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

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.

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.

Secret World Of Fireworks

1X60 min. documentary, National Geographic Channel
Secret World of Fireworks (w.t.) explores the closely held secrets, recipes, and techniques from the world of pyrotechnic showmen. For the first time in this HD special, National Geographic takes a behind the scenes look into this exclusive world with unique access from Zambelli Internationale of New Castle, Pennsylvania – America’s “First Family of Fireworks” – along with rocket scientists and chemists from Los Alamos, New Mexico.


FAIR USE & BEST PRACTICES: The Good, The Bad, and The Confusing

PGA_logoFair Use & Best Practices The Producers Guild of America East Documentary and Seminar Committees organized a lively panel discussion to help answer the following questions:
– Do you use copyrighted material in your production?
– What rights do you need to secure?
– What are the differences between features, television, and new media?
– What is “Fair Use” of copyrighted material and how much will it cost?

JFS Films, LLC

thumbnailJFS JFS Films was founded in 2000 by veteran PBS producer and production manager John Schwally to create quality television programming for broadcast and cable distribution in the United States and internationally.

Kozo Okumura, TV Director & Editor Kozo Okumura has worked on a large variety of projects including documentaries, 30 seconds commercials, music videos and industrial videos. He is also a dancer/choreographer, which has helped his editing in terms of rhythm, pacing, and storytelling.

Bettie Page Reveals All Bettie Page Reveals All compellingly captures the story of the naughty girl next store who changed the face of contemporary culture.

Petr Cikhart Films Petr films award-winning television series, feature-length documentaries, and both short and feature-length narrative films. He has worked in 80 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Iron Eye Productions For over 10 years, Iron Eye Productions has produced award winning documentaries and provided production services to dozens of international filmmakers and television networks.

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