California Is a Place: Uppercut

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"I'd say I use the fighting more as a remedy to the cubicle existence. I get most of my serious injuries -- back aches, wrist aches, neck aches, headaches, eye aches -- from sitting at the desk. I'd rather have a better story." 

California Is a Place, a documentary series by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, excels at capturing a certain California vibe. From skaters to synchronized swimmers, their subjects all tackle life's challenges with an imaginative twist. In Uppercut, programmers from Silicon Valley's biggest companies, like Apple, Google, and Yahoo, decide to start a "legit" fight club. Canepari talks about the making of the series in an interview with The Atlantic.

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For more work by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, visit  http://californiaisaplace.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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