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On 23, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In | By Blacklea

A Quiet Crisis

A documentary on the Texas nursing shortage and how nurses travel to Austin once a year to inform the Texas Legislature about heathcare issues.

This was an early project I directed. My main contribution was the idea of the nurses telling us what inspired them to become a nurse. The most obvious set up for the importance of nurses would be crying babies and the infirm. But that was too cliche for this story about the nurses taking on the state capital. I wanted to set up why nurses are important while making a connection to each interviewee. It’s the difference between explaining an issue and connecting an audience to individuals who open up to the camera.

This was a successful recruitment tool and educational piece for the Texas Nurses Association. It took some strong finagling from our producer Chris Simpson to convince them to triple the budget they had in mind but it landed the project with a 2009 Telly Award.

On 23, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In | By Blacklea

Beatles 7

“When orphan Charlie discovers the lost Beatles tapes, he must overcome his feelings of abandonment to keep them safe.” That was the log-line to Blackleaderfilms’ first feature length script written by my partner Sai Salvarajan and myself.

I directed this mock trailer to generate interest in the project as we shopped it around Hollywood back in the early 2000s.

My favorite part of the script was his imagined conversations with Ringo Starr, whom he discovers is his father.