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'Shared Territory’ is Mixed Media Machine’s latest documentary series that connects people and their lands through shared understanding and exploration.

‘Shared Territory - Iceland’ documents the re-discovery of ‘Sprengisandur’, a pre-Medieval Trans-Icelandic route first referenced in Hrafnkels saga.

‘Sprengisandur’ loosely translated means the sandy trail of exploded horses.


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LEFT TO RIGHT: Justin Balog, Remi McManus, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Ian Matteson

LEFT TO RIGHT: Justin Balog, Remi McManus, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Ian Matteson


Justin Balog is the principal director at Mixed Media Machine focusing on narrative filmmaking and sharing human stories. He’s a National Geographic award winning photographer and his films appear in festivals around the world. Justin will be heading up the film's cinematography and production while trekking the required cameras across Iceland in the bags on his bike.


Not only is Remi McManus  a former US National Road Cycling Champion, he was the owner operator of the Exergy Cycling Team, a professional UCI Continental team competing at the highest levels of the sport.    Now, Remi is the proprietor of one of America’s top 100 restaurants, and his cycling is strictly focused on adventure and giving back to the community. Remi will be heading up the expedition planning, logistics and storytelling. 

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson [PRESIDENT of Iceland]

Although Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson isn’t an official member of the team, he is absolutely an honorary member. We met Jóhannesson following a 30k trail run he was participating in. Following a short conversation and this photo, he asked that we ‘respect nature’ and drove off alone. No fan fare, just generosity, wisdom and respect. That’s our kind of president!


Producing a film, while at the same time trying to navigate a pre-medieval Trans-Icelandic route, would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the efforts of Ian Matteson. He’s a special kind of human, one who puts creativity and the success of the project above everything else. Not only did Ian manage the day to day logistics of production, following a 15 minute crash course in drone operations, he became our eye in the sky.






















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A huge thank you to the University of Iceland’s School of Humanities.    

Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir - Professor of Medieval Icelandic literature

Dr. Torfi H. Tulinius - Professor of Medieval Icelandic Studies 

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, time and ghost stories. 




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