Flying High, Longlist - Short Film

North Country

Nick Martini

Stept Studios

100-year businesses don’t exist. The retail industry is dead. In the rugged White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, Lahout’s has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. While e-commerce and conglomerates have stripped the country of local, independent retailers, a family of Lebanese immigrants have prevailed for a century, beating the Great Depression, World War II, the Dot Com Crash and Great Recession.

Nick Martini fell in love with filmmaking while skiing professionally in remote corners of the globe. After a series of injuries, he quickly ended up behind the camera and found his true calling. Not long after, athletic brands came calling for him to direct commercials and branded documentaries. As Stept’s co-founder, Nick has become known for creating eye-catching visual anthems across sport, automotive, and lifestyle. His work captures some of the world’s greatest athletes and exotic locations as well as the magic of real-life characters and authentic environments. Nick has recently created films for Ford, Toyota, Oakley, New Balance, Tim Horton Donuts, Miami Tourism, and Columbia.