DOCUMENTARY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS


Everyday Holiness



Everyday Holiness.  The Life of Fr. Joseph Muzquiz      Producer, Director

In 1949 Fr. Joseph, a young Spanish priest, arrived in the U.S. to start the activities of a revolutionary new aspect of the Catholic church, Opus Dei.  He spoke little English, had only a few dollars in his pocket, and Opus Dei was almost totally unknown, but through his influence many Americans committed their lives to Opus Dei’s message of finding and serving God in everyday life.   No one who sees this documentary will fail to be inspired to find God in their own everyday lives.  

Produced by Paulson Productions for broadcast on the EWTN Global Catholic Network. Home video release by Scepter Publishers.



A Raisin In The Sun Revisited

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A Raisin In The Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage      Producer, Director

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun depicted the strength and humanity of an African-American family as it strives for a piece of the American dream by buying a house in a white neighborhood in Chicago.  50 years later, playwright Bruce Norris created Clybourne Park, a sardonic Pulitzer Prize-winning play that takes place in the same Chicago house, reigniting the questions of race and real estate in America. Today a third play, Beneatha’s Place, furthers the debate.  

This performance documentary captures the legacy of Raisin and the backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously.   

Produced by Third Rail Productions in association with Maryland Public Television for the PBS Arts Fall Festival.



Secrets Of The Chesapeake      Director, Writer, Editor    

This Emmy-nominated film is a fun-loving exploration of little known stories and legends of the Chesapeake Bay:  the Impact Crater that crashed to earth 35 million years ago forging its physical shape, lost islands, haunted light houses, mysterious artifacts from the bottom, a forgotten WWI ghost fleet, and Chessie the beloved sea creature...no stone is left unturned in the quest to uncover the Chesapeake's hidden wonders.

Produced by Paulson Productions for Maryland Public Television

Awards: EMMY AWARD finalist


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Les Paul: Chasing Sound!               Director & Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

An exuberant performance documentary for PBS/American Masters on the father of the electric guitar, inventor of multi-track recording and architect of Rock n' Roll.  This film captures Les Paul performing his final shows in a New York City jazz joint and in his own words tells his rags-to-riches story: from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Bing Crosby, the greats of Jazz, 1950's pop stardom, culminating in his influence on today's legends - McCartney, Clapton, Beck, Page, B.B. King, The Carpenters, Phil Ramone, and more.

Produced by Paulson Productions for  PBS/American Masters; U.S. DVD by Koch Vision; Japan broadcast & DVD by Pony Canyon; worldwide home video by Eagle Vision; UK Broadcast by BBC. Foreign Distribution by 3DD Entertainment, London.

Awards: Primetime EMMY AWARD nominee; ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence presenting music in broadcast television; Silver HUGO Award, Silver TELLY Award, CINE Gold Eagle; Gold Medal "Best Documentary on a Musical Subject" from Park City Film Music Festival; IDA Award nominee.



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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge:  Spanning The Bay     Director, Writer, Editor    

The Bay Bridge forever changed Maryland by uniting a geographically divided state. This is the singular story of a towering achievement, a landmark that at its opening was the third largest over-water span in the world.  Includes a joyous ride over the bridge in a vintage 1952 Cadillac convertible - filmed in 3D!

Produced by Paulson Productions for Maryland Public Television

Awards: EMMY AWARD Winner



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The Chesapeake Bay By Air               Director, Writer, Editor

A visually breathtaking aerial view of the Chesapeake Bay.  From serene wetlands and beautiful natural habitats, to tiny fishing villages, cozy tourist towns and broad-shouldered cities, this program celebrates the rhythms of the country's largest estuary from a privileged vantage point.

Produced by Paulson Productions for Maryland Public Television

Awards: EMMY AWARD Winner




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Eatin' Crabcakes:  The Best I Ever Had               Director, Writer, Editor

The Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab is iconic in all its forms - whether a wily, fast-swimming crustacean, hot, steamed and cracked wide open, or gastronomic delicacy revered as the Maryland Crabcake.  This documentary is the ultimate fun-loving kitchen-hopping treasure hunt in search of Crab Cake heaven

Produced by Paulson Productions for broadcast on Maryland Public Television in 2009

Awards: EMMY AWARD Winner




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Rejoice and Shout             Cinematographer

A jubilant journey through Gospel music packed with evocative photos, rare audio recordings and stirring archival film and TV performances. REJOICE AND SHOUT is the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity culled from hundreds of hours of music featuring the crème de la crème of Gospel music.

