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IN PRODUCTION

The New Environmentalists. Robert Redford narrates this multiple Emmy Award-winning series featuring inspiring portraits of passionate and dedicated activists. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support. The New Environmentalists share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for environmental justice in their communities.

Best Short Program Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival,
John DeGraff Environmental Filmmaking Award Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival,
Sol d' Or Award Catalan International Environmental Film Festival,
Mion Environmental Film Award,
Best Short Documentary
Woods Hole,
Environmental Conservation Award Vatavaran India Environmental Film Festival.

"... documents brave and audacious environmentalists, as they struggle to protect the earth."
—San Francisco Chronicle

Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching. Can wildlife conservation efforts go too far? Is killing people ever a just punishment for hunting wild animals? This feature length documentary explores what happens when measures to protect wildlife are in conflict with indigenous peoples' landrights, human rights and their very survival.

Set in the wilds of Swaziland and Zambia, this complex saga spans several decades. These two markedly different African countries have taken radically different approaches to their one shared, grim reality. Poaching dominated the economy of both societies throughout the eighties. During that time, over one hundred thousand endangered animals, predominantly elephants and rhinos, were slaughtered for their tusks.

The project has received funding support from a number of foundations and private donors. The National Geographic All Roads Grant and a successful Kickstarter.com campaign provided funding for our final production trip to Africa. The film recently premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and will be screening at additional festivals in the next 12 months. Check back for updates.

IN DISTRIBUTION

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over. Narrated by Danny Glover. Features performance footage of many of Cooke's classic tunes including "You Send Me" and "A Change is Gonna Come" as well as appearances by Muhammad Ali, Herb Alpert, James Brown, Dick Clark, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Lewis and more.

Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music, creating a new American sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With You Send Me in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. It was risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing “the devil’s music” – but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact.

Premiered on American Masters, nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Nonfiction Series." Currently rebroadcast on PBS stations nationwide.

Mustang – Journey of Transformation. Narrated by Richard Gere. This inspiring documentary tells the remarkable story of a 15th century Tibetan culture pulled back from the brink of extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites. Featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the film is a tale of hope and rebirth told by the people who helped save this once Forbidden Kingdom.

Special Jury Award, Documentary EcoVision Palermo, Sicily,
Audience Award, World Cinema Short Maui Film Festival,
Best Film On Mountain Culture
Taos Mountain Film Festival,
Best Documentary Sundial Film Festival.

National PBS broadcast

"... combines stunning Himalayan vistas, with a story about a place that time has literally forgotten ..."
—The Aspen Times

"... One nearly surefire way to know if a film is very good is wishing
it were twice as long
..."
—The San Francisco Chronicle

Now Available on iTunes

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Emile Norman – By His Own Design. Emile Norman may be one of the most indomitable artists you never heard of. At age 90, this self taught California artist is still working with the same passion for life, art, nature, and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

HBO Audience Award Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

National PBS broadcast June 2008, rebroadcast June 2011.
Emmy Award Nomination.

PBS Arts Emile Norman Exhibit with bonus video clips and a slide show.

"You will want to keep your eyes on Will Parrinello's Emile Norman – By His Own Design ... it's greater theme is making room in the world for living the life you want to lead."
—Los Angeles Times

"... not just a simple portrait of an artist but also a love story."
—San Francisco Chronicle

"... an artistic history of post World War II America, and an eye-opener for anybody who's never heard of this gifted creative mind."
—Orlando Sentinel

Kerouac – King of the Beats is the definitive film biography of the iconic author of On The Road. This award winning docudrama traces Kerouac's life from his childhood roots in Lowell, Massachusetts to his seminal but shortlived career as he reshaped an artform and changed the course of popular culture in the process. It features interviews with other Beat Generation luminaries including Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti as well as dramatic vignettes from all of Kerouac's novels.

Recently remastered in HD from the original film print. Now available on BluRay DVD from Kultur International Films.

