If you’ve ever thought your parent’s life would make a great movie, you might want to check out “In His Own Words,” incidents from the life of News Broadcast Network founder Jim Hill, when it debuts in the New York International Independent Film Festival. The 30-minute video uses episodes from his memoirs to trace a personal history, decade by decade, from his birth in 1919 to his death in 2003 with stops in journalism, politics, advertising, radio, television and public relations along the way. Hill’s voice was heard by millions as a national radio sports correspondent in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and the video uses more than 700 shots, photos, graphics and voice clips and 22 songs to document the uncommon life of an everyday person. The video was shot on location in 11 states and the District of Columbia with most shooting occurring in California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. It also includes footage from such sites as the Iowa governor’s office, Victory Lane at the Daytona International Raceway and the U.S. Open golf tournament. The video took about 11 months to complete because it had to take a back seat to funded corporate projects. We estimated that about 300 hours went into the making of the video. Rather than edict his life through a series of factual statements about where he was born, where he lived, where he went to school, what his hobbies were, where he worked, where he was married, we decided to tell his story by using the stories that he himself had told in a privately-published autobiography. We chose stories from each of the 10 decades that he was alive in to give you a snapshot of the challenges he faced as wells the successes he had.

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