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Global Innovation Exchange – New UW + Tsinghua University of Beijing Campus in Seattle Area filming

Posted by Leonard on July, 1, 2015

Last week I did some freelance camera work with CCTV covering the major announcement of the opening of the Global Innovation Exchange (CCTV is similar to a Chinese BBC).  One of the most prestigious universities in China is joining with the University of Washington to run a graduate institute in Bellevue that will focus on technology and innovation. The partnership with Tsinghua University of Beijing — sometimes called the MIT of China — will mark the first time that a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States. The program will be based in the Spring District of Bellevue in the rezoned and redeveloping Bel-Red Corridor. The GIX as it will be known, will start with a few dozen students in fall 2016,  and could grow to 3,000 students in a decade.

“Both Tsinghua and UW faculty will teach, in English, and the students will earn a master’s degree over 15 months. They’ll be charged with tackling great problems of this era: sustainability, health, inequality, environmental issues, transportation and clean energy, to name just a few. Technology isn’t just about engineering and science anymore.” In remarks, a Microsoft person described the partnership as “a way to grow higher education in Seattle, which is “at a disadvantage” when compared with other U.S. cities that are tech-innovation centers, including Boston, New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. All of those cities have at least two major research universities; Boston has four. Seattle has one.”

We shot interviews with WA Governor Jay Inslee, the head of research for Microsoft, and the presidents of both Universities, that all played across a variety of CCTV programs.

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City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Video Shoot with Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Posted by Leonard on June, 27, 2015

Currently in production of multimedia training materials aimed at sharing and promoting Best Management Practices in the Automotive Repair Industry. The project is being lead by The Pollution Prevention Resource Center with whom I’ve worked with on a number of previous projects. Our first shoot was at a model green shop in West Seattle, and last week we filmed at the City of Seattle vehicle fleet maintenance facility. On tour, we were lead by the head of the facility, and accompanied by an inspector from the Department of Ecology and a chemical engineer with Puget Sound Energy. The sprawling complex was full of auto repair bays with vehicles ranging from brand new Harley motorcycles for the police department but not yet in rotation to a SWAT vehicle, parking chariots, trucks with cranes and on and on. They had an on site painting facility and we learned about their chemical and materials waste systems. Was pretty impressive to see this hub of action that maintains the vehicles of all city departments.

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on  City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Vehicle Painting Facility on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

Inspecting SWAT Team Vehicle on City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Inspecting Chemicals On City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Portable Hydraulic Vehicle Lifters on Inspecting Chemicals On City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Portable Hydraulic Vehicle Lifters on Inspecting Chemicals On City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

Brand New Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles Ready to Enter Service

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

City of Seattle Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Facility Tour

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A Surge in Kayaktivism in Seattle as Small Boats Protest Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Departing for Alaska

Posted by Leonard on June, 14, 2015

In late May and early June of this year, the Shell oil rig Polar Pioneer was docked in Seattle’s harbor for maintenance. Coming from around the world, the rig was bound for Alaska to begin offshore drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea between the US and Russia. This decision to allow for drilling there by the Obama Administration represents a new and dangerous direction for official policy that bost prolongs a dependence on fossil fuel as well as takes great environmental risks with the threat of an oil spill in such a significant and remote ecosystem.
Over the course of the month, there were numerous events on land and sea that included a surge of kayaktivism, small boat protests around the rig to draw attention to the federal policy and the oil giants irresponsible and dangerous plans. The rig was a giant monstrosity of a machine, towering over the city skyline larger than any other machinery anywhere in the port and visible from every direction.
On the morning of the the rigs departure from Seattle, a call went out to people to come join the waterborne protest and stand in the path of the giant rig. I awoke at sunrise and went to get my drone camera up in the sky over the rig before it’s departure. I then boarded a Greenpeace boat full of Raging Grannies and joined the small crowd in the waters in front of the departing rig as it made it’s way out of Elliott Bay.
This is a short piece I produced for Yes Magazine, with whom I’ve collaborated on a number of projects over the years.

