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Every 15 Minutes: Montgomery High School 2016

We’ve been producing videos for local high school Every 15 Minutes drunk driving awareness programs since 2009 (and been on shooting crews for them going back to 2001.) And though we’ve been producing them for Santa Rosa high schools since 2010, it wasn’t until March of 2016 we produced our first for Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, which we are pleased to present here.

For those unfamiliar with the program, a full-scale simulation of a fatal drunk driving accident is staged on a high school campus in front of the whole student body, complete with fire, police, ambulance and even a helicopter responding. We create a backstory video prior to the crash scene, then capture the unfolding action of the simulation, including following the student actors as they travel to the hospital ER, the county courthouse, and even the morgue. The resulting footage is edited overnight and the finished video is shown to the students at an assembly the very next day. The idea is to have them live (at least as much as possible) the tremendous level of response from the community and the serious consequences of a drunk driving accident.

Warning: contains graphic images designed to simulate the consequences of a fatal drunk driving accident.


Produced by Visual Story Media, LLC. Directed and edited by Alan Fitch. Camera operators: Robert Talbot, Breana Pozzi, Michael Nistler, Sheralise Burnett.


Kathy Witkowicki – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

“We’re All In This Together” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honoree for community building is Kathy Witkowicki, founder of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. This video offers a brief look at Kathy’s contribution to the young people of Sonoma Valley through mentoring.


Lisa Carreño – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

“Caught in the Act of Leadership” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honorees include Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of high school and collegiate graduates in the Latino and other under-served communities in Sonoma County. We had the opportunity to interview this true trailblazer and learn about how she came to be where she is today, and her vision for 10,000 Degrees.

This brief video is the result. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.


Bob Florez – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

The Leadership Council of the North Bay annually presents awards honoring individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the North Bay. This year’s awardee for “Empowering the Latino Community” is Bob Florez of Sunny Hills Programs. Bob’s youth was spent in circumstances remarkably similar to those of many of today’s latino youth — marginalized and without a support network or many of the tools needed to move into a productive role in today’s society. The “YouThrive” program Bob developed directly and effectively addresses those needs at multiple levels.

In this short video, we learn about Bob and how the YouThrive program came to be.


Letitia Hanke – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

2015 marks the fifth year we’ve produced videos for the North Bay Leadership Council. Imagine our surprise and delight when we learned that Letitia Hanke of ARS Roofing was going to be awarded “The Light Bulb Went On” award for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. We originally met Letitia over 10 years ago and have always been impressed with her drive and her integrity – and the fact she’s created a successful, firmly-established, woman-owned business in a traditionally male dominated trade.

We have always enjoyed producing these videos for the North Bay Leadership Council, and this one was extra special. And as a bonus, we got to use some footage from our archives that we captured of Letitia singing (she was a music major in college) a few years back.

We hope you enjoy her story.


2014 Leaders of the North Bay

All of our Leaders of the North Bay videos are available for viewing on our special Leaders of the North Bay channel on Vimeo.

The 2014 Leaders of the North Bay have been announced and awards presented at this year’s celebratory luncheon by the North Bay Leadership Council.  We were pleased to be asked again this year to produce videos highlighting the five awardees:

  • Jim Farley, “Caught In The Act of Leadership”
  • Willie Tamayo, “We’re All In This Together”
  • Marin Sanitary Service, “Paint the Community Green”
  • The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, “The Light Bulb Went On”
  • La Luz Center, “Empowering the Latino Community”

Dow Pharmaceuticals: A Fungus Among Us

Dow Pharmaceuticals, highly regarded developer of topical drug products for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, recently completed a major project in creating an effective topical treatment for (ugh) toenail fungus. After literally years of hard work, setbacks and all kinds of challenges, they wanted to acknowledge the hard work, tenacity and downright stubbornness of their staff and employees that finally brought this product to market, so they called us in to produce a high-energy, fun retrospective of the entire process.

And no, this is not a gross video at all.

Here for your enjoyment, is the finished result: