The Innovator

by Sean Grasso and Tristan Stoch

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.


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Sean Grasso and Tristan Stoch, are formally educated filmmakers whose video production company Cineastas is located in Portland, OR. Focusing on storytelling, they work with unique small businesses, artisans and organizations to create videos that engage online audiences.Whether filming intimate interviews or from the back of a motorcycle, in Portland, Las Vegas or Nepal, the Cineastas have a strong devotion to their subjects and their craft.

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