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The annual Education World Forum began yesterday in London. The conference opened with this film we shot this time last year.

St Elphege’s Roman Catholic Infant and Junior Schools are located about 12 miles south of London. These are neighborhood schools, drawing their pupils from the London Boroughs of Sutton and Croydon. The population of Sutton is approximately 180,000 with 15.2 percent ethnic minority residents. The population of Croydon comprises 363,000 residents with 38.8 percent ethnic minority. Within the school, the proportion of ethnic minority pupils is even higher at more than 70 percent, reflecting the local community. That proportion leads to a richly varied school population, with many different first languages. The diversity provides wonderful opportunities for children to learn first-hand from different cultures, different religions, different traditions and different languages. This short film celebrates that diversity.


We are pleased to announce that our short film, A Teacher Remembered, will premier at the Prairie Lights Film Festival this weekend.

Our documentary follows the impact of a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on a rural Nebraskan community.


It will premier during the Sunday morning block of films on September 14.

Weekend passes for the festival are available online now.

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is a 3-day showcase of Nebraska cinema and Nebraska filmmakers held at the historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The festival takes place September 12 -14.

Learn more at


01 Over the Fourth of July, we were invited to document the Estonia Song and Dance Celebration -- an event that takes place every five years to commemorate the important place music holds in the heart of Estonia. Throughout the nation’s history, and under various occupations, Estonians have kept their culture and language alive with song. While we were there, we shot videos and stills for a short documentary and longform story titled "Let Freedom Sing."

Currently, the world's attention is on the athletes and what's happening inside the stadiums. But sometimes it is fun to look outside and explore. With the wonderful words of SI writer Alexander Wolff, Laura and I created a short video on the spirit of the city and the paradoxes that make it unique. Hope you all enjoy this view of London, now SI. com.

Last week, we spent 48 intense hours in Boston making a short film about the thinkers of the New Media Consortium.  Every interview turned into a wonderful conversation, with such a great group of minds to listen to and learn from. Authors. Auteurs. Filmmakers.  Musicians. Educators. Photographers. Historians. Librarians. Scientists. We asked each person who sat for us to expound on one central topic - Ideas that Matter. We worked in a hotel suite in Cambridge. The room was approximately 20 x 18, with 8 foot ceilings. The entire length of the room featured large, uncovered windows, which we promptly covered with blackout curtains. Our main light was an Arri 2K that we put through a triple baffled and grided Chimera Quartz box.  Gorgeous light. We used Chimera triolets with various boxes for the accent lights. We turned the air conditioning off to keep the sound clean, and the lights, are, well… they are called hot lights for a reason. Not to put too fine of a point on it the room was very quickly scorching. So hot in fact, that when my friend Don Henderson came into the room he announced in his unmistakably Texas style that it was so warm that he saw the Devil running out the door looking for air conditioning. We shot the entire piece on Nikon DSLR's.  D4's and D800's.  Taking advantage of the clean HDMI out we saved hours by letting the machines do the transcoding for us. We recorded the entire audio session on four recorders.  Backup, and more backup.  Four cameras running constantly.  All in all, a lot of data. As always, our friend Bob Trikasis came through with a networking solution that allowed us to make maximum use of our computer power and ultimately got us through just in time. Ideas that Matter is now available on iTunes U.

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