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Pepperwood Preserve: Sunset Celebration 2018

Pepperwood Preserve oversees a 3,200 acre nature preserve in Sonoma County as a living laboratory to engage students, volunteers, and scientists in applied conservation. Once a year they host a special “Sundown Celebration” as a thank you to their many dedicated donors. In 2018 the celebration was even more poignant with the devastation of the October 2017 fires still so evident. At their request, we were pleased to create this short remembrance of that evening.


Santa Rosa Symphony: New Conductor Promo Video

We always feel blessed to work with the wonderfully talented folks at the Santa Rosa Symphony. With Director Bruno Ferrandis’ departure, the Symphony auditioned five awesome candidates for Director over a period of six months, assigning each one the task of conducting the Symphony in performance of challenging pieces. The public was actively invited to participate in the selection process, and to help generate interest (and concert attendance), we poduced five promo videos featuring the Symphony’s Historian, Kayleen Asbo, bringing insight and anticipation for each of the concerts.

Here is one of the videos we produced in this series for the Symphony.


Leaders of the North Bay 2017

It’s always such a pleasure to work with Cynthia Murray at the North Bay Leadership Council each year in honoring organizations and individuals who exemplify the best of what it means to be a leader in the North Bay region, north of San Francisco. This year’s awardees continue the tradition, and we are pleased to present their videos here. Enjoy!

First up, the Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County. In light of their work around global warming and increasing drought, it was especially poignant to learn how much of the Preserve was burned by the Tubbs fire only two weeks after we recorded this video.

The Maker Movement is old and new at the same time, and Patrick Harper of Keysight Technologies was instrumental in creating a special place in Sonoma County for Makers to congregate and to, well, make things.

Teen Services Sonoma was this year’s awardee for “Empowering the Latino Community” but they provide much needed employment readiness training and job opportunities for all teens in the Sonoma city area.

New this year was the award “From Red Tape to Red Carpet: Leadership in Government” honoring effective, innovative leadership in local government. Kimberly Carroll was the first recipient of this award, and rightfully so for her work toward upping both new landlord buy-in and tenant satisfaction with low income housing in Marin County.

This year’s awardee for Community Building was Susan McQuaid of Marin CASA, a unique and under appreciated organization providing advocacy and support services to children who, usually through no fault of their own, find themselves in the court system with little to no options. Their work as advocates truly changes lives.


Housing Land Trust: First Responders

It really makes sense for first responders (police officers, firefighters and others) to live in the communities that they serve. The community benefits from a quick response time and from the personal connection that comes from being an actual resident and not an “outsider.” Unfortunately, the cost of housing is Sonoma County is high, making it extremely difficult if not impossible for these service providers to live in the communities in which they work. The Housing Land Trust model directly answers that challenge. At their request, we produced this video profiling two first responders and their families, and how one community directly benefits from the Housing Land Trust’s model of affordable housing. We are pleased to present that video here and invite you to contact them to find out more about supporting their efforts.



Sutter Santa Rosa 2016 Employee Service Awards Montage

One of the things video is so good at is paying honest tribute to the people who work with us and for us, and doing it in a way that touches the hearts of those who view it. Sutter Health is a quite a large organization, but one that really values its employees and staff, and we’ve been privileged to work with several hospitals within the Sutter system over the years to produce videos for their annual local Employee Service Awards gatherings.

For Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital’s Service Awards banquet honoring those with work anniversaries in 2016, we produced this tribute video using employee photos as well as images dating back to their hire years to help transport everyone back to when it began for each of this year’s honorees. We hope you enjoy it.


Miss Sonoma County 2017

On March 4, 2017, we captured the 71st annual Miss Sonoma County Competition, sponsored by the Miss Sonoma County Scholarship Program. Featured that night were the finalists for Miss Sonoma County and also for Miss Sonoma County Teen in a two and a half hour event that included musical numbers and a wide array of demonstrations of talents from the various contestants. We are pleased to present the final coronations in the excerpt below, and are offering the complete event in both standard definition and high-def Blu-ray through our online store here.


Every 15 Minutes: Maria Carrillo High 2017

This is the third Every 15 Minutes video we’ve produced for Santa Rosa’s Maria Carrillo High School on behalf of the Santa Rosa Police Department. It is without a doubt, a labor of love for everyone involved, from the students to the officers and first responders, and we are pleased and grateful to have been able to play a part in the 2017 program. As with all the Every 15 Minutes program videos we’ve produced, the crash scene footage and following action were all filmed in a single day, and that footage edited overnight and added to a previously produced “backstory” segment to create a finished video that was shown at assembly the very next morning. WARNING: Contains graphic simulated injuries that some viewers may find disturbing.


KRCB-TV Expressions: 2008-2009 Videos Now Online

From 2005 through 2010, we produced a number of short “interstitial” videos for our local PBS station, KRCB-TV. They were so much fun that not too long ago we created a Vimeo channel for them so that everyone could enjoy some of the people and places that make Sonoma County such a great place to live. We’re pleased to announce that two more seasons (2008: Sonoma County Choral Groups and 2009: Sonoma County Bike Trails) of Expressions videos are now on line for your enjoyment.

Click here to go to our Expressions Channel on Vimeo.