Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. North America’s five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – contain a staggering twenty percent of all the freshwater on the planet. 4K resolution digital cinema cameras visit this shared Canadian and American resource that holds a timely and telling story of the profound impact people have had on the very environment they cherish and depend upon.

    Formed by ice, filled by ice, and often covered with ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, and development. PROJECT: ICE views North America’s freshwater inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change.

    Ice sits at the heart of it all. PROJECT: ICE reveals an indisputable record of increasing water temperatures and strikingly diminished ice cover. It’s an environmental and economic wake up call from the heartland of the United States and Canada.

    A Tillinghast Reid WorldWide Production

    Director: William H. Kleinert
    Executive Producers: William H. Kleinert, Leslie C. Johnson
    Producer: William H. Kleinert
    Writers: Brian Scott Jaeschke, William H. Kleinert
    Co-Producer: Kevin W. Kusina
    Associate Producer: Emily Wathen
    Directors of Photography: Jason C. Marlin, Henry Bourne Joy IV
    Editors: Kevin Kusina, Julian Thompson
    Assistant Camera: Drew Patrick Dawson, Jesse Low
    Sound Design & Recordist: Jean-Yves Munch
    Audio Assistant: Chelsey Raegen Knapp
    Second Unit Camera: Kevin W. Kusina, Emily Wathen, Drew Patrick Dawson, Geoffrey Kartes
    Assistant to the Producer: Cindy Chu
    Post-Production Coordinators: Althea Middleton-Detzner, Cindy Chu
    Production Assistants: Geoffrey Kartes, Heather Seppanen, John C. Kleinert, Justin Reifert, Jason Weingardt
    Chief Financial Officer: Leslie C. Johnson

    COPYRIGHT 2013 Tillinghast Reid WorldWide, LLC

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  2. Downtown Johannesburg is conceived to be a dangerous place. But the city is slowly changing. “Place of Light" is a story of innovation and risk taking, of pitting historical city decay against the innovation of young entrepreneurial minds. How do you bring back the pulse of downtown Johannesburg and plant a place of creativity, business and living back into the inner city? A story of a pioneering development project by a group of young people, as well as a look into the context of regeneration in the Johannesburg landscape.
    This is the story of Maboneng, meaning ‘Place of Light’. An urban neighborhood on the east side of Johannesburg CBD.

    Director and DOP: Bram Janssen
    Co-director: Elles van Gelder
    Producer: Jason Hoff - Pulp Films
    Executive Producer: Propertuity
    Music: Bart Janssen
    Graphics: Jared Hurwitz
    Edited by: Bram Janssen and Etienne Naudé
    Assistant editor: Loveson Xaba

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  3. Wounds of Waziristan

    WOUNDS highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan--in their own words.

    Since the drone attacks began in Pakistan in 2004, much of the focus has been on the technology. And, although the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan are endlessly debated and declared upon by journalists and pundits, the ordinary people who actually live there are rarely heard from. WOUNDS records the voices of those who have been either labeled “militants,” or summarily dismissed as “collateral damage." WOUNDS is the first of 2 short documentaries we are producing as part of this project. These docs illustrate the heavy cost borne by those who happen to live on the front-lines of the American "war on terror." They contest the claims of the Obama administration, and they contest that there is--or can be--anything like a "surgical" strike.

    Who We Are:
    Madiha Tahir. I am an independent journalist who has followed the issue of drone
    attacks on Pakistan for quite some time. I have reported for PRI/BBC's "The World", Foreign Affairs, Democracy Now!, Caravan, The National, Global Post, The New Inquiry and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. I've also co-edited a volume of essays Dispatches from Pakistan with Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Bux Memon. Twitter: @Madi_Hatter

    Messiah Rhodes. I am an independent documentary filmmaker, video editor and multimedia production fellow at Democracy Now!. I focus on progressive projects. I have produced videos for Bloombergville and Occupy Wall Street which were featured on MoveOn and Huffington Post. He has also produced a documentary on the lockout of union workers at Sotheby’s Auction House (Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Museums), and the anti-foreclosure sit-ins (Occupy Our Homes) where homeowners refused to leave their homes. Twitter: @rhodesmessiah

    AJ Russo. I am a video editor and motion graphics artist with over 15 years in the industry. My last project was American Autumn, a feature-length documentary about the Occupy movement with director Dennis Trainor, Jr that I associate produced and co-edited. In the last several years, my focus has been on documentary film projects and post-production support for indie filmmakers. Twitter: @ajrsuper8

    Shaista Husain. I am a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter from Pakistan, Hong Kong and Khartoum. I have worked collaboratively on various Occupy documentaries, and am currently working on a screenplay based in Pakistan.

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  4. Music: Pieces Form The Whole by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

    Here you are with the english version!
    No cruel images, just a collection of facts about this way of doing research. Enjoy :)

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  5. For any one out there fighting the odds and embracing a dream; a reminder that anything worth being proud of won't come easy.

    One of our content creators decided to spend her first Independence Day in New York City searching for a picture of what it meant to "Be American."

    What she found was that happiness, pride and perseverance have the tendency to know no boundaries.

    Harrison Winter: Executive Producer / Executive Creative Director.
    Zack Yanger: Creative Producer.
    Ashley Autumn Crane: Director, Writer, DP, Producer, Editor and Color Grader.
    Narrator: George J.A. Murray
    Music: "Industrial Revolution (Instrumental)" by Immortal Technique. Check out their music at:

    Special thanks to all of the New Yorkers who are featured in the video.

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