H-Town Stories II on MediaStorm

From the MediaStorm blog:

In this new installment of H-Town Stories commissioned by Neighborhood Centers Inc., MediaStorm takes an intimate look at two lives that have been transformed by the power of work. Neighborhood Centers provides services to 400,000 Texans every year and MediaStorm hoped to create intimate portraits of just a few of these men and women who benefit from such assistance.

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Fred, a pilot and Vietnam veteran, spent decades taking care of his ailing wife. As a cargo pilot, he split his time between the stress of flying and the stress of watching his partner slowly die. With his savings finally gone and the passing of his wife, he decided at 60 to start his professional life again.

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Teresa was born in Mexico. She and her ex-husband traveled to Houston as undocumented workers. Despite the stress of her new life, and even an attack on her life, Theresa has managed to not only survive, she has thrived, starting a new business to support her two daughters and one on the way.

Watch here.

The Far End of the Road on MediaStorm

Blog-The-Far-End-Of-The-Road-Poster-v4 From the project description:

Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) takes the medical breakthroughs of the developed world and brings them to The Far End of the Road where 1 out of 6 adults is HIV-positive and healthcare can be many hours away.

GAIA is successful, in part, because its dedicated staff brings care to those who might otherwise go without. Training and deploying mobile clinics, village health workers, and nursing scholars, GAIA builds stronger, healthier communities that are leading the way towards an AIDS-free future.

In The Far End of the Road, MediaStorm follows the story of two women working to create better health for Malawi.

Quick Trip to Oslo

I went to Oslo last week for a day of lecturing. The weather was rainy and foggy. Apparently, there was an Olympic ski jump on the hill where we gathered but I didn't see it. oslo

Fade to Black—Is the Feature Film Dying?

A great short piece on the demise of the feature film.

Why are you trying to make a feature film? If you’re doing it because you think it’s the dominant story medium of our time, or because you believe it’s the way to a mass audience or because you think you’ll get rich, you need a healthy dose of artistic and personal self-examination. Telling stories through media of some form, yes. But buying into the conventional feature-film format and all its legacy business practices… that is no longer something you do by rote. —Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine