Have you heard of the Duck Tape Festival? Many who are asked share they are both unaware and intrigued by its uniqueness. Finding Festivals is a travel genre series that brings awareness to unique annual events, such as the Duck Tape Festival, and uses them as a vehicle to educate PBS viewers on art, heritage, culture, community, history, agriculture and economics.
After serving in an ambassador role in her hometown as fair queen, host and producer Haylie Robinson (aka Hayliestory) experienced surrounding towns through a different lens which inspired Finding Festivals.
Finding Festivals is a 13-episodic series featuring 1-2 annual events per 30-minute installment. The series will air on a PBS affiliate station with intentions of making it available for carriage nationwide.
From heritage and agricultural centered festivals to unique and eclectic annual events Finding Festivals will provoke interest, share culture and introduce a new travel style anyone can implement.
Your support is needed, appreciated and will help bring communities together. Thank you!
A four (4) part Docuseries, an examination of what passes for Black Television and “black” character-driven TV today. An in depth look at the extent to which it’s just another Minstrel Show, “white” imagery in Blackface.
Provides a history, using examples, beginning with the Minstrel Show form and how that basic format/formula continues despite having “black” producers/creatives working in the medium and despite having so-called Black networks.
The entertainment form began as a “white” one and has hewn to that form ever since. Blacks who are working in the medium today haven’t really innovated nor strayed too far from what the industry deems right and proper for “black” folks in both form and content, in front & behind the camera.
During the Black Arts Movement of the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s the mantra of Black Mediamakers was “by, for, and about” Black folks. In what ways today do we have the “by” and the “about,” but not the “for?”
All of these “black” shows or shows with “diverse” casts, with so-called “colorblind” casting that make their way to the Broadcast, Cable, VOD networks has the effect of diminishing, devaluing the African Diasporic culture and history, while elevating the centrality of the Eurocentric POV, which ultimately is the point.
“As a white American..I have a white frame of reference and a white worldview, and I move through the world with a white experience. My experience [contrary to the messages projected in the media and educational systems], is not a universal human experience,” Robin DiAngelo writes in White Fragility.
Historically how has American media, particularly television presented what is ultimately this “white” worldview, even when wrapped in Black packaging, to the detriment of audiences Black and White?
The series pulls back to curtain to see just how the strings are connected and provides historic context to the programming that has made its way into our homes. We examine both the familiar and the hidden, the classic and the mediocre the good, the bad and the cringeworthy. The story unfolds through interviews, archival footage, commentary & critique.
The television entertainment form began as a “white” one and has hewn to that form ever since. Blacks who are working in the medium today haven’t really innovated (in the way that Jackie Robinson changed major league baseball or “black” players reinvented professional basketball, playing above-the-rim) nor strayed too far from what the industry deems “commercial.”
The “elephant-in-the-room” question is why? We will examine this question along the lines of the answer posited in a 2016 article in the New Yorker, titled, “The Oscar Whiteness Machine,” by Richard Brody.
“…[T]he presumption that baseline experience is white experience, and that black life is a niche phenomenon, life with an asterisk. The result is that only narrow and fragmentary views of the lives of African-Americans ever make it to the screen—and I think that this is not an accident. If the stories were told—if the daily lives and inner lives, the fears and fantasies, the historical echoes and the anticipations of black Americans were as copiously unfolded in movies as are those of whites—then lots of white folks would be forced to confront their historical and contemporary shame. They’d no longer be able to claim ignorance of what they’d like not to know—which includes their own complicity in a rigged system.” What are the ways that Black folks themselves participate in that “rigged system?”
FLY BROTHER with Ernest White II is a television travel docu-series about friendship and connection, featuring master storyteller Ernest White II currently airing in the United States on Public Television Stations and Create TV nationwide, and via streaming at PBS.org and Revry globally. In each half-hour episode, Ernest’s real-life friends bring him into their communities, show him what they love about the place, and show the audience that the whole world is our tribe. Season One featured 11 fascinating destinations around the world and won the 52nd Annual Public Media Award for Independent Production, as well as the 42nd Annual Silver People’s Telly Award. Season Two features 10 all-American destinations, including the Adirondacks, Alaska, Detroit, Hawaii, Kansas, Nashville, Natchez, Newark, Puerto Rico, and San Francisco, bringing together cultures and stories from sea to shining sea. Season Two is scheduled to premiere on Public Television Stations across the country in January 2022.
