Field Office: Documentary Portraits

  1. Documentary portrait of the Rogers Park boxing gym in Inglewood, California.

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  2. In California, you are required to have your car's emissions tested before getting it registered. I met Varooj Bandarian, the owner of this smog check operation, doing just that. We discussed his feelings about work, life and his smog check business.

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  3. In "The Livelong Day," we see three generations of train enthusiasts gather to pilot one of the largest, most obsessively realistic model railroads in the world. They are nostalgics and romantics, mourning the vanishing of railroad culture and craftsmanship while striving to maintain it at 1/87 scale.

    "The Livelong Day" screened at the Los Angeles, Rooftop(New York, NY), and PDX(Portland, OR) Film Festivals.

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  4. A father and son talk about working together at their bronze casting shop in Queens. Their services are an integral yet often overlooked part of the sculpture making process. Projects they have worked on include the Charging Bull sculpture near Wall Street and the Iwoa Jima Monument at Arlington National Cemetery. Directed by David Fenster

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  5. "Wood" follows the journey of timber from the forest through the sawmill and presents a portrait of the working men we find along the way.

    "Wood" won the jury prize for Best Short Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival and screened at the Miami, True/False(Columbia MO), PDX(Portland, OR) and CFC(Toronto) Film Festivals.

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Field Office: Documentary Portraits

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These documentary portraits are generally about work, or an intense enthusiasm for a particular endeavor, or a mixture of the two.

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