Feature Documentary Competition Sundance International Film Festival,
Blue Ribbon American Film Festival,
Gold Apple Award National Educational Film Festival.

National theatrical distribution.
Broadcast on PBS, A & E, The Learning Channel and numerous foreign markets.

“This handsome, well-made documentary drama on the short lived but prolific writer of the Beat Generation stands as one the best films of its kind.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s like being in the car with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady as the pair barreled back and forth across the country.”
—Denver Post

Now Available on iTunes

Angle of Inspiration. Like other grand works of public art, Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge has generated both awe and opposition — and changed the image of the town of Redding, California. Angle of Inspiration documents the process of turning an architect's vision into a one of a kind bridge, and in the process of creating a new center of town: connecting the two sides of the river, and stirring the passions of every resident.

An interview with Calatrava, architect of the train station at Ground Zero and the Olympic Stadium in Athens, anchors the documentary. Produced by John Antonelli and Jessica Abbe, narrated by actress Jill Eikenberry (LA Law), original music by Jon Herbst.

Best Short Documentary Turks & Caicos Film Festival,
Best Short Documentary Orinda Film Festival.

Broadcast on PBS stations.

"When a community welcomes an architect like Santiago Calatrava into its midst, it's life-transforming. It's the kind of experience for which there really is no substitute."
—Herbert Muschamp, New York Times

Dreaming of Tibet is a film about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable hardship. This heart-rending documentary traces the lives of three Tibetan exiles as they build new lives as "strangers in strange lands" while striving to maintain their own culture.

Audience Award Amnesty International Film Festival,
Chris Award Columbus Film Festival,
Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Congressional Human Rights Caucus screening.
Airing on PBS stations and LinkTV.

"... a moving documentary."
—Oakland Tribune

"... beautifully photographed, lyrical film."
—Marin IJ

"Engaging ... lovingly presented ... an important addition to collections."
—School Library Journal

Little Italy is a warm look at the struggles and triumphs of three generations of Italian Americans, from Ellis Island to The Godfather. Poignant tales of immigration and assimilation, memories of Italian mothers with indomitable spirits and the music, art and food of Italian American culture are vividly recounted by those who grew up in the Little Italy's of North Beach in San Francisco and the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx, including such personalities as August Coppola, Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Chazz Palminteri.

Gold Hugo Award Chicago Film Festival,
Golden Gate Award Certificate
San Francisco Internatonal Film Festival.

PBS pledge program.

"… a warm look at the Italian American Experience …”
—Walter Goodman, New York Times

“… riveting … wonderful and uplifiting.”
—San Francisco Examiner

“… seductive … this documentary has almost a poetic form.”
—San Jose Mercury News

“… very tenderly told … bursts with heart, humor, warmth, tradition
and respect.”
—New York Daily News

Sumo Basho. The rituals, traditions and spectacle of Japan's ancient national sport serve as background to this documentary about the first accredited Sumo match held on American soil. The film goes behind the scenes with the sport's first two foreign champions, the Hawaiian-born Akebono and Konishiki.

Best Film Gold Award Houston International Film Festival,
Gold Award
Worldfest – Charleston,
PBS Best of the West – Documentary – Pacific Mountain Network Awards.

Broadcast on PBS stations. Emmy Award Nomination.

"You'll be impressed with this documentary in two ways: the athleticism of these behemoths is surprising – but even more unexpectedly, the excitement generated by only seconds-long confrontations is amazingly intense."
—San Jose Mercury News

A Yen for Baseball. In 1935 Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and a team of All Stars first visited Japan on a "goodwill tour." The Americans won 17 of 18 games. But the Japanese stuck with it and by 1998 the American All-Stars came within one game of loosing their series to the Japanese. Along the way they learn that baseball is played differently under Japanese rules.

Broadcast on PBS stations. Emmy Award Nomination.

"… an intriguing look at the differences between Japanese and American culture and a delightful half hour for baseball fans."
—Contra Costa Times