BARE FEET SEASON 5 UPDATE!
Thank you to everyone who has supported this special season of Bare Feet so far – we couldn’t have gotten this far without you! We are now in our final stages of fundraising, needing to meet the final 1/3 of our budget goal by the end of the year – we have wrapped filming all 12 episodes, and we are now in the post-production and editing phase. This last round of funding will cover post production, editing, distribution fees, marketing, press, and promotion. With final funding under way, as long as we reach our goal by the end of 2021, we are still scheduled for a Winter/Spring 2022 release of Season 5 on PBS nationwide – thank you again for all of your support!
And here are some behind-the-scenes of running into YOU, our fans, while filming Season 5 of Bare Feet – thank you ALL!
Host and professional dancer Mickela Mallozzi returns for another season of the Emmy® Award-winning travel series, Bare Feet in NYC, where she travels the world within the five boroughs of New York City. In this post-COVID era, Mickela shares the recovery of this resilient city through the arts and the small businesses that make up these diverse community neighborhoods.
Mickela Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on PBS stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime Video globally. A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went. From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. She has been featured in The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, AFAR Media, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://travelbarefeet.com
We are all getting swept up in a tidal wave of change called ‘progress.’ But somewhere among all this upgrading, updating, and modernizing, it might be a good idea to take a deep breath and check in on what’s being lost.
Life is moving forward so fast, both technologically and culturally, how do we stay attached to the roots that made us? That’s what Reconnecting Roots is all about— taking a moment to reflect on the heritage that’s still all around us. And use it to spark conversation across generations.
So we are committed to sharing the stories that can illuminate the past and guide us forward.
Reconnecting Roots is a half hour docu-series about American history and progress. We liken it to a Ken Burns meets Bill Nye the Science Guy take on history, but Reconnecting Roots has a flavor all it’s own. In each episode we explore history, culture, & music and encourage the viewer to ask questions and desire to learn more.
“Space flight is unforgiving. It is inherently dangerous. If you get careless, it will kill you, more so than most other activities on earth, except underwater cave exploration.”
Dr. James Oberg, NASA
Our oceans comprise 4/5th of the planet. 95% of the world’s oceans remain unexplored. In the 1960s Jacques Yves Cousteau pushed human limits to explore the most extreme and remote underwater environments. Television audiences around the globe tuned in to catch a glimpse of the wonders of the world undersea. But since the days of Cousteau, underwater exploration has all but come to a grinding halt. There is no inner space equivalent to authentic outer space exploration.
BUT NOW, all of that has changed. NASA astronaut, aquanaut, environmentalist, mathematician, and fighter pilot Captain Scott Kelly is picking up where Cousteau left off, expanding the very meaning and significance of human exploration in the 21st century.
With this groundbreaking filmed series Expedition Earth, Captain Kelly will be continuing his life’s quest to push human and technological limits while exploring the most extreme and remote underwater environments on planet Earth. Captain Kelly is bringing outer and inner space together, all in the name of the science of exploration. To explore more we have to become better explorers.
The uncharted frontiers of planet Earth — its underwater caves, its oceans, its hidden landscapes — all of these places serve as an extreme environmental research habitat. We need to continue to explore the unexplored, and perfect our process of getting “there,” wherever there may be. Whether it’s the remote Chinese caves of Du’An, the deep reaches of Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea, or the uncharted depths of Lake Baikal in Russia, our team will set its course and get there.
F-Stop Productions is currently seeking to raise $40,000 by November 5th, 2020 to fund the research, writing, and development of the grant application to the National Science Foundation. In our National Science Foundation grant application, we will be requesting $2.5 million to complete our film.
Ferrari: Legend of the Prancing Horse will be the first ever documentary series to chronicle the remarkable story of the world’s most iconic automotive brand. Only 240,000 Ferraris have been made since the company’s founding in 1947 – less than Porsche produces in one year – and yet Ferrari evokes more passion than any other car company. It has defined the category of supercar. From the early life of Enzo Ferrari falling in love with the emerging sport of motor racing in the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy and turning his passion into his profession, first by becoming a successful racing team manager to eventually building his own cars and creating Ferrari, the series will tell the story of the legendary automaker and his company past and present in a way no other film production has to date. By combining iconic moments in the company’s history and its unmatched success in racing along with the development of its world famous road cars, all energized with a global following of devoted Ferraristi – Ferrari fans and owners – the series will go far beyond the re-telling of history or exploration of specific model vehicles and will explore the total scope of what the Ferrari world is all about.
