Milking the Rhino's adventures on the west coast

Milking the Rhino Producer/Director David E. Simpson and Associate Producer Xan Aranda have just returned from San Francisco, where they finalized licensing contract negotiations with the Independent Television Service. This contract includes significant levels of funding which will aid the Rhino crew in finishing its goals for this feature-length film. Milking the Rhino's exploration of the triumphs and pitfalls of community-based conservation continues, with plans for a third and final trip to Africa this summer. The director and crew venture back to Namibia and Kenya to follow up with Maasai and Himba communities, torrential rain in East Africa now in place of devastating drought, and the continually unpredictable landscape of conservation, rural development, and poverty reduction. Continued

Kartemquin on Post Production

On Wednesday, February 28th, Leslie Simmer and Adam Singer spoke at the Chicago Final Cut Pro User's Group on their experiences working on The War Tapes. Although the film was, in fact, cut on an Avid, there was plenty of interest by members of the FCPUG on how to approach editing over 1,000 hours of most non-professionally shot video into a compelling and truthful depiction of these soldiers and their families' experiences as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Continued