I AM challenges our preconceptions of diversity. It features four young performers - Andrew, Sandra, Steve and Awa - who prove one thing. We are all able to go beyond where others think we can. We all are. You are. I am. Written, Produced and Directed by Michal Dzierza www.dzierza.com Director of Photography Borja Mucientes www.borjamucientes.com Original Music Score by Olivier Depardon www.olivierdepardon.com Edited by Mike Lang Colour Grading by Priory Post Lighting by Shoot Blue Filmed on location at the London Coliseum, Covent Garden, the recording Studio at the Orpheus Centre in Godstone, the Barn Theatre in Oxted and the broadcast studio at Ridge Radio, Caterham. A massive thank you to everyone who has helped make this project happen over the summer of 2019, Moira Lambert and Sir Richard Stilgoe and all the staff at the Orpheus Centre in particular. Thank you to the real stars of the film, their parents and carers, their supporters and friends, some of whom also appear in the film. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at all the venues we filmed in - without your generosity none of this would be possible.
Claudia Monja is a ballet dancer at Joburg Ballet in South Africa. She was born in Cuba, where she learned to dance. But she wouldn't be principal senior soloist today if it wasn't for one person in her life. Filmed on location at Joburg Ballet, Johannsburg, South Africa. See more images of Claudia: dzierza.com/joburg-ballet-claudia-monja-ballet-dancer dzierza.com
Love/Hate/London - Alison Kriel
This is episode 7 of my series called Love/Hate/London. I ask two questions - what do you love and hate about London - and condense the answers into 1-minute films. This is the first longer video in the series. Take a few moments to see London through the eyes of Alison Kriel. Alison has been a very successful headteacher who turned an underperforming school in Hackney into one of the best schools in London, by focusing on diversity, inclusivity and both her students' and her teachers' well-being. She is now working on an educational project Above&Beyond which aims to give schools and teachers worldwide a platform to exchange ideas and improve education for the next generation. As you will see, for Alison diversity is what makes London special. Very important words at a time when we seem to create more and more divisions and uncertainty. To see all videos in the series so far go to: https://www.facebook.com/lovehateldnproject/
More: http://dzierza.com/2015/02/x-ray-audio-illegal-music-on-the-bone/ When Soviet Russia banned Western (and certain domestic) artists in the 1940s and 50s, many bootleggers started producing illegal records using old hospital x-ray films using a technology that originated from Hungary. X-Ray Audio is a project dedicated to preserving these recordings and documenting the efforts of the bootleggers. For more info go to http://www.x-rayaudio.squarespace.com . Filmed and produced by Michal Dzierza www.dzierza.com and www.meehow.co.uk.
Filmed on iPhone 6 in Dubuque, Iowa. Fred has been running his Art Deco barber shop for over 30 years and is one of the last remaining traditional barbers in this area. Music: Sunshine Moonshine by Richard Lacy, Sarah Elisabeth Lacy and David Bird More + stills: http://dzierza.com/2015/05/the-coolest-place-ive-visited-in-a-while/
Creative types: A photographer's journey - James M. Barrett
For the past few weeks I've been asking some London-based photographers about their work, their inspiration - but most importantly, about their journeys. How did they get where they are today? How did they work on their style? Was it a conscious choice or, like many things in life, a happy (or perhaps a more dramatic) coincidence? The first photographer featured in my mini-series called "A photographer's journey" is James M. Barrett. Read more about this film on my blog: http://www.dzierza.com/2012/02/a-photographers-journey-james-m-barrett My thanks to Lawrence Lang, Rupert Smith and Wes Baggaley for their assistance. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. Music: Los Abandonados by Eleggua Productions
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Gareth Ralphs, who decided to run 13 half-marathons (13 miles each) in 2012. This is a heartbreaking story of a grieving family. But it's also ultimately an inspirational and uplifitng story told by people who've found a unique way of coping with loss. Read more on my blog: http://www.dzierza.com/2012/12/131313-the-story-of-gareth-ralphs/ To support Gareth's chosen charity - Daisy's Dream - and to help him reach his target, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/garethralphs Filmed, edited and produced by Michal Dzierza Music: Poignant Passing by Edward Lampiris Preparing by In The Nursery Shimmer by Kerry Muzzey A Stranger's Map of Texas by Michael Chapman & The Woodpiles