ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the feature-length documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only classical music organization in the world created by and for people with mental illness and those who support them. Started by Ronald Braunstein, once one of the world's leading maestros, the orchestras' mission is to erase the stigmatization of people living with mental illness through the creation of beautiful music, community, compassion and understanding....one concert at a time. Most important, it is changing the lives of the musicians and audiences in powerful and surprising ways. The film follows several of the musicians and the conductor for two years as they share their daily lives living with mental illness--the setbacks and the joys. Orchestrating Change culminates in a triumphant concert at a major music hall combining both Me2/ orchestras for the first time. Audiences will be rooting for these amazing musicians. Co-Director/Producer: Margie Friedman
Documentary | 94 min
PAUL CONRAD: DRAWING FIRE celebrates the career of this legendary editorial cartoonist. Over his remarkable 50-year career, Conrad has drawn and quartered eleven American presidents (from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush), and fearlessly tackled every major social and political issue the nation has confronted. Along the way, he's won three Pulitzer Prizes, as well as a long list of journalism's most prestigious awards. The film is narrated by TOM BROKAW, and features the irresistible graphic punch of nearly 200 Conrad cartoons. During his 30 year reign as the voice of the Los Angeles Times, Conrad's work was controversial and often shocking, but always thought provoking. An extraordinary artist and journalist, Conrad epitomizes the fiercely independent voice that has been vanishing from American news media in recent years.
Documentary | 54 min
TAKING THE HEAT: THE FIRST WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS OF NEW YORK CITY tells the story of Berkman and the small group of women who dared to want a “man’s job.” Through one-on-one interviews, filmmaker Bann Roy exposes the loneliness, violence and even sexual abuse these women endured to serve their communities.
The story of women firefighters in New York City begins in 1977. As NYC emerged from financial crisis, the New York City Fire Department lifted an 11-year hiring freeze and began advertising for new recruits. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the FDNY was legally required to allow women to apply for the job of firefighter for the first time in history. Director: Bann Roy
Documentary | 61 min
REALITY TV REEL
VIOLENCE: AN AMERICAN TRADITION - HBO
Documentary narrated by Julian Bond. An exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse.
THE 20TH CENTURY: A MOVING HISTORY - "Funny is Money" Showtime
A look at 100 years of American comedy from humble beginnings in Vaudeville to multi-million dollar sitcoms. Directed by Norman Jewison. Written by: Harry Shearer
DISCOVERY ID (MULTIPLE SHOWS)
Episodes for "Deadly Wives," "Facing Evil" "Justice Files"
OVER YOUR HEAD - 134 episodes - HGTV
Top-rated comedy home makeover series starring Host Eric Stromer
OUR TURN TO CARE - KCET/American Public Television
Docu/reality TV and web series about the emotional, physical and financial stresses of caregiving.
*Winner: 2013 LA Emmy Award for Best Informational /Public Affairs Programming*
*Winner: 2013 Gracie Award*
TWISTED AND LISTED - TLC
Reality specials about Theresa Michaels Lawson, a Seattle area Realtor who seeks out the weirdest and most unusual properties she can find.
FABULOUS CAKES - TLC
The process of cake artistry revealed.