71 Degrees North creates content for clients that seek start-to-finish workflows and impeccable production value. Our ability to execute productions across the globe has led to work with celebrities, top artists and international brands.

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71 Degrees North creates content for clients that seek start-to-finish workflows and impeccable production value. Our ability to execute productions across the globe has led to work with celebrities, top artists and international brands.

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The Colonie Editor Brian Sepanik Cuts Short Film, ‘Happy Hour’ Learn More

An African Adventure For Kalahari Resorts Learn More

Kalahari Resorts And Conventions “One World” Documentary Set To Air On Discovery Family Channel Learn More


Branded Content

71 Degrees North was initially founded as a commercial production company, catering to advertising agencies looking for efficient solutions to concept development and execution. While the company’s offerings have since diversified, branded content remains at the forefront of what we do best. Here you’ll find a sample of our work for various brands around the world.
Highmark - Hiking
Allegheny Health Network - Health for Megan
Chevrolet - Martin and Anton
Ford - The Drive
Buddig - Ice Time
Kalahari - Home
American Express - Pure Detroit
Reebok - King Carlos
One World - One Love
One World - One Safari
One World - One Wild Bunch
One World - One Wild River


71 Degrees North sold its first feature-length project, titled Our Longest Drive, to NBC/Universal in 2012. The show aired as a six-episode miniseries on The Golf Channel and received top honors. In 2015, its second television series aired when Discovery Family Channel acquired the One World tour produced for Kalahari Resorts. With this wonderful experience under our belts, new ventures into television are underway.
One World - Waves Are Life
Our Longest Drive - Banff Springs
Our Longest Drive - Cinnabon Stop
Our Longest Drive - Corn Palace
Our Longest Drive - Liard Hot Springs
Our Longest Drive - Lost in Calgary
Our Longest Drive - Peyto Lake
Our Longest Drive - Tuktoyaktuk
Our Longest Drive - The Dempster
Our Longest Drive - Signpost Forest
Our Longest Drive - Timelapses
Our Longest Drive - Tundra Golf


Director Martin Rodahl's first narrative short film, Happy Hour, toured the film festival circuit in 2015 at festivals around the globe, including cities in the US, Asia, and Europe. 71 Degrees North also co-produces independent films through financing or by contributing gear.


Martin Rodahl Director/Founder‍

Martin Rodahl is an award-winning director and the founder of 71 Degrees North. He's an international traveler with a passion for storytelling. His work has earned Telly, Davey, Addy, Cablefaxie, Northern Lights, Cynopsis, Aurora, Communicator, Hugo, and Creativity awards. In the spring of 2012, Martin was honored at the Director’s Guild of America during Shoot Online's New Directors Showcase.
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Moby - Be The One
Google - Gmail for Work
Kalahari - Home
Chamberlain - What If?
American Express - Lost and Found
Kalahari - Waves Are Life
Allegheny Health Network - Health for Megan
Highmark - Hiking
Highmark - Treehouse
St. Mary's Health - Today, I Will
Chevrolet - Martin and Anton
American Express - Detroit Anthem
Ford - The Drive
Buddig - Ice Time
Trunk Club - Welcome to the Club
American Express - Pure Detroit
Reebok - King Carlos
Parent Teacher Association - Swing
Lemonhead - Crossbar
NBA - Goosebumps
Wrangler Work Wear - Worthy of Work
Special Olympics - Speechless
Bally Total Fitness - Hand Drawn
Bally Total Fitness - Snowflake
Ron Pope - City in Motion
Ron Pope - A Drop in the Ocean
Our Longest Drive - Timelapses
Allegheny Health Network - Health for Emily

Neha Datt Schultz Executive Producer

Neha Datt Schultz joins 71 Degrees North as an Executive Producer after a long career at the top entertainment companies, Harpo Studios and CAA. Her role involves creating new business in branded content and television as well as maintaining relationships with long-standing clients.

Jason Chiu Gear Contact

Jason Chiu manages equipment rental technology, research and logistics for 71 Degrees North. He also is a talented DP having worked on worked on spots for American Express and Hotels.com, as well as nationally broadcast shows for MTV and The Golf Channel.


71 Degrees North is now renting equipment for projects large and small. Thanks to the gear we own, we're also increasing the production value of our own shoots as we can leverage this resource when needed.
For a complete catalog of our gear, click here.


71 Degrees North handles post production in house, in addition to partnering with The Colonie for larger projects that require significant client support. Widely regarded as one of the Midwest's premier creative editorial, visual effects, and design post production facilities, The Colonie is located at 610 N. Fairbanks Court in Chicago, IL. Learn more about The Colonie by visiting their website: www.thecolonie.com
For high-end color grading, 71 Degrees North is proud is proud to partner with Company 3 Chicago. Senior colorist Tyler Roth has completed commercial campaigns for Nike, Porsche, Capital One, McDonald’s and Harley-Davidson and his feature and short films have seen award-winning premieres at Sundance, SXSW, Toronto and Cannes’ prestigious Semaine de la Critique. Company 3 Chicago is located in the historic Tribune Tower at 435 N. Michigan Ave. - Suite 2200.


