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With about 28 hours notice we raced out to JFK on June 15 at 6:30 AM to cover the arrival of a four year-old girl from Darfur who hadn’t seen her parents in two years because of immigration red-tape. HIAS, one of the oldest and most respected refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, had broken through the logjam and made this heart-warming moment possible. We shot tapeless on the Sony XDCam at 1080i, and by 4:00 PM had a DVD ready for the HIAS board meeting in mid-Manhattan.
Bill Gates is one of the most sought-after and hardest-to-get honorees in the world. But he walked willingly into the arms of the American Friends of Hebrew University because of HU’s first-rate work in helping increase the food supply in hungry countries, particularly in Africa. Two weeks of HD shooting with the Panasonic Varicam in Israel, one week in Uganda, and on-camera host Billy Crystal combined to be the perfect recipe for success in getting the University’s message of agricultural capability across to the Gates Foundation staff and its namesake at a winter gala in New York.
With a fast-moving, quasi mash-up of video, photographs, graphics and the sounds of school performances of Bernstein’s Candide, Afro-Cuban Jazz selections, and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, supporters of the Manhattan School of Music were left breathless at their gala. The sometimes soaring, sometimes frenetic lines expressed the vitality and ferment at this school which sees itself as geographically and creatively “on the edge”.
Not long ago some of the students who attend the Cooke Center for Learning and Development might have been warehoused in institutions. Today they’re starring in musicals. Rehearsals for their production of the “Wizard of Oz” became the backbone of a video showing how this remarkable, 20 year-old institute is taking youngsters with developmental disabilities beyond what was dreamed possible. The yellow brick road for these students is paved with care, hard work, and love, and is pointed to the highest level of independence they can reach.
Philanthropist Charles Bronfman instilled in his two children a strong sense of responsibility for the well-being of the world and humanity. In turn, they have established a prize, in their father’s name, to recognize and reward humanitarian entrepreneurship and creativity among young people (under 50). The 2009 winners, featured in our video on the Prize’s website, are the founders of KIPP, a network of charter schools that have not only achieved superb results in one school but replicated them in 82 schools in 19 states.
The Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park attracts upwards of 5,000 walkers and supporters. We’ve made the excitement and sense of community the Unity Walk generates available to millions more throughout the world by videotaping it for broadcast on the internet. To make sure we had a robust internet connection and to give us a chance to do some very basic editing, we used “sneaker-ware” to ferry tapes from the Park to our office, and within three hours had the Parkinson’s Unity Walk “on the air.”
Standing beside a prize-winning photo of her famous Dad, May May Ali recorded three PSA’s for next year’s Parkinson’s Unity Walk amid the hubbub of this year’s event in Central Park. We worked with glare on the teleprompter, visual distractions and noise in the background, and a tight deadline to get it done. With special effects editing, we put her electronically into a quiet, nearby park scene and filtered the audio to make it look and sound effortless. Tune in next spring …
Two documentary film projects are in early development. One features the life and impact of Rabbi Marshall Meyer, whose courage in challenging the dictatorial government in Argentina in the 1980’s has so far has been vastly under-celebrated.
Another traces the progress of a gay lawyer-turned-rabbinic student and the challenges both he and the Jewish Theological Seminary faced in changing a discriminatory admissions policy.
Look for more information on these projects here as various production milestones are reached.