film directed by The Bear's Grace Potter, one half ofthe incredibly talented Potter Sisters, is making its premiere at L.A. Shorts International Film Festival this July!

See you in LA! 🥳

WINNEBAGO MAN: Jack Rebney Tribute Screening | Austin Film Society 06/22/2023

We are partnering with Austin Film Society to host a special screening of Winnebago Man in memory of our dear friend, Jack Rebney, who passed in May at age 93.

Co-star of the doc, Keith Gordon, will be in attendance along with local cast and crew.

Come celebrate "the Angry One" as we called him and hear stories about the making of the film during the post screening discussion. Mark your calendars for July 19!

As Jack would say, "Would you do me a kindness?"

WINNEBAGO MAN: Jack Rebney Tribute Screening | Austin Film Society Type “The Angriest Man in the World” into any search engine, and one name appears — Jack Rebney, a.k.a. “The Winnebago Man” — an ’80s RV salesman, whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Inter...

06/08/2023

Produced, directed and shot by our very own Priest Batten, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and adidas Basketball present CAMH COURT - the first-ever playable basketball court in an art museum, designed by renowned Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. 🏀🔥

Night Beats - Thank You (Official Video) 06/05/2023

Check out the brand new video from Night Beats for “Thank You”, created by director Vanessa Pla. 🧨❤️‍🔥

The gospel-tinged psych gem is the second single off their new LP ‘Rajan’, out July 14th. Watch the full video at the link below!

Night Beats - Thank You (Official Video) 'Thank You' is lifted from Night Beats' new album 'Rajan', out July 14 2023 on Fuzz Club and Su***de Squeeze Records. Stream/buy: https://nightbeats.lnk.to/r...

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