Documentary writing-design-production

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Between 1990-2000, I wrote, designed and/or directed the production of numerous videos, primarily for corporate communications and training purposes. Because this is the earliest of my work in this realm, it’s placed last, below.

Since 9/11, my work in this realm has primarily focused on developing investigative journalism documentaries and evidence-driven activism videos.  This work addresses complex and controversial subject matter, in what I consider to be a super-responsible manner (an intersection of my work in litigition media, and video development).

All of the items in the first two sections were the result of me working alone, with basic graphics and video editing programs. The only external support I utilized in recent videos was from an audio engineer, to mix and polish the sound mix.

But imagine my potential, however, if I were able to create both traditional documentaries and even 3D animation and VR applications, through a dedicated studio with state-of-the-art technology and top-level talent.

I am now working on developing a proposal to create such a studio.


 Investigative journalism documentaries

(1) “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada” (2016)

(2) “HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force (2016)

Activism-oriented documentaries

(1) I Love Israel: “The World’s Most Amazing Micro-Nation” (2021)

(2) “Afghan Ally Rescue Campaign (2022)

(3) “Celebrity Walls vs the Democratic Narrative” (2018)

Corporate documentaries

(1) Intel: “Freedom” (1993)

(2) Wallace Co., Inc.: “The Road To The Baldrige” (1992)

(3) Mississippi Power & Light (Entergy): “Quality Action Teams” (1992)

(4) Ocean Hyperbaric Center:”Cerebral Palsy and the Brain-Injured Child” (2000)


Investigative journalism documentaries


(1) “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada” (2016)

This 44-minute documentary, which I wrote, designed, produced and narrated.

In summary, my film exposes HuffPost’s systemic anti-Semitic bias, and its efforts to legitimize the Palestinians’ narrative, and even justify their terrorism against Jews. It focuses on the “objective,” “nonpartisan” news site’s coverage of the reign of Palestinian terror in late 2015 and early 2016, that left 22 Jews dead – including three American Jews – and more than 200 injured, 21 seriously.

See the series of 2-minute trailers here: 1, 2, 3, 4.

My documentary was hailed by the watchdog group CAMERA, author Melanie Phillips, terrorism analyst & professor Ryan Mauro, and other notable figures, in this 2-minute video; full statements are here. Excerpts:

“Jon Sutz has produced a new documentary film about this phenomenon [anti-Semitic incitement & bias], that is both chilling, and a work of art.”

– Steve Stotsky, Senior Research Analyst, CAMERA

“This forensic debut video by SaveTheWest details the systematic way in which the Huffington Post whitewashes Palestinian terrorism, dehumanises its Jewish victims and incites hatred against Israel. A sobering analysis which sheds valuable light on the deranged prejudice against Israel and the Jews now endemic in the west.”

 Melanie Phillips
Columnist, author; The World Turned Upside Down, Londonistan
Via Facebook

“This film is an incredible, devastating expose of how the Huffington Post’s point of view on the Middle East has resulted in unbelievably biased reporting, misleading its readers into favoring the terrorists’ narratives.”

– Ryan Mauro
National Security Analyst
ClarionProject.org

My documentary was released on March 1, 2016. The full documentation behind the video is here.

I also produced several slide shows that contain key source evidence to support my allegations (part of the extensive documentation presented here):

“HuffPost’s Sympathetic Treatment of Palestinians” by Jon Sutz

STW: Funerals for Jewish victims of the Third Intifada


(2) Documentary: “HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force” (2016)

This 17-minute documentary, which I wrote, designed and directed, exposes how HuffPost dehumanized a beloved U.S. combat veteran who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist — while at the same time, super-humanizing ISIS terrorists, sad celebrities, and animals. It also shows how HuffPost ignored the broader wave of Palestinian terrorism against Jews occurring at the time, while whitewashing and championing the Palestinian terror narrative.

This documentary was released on April 13, 2016 — barely six weeks after the release of my earlier documentary, “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada” (above).  The full documentation behind the video is here.


Activism-oriented documentaries


(1) I Love Israel: “The World’s Most Amazing Micro-Nation” (2021)

My purpose in creating this 12-minute mini-documentary was to promote my new nonprofit, ILoveIsrael, Inc., which operates a website I created, ILoveIsrael.me The mission of the organization and website are to present, on a global stage, evidence-based information about what makes Israel such a remarkable, inspiring nation.

Learn about why I spent years creating the framework for ILoveIsrael, then built the site in 2020-21, here:

(2) Why I created ILoveIsrael, and how


(2) “Afghan Ally Rescue Campaign (2022)

In the fall of 2021, I began volunteering to help a close friend, an Afghanistan native, now a American citizen, who served four tours with US special forces, to get his family from Kabul to safety. For those who don’t know, due to President Biden’s shockingly irresponsible withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US and Afghan government’s intelligence databases, along with a treasure trove of weapons and vehicles, fell into the Taliban’s hands, which they are using to hunt for those that helped American and Coalition forces.