As a multi-episode series, the production will have more time to feature different aspects of Ferrari while at the same time offering to both distributors and audiences a story that is more manageable to watch in today’s time crunched lifestyle. Ferrari: Legend of the Prancing Horse is in its initial phase of development; the filmmakers are currently envisioning a production that will be divided into six one-hour episodes which will dive deep into different aspects of Ferrari.
Ferrari: Legend of the Prancing Horse is being created by filmmaker Jon Dunham, an award winning producer, director and cinematographer who’s films have been seen in cinemas and on television and streaming platforms worldwide. A lifelong Ferrari fan, Jon has a passion for Italy and its culture. He lives in Naples, Italy with his family and is actively developing and producing numerous productions in Italy and abroad.
Assisting the project as an expert consultant is Marc Lindsley. Marc, graduated from the US Air Force Academy, flying F-111 aircraft as well as commanding a Fighter Squadron and an Air Control Wing in conflicts. He also attended and then instructed at the USAF Fighter Weapons School, the equivalent of Navy Top Gun. At the Pentagon as a senior officer on 9/11, he was a leader in the response to terrorism and then retired to lead several aircraft design and production programs in Northrop Grumman Corporation and Leonardo DRS, the Italian Defense company. He and his wife Chicky are deeply involved in many facets of the Ferrari experience. They have proudly owned several Ferraris; both are graduates of the Ferrari driving school and advanced course. Marc will use his various experiences and acquired skills to assist Jon in planning and producing the series.
An Analogy Pictures Production
“Ever dream things could happen exactly the way you wanted? When you realize how many ways this story plays out, you’re going to laugh your ass off.” — McGinnis, THE CHRONIC ADVENTURE STORY
One day Samuel Gibson finds himself in a lawsuit over his bestselling novel—but this all looks too familiar; like he’s lived through this already; like this story has been told before…
THE CHRONIC ADVENTURE STORY puts the viewer in the seat of the storyteller; doing what has never been done before. Composed of four acts, each structured in a way that they can be arranged in any order, the narrative presents a multitude of ways to view the same story. Borrowing from our high school stats lessons; finding the factorial of the total number of acts, we arrive at a total 24 ways to view the same narrative. Utilizing a form of storytelling never seen before, THE CHRONIC ADVENTURE STORY presents audiences with the world’s first ever rearrangeable narrative; comprising elements of both a film and a tv series bundled in one.
The concept has been a passion of Eric Bergquist’s since he was a student in college; it’s true aim being to educate, despite being a form of fiction; it’s premises serving to deconstruct the traditional three-act narrative arc while also demonstrating the overt impact of mathematics on our perception. Having aligned his efforts as a student around SMPTE (the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)—providing opportunities for students to learn about the film and media industries while meeting professionals in their field—years later Eric seeks to follow down the same path; allowing youth on set for the unique opportunity to shadow cast and crew members while learning about the ins and outs of production for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
The production is currently gearing up for filming in the heart of Boston, employing a talented and heavily local cast and crew, and with even such components as an application for a patent on the way. The team hopes the project will serve as an enduring source of creative inspiration; and a novel addition to the world of film and television.
A new multi-platform television series that answers the #1 question about the world’s most successful inventions.
Why Didn’t I Think of That?® is based on the timeless notion that we are all inventors and entrepreneurs at heart. We’ve all got great ideas, but how do you turn great ideas into fortunes or use them to change the world?
Is it luck? Is it brains? Or both?
Why Didn’t I Think of That?® is based on a successful web site (ThinkOfThat.net) and nationally syndicated radio feature that focuses on the ‘eureka’ moment of inspiration that can change the world we live in!
The concept is being re-launched as a nationally broadcast TV series, podcast, digital destination and educational curriculum distributed worldwide!
Visit our website at https://www.thinkofthat.net/
A series of short films and a feature-length documentary that reveal and explore the untold histories of Muslims in the United States.
