Production grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation!

Jon, Richard and Dan Logan. Photo by Marlena Telvick.

We are thrilled to be recipients of a generous production grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation. The Logan Foundation supports the arts, investigative reporting, healthcare and education and is dedicated to “doing good in a responsible way.” The foundation’s support is incredibly meaningful to us and to Fred Hersch Now. Heartfelt thanks to the Logan family and the Logan Foundation! The cameras will be rolling soon, capturing one of Fred’s exciting collaborations. Stay tuned.

Fantastic screening at Yerba Buena. Thanks to all of you who came. We loved hearing your thoughts.

Carrie and Charlotte posing in front of  their names on the very large and beautiful poster at the entrance of the Yerba Buena center for the Arts .

Join us on 9/8 for a work-in-progress screening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco

Directors Carrie Lozano and Charlotte Lagarde will be  showing clips and discussing the making of the documentary on Fred Hersch.

September 8 at 7:30 pm.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets available at : http://www.ybca.org/filming-performance

Documentaries R Us at Full Frame

The Full Frame Film Festival, a whirlwind four-day fest in Raleigh-Durham, NC, is widely considered one of the best fests for documentary film. This year, Charlotte is a juror for the Full Frame Inspiration Award and watched a whopping 19 films in competition. I’m here for the premiere of The Universal Language, which I produced with Sam Green.

People often wonder what film festivals are all about. Among other things, they are an incredible distribution platform for great work about some of the most inspiring, pressing, and touching stories out there. Today, in the space of little more than 4 hours, I watched a If A Tree Falls, a verité tale of the Environmental Liberation Front, told through one former member’s point of view; The Grove, a provocative film about the national AIDS memorial in Golden Gate Park and the conflicts that arise over the question of what the memorial should be–an idyllic, peaceful garden or a landscape that evokes devastation and renewal; and Where Soldiers Come From, an intimate view into a small rural town where young men looking for a brighter future enlist in the national guard only to find their struggles amplified when they return from a 9-month tour in Afghanistan.

I love storytelling in all its forms, but films provide a multi-sensory, nuanced, and complex experience, that if done right, stay with the viewer for a lifetime.

Thanks to the iPad…

We all know the virtues of the ipad. But “documentary film catalyst” is a whole new app. That’s what sparked an in-flight conversation between jazz pianist Fred Hersch and my husband Don Loeb, who came home and said to me and Charlotte Lagarde, “You two should make a film about this guy.” Which is exactly what we’re doing. Check here for regular updates to see how things are unfolding.