Freedom Summer @50: 3 short documentaries for PBS American Experience

Roscoe Jones Freedom SummerAfter being involved last year in “March @50″ documentaries, I had the pleasure of co-editing 3 short documentaries for “American Experience” by PBS and learning more about American History.

These 3 short documentaries directed, produced and edited by Owen Cooper and co-edited by Greg Poole and myself tell the stories of Roscoe Jones, Mark Levy and Herbert Randall and how they lived the “Freedom Summer” 50 years ago in Mississippi.

Freedom Summer” is also the title of the 2-hours documentary that will be premiered on PBS next June 24th: “Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.”

YOU CAN WATCH THESE DOCUMENTARIES ONLINE HERE:

Roscoe Jones: the preservationist

Mark Levy: the teacher

Herbert Randall: the photographer

More short documentaries about “Freedom Summer @50″

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“Los chicos de la foto”, el documental online

LosChicosDeLaFotoLos amigos Iván Reguera y Juan José Aparicio se embarcaron en la producción y realización de este documental basado en una fotografía tomada en 1972. No es una fotografía cualquiera. Como bien explica el texto inicial del documental: “En el invierno de 1972, el director de cine estadounidense George Cukor, en homenaje a Luis Buñuel, reunió en su mansión de Hollywood a ocho de los mejores directores del cine americano de la historia. La fotografía de aquellos maestros reunidos se convirtió en una de las fotos más emblemáticas de 1972 y de toda la historia del cine.

Tuve el placer de acompañarles durante unos días en su viaje a París realizando tareas de ayudante de dirección. Allí entrevistamos a varias personas que ayudaron a recordar cómo fue aquella cena y qué significado tiene esa foto dentro de la historia del cine.

El documental, que contiene entrevistas a Diego Galán, Carlos Pumares y Jean Claude Carrière, entre otros, está disponible online en www.loschicosdelafoto.com, y también se pueden leer novedades sobre el documental en su página de Facebook.

La diferencia entre subvenciones e incentivos que en España no quieren entender

Titular Juego de Tronos AndaluciaHace tiempo que leo a muchos compañeros del medio audiovisual quejarse por la reducción de subvenciones, y en muchas ocasiones intentan compararse con la industria americana en ese aspecto para alegar que también los estados ayudan a la producción audiovisual. Básicamente lo dicen para librarse del estigma de ser unos “subvencionados” pero en este caso o bien les falta entender un concepto o lo obvian intencionadamente.

Cualquier persona con dos dedos de frente entiende que no es lo mismo regalar dinero público que promover la inversión de dinero privado ofreciendo deducciones, créditos o incentivos fiscales. Esto segundo es lo que hacen en USA. Es decir, si una producción tiene la intención de gastarse 100 millones de euros, como este caso de “Juego de Tronos” y su intención de rodar en Andalucía, la productora en cuestión no está esperando que el estado español les de dinero para rodar, sino facilidades para obtener créditos (que se devuelven) o deducciones para que el rodaje no les salga tan caro.
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Spanish translation for “Archiculture”

I recently had the chance of collaborating with Arbuckle Industries, production company based in NYC founded by Ian Harris and David Krantz.

Archiculture, a very interesting short documentary about the architectural education in the US, now can be screened in Spanish speaker countries. I was in charge of the Spanish translation. If you are interested in organize a screening, please check this website.

Here you can watch the trailer with Spanish subtitles. Enjoy it!

Archiculture Official Trailer – SPANISH from arbuckle industries on Vimeo.

“We Might Be Superheroes” now online

I had the pleasure of working with “We Might Be Superheroes” cast and crew in 2013. It was a really fun experience and now the first episodes of this webseries are online.

I worked as DP in the first 3 episodes “Episode 1: A Stitch In Time Saves Crime“, “Episode 2: Game of Beth!” and “Episode 3: The Naming Convention” and “Episode 6: Fight for your Right!

Check WMBS Youtube channel, Twitter profile and Facebook page for more updates. Hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed working on them!

“Red Metal” 4 minutes preview online

Red Metal. The Copper Country Strike of 1913“, documentary produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers will be aired on PBS next December 17th and premiered in Michigan soon.

A 4 minutes preview is online. Enjoy it!

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 from Jonathan B. Silvers on Vimeo.

Camera Operator: “Cita a ciegas” play at Repertorio Español

Cita a ciegas Repertorio Español premiered “Cita a ciegas“, based on Mario Diament’s play, directed by Jorge Alí Triana and starred by Luis Carlos de La Lombana, Hannia Guillén, Zulema Clares, Germán Jaramillo and Beatriz Córdoba.

I was the camera operator shooting the play at the opening night on October 17th.

Acceso Total NY used that footage for this interview.

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Editor of “RED METAL: The Copper Country Strike of 1913″ documentary

Red Metal Poster DefI just finished the editing of “Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913” documentary produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers and edited and co-produced by Patrick Flynn.

This documentary commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Italian Hall tragedy and the miners strike that took place in Calumet, Michigan in 1913. This film includes interviews to experts like Steve Lehto, impressive archival photos and a musical performance by Steve Earle singing Woody Guthrie’s “1913 Massacre”.

The film will be aired on PBS next December 2013.

The poster was released a few days ago. More updates soon.

UPDATE: Here you can watch a preview of the documentary.

 

 

Coproducing and shooting interview to Christiane Amanpour

On October 8th I had the privilege of shooting and coproducing with Jonathan Silvers an interview to the journalist Christiane Amanpour. Chrstiane Amanpour

This interview will be included in the upcoming Saybrook Productions’ documentary about post-war justice: “Past Reckoning“.

Silvers produced and directed documentaries such as Elusive Justice about the search of Nazi War Criminals. This documentary was aired on PBS.