The Final Mini-Doc in the Six Part Series!
The past two weeks have been amazing and equally as hectic. On November 3rd, my full 23-minute “Stories from the Emerald Necklace” documentary was finally premiered at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s annual meeting. I was told it was met with gasps, sighs, laughter, and applause. I have no personal recollections of this since I was transformed into a zombie-like state as soon as the screening started – unable to comprehend my surroundings, out of tune with the movie, and generally perplexed and stupefied that the big moment had finally arrived. Nevertheless, I was assured by those attending that they liked it very much. In the middle of all this commotion, I have worked as a Production Assistant on a feature film over the past two weeks – 12 hour days and little sleep. More juice on that experience here. Let’s get to my last “Story.” Roger Gottlieb, a master storyteller and author of A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth, recounts a time when city dwellers had to unite to save the west bank of Boston’s best kept secret, Jamaica Pond, from apartment developments. Roger is a fascinating individual and I hope you enjoy his story.
Only on YouTube: My extended interview with Roger.
See last week’s premiere here – Restoration and Revival of the Muddy River
The Fifth Short Documentary in the Six Part Series!
On November 3rd, in three days, I will be premiering the full, twenty-three minute masterpiece that combines all six “Stories” documentaries into one film at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Annual Meeting. I can’t tell whether I’m more excited or nervous as I look ahead to 200+ pairs of eyes viewing my work. I’m fairly certain the masses are gonna like it though and I’m crossing my fingers that another project will present itself out of this showing. In the meantime, enjoy another installment of the “Stories Project.” Bob Nesson, documentary film maker and producer of “The Muddy River Chronicles” recalls a lifelong connection to Boston’s Muddy River. From memories of a dirty and ignored waterway in the 1970s to today’s Riverway restoration and revival, Bob provides insight into the history of the Muddy River and how he was inspired to make the “Muddy River Chronicles” in an effort to build awareness of this part of the Emerald Necklace.
See last week’s premiere here – Nora Lutz and the Pond Jam
Over the hump! Premiering Part Four of the Six Part Series.
This was the first video I completed for “The Stories Project”. It’s also one of my favorites because of its’ unique style – in essence, I like to call it my own little rock-doc. Nora Lutz’s story – The Pond Jam – invites us to take a look at how art, music, family, and community come together and are brought together everyday by the parks. Enjoy Nora performing a beautiful rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
See last week’s premiere here – Running the Emerald Necklace with Mark Lowenstein
The Third Film in a Six Part Series!
Millions of people step foot on the historic paths of the Emerald Necklace every year. Mark Lowenstein, author of “Great Runs in Boston,” addresses the functional and recreational importance of the Necklace’s linear paths for Boston’s commuters, walkers, runners, and bikers. Mark also explains how the Emerald Necklace inspired him to write running guidebooks for the Boston area.
See last week’s premiere here – Spending a Summer in the Necklace: The 2010 Green Team
A First Look at the Second Release of a Six Part Series!
Every summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy employs urban youth to help with park maintenance and restoration via the Green Team Youth Program. Through the Stories Project, I was fortunate enough to visit with a few of the Green Teamers this summer. After spending lunch with them, chatting with them for a few hours and hearing out their personal stories, I left with a feeling of how powerful such an experience can be in a “city kid’s” life. See for yourself – watch “Mad Mike” Michael O’Sullivan, “B-Doggie” Bradley Ortiz, and Josie Bergersen-Lewis recount how their summer with the Green Team has helped them meet new people, form new friendships, expose them to exciting outdoor adventures, and build character and work ethic.
See last week’s premiere here – Marylin Rodriguez and the Franklin Park Hispanic Baseball League
Now Playing in High Def on a Computer Near You!
Welcome to the first official online video premiere of my summer project! Over the past several months, I have served the roles of film-maker, cameraman, writer, journalist, video producer, editor, and web-developer for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. What started as one man’s vision to build awareness and appreciation of our city parks through video and media has transformed into an archive of touching, endearing, and compelling stories from Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace. Over the next six weeks I will individually unveil and present each story as a weekly publication on IGORoamandreport. More about the Stories Project here.
First up, Marilyn Rodriguez. Marilyn revisits childhood memories at the Franklin Park baseball fields, a venue where family, friends, and community gathered together, watched, and played in the Hispanic Baseball League. Enjoy!
Scroll down to see two of the ‘Stories’ videos I am publishing!
This summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a nonprofit oversight organization of Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace system of parks, launched the beginning of a brand new venture – the Stories Project. The Stories Project is meant to video document the broad variety of stories that come from the 1,000,000+ people that visit the park system every year. The Emerald Necklace is a 1000+ acre linear park system outlining the city of Boston that includes six parks in total, each with a different character and motif. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and completed in 1891. The Stories Project is groundbreaking for the Emerald Necklace; it marks the start of creating a historical database of experiences formed at these historic parks and promotes and encourages use of the parks through a series of creative and compelling high definition videos. These videos are being posted online and eventually will appear at the Conservancy’s new visitor center, opening in the fall.
[Update: All Six ‘Stories’ Videos Now On IGORoamandreport]
How do I know all this? I’m the lucky son-of-a-gun that was hired to develop a vision and produce the novel video project. Yes, it is my responsibility to find, collect, produce, and report Continue reading