[20 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
“Staying Open” while Documentary Filmmaking on Location and Abroad

During a recent Q & A with documentary heavyweight, Doug Pray, after his film Levitated Mass, he was asked about how he was able to gather so many candid and revealing interviews on-the-street. Many of the voices heard in his film were found on the spot; people offered insightful reactions and thought-provoking material and none of it was planned. I have thought a lot about this concept of openness both in my career and specifically while crafting In Between Songs.

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[9 Dec 2013 | One Comment | ]
Dance, Dance, Dance – Furious Beauty: A Hip Hop Family

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 2, 2013) FURIOUS BEAUTY: A HIP HOP FAMILY is a documentary detailing the influence of Los Angeles dance troupe Versa-Style and its founders Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez and Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad who inspire their underprivileged students to find value in their own lives by elevating hip hop dance into theatrical performances. An official selection of the Downtown Independent Film Festival, FURIOUS BEAUTY follows the troupe as they gear up for a big show and will become available on DVD and Video On Demand (VOD) platforms (including Hulu and Amazon Instant) on 12/10/2013.

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[20 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
“Staying Open” while Documentary Filmmaking on Location and Abroad

During a recent Q & A with documentary heavyweight, Doug Pray, after his film Levitated Mass, he was asked about how he was able to gather so many candid and revealing interviews on-the-street. Many of the voices heard in his film were found on the spot; people offered insightful reactions and thought-provoking material and none of it was planned. I have thought a lot about this concept of openness both in my career and specifically while crafting In Between Songs.

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[1 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Aboriginal Rights Comes to Los Angeles, Documentary Debut narrated by Emmy Award®-winning actor James Cromwell

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 30, 2014) Documentary filmmaker Joshua Bell goes deep into the Australian outback crafting a dreamtime story and ethnomusical journey: IN BETWEEN SONGS. Narrated by Emmy Award ® winning James Cromwell, who was also nominated for an Oscar ® for his work in Babe, and is an ardent supporter of Indigenous and Civil Rights, the film captures the declining fortunes of the Galpu clan, an aboriginal family led by the aging master didgeridoo craftsman Djalu (sounds like Jahlu) Gurruwiwi. Released by Cinema Libre Studio, the film will be available on DVD in North America on August 5th.

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[26 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
A Modern Family Twist on Circus Acts and the Barnum and Bailey Circus

After fifteen years as an Atlanta area police officer, Joey Thurmond, a former World Championship Wrestling athlete, decided to follow his dream of becoming a circus clown. GREASEPAINT, produced and directed by Daniel Espeut, follows Thurmond and his wife Jamie and son Tyler, for an entire season as they struggle to build a unique family business in a tough economy.

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[17 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
After Motorcycle Accident, New Technology Puts Handicapped Driver Back Into A Race Car

Coming soon to DVD! Mike Bauer was born to be fast until a tragic motorcycle accident left him paralyzed and on the verge of suicide. When he meets Dr. Scott Falci, a rehabilitative neurosurgeon and an amateur racer, they venture into the uncharted territory of designing a race car for the paraplegic driver. Will climbing behind the wheel of this new race car be enough to bring Mike back from the brink?

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[6 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Directing the Independent Film

Although mental health awareness month has passed, we should continue to do our best to live mentally healthier lives, whether it is done through exercise, meditation, or simply disconnecting from our electronics for a few minutes each day.