THE MAN BEHIND THE WHITE GUITAR
Our film has been around the world now, honored with awards in India and The Hague, along with screenings in Italy, Brazil and California. Thank you to so many people who helped make this project one for others to be inspired by values of honesty, trust and the power of music to unite.
This unique project was a testament to the power of the people. With very little money, artists and other collaborators came together to create a project in honor of one of the greatest guitarists of our lifetime, the humble Master of José Neto, Brazilian Guitarist who has not only played and supported the best, but has been nonstop in creating his music, staying true to his artistic vision.
“They’re going to make a movie about Neto? Well he’s brilliant, isn’t he?” – 92-year-old baker Ms. Watson from the Cotswolds in England.
A spectrum of people, voices, and textures, “The Man Behind the White Guitar” is a film about the musical life of Brazilian guitarist, José Neto. Neto’s music and energy have been behind major world musicians, including Harry Belafonte and Steve Winwood, as well as Brazilian greats, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. His diverse musical journey from Brazil to the United States and England and deep life challenges have taught him the values of loyalty, devotion, and positive vision that speak through his sounds and performing spirit. He’s touched the lives of the most unsuspecting fans worldwide. Photo by Joao Gomes
Racing with Copepods
Racing with Copepods is a 20 minute film I cowrote and produced with film director Carlos Grana of Bazooka Mama Productions, thanks to a grant from The Schmidt Family Foundation. The film features 12 future ocean stewards and our great oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue taking a stand not just for our oceans but for all humanity.
Here is the trailer.
Radio Interview with Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Racing with Copepods can be used in schools, libraries and other educational venues. We kindly ask you contact us if you use the film and provide us feedback.
Synopsis: Twelve middle school youths take a race sailing course where they study the fastest animal on earth, copepods. In the process they connect with the natural marine world and become advocates for its well-being.
Documentary, 19 minutes
Director: Carlos Graña
Producer: Barbara McVeigh
Narrator: Kimball Livingston
Featuring: Dr Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer
A project of Sailing Education Adventures with support from the Romberg Tiburon Center and the Derek M. Baylis Ocean Research Vessel.
Street Kids of Kenya
A collaboration with Film Director Josephine Nyamu of Nairobi, Kenya.
This short music video is currently being distributed to international film festivals. If you would like to know more about Josphine Nyamu and/or donate to her cause, please contact her on Facebook.
Nurture Nature – a New Film From India!
I was honored and humbled to join this amazing team of artists from India who collaborated to make a film during lockdown about the beauty and power of nature. This project was discussed on Marin TV with highly celebrated and notable literary and film figures of India and beyond, such as Keyuri Shaw, Dr. Avnish Rajvanshi and more. This film project has been accepted to the Lift-Off Film Festival and has been discussed on the New Delhi Community Radio Federation and more, which I was honored to join.
Here is the film!