ABOUT USSebastian Demian, Jon Keskitalo and Ethan Higbee founded Permanent Marks in September 2002. Their vision was to create a media company with their friends and artistic colleagues to develop, produce and distribute high quality music and film entertainment. With beginnings making video art and experimental music on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network Cable Access channel in NYC, the production team behind Permanent Marks branched out into for-hire work in 2002 with a pair of music videos they created for PONY CANYON Records Japan. Their work with PONY CANYON quickly blossomed into contracts with SHISEIDO sub-brand, Cle De Peau, and INTERSCOPE Records, among others.
In 2004, the team ventured into feature-length film production with, Haro Hara: Pilgrimage to Kataragama, a documentary film following Hindu pilgrims on a two month foot journey along the East Coast of Sri Lanka. Haro Hara was well received in academic circles and has since become a part of the library systems of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Virginia, among others.
In 2006, Higbee and Demian, along with long time creative partner Adam Bhala Lough, began production on a feature-length documentary of the legendary Reggae music icon, Lee “Scratch” Perry, entitled, The Upsetter. In 2008, The Upsetter has screened worldwide at festivals in the United States (B.A.M., SXSW), Scotland (Edinburgh International Film Fest), the Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary), Denmark (NAT), Australia (Melbourne Film Fest), Greece (Athens International Film Fest) and Argentina (Mar Del Plata).
Also in 2008, the team partnered with entertainment industry tycoon Damon Dash to create the mixed-format DVD, Red Apples Falling, for Asylum/Universal Music Group artist and Harlem, NY rap hero, Jim Jones of the Dipset Byrdgang. Plans for 2009 include the world-wide release of The Upsetter, the production of a pair of academic films with Central American backdrops, and the release of a feature-length documentary film about the life and work of Bay Area political talk-radio personality, Dave Emory.
MUSIC PRODUCTIONSebastian Demian and Ethan Higbee have been recording music as the duo International Friends since 1999. Starting out as a delay pedal and microphone band, the duo soon incorporated drum machines into their 4-track home recordings. In 2001, Jon Keskitalo financed the purchase of modern recording equipment setting Higbee and Demian on their way to creating the long-form adult contemporary jams that became the signature of their group. The duo has since branched out into music licensing for film and TV and recently produced the DJ Screw inspired score for Adam Bhala Lough's 2007 SUNDANCE Film Fest Dramatic Competition entry, Weapons, starring Paul Dano and Nick Cannon. Their music will also be featured in the upcoming documentary about American rap artist Lil Wayne entitled The Carter.