Scheduled to start production towards the end of this year, this project highlights the histories of America’s Muslim population, which today includes more than 3 million people, representing almost every ethnicity, country, and Islamic school of thought
Starting in the 16th century with the first Muslims to arrive in America as part of the Spanish conquests, the project traces the waves of migration and conversion that have created the diverse but often misunderstood Muslim communities that exist across the nation today.
Designed to appeal to a young, diverse, and curious YouTube-watching audience, each of our 15 x 10-minute films will focus on a key moment in this 500-year story, bringing it vividly to life and exploring its contemporary relevance through present-day characters, expert interviews, location shooting, archival material, motion graphics, and animation.
Taken together, the project will highlight the many strands that make up this little-known story and reveal how American Muslims have both shaped and been shaped by life in the United States. The films will explore how:
- Tens of thousands of enslaved African Muslims were brought to America in the 17th and 18th centuries and left a remarkable legacy that is still with us today.
- Popular perceptions of Muslims and Islam played an important role in debates about religious freedom at the founding of the nation.
- Muslim ideas about enslavement were invoked by abolitionists in the mid-1800s. At the same time, individual Muslims played an active role in helping the Union win the Civil War.
- Muslim immigrants began arriving from the Middle East and South Asia during the Gilded Age and immediately began to create new, American expressions of their faith.
- The 1920s witnessed a resurgence of Islam among Black Americans fleeing the South as part of the Great Migration.
- In the 1930s, cities like Detroit saw the rapid growth of diverse Muslim communities and the development of important American Muslim institutions.
- In the 1940s and 50s, Muslim musicians played a key role in the development of jazz – just one of many contributions Muslims have made to American culture.
- Muslims have played a vital role in the Black Freedom Struggle, with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and the Nation of Islam leaving an enduring legacy.
- Immigration reform in the 1960s opened the US up to Muslims from around the world and encouraged an influx of Muslim professionals including doctors, engineers, and scientists.
- From the 1970s onwards, Americans of Muslim faith have experienced conditional citizenship, been impacted by American foreign policy, and built new institutions in the reality of a post-9/11 United States.
Produced by an experienced team of filmmakers and storytellers, these short films are intended for digital distribution before being combined into a single, feature-length for broadcast and screenings. An accompanying podcast will create opportunities for a deeper discussion of the stories we tell and the issues they raise.
Project partners will support our distribution. These include a range of organizations committed to improving understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities and between different Muslim communities who may not know their shared histories.
Working with these organizations, we will produce educational materials for middle- and high-school use, college students, and adult education, including anti-racism and diversity training programs. We are also developing an outreach campaign that can share content across multiple platforms.
AMERICAN MUSLIMS is designed to promote further inquiry. To round out the project, a dedicated website will house or link to our short films, use creative techniques to visualize history, and provide easy access to primary sources, academic work, and other pieces of journalism in this area. It will also allow members of the public to add their own stories. Social media links to the website will ensure the project lives beyond conventional distribution and continues to serve as an effective educational resource for anyone wanting to learn more about these rich histories.
For many people, the story of Muslims in America begins on 9/11. But Muslims have been part of the fabric of American life since before the nation was founded. Losing this vital history has helped create space for bitter narratives that position Muslims as permanent outsiders whose belief system threatens the American way of life.
By questioning these stereotypes, and the knowledge gap that helps sustain them, this series will strengthen public understanding of the American Muslim experience at a critical moment in the political and cultural life of the country. With its intersecting themes of race, religion, and citizenship, this series couldn’t be more timely or relevant.
In the next 20 years, Muslims are likely to become the second-largest faith group in the United States. Ignorance of who Muslims are, what Muslims believe, and how central Muslims are to the American story is no longer tenable.
This rigorously researched, nonpartisan series is intended to fill a dangerous knowledge vacuum that allows some people to claim that American and Muslim identities are antithetical. Looking at history, these films challenge that claim. They reveal how American Muslims have always been a part of the American experiment and offer what many young Americans are longing for — a more inclusive version of America’s past.
Our vision for this project is the result of three years of community engagement, partnership building, research, and story development. We have identified our historical and contemporary characters, pre-interviewed experts, and completed significant contextual and archival research.
Due to the pandemic, we were forced to take a hiatus for much of 2020 but are now re-entering pre-production. Our next step is to film a pilot episode in May/June 2021, which we will use to raise the funds required to complete the project in 2022