THE FIRESIDE JOURNAL
BE BRAVE. BE KIND. BE FREE.
We are storytellers:
The Fireside Journal is a multi-media production company based in Milwaukee, WI.
We venture where few are willing to go, to tell the stories that are often left untold:
Started in Spring of 2017, The Fireside Journal's content focuses primarily on human interest topics in remote and austere environments.
Our motto, Be brave. Be kind. Be free., is also our message:
It guides the way we live our lives and the content we create.
Ephraim is an entrepreneur, writer, humanitarian, and former US Navy SEAL. He is the Founder of The Fireside Journal and his humanitarian work has been featured on FOX News, Independent Journal Review, and others.
Benton is a TV producer who has worked on shows such as "Shahs of Sunset," "Summer House" on Bravo, and several "Kardashian" spinoffs on E! He is the Co-Founder of The Fireside Journal where he is also an Executive Producer.
Zebulun is a writer, nomadic adventurer, and street food connoisseur. Since 2010, he has worked with Christian and Humanitarian organizations in more than 25 countries.
Michael is an artist, entrepreneur, business owner and humanitarian who’s artistic visions have been featured across the country and internationally. He is creator of CloudNine, a branding and advertising firm based in Dana Point, CA.
Derek Spahr is an Engineering student, humanitarian, adventure traveler, and audio specialist based in Orlando, FL.
Mosul, Iraq: Humanitarian Service Under Fire
In Spring of 2017, Ephraim Mattos and Zebulun Mattos embarked on The Fireside Journal's first major project when they embedded with the Free Burma Rangers (FBR) in Northern Iraq. Their mission was to actively assist in the humanitarian mission of FBR and also document the experience of the aide workers and the suffering of the Iraqi people. When the invasion of West Mosul kicked off, they were caught in the middle of the bloodiest urban battle since WWII. Both brothers would narrowly escape death as they struggled to save lives and never let the story be forgotten. See their stories on Instagram and Facebook.
Two Worlds: The Human Experience
In Winter of 2017, The Fireside Journal began filming a documentary mini-series starring Ephraim Mattos and Benton Bohannon as humanitarian adventurers. The series will be focused on showing both the good and bad sides of the human experience. Follow from filthy slums to pristine mountain tops as Ephraim and Benton cross the globe on an unforgettable humanitarian journey through darkness and light.