Directed by Don McGlynn.  Produced by Magnolia Pictures.  Theatrical Release by Landmark Theaters.




Woody Guthrie: Legacy                           Producer, film cinematographer/DP, editor

An exploration of American folk singer Woody Guthrie's legacy as it resonates in contemporary  musicians Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and others. 

Produced for Woody Guthrie Publications and the Smithsonian Institution

Awards: American Association of Museums Silver MUSE Award; Finalist, New York Festivals; Gold CINDY Award; CINE Golden Eagle



A Native Place           Director, Director of Photography

This HD film tracks the spiritual and physical foundations of  the creation of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, a signature building on the National Mall for the showcase of Indigenous art, artifacts, and living culture. 

Produced for JumboTron display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's opening celebration, and for promotional uses



The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust       Director of Photography

HD photography captured a panorama of musical and artistic expression that flourished in Washington, DC during the Smithsonian Institution's 2002 Silk Road Festival, featuring people from the lands of the ancient Silk Road and performances by YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Filmed for The Silk Road Project and Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage



Jerusalem: A Passion for Living       Co-Producer, Director of Photography

A film on the cultural life of Jerusalem where Muslims, Christians, and Jews live side by side often in bitter opposition to each other.  Yet they share in common the commitment to preserve faith and tradition.



Bermuda Connections                         Cinematographer/DP                   

A high-definition documentary that follows Bermudan children who seek out elders to document the island's cultural traditions. 


Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage



Guide to the Smithsonian                    Producer, film cinematographer/DP        

An overview of the vast world of art, history, science, and feats of human achievement housed in the 13 museums of the Smithsonian Institution, designed as an introductory guide to inform , orient, and enhance visitor appreciation. 


Produced for the Smithsonian Visitor Information Center



People and Pianos: 300 Years                                  Director of Photography                     

Commemorating the 300-year history of the piano, its technological evolution,  and the manufacturers, craft persons and master musicians who shaped its sound. 

 

Produced by Smithsonian Productions/Maryland Public Television/Euro Arts for broadcast on PBS, and internationally.

Awards: CINE Golden Eagle



Woody Guthrie: Legacy                           Producer, film cinematographer/DP, editor

An exploration of American folk singer Woody Guthrie's legacy as it resonates in contemporary  musicians Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and others. 

Produced for Woody Guthrie Publications and the Smithsonian Institution

Awards: American Association of Museums Silver MUSE Award; Finalist, New York Festivals; Gold CINDY Award; CINE Golden Eagle



Earl’s Canoe                                               Co-Producer, film cinematographer/DP

A portrait of master birch-bark canoe builder Earl Nyholm (Ojibwa) building his final canoe.

Produced by Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  Broadcast on PBS; Screened at the Margaret Mead Anthropological Film Festival,  D.C. Environmental Film Fest, and Breckinridge Film Festival.  Distributed by: Documentary Educational Resources

Awards: Cine Golden Eagle; Black Mariah Film Festival, 2nd Place; Society for Visual Anthropology, Award of Commendation; Athens International Film Festival, Finalist, and others.



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Banjo Spirits                             Producer, film cinematographer, editor

Explores the legacy of the banjo through the eyes of two practitioners and the central role the banjo plays in their lives as a tool for creative expression.

Produced by John Paulson Productions.  Broadcast on  Maryland Public Television’s “Independent Eye” series.  Distributed by John Paulson Productions

Awards: Finalist, New York Festivals



River of Song                                            Sound recordist & post mix, 2nd camera   

A four-part documentary series profiling the sweep of music and culture that flourish along the banks of the Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Minnesota, through America’s heartland down to New Orleans.

Produced by Filmmaker’s Collaborative/Smithsonian Productions for PBS.  Home Video Distributed by Acorn Media.  Soundtrack Recording Distributed by Folkways Recordings



El Rio: Culture & Ecology                  Director of Photography               

A series of short documentaries for museum exhibition on U.S.-Mexico border culture featuring cowboys, shrimp fishermen, piñata makers, and a Conjunto musicians. 


Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage



The Poetics of Line                              Producer, video photographer, editor

A documentary that profiles a leading group of contemporary Nigerian artists and the indigenous tradition from which they draw inspiration. 

Produced for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art