Milking the Rhino Work-In-Progress DVD is complete

A new DVD which contains 88 minutes of rough-cut material is now finished. The disk is comprised of 11 stand-alone scenes from Namibia and Kenya as well as a short demo for the film. Director David E. Simpson edited the material with assistance from Associate Producer Aaron Wickenden. Kartemquin’s Jim Morrissette authored the disk and Dan Sharkey, formally of gripdesign, created beautiful packaging. Along with newly revised fundraising materials, authored with the help of development consultant Julie Simpson, the Milking the Rhino team will be using this disk as part of a targeted fundraising push. In the coming months, the team will be approaching specific foundations and exploring various co-production possibilities as a way to meet their fundraising goals. Plans are underway for a final return trip to Africa in Spring of 2007. Continued

Milking the Rhino holds successful fundraiser in Santa Fe

On Sunday, May 21, 2006 a fundraiser for Milking the Rhino...and Other Tales of Community Conservation was held at Gabriel’s Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thirty-two artists from the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, Africa, and the island of Mauritius donated over 60 pieces of original artwork and crafts to the event. The gallery donated an African inspired buffet of exotic foods accompanied by South African wines, while the Maple Street Dance School from Albuquerque donated live performances by Ghanaian drummers and dancers. A short demo video of Milking the Rhino was screened for the audience of approximately 200 people generating a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for the documentary. Continued

Milking the Rhino crew returns from Africa

After a successful production trip to Namibia and Kenya, Milking the Rhino...and Other Tales of Community Conservation is now three-quarters of the way to being "in-the-can." 67 hours of HighDef footage (Panasonic Varicam, 16×) was shot by cameraman Jason Longo, and sound person Rich Pooler. The crew was led by director David E. Simpson and producer Jeannie Magill, who are now preparing to edit a rough cut of this material. Continued

Gordon Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal honored at local annual benefit

Last night, the Southwest Youth Collaborative honored Gordon and Jerry for the power of their films in the community at an event at the Hot House. The Southwest Youth Collaborative is a joint venture of South/Southwest side Chicago youth and neighborhood organizations who together work with children and teens from "diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to unleash their potential to become successful and actively contributing members of society." Continued

Production on In the Family continues

In the Family spent the last week of June filming in Washington DC. On June 27, Joanna presented a sample of the film to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This panel of government officials, researchers, and experts advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on genetic policy. Two days later, Joanna spoke and showed the sample in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill concerning the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). We also interviewed Congresswomen Judy Biggert (R-IL), the Bill’s lead sponsor, for the film. You can find out more about GINA and the efforts to pass the Bill here. Continued