Expected release in film festivals - March 2008 56:40
This documentary, filmed all over the US, is a comprehensive look at the
problem of light pollution for the night time environment. This
documentary was filmed all over the country with experts in many fields.
A short version will be made available for residents to use in their local
planning and zoning efforts to mitigate light pollution.
A portrait of John Lowry Dobson, his impact on amateur astronomy,
telescope making, sidewalk astronomy and his cosmological theories.
John Dobson is best know as the creator of the "Dobsonian Mount" which
allowed larger reflecting telescopes (20-inch diameter and up) to be built
by amateurs. His cosmology challenges the widely accepted "Big Bang
Expected release: Indefinite. Finishing funds needed
This documentary features many interviews and footage from amateur telescope
making conventions and historical archives. Over 200 hours of material has
been collected. Though it will probably be released as a feature film,
there is enough information for a min-series. The surplus
footage may be later released as bonus material for 'connoisseurs' of
amateur telescope making history.
Latest Documentary: THE FIRE WITHIN
- The Volunteers of the
Putnam Valley Fire Department Directed by Maryann Arrien
1 hour 14 minutes 2 seconds
(note: this streaming video box doesn't show up in Firefox - only
Internet Explorer, but you can download the .wmv file instead.)
SYNOPSIS: “THE FIRE
WITHIN”is a feature length documentary exploring the culture of the
volunteer firefighters and the members of the Fire Department in Putnam Valley,
NY and the towns beyond. It is an in-depth, inside look at the work they do, how
they train, and what qualities they look for in potential volunteers. Issues of
physical fitness, ‘fire tax’ implications, and general fire safety are covered,
as well as a portrait of the fellowship phenomenon in the fire service and the
mutual aid they practice between neighboring municipalities.
This documentary was shot over a period of several months, and was gleaned from
approximately 17 hours of interview footage, as well as B-roll of various Fire
Department events, demonstrations, parades, actual firefighter training in a 130
degree ‘hot’ room, and even a real fire call of a burning automotive shop. The
filmmaker, who happens to be the Community Media Coordinator for Putnam Valley
Community Television, was able to add footage from Town archives to remind the
residents of how the Fire Department members drop whatever they are doing to
respond to a call.
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NOTICE TO PEG Access Stations:
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you may click HERE to download an mpeg2 broadcast quality video file (2.31 GB), suitable for Leightronix streaming video