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Monday
May072012

WEB OF WATER WINS PBS NATIONAL EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD  

This is Webisode One: The Mountain Region / Watch ALL the webisodes in an earlier post here

We are proud of Ian Sanchez and the environmental education project we all worked on with SCETV, Web of Water was selected as a PBS Education Innovation Award winner! The national award recognizes innovative projects that demonstrate new ways of teaching and learning. We uploaded weekly videos "webisodes" from the river of Ian kayaking, meeting people and students along the way, and educating middle school kids in their classrooms - then we created a documentary for SCETV. 

Watch the entire Web of Water documentary on the SCETV website

Monday
May072012

Ben Timpson's Inside Nothing 

(Rough Cut) Inside Nothing from OPP on Vimeo.

Ben's Biography:

When classically trained painter Ben Timpson turned his artist's eye from large canvases to tiny bits of the natural world, his work entered a mysterious realm of fanciful, dark beauty. Flowers, insects, blood and bone – the eccentric materials Timpson collects find their way into miniature compositions he assembles into slides in painstaking marathons at his light table. These haunting and whimsical photographs, published for the first time in "End of the Roll: Goodnight 35mm," capture a style that trades traditional notions of painting and collage for an evocative visual alchemy. The result is a gallery of alarmingly original images, and the publishing debut of a remarkable young artist.

And here's what Mitchell has to say about Ben Timpson:

"I discovered Ben Timpson's art when I was at BookSurge. I was walking through the production facility one day looking at some of the books we were printing and his book "End of the Roll" literally stopped me in my tracks. He later came and signed books at the BookSurge booth at an American Library Association conference in Chicago. We had dinner and developed a friendship. He is one of the truest and most unique artists I have ever encountered and OPP is proud to be bringing his work to a larger audience." -Mitchell Davis

Ben has recently released his second book titled "Inside Nothing: Is Everything" that at 174 pages shows his more recent works and will include a DVD. 

Visit Ben's website at www.goodnight35.com

Monday
May212012

WEB OF WATER WEBISODES

Ian arrived in Charleston harbor on Sunday to meet the kids from Charleston Kids with Cameras. CKWC and the LEEP photographers put together a photo journal for the Web of Water project.

Below are some pics from Tim McManus at Pennisula Media.

Webisode 5 - THE COASTAL ZONE

This is the final webisode for the Web of Water trip. What a great three weeks, meeting amazing people and seeing hidden gems right here in our own state! Thanks to everyone working hard to get this "real time" production to happen including Ian Downie who helped as PA and the master, Chuck Heilig who helped with video editing. 

Webisode 4- THE COASTAL PLAINS

This video features John Rood and Ian in the Congaree National Park and Marc Epstein from the Santee Wildlife Refuge. 

Webisode 3- IN THE SANDHILLS 

The third webisode produced for broadcast in SC Middle School classrooms is posted to the RiverVenture.org and MyEtv.com Web sites (here it is below also). This one features some great personalities Ian met in the mid-state - Cheif Louis Chavis of the Beaver Creek Tribe, Park Ranger Karen Kustafic, and Ian presenting to the 3rd grade class from Nursery Road Elementary at Saluda Shoals park. 

Webisode 2 - IN THE PIEDMONT

 We also spent the weekend with some great people in the upstate including Chief Louis Chavez of the Beaver Creek nation, Karen Kustafik a ranger with Columbia Parks & Recreation and Patrick Hayes from ETV.  The Chief provided some insightful context connecting the spiritual and practical role of water in the life of the American Indian. Karen was a delightful guide to the three rivers area of Columbia where the Broad and Saluda rivers meet to form the Congaree. Patrick also really helped with Saturday's shoot by helping with B-roll. We even had an improptu meeting with the geologist from Congaree National Park where we will be on Tuesday.

Webisode 1 - THE BLUE RIDGE & THE FOOTHILLS

 The first of six Webisodes for the Web of Water Kayak adventure is online. Our partners at SCETV will be running PSA's on NPR this week to promote the trip by our local naturalist Ian Sanchez. The series is being viewed by Middle Schoolers across South Carolina as part of thier environmental education program.

Thanks to everyone workiing hard to get this real time production to happen including Ian Downie who helped as PA and our friend Chuck Heilig who did editing on this one. We will be posting these as they go up over the course of the trip.

Monday
May212012

ETV PREMIERES OPP DOCS

We're excited and proud to announce that two of OP productions; Finding Pura Vida and Web of Water premiered on ETV's Southern Lens Earth Day, April 23, 2009 and will continue to air in a one hour block along with interviews with Mitchell and myself. Stayed tuned to your homegrown programming!