Shell No! Kayaktivism To Stop Arctic Offshore Drilling from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig  in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig  in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig  in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Greenpeace Boat Driver at Shell No! Protest with Raging Grannies

Greenpeace Boat Driver at Shell No! Protest with Raging Grannies

On The Solar Pioneer Floating Barge at Shell No! Campaign in Seattle

On The Solar Pioneer Floating Barge at Shell No! Campaign in Seattle

On The Solar Pioneer Floating Protest Barge at Shell No! Campaign in Seattle

On The Solar Pioneer Floating Protest Barge at Shell No! Campaign in Seattle

Solar Panels on the Floating Solar Pioneer Protest Barge in Seattle Harbor

Solar Panels on the Floating Solar Pioneer Protest Barge in Seattle Harbor

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Raging Grannies On Board a Greenpeace Boat in Seattle at Shell No! Protest

Raging Grannies On Board a Greenpeace Boat in Seattle at Shell No! Protest

Kayaktivists Own Mega Monster Shell Oil Polar Pionneer Rig Heading for Alaska

Kayaktivists Own Mega Monster Shell Oil Polar Pionneer Rig Heading for Alaska

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

Kayaktivism, Protesting Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer Rig in Seattle

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Sound Discipline – Children and Schools Learning the Positive Discipline Approach

Posted by Leonard on June, 1, 2015

'Class meeting', integrating Positive Discipline into the curriculum with Sound Discipline.
Recently, I’ve been working on a new project with Sound Discipline, showcasing their work with one local school, Lakeridge Elementary in Renton. It’s amazing how powerful their approach to problem solving and communication skills can be in helping create a healthy learning community. Teachers integrate a ‘class meeting’ model that is an opportunity for students to express their feelings, share compliments and problem solve together. I’m particularly impressed with their using the hand model for understanding one’s brain, and how young children are using it when their ‘lids are flipped’, their decision making skills are scrambled, and they’re needing to take a break. It’s now a common language throughout the school and everyone knows the hand symbols and what they represent.

Doing great work, some bites from Sound Discipline’s website:
We see a day when:

• People feel cared for, respected and empowered in their schools, families and communities.
• Families feel that it is normal to ask for help and have a broad network of local resources (or family educators) that cross race, class and culture where they can turn for support and parenting tools •Classrooms are places where young people are learning the skills needed in a global society
• Schools are places where mistakes are opportunities for learning and the race bias around discipline is undone
• Communities support schools and families in using solution focused methods that enhance equity and honor each person’s dignity.

We Believe:

• All people, young and adult—regardless of race, class and culture—are worthy of dignity and respect
• Misbehaving children are discouraged children
• Current punitive practices and systems work to the detriment of all young people and perpetuate a legacy of oppression and inequity
• Mutually respectful relationships and solution focused problem solving empower children, families, schools, and communities to thrive and foster academic excellence, citizenship, equity, and democracy

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PlantShare – Everybody’s Doing It

Posted by Leonard on May, 31, 2015

I’ve recently been working with Dina Russell of PlantShare to produce 2 videos in support of the launch of their new website. One video is a How It Works nuts and bolts site tour, and the other is more conceptual, filled with the words of current users. It’s basically taking the ancient art of sharing plants and giving it a digital platform to facilitate and connect people looking to give and receive free plants, in all forms from cut flowers to transplanted trees, seed, trimmings etc. I’m looking forward to it’s success and growth.

PLANTSHARE™ Plant Global Share Local™ from Dina Russell on Vimeo.

PLANTSHARE™ How It Works Video from Dina Russell on Vimeo.

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‘Serdhak’ – The Golden Hill, Interview with Nepali Filmmakers at Seattle International Film Festival

Posted by Leonard on May, 30, 2015

I recently attended the screening of the world premier of the Nepali film Serdhak – The Golden Hill at SIFF, The Seattle International Film Festival. Following the QnA, I scooped up the young filmmakers, director and star/writer for some Seattle love beyond downtown and their hotel room. Over the years, I’ve visited Nepal 6 times living there for roughly a year and a half and speak almost fluent Nepali. I felt it my responsibility to host these young guys and share my city with them. We went down to Mertle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront and enjoyed a gentle breeze and beautiful sunset on a warm night in late May. This is a spontaneous interview we did discussing the making of the film.
Follow their progress as the film begins screening internationally at https://www.facebook.com/SerdhakTheFilm
Our interview:

The trailer:

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Seattle Artist Jonathan Clarren Profile and Promo Video

