POV Hackathon 4 invitation and Hellman Award for “Cannon and Flower” team!
We are excited to announce that Richard Koci Hernandez has been named a 2013 Hellman Fellow at UC-Berkeley. He received the award from the fund to develop transmedia content for the “The Cannon and the Flower” documentary project.
The Hellman Fellows Fund selectively supports work of junior tenure track faculty at the ten campuses of the University of California and four private institutions.
The team from “The Cannon and the Flower” project has been invited to POV’s Hackathon 4. Story4’s Richard Koci Hernandez, Geri Migielicz and Jeremy Rue are one of the five teams selected to participate in POV’s Hackathon 4. Rue is a Lecturer of digital storytelling at the University of California, Berkeley, and is an experienced web developer.
The team is creating an interactive exploration of a piece of Chopin’s music – one selected by Dang Thai Son because of its power to inspire both he and his mother, Thai Thi Lien. The site will wrap this music experience within the story line of “The Cannon and the Flower.”
The Cannon and Flower movie site: http://thecannonandflowermovie.com
The event hosts five teams of filmmakers and developers for a weekend as they build an innovative web documentary prototype. The hackathon is hosted by POV (Point of View), the award-winning independent documentary series on PBS. It takes place July 27-28 in Brooklyn, NY.
Kicking off the “The Cannon and the Flower” documentary project
“We have art in order to not die of the truth.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Story4 is raising funds for a feature-length documentary. The film tells the story of renowned concert pianist Dang Thai Son and his mother, Thai Thi Lien (Madame Lien), and about a passion for music that transcended all odds. Evacuated from Hanoi during much of the Vietnam War, Madame Lien and Son started his prodigious rise from primitive and oppressive conditions.
“The Cannon and the Flower” will bring their story to American audiences for the first time.
Estimated timeline for distribution is 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The documentary will combine interviews with Dang Thai Son and Madame Lien, their music, historic footage and 3D animations.
The Cannon and the Flower site:
With the anniversary of Iran’s disputed election on June 12, Story4’s latest documentary, “Interrupted Lives,” produced in partnership with the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF), is timely and puts the political unrest in Iran in a historic perspective. The short documentary tells of the government’s violent oppression of students.
ABF is an organization dedicated to human rights and democracy for Iran.
The trailer and the full documentary can be seen on ABF’s web site:
The trailer is available on YouTube, Click Here
The documentary was conceived as part of an exhibition and performance programs hosted at universities and public venues in the United States and throughout the world to raise awareness of the plight of Iranian youth. Amnesty International USA is also a sponsor of “Interrupted Lives.”
To see a video of BBC Farsi coverage of the opening at George Washington University:
Story4 and the Wright Flyer Project present “Dreams of Flight”
Almost every Saturday morning for the past 30 years, a group of volunteers has gathered in an airplane hangar to painstakingly build a flying replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that first took man aloft for powered flight.
Story4 and the Wright Flyer Project present “Dreams of Flight” a 10-minute documentary on the project’s achievements and the desire to build an endowment for a permanent educational exhibit at historic FlaBob Ariport in Riverside, Calif.
The film premiered June 20 at an open house at the project’s new home on the flight line at FlaBob.
STORY4 screening at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
A short documentary, “ Asian American Voices: Shaping Silicon Valley, Strengthening Community, Sharing Hope, “ produced by Story4 and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) will screen at 1:30 Saturday, March 20, at Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose.
The piece tells the stories of three Asian American immigrants living in Silicon Valley and highlights the history and contributions of Asian Americans in the Valley. The documentary will be on a web site hosted by AACI. Watch the piece in our portfolio section.
and will be shown at community forums to raise awareness, stimulate conversation and help formulate policy about immigrant issues.
See the trailer here.
Check back here after the film festival screening to see the complete documentary.
STORY4’s video series, “Sowing Change” debuts on The Women’s Foundation of California’s web site.
STORY4’s short documentary, “Sowing Change,” is featured by The Women’s Foundation of California. Shot in the Central Valley in March 2009 during a funders’ tour, the video tells the stories of women who are leading grass-roots organizations working to improve the health of those who live in California’s fastest growing – and most polluted – region.
“Working with STORY4 was inspiring. STORY4 simply got it. We are so proud of ‘Sowing Change’ and will be able to use the film to increase awareness and funding for leaders who are making their communities and our world safer and healthier.”
- Cathy Schreiber, Vice President of Development and Communications, The Women’s Foundation of California
CLICK HERE to see the video
The Nature of Well-Being
STORY4 and the Big Sur Land Trust premiered “The Nature of Well-Being,” a 14-minute video, at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration at the Sunset Center in Carmel, Calif. November, 2008. Watch the video: http://www.bigsurlandtrust.org.
Click Here to view the Emmy Award Winning web documentary Uprooted.
San Jose Mercury News photographer and STORY4 contributor Dai Sugano won a national Emmy Award in September for his video of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, beating out competitors from PBS and Web sites of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
“Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, won for new approaches to news and documentary programming in the documentary category.
Sugano was the photojournalist and multimedia producer, STORY4 contributor Richard Koci Hernandez along with Geri Migielicz, Executive Editor of STORY4, were the executive producers.