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Start with WHY.

A recent TED Talks that I watched which talks about the theory of the Golden Circle and how leaders (and companies) are able to inspire... not by talking about WHAT they do by WHY they do it.

In this video, Simon Sinek talks to the Puget Sound TED talks about why Apple and the Wright Brothers were/are so effective at influencing others.



(Audio starts off bad until they switch out his mic. Stay with it.)

When we, as…

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Added by Sergio M. Rapu on November 15, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

AMAZING NEWS RE: MY FILM "CESAR'S LAST FAST!"

Earlier today we received a $5,000 challenge grant from philanthropists Lyn and Norman Lear. This means every Kickstarter pledge from here on out - up to $5,000 - will be matched dollar for dollar! If you haven't already donated to our Kickstarter campaign please donate today.  There's only 1o days left!!! And if you can help us spread the word: forward to your friends, share on Facebook, and tweet our news, we would be so grateful. Thank you!  Visit…

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Added by Richard Ray Perez on November 14, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Cesar's Last Fast Kickstarter Campaign: It's Not Just A Pear

Yesterday I bought some pears, brought them home, and set them out to ripen on the kitchen table.

This morning, just before I started today’s work on our film, I looked at one of the pears. I realized that it’s more than just a fruit. That pear is a story.

The story starts with a seed that a farm worker planted. With water and proper attention, that seed turned into a sapling that another farm worker planted into a field. That field that grew into an orchard, a fertile forest…

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Added by Richard Ray Perez on November 14, 2011 at 6:11pm — No Comments

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 "…

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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…

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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.

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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.
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/native-singers-keep-bird-songs-alive.html

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…

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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. …

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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.

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chasing-Voices-The-Story-of-John-Peabody-Harrington/167214960017707?sk=wall

 

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,

 

Chris

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…



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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…

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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 http://goo.gl/U3No6

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.

 

http://www.calhum.org/media/press_cdp_awards_2011.htm

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...

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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)

Thursday,…

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

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