Where the Waters Blend is a documentary film that is both the story of the Piscataway people who are trying to reclaim their Native American heritage centuries after assimilation into western culture and the personal story of their leader’s journey from estrangement to reconciliation with her LGBT daughter. This mother-daughter relationship personifies the larger story of the Piscataway’s struggle to retain their cultural identity amidst the social and cultural pressures of the 21st century.
Batalá in Washington, D.C. is part of a larger Batalá family created in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves. In 2007 the Batalá Washington band was created and is open to women and women-identifying persons older than 21 years old of age, regardless of race, religion, income or musical experience.
Susanne Coates: Cinematography & Editing
Collaborators: Emily Wathen, Camilla Sumi
Producer: Stone Soup Films
This short documentary film follows island caretaker, musician, naturalist, and Potomac River advocate, Joe Hage. After moving to a small island adjacent to the C&O Canal and “inside the beltway” of Washington, DC, Joe reconnects with his passion for music and becomes a “diplomat” for the river.
Today marked the last shoot in our project that began as a short film for the International Documentary Challenge back in March. After the competition ended my colleague and fellow filmmaker, Emily Wathen, and I decided to revise and expand the film to include additional background on our main character, Joe Hage, and more about his work to help raise awareness regarding the problems facing the Potomac river. The film has really been through major changes over the past 7 months and we've made a lot of new friends along the way.
Nautical Channel host Lucia Metzbauer discovers Norfolk, one of the USA´s top nautical destinations. A port city on the Chesapeake Bay, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and with countless rivers in its backyard, you just can't get away from the water. Discover some of the incredible 144 miles of coastline in the heart of Virginia!
Yesterday was the final day of the International Documentary Challenge competition. The team (Emily Wathen, Megan Orr, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Nicole Ricci and myself) put in many hours over the past five days to complete our five minute documentary "Towpath Joe." Kudos to the entire team! Now it's time to get some rest.
The second day of shooting began with two of my teammates and I hiking down the trail from the parking lot to the channel where Joe met us with the ferry. We spent several hours interviewing Joe and learning about his background, how he came to be the club's caretaker, and what it was like to live on a small island in the middle of the Potomac river. We had a really interesting morning and we can't wait to share our experiences with everyone by way of the documentary film we are making. Now, it's off to transcode and log all the footage we shot today.
The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It's caretaker, Joe Hage - who lives on the island year round - is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and ... grin ... getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river.
Jason Sturm had a life and career planned in the US military, but everything changed when a combat training accident took his leg. Finding community and rehabilitation in the extreme-intensity world of Crossfit training, Raising the Bar follows Jason as he pursues his dream of going back to school, opening his own gym, and shaping a life committed to helping other adaptive athletes regain fitness and health.
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