DOCUMENTARY "CITY OF HOPE: A CHILDREN'S STORY"

City of Hope: A Children’s Story documents the stark life of Brazil’s favela (slums) children, and is a feature-length documentary capturing the lives of displaced children caught in a seemingly unending web of drugs, violence, prostitution, sexual slavery and deliberate acts to exterminate these unwanted children. In a country with an enlightened government, it is also a film of hope and salvation as both government and Brazil’s affluent private sector work to save these children.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

How we got started




I became interested in film at the age of 12. I would sneak into the movies when I was not riding my horse. I loved the movies as much as I loved riding horses. At the age of 16 I decided that I wanted to be a film editor and work with horses. I graduated from Princeton High School in three years and took a year off to attend Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. I received my instructors certificate and went on to film school at The American University. I worked for the Smithsonian Institute upon graduating from AU. One year later I landed a job at WMDT-TV in Salisbury, MD. This ABC affiliate was a start up station. What a great learning experience. One year later I landed another editing job at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Within 8 months I moved to the number one station in New York. WABC-TV was very good to me and I was blessed to be able to work on every show. In 1986 I decided to start my own company and produce a documentary on Dressage. By 1987 Capriole Productions Inc was formed as a non-profit 501c3 corporation. I left WABC-TV in January of 1987 to start shooting my first documentary entitled: Dressage: The Horse With Airs. In 1995 Dressage: The Horse With Airs won a finalist award at the New York Festivals. I also won a Bronze Award for D-Day (Good Morning America) for editing. In the spring of 1990 I joined ABC News as a freelance editor. I also worked for the BBC and Reuters for several years. I've been blessed to have worked on the following shows: Night Line, World News Tonight, 20/20, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, Like It Is and many other shows at ABC. I also worked for the BBC show News Night. In 1997 I won an EMMY for "Dianna Princess of Wale, The Final Farewell" World News Saturday/Sunday.

Over the last 20 years I've traveled to Brazil and fell in love with the country. But I also have become very disturbed about the plight of the street children. I became aware of Phillip Smith and his organization Hope Unlimited and the great work he is doing to help these children. I've done extensive research and decided to make a documentary about the plight of these children. We are in the process of looking for funding for this film and hope to start generating some donations soon,

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I grew up in Princeton, NJ. Spent my summers on Fire Island and Deer Isle Maine, riding my horse , traveling and exploring Princeton University. I fell in love with film at any early age and decided to go to film school. I've been able to combine my love of horses with the love of filmmaking. I also love to read what ever I can get my hands on. I found that I've excelled at still photography and love to watch people.