Hollywood Bombshell Hedy Lamarr was Brainy Inventor and Single Mother

One of my favorite movies to come on television when I was a kid was an old film by Don Knotts called “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” Knots fall into water turning into a fish and becoming a secret weapon during wartime saving hundreds of lives with his throttle. The satellite signal used to communicate with…

Barbra Streisand is one of a kind and a national Treasure

‪From the moment I watched riveted in a movie theatre, her holding that last note of Don’t Rain on My Parade in Funny Girl, I knew I was watching history. There will never be another like the incomparable Barbra Streisand‬

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia on PBS July 24th

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia, Premiering Monday, July 24 on POVThree Italian Jewish brothers search for the cave where they hid from the Nazis Shalom Italia. CREDIT: TAMAR TAL ANATI On the run from Nazis, three Italian Jewish brothers spent months during their childhood hiding in a cave in the Tuscan countryside. Nearly 70…

THE MAKING OF A STAR – ON YOU TUBE PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW hits PBS

 The Making of a Star—On YouTube—in ‘Presenting Princess Shaw,’ Hits PBS POV An unexpected pair reveals music’s cross-cultural impact Presenting Princess Shaw. CREDIT: IDO HAAR By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in New Orleans. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Little does she…

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV Film depicts ongoing destruction in strife-torn country The War Show. CREDIT: BOND/360 Syria’s Arab Spring, like other similar movements in the region, began with hope. In early 2011, autocratic governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa seemed to be…

HIRED GUN:  Out of the Shadows – Into The Spotlight

A few years back, the Morgan Neville directed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom won an Academy Award and single-handed lay revived the careers of R&B legends Darlene Love and Merry Clayton. Now, in 2017, shines the spotlight on the industry’s best musicians or “hired guns”.

OUT OF STATE

When most people think about the island of Hawaii, thoughts of hula dancers, exotic drinks, sparkling oceans and sprawling beaches come to mind.  When I think of Hawaii, I remember a time as a young child on the island of Kailua playing with my Mom and Dad on the beach, awaiting the birth of my…

BLOOD ROAD

Like so many in the U.S., my father was a Marine who served his country in Vietnam.  While he was away, he sent letters and reel-to-reel tapes to me, My Mom and my brother letting us in on his adventures, his fears and his never-ending love for us.  Daddy was one of millions of men…

LET IT FALL

A few months ago, during a horrible rainstorm my GPS gave me shortcut that landed me in a park in the dark.  Feverishly driving to get out and get home safely, I was abruptly pulled over the “park police”.  As a resident of Los Angeles and with racial tensions at an all time high across…

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 – For Ahkeem

I am a native of St. Louis, Missouri.  The city I grew up in you could leave your car unlocked.  You could leave your front door open.  The whole neighborhood would be our babysitter and our disciplinarian when my Mom had to work or go to school. Holidays were spent with family driving all over…

BORN IN CHINA

In celebration of Earth Day, DisneyNature releases “Born In China.” This remarkable documentary is narrated by John Krasinski and takes audiences on a breathtaking journey into the wilds of China.

COUNTRY: PORTRAITS OF AN AMERICAN SOUND

COUNTRY: PORTRAITS OF AN AMERICAN SOUND capture the personality and style of an artist with the simple snap of a camera shutter.