I conceived of and pitched the idea for this fundraising campaign to the Kenneth & Nira Abramowitz Foundation, a 501(c)3, which funded me to develop it into the Afghan Ally Rescue Campaign (details here).

The following 3-minute video boils down the background and purpose of the campaign. Unfortunately, Twitter is blocking the promotion we bought for this campaign, which we will address in a future news release.

(3) “Celebrity Walls vs the Democratic Narrative” (2018)

I generally steer clear of engaging in any kind of partisan political advocacy, because I operate on principle — not party loyalty or ideology.

That said, the spectacle of seeing so many top Democrats and Hollywood celebrities saying, effectively, that America should not have physical barriers at our borders, and that we must allow anyone to enter — not just those whom we approve of — to be obscene, and incalculably dangerous.

Coupled with the fact that so many of those Hollywood celebrities live behind physical barriers, I felt that this hypocrisy was ripe for exploiting, which others were doing, on a smaller scale at this time. What was lacking, from my observations, were credible links to the evidence to verify these celebrities’ statements, and where they live, and have lived.

So I pitched my idea to the owner of the website for which I was acting as consulting editor and videographer, SaveTheWest.com, gained his approval, and this 6-minute video was the result (documentation here).

Also see this slide show I produced to explain the purpose and context of the $5 billion that President Trump (whom I dislike, greatly) was requesting to continue building out the wall at America’s southern border.


Corporate documentaries


(1) Intel: “Freedom” (1993)

Background: Intel was preparing to launch the computer industry’s first line of cellular and radio modems for portable PCs, and wished develop a video to introduce marketing executives to these products, in a very dramatic fashion.

The Challenge: To write the narrative script and design the storyboard for this production – which would be directed by the client (Chad Little, Tracer Design). The video employs chromium mannequins and a dramatic opening sequence to take viewers “inside” this technology, and how it can benefit them.

The Result: Intel was thrilled; it showed this 7:30 video to approximately 3,000 Intel-affiliated marketing executives throughout the world, and it was displayed at numerous technology conferences.

See video, script-storyboard and complete project profile here.


(2) Wallace Co., Inc.: “The Road To The Baldrige” (1991)

Background: Each year, the President of the United States presents the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to a handful of companies that have made the most significant gains in terms of applying Total Quality Management (TQM) principles. Wallace Co., Inc., a small Texas-based distributor of chemical and petrochemical supplies, was facing economic devastation. Only by learning about and applying TQM was its management able to save the company – and go on to win this prestigious award.

The Challenge: To write, design and direct the production of a 12:00 video that tells the inspiring story of Wallace’s reinvention of itself. (This was my writing-directorial debut.)

The Result: Wallace was thrilled, and the video has been shown on public television, in training seminars, and in the White House:

[…] “I personally have seen many video productions (regarding Wallace’s Baldridge recognition)… however, none have been able to capture that unique experience or the ‘special moment in time’ that is so alive in our video. It is the highlight of every (Wallace) presentation.” […]
– Michael Speiss, Executive Vice President, Wallace Co., Inc.

See video and complete project profile here.


(3) Mississippi Power & Light (Entergy): “Quality Action Teams” (1992)

Background: Mississippi Power & Light, a division of Entergy (one of America’s largest utilities), made dramatic improvements in the efficiency in one of its repair operations, by applying the principles of Total Quality Management.

Challenge: To write and direct an 18:00 documentary, chronicling how the MP&L team accomplished this feat. Entergy’s mission in producing this documentary was to honor this team, and to distribute the video throughout its subsidiaries, as an example of TQM applied to problem-solving.

The Result: Entergy was thrilled:

“Thank you and your crew for a wonderful product, and for the manner in which you went about creating that product. […] It has been extremely refreshing to work with a vendor who is able to meet schedule, stay within budget, and remain responsive to our requests.”
– Steve Lee, Senior Facilitator, Total Quality Improvement Coordinator

See video and complete project profile here.


(4) Ocean Hyperbaric-Neurologic Center: “Cerebral Palsy and the Brain-Injured Child” (2000)
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Background: The OHNC was a neurological rehabilitation center, for which I provided creative consulting on numerous projects, over a four year period.

Challenge: To completely reconstruct what OHNC acknowledged were its extremely poor quality patient documentary (case study) videos, and augment them with new, professionally-produced content.

The Result: A 23:45 video that the OHNC’s Medical Director was thrilled with, and served as a basis upon which to retain me to work on other media projects:

“Jon has proven to be a multi-talented, exceptionally valuable asset to OHNC. Jon’s work… required that he research, analyze, deconstruct, then reconstruct OHNC’s existing media […] In all of the above work realms, Jon has performed exceptionally well, and the results became apparent soon after our affiliation began. The OHNC has received compliments from all over the world regarding the media that Jon reconstructed (particularly our videos and website)” […]
– Richard A. Neubauer, M.D., Founder & Medical Director, Ocean Hyperbaric-Neurologic Center

See video and more details here.

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