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“To be an artist means never to avert your eyes.”
                            -- Akira Kurosawa
 

Current News:

I am excited to announce the world premiere of Foster on June 15 at  AFI DOCS in Washington, D.C.


The feature length documentary is another collaboration with Deborah Oppenheimer, with whom I made the Academy Award-winning Into the Arms of Strangers:  Stories of the Kindertransport. Our new film is a revealing first-hand look at the foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best.  The film goes beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes to take an unprecedented look at an often misunderstood world and upend some of the most enduring myths about foster care and the child protection system.


Breaking Point:  The War for Democracy in Ukraine, a film I co-wrote and co-directed, is now available on Google Play. The award-winning documentary is an intimate look at the war and revolution in Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary people who risked their lives to create a more democratic, independent country. Their lives were transformed by the tumultuous revolution on the Maidan, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the war in eastern Ukraine that followed, which has killed over 10,000 people and left 1.9 million refugees.   The outcome affects not just the future of Ukraine.  As writer Anne Applebaum says, “Ukraine has become a piece of a bigger struggle about the future of European democracy. Can European democracy even survive into the 21st century?”   
You can read more about the film here:
http://diversionsla.com/the-breaking-point-documentary-as-thriller/
or on our website:  www.breakingpointfilm.com

Interacting with Autism, www.interactingwithautism.com, a transmedia project funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that I directed with University Professor Marsha Kinder at USC,  continues to attract significant traffic.  The website contains over six hours of  short videos on various aspects of autism and  hours more of interviews with some of the most important experts in the field.