The Colonie Editor Brian Sepanik Cuts Short Film, ‘Happy Hour’

The Colonie teamed up with 71 Degrees North to provide editorial, finishing and design services for ‘Happy Hour,’ a short film written, directed and co-produced by Martin Rodahl.

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An African Adventure for Kalahari Resorts

Production company 71 Degrees North has taken its content for advertising agency Jacobson/Rost and client Kalahari Resorts and Conventions to the Discovery Family Channel.

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Kalahari Resorts And Conventions “One World” Documentary Set To Air On Discovery Family Channel

At Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, the authentically African theming is more than just a marketing ploy — it’s the inspiration for creating one-of-a-kind family memories for visitors.

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TDH Alumni

Here are just some of the TDH grads we’re proud to have called friends and collaborators over the years.  Consider us their chief cheerleaders, ill-fitting spandex and all. Ouch, sorry for the image.

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Choose Your Adventure

Todd Nelson and his family run Kalahari Resorts — waterparks and convention centers inspired by the culture and wildlife of Africa. Through meticulous study and real-life experiences, the Nelsons have brought back the best of Africa to you and your family.

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Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei, Natasha Lyonne Comedy Sets U.S. Distribution

Film and TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all U.S. rights to Adam Rapp‘s comedy “Loitering With Intent,” which features Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei and Natasha Lyonne, the company announced Thursday.

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29 Must-See Movies At The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

From April 16 through April 27, some of Hollywood's biggest stars will make their way to New York for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Here Are The 12 Films In The World Narrative Competition

The theme of self-discovery is evident in all 12 of the films selected for the TFF 2014 World Narrative Competition.

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Marisa Tomei & Sam Rockwell Team For 'Why Now'; Reviews On Their TIFF Entries 'Inescapable' And 'Seven Psychopaths'

Two stars whose films premiered at Toronto -- Marisa Tomei with Ruba Nadda's "Inescapable" and Sam Rockwell with Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths"…

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Hot Blackhawks Get Fresh Meat For Sponsor Lineup

When it comes to professional sports teams in Chicago, the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are the best thing the city has going for it at the moment. So it's understandable the Hawks would be well positioned to attract new sponsors.

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The Golf Channel Airs Mini-Series Golfers’ Adventure

Filmmaker Martin Rodahl of 71 Degrees North aced a double eagle with his first long-form project: an original mini-series for The Golf Channel, about three friends who drive the ashes of their late friend to the Arctic Circle for golf at midnight the summer solstice.

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"Our Longest Drive": Three Living And One Dead Chicagoans Star In New Golf Channel Series

What a great pitch for a TV series: Four buddies drive to the Arctic Circle to play golf, and one of them is dead.

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Special Olympics PSA Leaves Audience "Speechless."

Special Olympics is leaving viewers "Speechless" with its powerful new television public service announcement (PSA) that has begun airing throughout the United States. The spot focuses on Special Olympics athlete and golfer Susie Doyens.

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Rodahl & Crew On Mission To Shoot Interviews Out West

Filmmaker Martin Rodahl of 71 Degrees North productions and crew will shoot real people in four western states June 11-17. When completed, the 2-minute interviews that will run on client the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Mission Investment Fund’s website.

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Chicago Team Wrapping Effort For Doc Our Longest Drive

It’s cold in the Artic Circle. When three Chicago friends, Vic Zast, Jim Thompson and Dan Johnson set out on an adventure, being chronicled in the documentary project titled “Our Longest Drive,” they needed a director. They chose Martin Rodahl.

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The New Directors Showcase: Martin Rodahl

Discover Emerging Filmmakers Via  Theatrical Debut Screening, Webreel,  Editorial Coverage

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Young Alumni Regale RTVF Students With Tales From Beyond Graduation

The Young Alumni Panel: Life After RTVF, a forum presented by the School of Communication and the RTVF Master Class Series to help prepare students for life and career building, post-college.

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Our Longest Drive: The Movie

Last summer, turf writer and Paulick Derby Index contributor Vic Zast took a memorable journey with two of his close friends (and the ashes of a third) from Chicago to the Arctic Circle.

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U.S. Golfers Plan Arctic Trip With Friend's Ashes

Three golf buddies from Chicago are set to drive, with the ashes of a deceased friend in tow, all the way to Inuvik, N.W.T., to play a round of golf under the midnight sun.

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Four men, a box of ashes and a golf shoe

“You sound vaguely familiar to me,” Chicagoan Vic Zast says to Steve Dee of Canyon Creek. The two men met only about 20 minutes ago in the Walmart parking lot and Dee has since commandeered Zast’s rented RV and is giving driving directions and a brief history of Helena to Zast and his traveling companions.

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Golfing The Arctic Circle

The mission: a round of golf near the top of the world. The foursome: three boomers and their dead buddy’s ashes. They’ve got one RV, a full tank of gas, and plenty of rum onboard. Hit it.

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Playing Through

Good buddies willing to make ashes of themselves in memory of dead friend. For four golf-obsessed friends, it’s the journey of a lifetime — except one of them is already dead.

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Donatos Pizza Associates Verify Deliciousness

Celebrating its 47th year in business, Donatos Pizza is asserting its “The Difference is Delicious” message within the marketplace. Through this new positioning, the regional pizza chain is hanging its hat on what makes the company different from its competitors.

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