Visible Target

"Wondrously well done. [A] thoughtful, often moving, lesson in American history." –– John Corry, NYTimes

 

Independent 30-minute public television documentary about the WWII Japanese-American Evacuation and Internment from the first community evacuated under wartime orders, Bainbridge Island, WA. Completed in 1984, broadcast locally in Seattle in 1985, broadcast nationally on PBS in 1986, in educational distribution for many years. Shown in Congress prior to enactment of legislation signed by President Reagan to award reparation payments to former internees.

 

Includes Walt and Milly Woodward, publishers of the local Bainbridge Review, who protested the evacuation at the time as being unconstitutional, and other historical characters fictionalized in the novel and feature film, Snow Falling on Cedars. Written and directed by Cris Anderson and John de Graaf. Produced in association with KCTS/9 Seattle and University Community Video, Minneapolis, with the financial support of the Japan Foundation, the Washington Commission for the Humanities and the many individual contributors to the Bainbridge Documentary Project.

 

Chicago International Film Festival – Gold Plaque

Athens Video Festival – Athens Award

American Film Festival – Red Ribbon

Dwight in Denmark (In Production)

Independent public television documentary about Iowa old time fiddler and Danish button accordion player, Dwight Lamb, and the power of memory. Principle photography completed summer 2019. Supported by the American-Scandinavian Foundation and many individual contributors, thank you!

 

WRITER/PRODUCER/VIDEO

Watch our short video on Mr. Lamb produced for the National Endowment for the Arts (2017):

ART ©2019 Howard Rains, used with permission.

Journeyman

A 60-minute MirrorMan Films documentary by filmmakers Kevin Obsatz and Charlie Borden, broadcast on PBS member stations in 2010-2011.

Journeyman follows Joe and Mike, two teenage boys from diverse backgrounds who struggle with depression and violence, both of whom are in need of support and guidance from adult males. In a mentoring program, they face challenging rites of passage, discover their inner strength, and learn to engage with a community of supportive men. Journeyman examines an emotional and social crisis made evident in American culture by chronic gang violence and academic failure among America's teenage boys.

 

STORY CONSULTANT

Gloria Film Festival, Best Documentary

Landlocked Film Festival, Best Documentary

Building a Dream

30-minute documentary by filmmaker Deb Wallwork, Red Eye Films.

Building a Dream: The Moorhead Stave Church tells how Guy Paulson came to build a full scale replica of the Hopperstad Stavekirke, a 12th century Norwegian stave church, on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Center museum in Moorhead, Minnesota. Broadcast on Prairie Public Broadcasting and Twin Cities Public Television. Shown as a museum interpretive video at Hjemkomst.

 

SCRIPTWRITER

Additional Broadcast Journalism

• 3 seasons writing and producing magazine segments for the University of Minnesota KSTP-TV show, Matrix; stories about U of M scholars and research contributing to society. Supervising producer, Mary Kelley.

• Stringer Associate Field Producer for Entertainment Tonight, brought in by ace Videographer/Producer, Jim Mulligan/VideoWorks. Jim produced and shot. I wore the coat and tie, and interviewed the movie stars and musicians. Jim air freighted the footage to Los Angeles with his recommendations for story approach. ET producers and editors took it from there.
 

• As Production Director of University Community Video, shot/co-wrote/edited 2-part independent investigative series about excessive mortality rates in local hospitals doing complex surgeries, with project originator/researcher/co-writer William Turnley. Aired on Twin Cities Public Television, NightTimes. Supervising producer, Georgianna Day.

• 3 seasons as field producer for weekly Prairie Public Television public affairs/human interest magazine, Spin, under Managing Producer Cal Olson. Included 1/2 hr specials on teen suicide and teen drug abuse.

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