Documentary writing, design & production

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Since 1991, I have applied my varied creative skills to the development and production of documentary videos, some of which have received critical acclaim:

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

“HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force”

Wallace Co., Inc.: “The Road To The Baldrige”


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

44 minutes; released March 1, 2016. See overview and trailer here.

Background: The Huffington Post (“HuffPost”) is one of the world’s most widely-read and influential “news” websites. Its senior executives have repeatedly, publicly claimed it is completely nonpartisan and professional “news” organization,” and this is one of the premises upon which it sells ads to mainstream U.S. corporations. In reality, however, HuffPost consistently ignores, whitewashes and/or legitimizes anti-Semitic hatred and Palestinian terrorism against Jews, despite being criticized by several of the major Jewish organizations, including the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The Challenge: To independently write, design and produce a comprehensive video documentary for the website I edit, SaveTheWest.com, that presents the evidence to back up these assertions, in a format that even someone completely unfamiliar with news websites, HuffPost, and anti-Semitism can easily grasp — and provide the means by which to validate every assertion.

The Result: This short video contains praise for my documentary from British journalist Melanie Phillips, terrorism analyst Ryan Mauro, media watchdog CAMERA and others:

This forensic debut video 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

The full documentary:


“HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force”

17 minutes; released April 13, 2016. See video and complete project profile here.

Background: Capt. Taylor Allen Force, 28, was a decorated West Point graduate who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015, he began pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt University. In early March 2016, he joined a school trip to Israel, to learn more about entrepreneurship. On March 8, 2016, while he was walking along the ocean, Taylor was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist. See a chronology of news and blog articles about Taylor’s murder here.

HuffPost, whose senior executives extol its mission, to “use storytelling to put flesh and blood on statistics, putting a human face on the numbers,” and “comfort the afflicted,” all but ignored Taylor, and never exposed who murdered him – or why. Instead, HuffPost created original “news” stories, which it featured on its front page, that gave sympathetic, pictorial coverage to sad celebrities, farm animals, and Syrian refugees.

The Challenge: By March 1, 2016, I was exhausted from completely self-producing my 44-minute documentary on HuffPost’s endemic anti-Semitic, pro-Islamist terror bias & incitement (here).  When Taylor was murdered, however, I felt a window of opportunity had opened up to further document HuffPost’s willingness to protect Islamist terrorists, even at the expense of a beloved American military officer, whom one of them murdered.  Thus, my challenge was to rapidly write, design, produce and direct the narration of a second, follow-up documentary, to both help tell Taylor’s story, and how HuffPost dehumanized him.

The Result:

I released my documentary on Taylor on April 13, 2016. This was, to my knowledge, the first major documentary to tell his story, and began being circulated among certain Congressional offices, to help advance the Taylor Force Act, legislation to cut off all funds to the Palestinian Authority until it verifiably stopped using this aid money to incite, and reward, terrorism.

The full documentary:

 


Wallace Co., Inc.: “The Road To The Baldrige”

12 minutes; released 1991. See video and complete project profile here.

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.

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