David E. Simpson and Jeannie Magill's latest documentary, Milking the Rhino on the controversial issue of community-based conservation in Africa, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. David and Jeannie have just returned from a scouting trip to Africa with 30 hours of HD footage. They travelled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. David is currently working with Himba and Maasai translators to prepare the footage for editing.
The International Documentary Association awarded The New Americans its 2004 Limited Series Award. The other nominees were Martin Scorcese's The Blues, Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, and American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film--The Center of the World, Episode Eight (1946-2003).
The New Americans, a PBS miniseries premiering March 2004 from award-winning Kartemquin Films and ITVS, follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. The detailed portraits -- woven together in the seven-hour miniseries -- present a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life and a personal view of the new America.