Posted by Leonard on May, 26, 2015

Jon Clarren is an artist friend of mine I’ve been working with to develop some of his marketing and promotional materials. The content we produce will reach property owners, architects, and developers looking to integrate art into their buildings and properties, in courtyards and rooftops, foyers and all kinds of spaces. It’s been great filming at his studio, and in a glass hot shop and a metal fabricating studio in Ballard. IMG_8552

 

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Seattle Soul Queen Grace Love and Her Band The True Loves

Posted by Leonard on May, 5, 2015

Over the past 6 months I’ve had the privilege to film a few live shows of Seattle soul queen Grace Love and her band The True Loves. They’re a rising part of the local scene, taking off this year with shows at Folklife, Bumbershoot, Timbr and much more. You can catch them performing live around town frequently.



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PCC Natural Markets Annual Meeting

Posted by Leonard on April, 28, 2015

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For the fourth year in a row Pangeality Productions was tapped to film the PCC Annual Meeting. Over a beautiful spread of a meal, new PCC CEO Cate Hardy welcomed members, introduced herself and her vision for the future of PCC Natural Markets. Board Candidates gave short presentations, the PCC Cooks program was showcased (running since 1983), and the new soon to be opened PCC in Columbia City was featured, including insights from new Seward Park store owners to be Third Place Books.
PCC videos screengrab

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Best Green Management Practices in the Auto Repair Industry Project – Pollution Prevention Resource Center NW

Posted by Leonard on April, 21, 2015

Once again I’m working with PPRC The Pollution Prevention Resource Center NW on a new project. We’re focussing on building multimedia training materials that highlight sustainable BMP Best Management Practices across the auto repair industry. The focus is largely on the disposal of chemicals but other general building maintenance and work materials curriculum as well. The multimedia training materials will be free online.

We kicked off the filming with an earth day shoot at Swedish Motors in West Seattle. On tour with us were representatives of various utilities responsible for large vehicle fleets. The shop heated it’s floors and facilities with an oil burning furnace onsite, solar power on the roofs and impressively in a large auto repair business only one trash can, with 6-8 recycling bins. We’re due to shoot again in the facility where the Seattle Police Departments vehicle fleet is maintained.

 

Very cool for an auto repair shop to intentionally be creating wildlife habitat

Very cool for an auto repair shop to intentionally be creating wildlife habitat

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Northwest Ecobuilding Guild’s Annual 10X10X10 Green Building Slam at Kane Hall

Posted by Leonard on March, 31, 2015

Had the pleasure of once again filming the Ecobuilding Guild’s 10X10X10 Green Building Slam at UW’s Kane Hall. 10 presenters, 10 slides, 10 minutes each, great food and desserts. It’s the 5th year in a row that I’ve recorded the presentations and the projects just keep getting better and better. A few of my favorite presentations included the redevelopment of the building at the SE corner of 10th and Pike on the far corner of Cal Anderson Park. The builders discussed how they’d preserved the giant facade and worked it into the new green bldg. Another were 2 impressive intentional communities on Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands.

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Filming WA Gov Jay Inslee on Climate Tour stop in Seattle’s South Park and Beacon Hill Neighborhoods

Posted by Leonard on November, 23, 2014

Did some work this week with local nonprofit Climate Solutions, filming events associated with WA Gov Jay Inslee’s Climate Tour stops in Seattle’s South Park and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. At first, I was among the broadcast news outlets basically running ahead of the governor, trying to get shots of him being lead on a quick neighborhood tour before meeting with community leaders and local residents first at the South Park community Center then at the Centro de la Raza on Beacon Hill. Both meetings dealing with the impact of climate change on low income communities and local environmental concerns.

Gov Inslee in South Park at a children's playground next to the adjacent freeway.

Gov Inslee in South Park at a children’s playground next to the adjacent freeway.

Somali community leader addressing WA Gov Jay Inslee at South Park Community Center in Seattle on WA Climate Tour.

Somali community leader addressing WA Gov Jay Inslee at South Park Community Center in Seattle on WA Climate Tour.

Gov Inslee at South Park Community Center listening to residents and community leaders talk about air pollution and other environmental concerns.

Gov Inslee at South Park Community Center listening to residents and community leaders talk about air pollution and other environmental concerns.

Seattle Chief Sealth High School students presenting their research to WA Gov Jay Inslee at South park Community Center

Seattle Chief Sealth High School students presenting their work to WA Gov Jay Inslee at South park Community Center

WA Gov Jay Inslee meeting with community leaders  at Climate Tour stop at Centro de la Raza in Seattle.

