Friends of Haiti Documentary

Doing Good Feels Good! NetApp, like many corporations, affords its employees an opportunity to take paid time off to volunteer their services in a charity of their choosing. It’s a great way to do good and, in turn, feel good about making a difference in the world. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with one of their employees on a very moving video project. Dave Botterill, Account Manager in NetApp’s Calgary office, is the founder of Friends of Haiti - Canada, which delivers everything from laptops and cell phones to soccer uniforms and medicine to the impoverished country. It was a 10-day endeavor that took me from Calgary, where I captured Dave packing up 28 bags of equipment that was donated by generous community members, to Jacmel, Haiti, which was devastated during the 2010 earthquake, leaving nearly 70 percent of the homes damaged, mostly in the poorer neighborhoods.   This is a story that practically tells itself. A caring human being looks to make a difference in the world, to help those less fortunate, and, in the process, is rewarded with a sense of purpose along with newfound relationships that have enhanced his already blessed life. The keyword here is “practically.” Telling a good story is more than just showing up with a camera and hitting the record button. It takes years of experience to know how to put together a narrative that could easily spill over into the maudlin category and keep it focused on its simple message—we all [...]

Marv Tollman: Look Back In Failure.

Contribute Now! Help Support Our Crowdsourcing Film Campaign Made in the style of “Spinal Tap” and “Zelig,” the mockumentary “Marv Tollman: Look Back In Failure” follows the story of a little known 1970s self-help guru whose book, “The Failure Fallacy,” was an enormous hit. The Failure Fallacy A popular PBS special followed along with the undivided attention of Hollywood celebrities who were inexorably drawn to his spot-on failure and success theories. Ironically, he achieved the fame and fortune that eluded him when he came to Tinsel Town a decade earlier as an aspiring actor. However, one year after his meteoric rise, Tollman disappeared. No one knows what happened but there were plenty of rumors surrounding his fairy tale existence. Marv's PBS Special 1982 The most sensational was that he wasn’t a self-help guru at all but rather just playing the role of a lifetime. To uncover the truth, Tollman’s son, Jimmy, who was 10 when his father disappeared, has set out to set the record straight by interviewing everyone and anyone with knowledge of the self-proclaimed “self-help failure guru to the stars.” Marv Tollman Film Gallery Why are we making “Marv Tollman: Look Back in Failure”? Why are we making “Marv Tollman: Look Back in Failure”? Like all artistic endeavors, it’s a chance to work out issues. And if you’re artistic, you’ve got no shortage of issues. Both Fred and Jeff have had career highs and lows. And both have struggled with the notion of failure and success on and [...]

The Boogerman

Slovenly personal hygiene meets with grim repercussions in this modern day fairy tale about a young boy who finds himself nose to nose with the judge, jury and executioner in “The Boogerman.”    Winner HD Fest. Photo Gallery

Eccentric Nation

We are a nation founded on a basis of freedom; freedom of speech, freedom from discrimination, freedom of belief.  Yet in a country so open in this day and age there are still people whose beliefs challenge what has become the norm and referred to as ‘Eccentric’.   Great minds and lunatics have each been called eccentric. The one great thing that they share is the conviction of their belief. Whether challenging the laws of physics, waiting for a Pleiadean starship, or preserving a long lost form of entertainment, the people in this film have chosen to exercise their freedom of belief. Photo Gallery

Jeff Eagle for Governor

While the recall of a statewide official