Origins of the Solar System

1X60 min. NOVA scienceNOW w/ NEIL deGrasse TYSON on PBS
Did an ancient supernova explosion trigger the birth of the solar system? Scientists are finally closing in on evidence that, nearly five billion years ago, a supernova shock wave swept through a cloud of dust and gas and caused it to collapse, eventually forming the sun and the planets. Meteorite hunters have scoured the globe for space rocks containing evidence of this ancient supernova in the form of rare isotopes that could only be created in the intense pressure of a supernova explosion.  Watch full show instantly with subscription to www.Netflix.com.

SAVIORS (documentary)

Nearly a million American kids suffer from abuse and neglect each year.  And for 1,500 of them, it is fatal.  For those who manage to survive, barely a third muster the courage to report it to authorities.  Broken homes, abusive caretakers, drug addiction, and juvenile delinquency don’t discriminate.  All can strike children without warning or regard for age or background.  And when law-enforcement, local schools, and behavioral counselors alone can’t overcome these problems, where can those most at risk turn?

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WHAT’S UP, DOCUMENTARY? Animation and Non-Fiction Filmmaking

What’s Up, Documentary? The increasingly popular use of animation in documentary and non-fiction filmmaking will be examined in this panel discussion sponsored by the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America East and the New York Film/Video Arts Council.

Producers, directors and animators will show clips and discuss a range of projects, explaining how and why they chose to use animation, the positives and negatives in terms of time, budget and skill sets, and the artistic or interpretive contributions animation can bring to a project.

PGA AWARDS PRODUCER OF THE YEAR TO KATHERINE BIGELOW OVER EX-HUBBY JAMES CAMERON

Katherine Bigelow & x-husband James Cameron courtesy Wiredimage.com (link below)

At the 21st Annual Producers Guild Awards, Katherine Bigelow won the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures for HURT LOCKER, beating out 9 others, including James Cameron and his blockbuster AVATAR. Since the award has accurately predicted best picture Oscar 13 of the last 20 years, Oscar voters may take another look at the spellbinding HURT LOCKER.

Other notables were NYC indie producers Fisher Stevens and Paula DuPre Pesmen who won for feature doc THE COVE. It’s got everything a feature doc should have– entry into a little known world, revelations at every turn, and great characters.

Check out picts from the PGA Awards night at the link below. I’m right under Julie Bowen– the actress who gave my dear director friend night sweats after exiting his pict a week before shooting was to begin because she was preggers. Nevertheless, mother, baby(s), and my friend’s feature are all doing fine.

http://www.wireimage.com/searchresults.aspx?cbi=13051&s=2010%20Producers%20Guild%20Awards&vwmd=i&sfld=C

PGA awards Producer of the Year to Katherine Bigelow over x-hubby James Cameron

Katherine Bigelow & x-husband James Cameron courtesy Wiredimage.com (link below)

At the 21st Annual Producers Guild Awards, Katherine Bigelow won the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures for HURT LOCKER, beating out 9 others, including James Cameron and his blockbuster AVATAR. Since the award has accurately predicted best picture Oscar 13 of the last 20 years, Oscar voters may take another look at the spellbinding HURT LOCKER.

Other notables were NYC indie producers Fisher Stevens and Paula DuPre Pesmen who won for feature doc THE COVE. It’s got everything a feature doc should have– entry into a little known world, revelations at every turn, and great characters.

Check out picts from the PGA Awards night at the link below. I’m right under Julie Bowen– the actress who gave my dear director friend night sweats after exiting his pict a week before shooting was to begin because she was preggers. Nevertheless, mother, baby(s), and my friend’s feature are all doing fine.

http://www.wireimage.com/searchresults.aspx?cbi=13051&s=2010%20Producers%20Guild%20Awards&vwmd=i&sfld=C

Man-Made Disasters

1X60 min. documentary, National Geographic Channel
Can a direct link be drawn between human activity and some “natural disasters?” Geophysicists find examples worldwide of man’s capacity for drastically and suddenly awakening the planet’s destructive force through volcanoes, earthquakes, and even tornadoes.  Does our quest for power and our impulse to build mega-structures come with an unexpected price tag?  Certain forward-thinking energy companies and structural engineers are assuming it does, and they’re at the vanguard of a new movement that’s finding ways to generate energy and build big without disrupting the delicate balance of forces below—and above—the earth’s crust.

AL MAYSLES’ NEW ESPN DOC PREVIEW

IMG_1560IMG_1576Had a great time talking with legendary filmmaker Al Maysles and his co-director Bradley Kaplan about their new doc MUHAMMAD & LARRY about the 1981 bout between Ali and Holmes where Ali suffered a terrible defeat.  You can catch the premiere on ESPN on October 27, 2009.  Check out the trailer at link– http://30for30.espn.com/film/muhammad-and-larry.

Mark Marabella w/ Al Maysles and co-director Bradley Kaplan at 57th Street Screening Room NYC.  Photos Courtesy: Chris Pfaff

ROBERT MCNAMARA R.I.P.

mcnamaraRobert McNamara, the wunderkind who fascinated President John F. Kennedy with his intellectual gymnastics while serving as his secretary of defense,  has died at the age of 93. McNamara, who also went on to serve President Lyndon Johnson, was a key architect of the Vietnam War.  See one of the last on-cam interviews he ever gave in AMERICA’S LOST H-BOMB.  The complete, 45 minute interview is included on the DVD.

Welcome To Marabella Productions!

Welcome! Take a look around. Love to hear what you think. Traveling from Hawaii, to the Philippines, to Paris to Cow Dung Road in Hanksville, Utah (yes, that’s the actual road), I’ll post weird and interesting anecdotes and pics as our team and I span the planet looking for the best science, nature, history, or current affairs stories to film around the world.

If you’ve got an idea for a series or documentary yourself, please let us know about it on “Your Ideas” page..

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— Mark

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