WA Gov Jay Inslee meeting with community leaders at Climate Tour stop at Centro de la Raza in Seattle.

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Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center – 2014 Year in Review Video

Posted by Leonard on November, 5, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center is assisting businesses, government and nonprofits with practical solutions for economic and environmental vitality. It’s a nonprofit organization that works to research and produce high quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information, in order to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region. It’s this unique position that enables PPRC to be available to sometimes adversarial parties who need to work together but often find it challenging to both share their challenges and problems openly while also working within the confines of the laws and regulations. They do impressive work that has truly meaningful impacts and consequences.

Over the past few years we’ve worked together on a number of video projects and I’ve always enjoyed the work we’ve done together. Specifically I’ve enjoyed making visits to the sites where we film, to port facilities, solar installations, factories and other industrial and manufacturing locations. I especially enjoyed when working on the Zinc in stormwater project, getting the chance to film in the skies above Seattle to highlight the proximity of industry and potential pollution sources all along the Duwamish River corridor.
Each year PPRC hosts a regional roundtable to bring together players in the Pollution Prevntion (P2) sector to network and share around the issues and challenges they’re working to address. This year PPRC hired Pangeality Productions to put together a year in review video to open the conference at a downtown hotel. The video highlights PPRC’s ongoing work on the Solarize Bellevue campaign, The Green Sports Directory, their work with WA craft breweries, spray and paint efficiency trainings, and their wildly successful Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) program. I was also onhand to film the keynote speech and other related workshops. It’s always special to stand in the back of a packed room and see your work projected live onto a big screen. I look forward to more wiork together in the years to come.

PPRC 2014 FINAL from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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The Whidbey Institute’s 40th Anniversary Video

Posted by Leonard on September, 24, 2014

I recently worked with The Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island to provide coverage of their big 40th anniversary event. Primarily to cover their 3 keynote sessions with Joanna Macey, Drew Dellinger and David Sangler, as well as their ignite talks style session of 12, 5 minute topics on a wide spectrum of ideas by a range of community members. It was a beautiful weekend that I was happy to have been able to include my family in participating in. Lots of wonderful food , late night art, quiet meditative time, speeches, salons, outdoor activities, and more, all on a beautiful piece of land surrounded by thick juicy forest. This is a short video sharing the vibrancy of the TWI community showcased on this special weekend. Enjoy

WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 40th ANNIVERSARY VIDEO from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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Supporting Blind and Visually Impaired or Disabled Students in Nepal

Posted by Leonard on September, 16, 2014

Last week I had the joy of attending The Rose International Fund for Children’s annual fundraising dinner. TRIFC is a Seattle based nonprofit who works with disabled children in Nepal. Back in 2009, I’d done a story for The Seattle Channel about TRIFC and the amazing work they’re doing, that was nominated for an Emmy award (video below). In Nepal, people with disabilities are often hidden and shamed, their disability viewed as the product of a past life sin. TRIFC’s work is both to provide these children with necessary surgeries and medical care, as well as education and support in developmental and social skills. In addition to the direct work with this population, they are actively working on breaking down the stigma associated with disability in Nepal through PSA’s and other public outreach campaigns.

TRIFC is directly connected to Rotary International and each year takes groups of Rotarians on trips there. For the fundraising dinner, I had volunteered to film the event in support of TRIFC’s great work. While shmoozing, I decided to do a short spontaneous video with Nirmala Gyawali, the executive director of TRIFC’s ADSoN project, The Ability Development Society of Nepal. Nirmala is blind and the video is about the TRIFC backpack for blind students in Nepal. It comes full of tools designed specifically for blind students, including an abacus, ruler, tablet, and other materials with braille writing. My goal was to make a short, easily accessible video promoting the $75 backpacks as a way for people to financially support TRIFC and blind Nepali students at a financial level accessible to many people.

TRIFC has designed a backpack kit with the tools necessary for blind students in Nepal

TRIFC has designed a backpack kit with the tools necessary for blind students in Nepal


Backpacks for blind students video:

Original Emmy nominated story about TRIFC’s work in Nepal:

Challenging The Stigma of Disability in Nepal with The Rose International Fund for Children TRIFC from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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