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Rebuilding a Culture One Theory at a Time

I just finished as an Associate Producer and Fixer on a new National Geographic / NOVA special about Rapa Nui (Easter Island) produced by Committee Films.

The documentary uncovers the realities of the "collapse" theory about the island and it's culture.  This old theory, which has it's roots starting way back in the 1970's was popularized in a chapter of Jared Diamond's recent book "…


Added by Sergio M. Rapu on November 14, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

AR Breakthrough

For a while now, we have been trying to set up a division of Mara Films (soon to be renamed to Mara Media) that works primarily with mobile phone content, location based media, and augmented reality.  We believe that in order to better serve our audiences we need to provide content and a platform for that content that pulls them away from the dark living rooms, or large computer monitors, and into their physical communities.

There is much to be said about the relationships…


Added by Sergio M. Rapu on November 14, 2011 at 4:02pm — No Comments

We Are The Many - Makana

Hawaiian musician, Makana, made national news recently when the played a song resonating with the "Occupy" movement at a VIP dinner during the APEC conference recently held in Hawaii.  The Obamas were in attendance as Makana played different versions of the song (so as not to cause alarm) for over 40 minutes.  No one stopped him.



Added by Sergio M. Rapu on November 14, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Songs of the Colorado

Here's an article that mentions my latest film, Songs of the Colorado.  It's screening at the LA Skins Fest Nov 19th.

Added by Daniel Golding on November 3, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Discussing my film with John Stossel

I was a guest on John Stossel's new show, discussing academia and my film Indoctrinate U.

Added by Evan Coyne Maloney on October 18, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Looking for Collaborative Documentaries

I'm working as a research fellow at USC's Annenberg School for Communciations and Journalism, producing a new documentary and starting a research project (first blog, then e-book) about ways that professionals in a wide variety of fields have experimented with collaborative research and production methods involving non-professionals.


For the blog, I'm looking for note-worthy examples of documentary films where the…


Added by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor on August 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Doc Excerpt on NewsHour Tonight

A ten minute excerpt/re-edit of my latest documentary "Clearing the Smoke:  The Science of Cannabis" is airing nationwide on the NewsHour this evening!

Added by Anna Rau on August 23, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments

URBAN INDIANS in production

We have 3 alumni from the Producers Academy working on the URBAN INDIANS documentary: Larry Pourier, Charles 'Boots' Kennedye and Lisa D. Olken. It's quite incredible that we all found one another and that we all have very fond memories of our time with Judith in Boston. …


Added by Lisa D. Olken on August 1, 2011 at 5:51pm — 6 Comments

Chasing Voices on Facebook

I've recently created a facebook page for the Harrington documentary.


Check it out and become a friend

Added by Daniel Golding on July 28, 2011 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Age of Champions at Silverdocs!

Hi Everybody,


Wanted to let you all know that Age of Champions had a great premiere at Silverdocs last month -- standing ovation from a sold-out crowd and a great article in the Washington Post. Check out the new trailer! Hope everyone's well,



Added by Christopher Rufo on July 27, 2011 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

Boston Premiere of Marriage Equality Film - Friday July 29th 7:30pm - Roxbury Film Festival

The 13th annual Roxbury International Film Festival presents the Boston Premiere of 

Marriage Equality:

Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness

Friday, July 29th, 7:30pm Museum of Fine Arts - Boston…


Added by Ann Bennett on July 27, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Down a New Road with a New Film

I've officially departed from WNED and am now working as an independent.  I had some great opportunities at WNED to produce some memorable films but I have a couple of my own projects in development that will keep me busy.  One that we expect to start filming in the spring is about a singer/songwriter who rose from the Greenwich Village folk scene with the likes of Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and others.  He's still out there plugging away so it should be a powerful film about a… Continue

Added by Paul Lamont on July 11, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments

Thanks and Good Luck!

To fellow producers, whether at a station or independent ...


Unless some political miracle occurs, NJN Public Television ends forty years of local original production this Thursday and over a hundred people lose their jobs and say goodbye to what was an anomaly of a PBS station, but a good one if you wanted to do local production.  WNET is slated to start a NJ-based subsidiary group that will operate the new station, but no one at NJN knows yet whether they will be a part of…


Added by Bob Szuter on June 27, 2011 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

MS Public Broadcasting Seeks Executive Director - Pass it Along

The Executive Director position at MS Public Broadcasting is being advertised. Deadline for aps, June 3, 2011

Added by Kathryn A. Rodenmeyer on May 19, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Chasing Voices awarded CCH Research and Development Grant

My latest Doc, Chasing Voices, about linguist J.P. Harrington was awarded R&D funding from California Council for the Humanities.  Here's a link to the press release.

Added by Daniel Golding on May 16, 2011 at 7:18pm — 2 Comments

SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game featured on the Games for Change Festival Demo Spotlight site!

Dear fellow producers,

The Games for Change Festival, the largest conference on social impact game in the world, has selected our game project to their Festival Demo Spotlight along with other five projects. I will have the chance to present SOS_SLAVES to an international panel of funders and designers at the main stage of the NYU Skirball Center on June 21st.

Here is the link to their site. Click on your SOS_SLAVES Game...



Added by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle on April 28, 2011 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Spring News, 2011


Spring is upon us and I have some exciting news to share!



If you're in New York City, check out an interview with me about my recent work on the Emmy winning "Nueva York" on CUNY TV.

The episode also features interviews with acclaimed Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, and Evo Morales biographer Martin Sivak. Great company to keep if you ask me...

Air-dates for "Nueva York" in NYC are:

CUNY TV, Channel 75 (on cable)



Added by Francisco Bello on April 20, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Triangle Fire Broadcasts This Monday Night!

The PBS series, American Experience, will premiere my new film, TRIANGLE FIRE, this coming Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:00pm (check your local listings).  On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers died in a fire at the Triangle Waist Company. It was one of the largest workplace accidents in the nation’s history and few could deny that in the catastrophe lay a harsh truth: private industry had manufactured an industrial nightmare.  From the ashes of the Triangle Waist Company arose the most… Continue

Added by Jamila Wignot on February 27, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments

11th & Grant featuring Rio

The latest episode of our music program 11th & Grant with Eric Funk aired last night featuring a Brazilian Jazz Band called Rio.  I directed this episode, with fellow alum Scott Sterling ('08) as editor.  Enjoy! 

Watch the…


Added by Michael Ballard on February 25, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Telemundo interviews Chelo at Human Trafficking Event showcasing her work


GLOBAL SLAVERY REMEMBRANCE DAY, a Texas non-profit, has partnered with Chelo to raise funds for SOS_SLAVES: Changing the Trafficking Game, a social-impact game.

Added by Chelo Alvarez-Stehle on February 3, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

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