Best Advice On Getting Documentary Subjects To Be Natural On Camera by Patrick Creadon

 

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PATRICK CREADON was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. He began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90s. In 2006, his directorial debut, Wordplay was the breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, I.O.U.S.A., also premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Patrick has served on several film festival juries including Sudance Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival. In 2011, he debuted as a television director on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

At this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, received the “Bright Future Award” presented by Unilever Project Sunlight, for his inspirational film, “If You Build It,” a documentary that exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. As part of the “Bright Future Award,” which recognizes a filmmaker whose work motivates people to take action to create a better world, Unilever presented Creadon with a grant to continue to motivate positive changes that support a brighter future through the power of film. With these funds, Creadon plans to bring “If You Build it” to an even wider audience, as well as to support his upcoming project, “Ocean Stories,” a new PBS series that will feature 100 ocean related stories from 100 people from diverse walks of life focused on preserving the world’s most precious resource.

 

 

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LEFT ON PURPOSE – Midway through the filming of a documentary about his life as an anti war activist, Mayer Vishner declares that his time has passed and that his last political act will be to commit suicide— and he wants it all on camera. Now the director must decide whether to turn off his camera or use it to keep his friend alive. Left on Purpose is an award winning feature length documentary that confronts the growing issues of aging, isolation and end of life choices through an intense character driven story of the relationship between filmmaker and subject. With humor and heart it provides a rare cinematic look at what it means to be a friend to someone in pain.

 

 

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THE SPECIAL NEED: Enea is 29. He has blue eyes, likes trucks, and loves girls. He hasn’t found the right one yet. Still he has never stopped looking for her. One more thing about Enea: he is autistic. One day, after taking a photo of a girl on the bus, he is pushed to the ground by her boyfriend. Enea’s therapist convinces his mom that the time has come for the man to cope with his sexual desires. Enea’s friends Carlo and Alex get involved and try to find a way for Enea to have sex in a safe and legal environment.

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