We produced this piece for Retro Report about the legacy of Bush V. Gore, 16 years later.
Read more about it in the New York Times.
Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm. “Space Men” premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.
“American Experience: Edison’ Captures the Inventor’s Practical and Imaginative Spirit” – Pop Matters
“What more could there be to say about a long-dead American icon who generated reams of newspaper stories in his lifetime, inspired scores of biographies — the first of them written when he was just 31 years old — and left behind millions of pages of archival materials?
As it turns out, plenty more.” – The Record
The great fires in American history are generally identified with a city or a building: Chicago in 1871, Boston in 1872, the Iroquois Theater in 1903, the Triangle shirtwaist factory in 1911. But a wildfire in August 1910 in the northern Rockies dwarfed all of those in geographic scope. An episode of “American Experience” on Tuesday on PBS that examines that blaze borrows one of its nicknames for its title: “The Big Burn.”
The fire burned more than three million acres in Idaho, Montana and Washington, destroying several towns and killing at least 85 people, many of them firefighters. The United States Forest Service had only recently been established, its purpose and support in Congress both still uncertain. The program (whose source material includes a book by Timothy Egan, a columnist for The New York Times) traces not only the devastation but also its role in giving the fledgling service credibility. Most interesting are the fire-suppression practices that emerged in the aftermath, policies that more recently have come into question.
Much like Edison himself, we tinkered with tools to recreate scenes from Menlo Park. Take a look below at some of the images we captured on set, and stay tuned for information about the release of Inventing Edison.
Some light reading for one of the Forest Rangers…
Director Stephen Ives with Cinematographer Michael Chin on set in Colorado for the “Big Burn.” It was a cold morning in April, but it made for some beautiful footage.
Check out our camera rig while filming in Wallace, Idaho for our upcoming film, The Great Fire of 1910. We were able to capture some spectacular views. Be sure to check out our website to stay up to date on the progress of this film.