If you were to ask them what film set they wished they'd been on, they'd probably say Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man or Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School. Founded by Berndt Mader and Ben Steinbauer, The Bear is a sometimes coffee, sometimes tea swilling, appetizer loving, directing collective based in Austin, TX. Their Emmy-Award winning work combines wit, heart, and their own Austin-infused aesthetic to create something wholly original and beautifully human. If they weren’t on set or out in the wild filming a story, you might find them playing baseball with
the Texas Playboys (which happens to be ground zero for the sandlot baseball revolution), or discussing their appreciation of their favorite Maudes (Maude Lebowski, Maude from Harold and Maude…Bea Arthur's Maude). Features, commercials, short films, they’ve done it all and keep finding more to do. Whether they’re connecting us to an artist working in neon or a Winnebago salesman having a tough day they do it with passion, grace, and maybe even a pun or two.