Karen Inwood Somers / Writer Producer Director
Karen Inwood Somers is a Los Angeles based television producer/director. Karen has created programming for WE (Women's Entertainment Network), The Sci-Fi Channel, Fox Television, CTV/Canada, The Wisdom Channel and ESPN. Karen also has extensive experience as a producer for commercials, feature films, music videos and the Internet .This is Karen's first project with PBS.
As a cinematographer, Jennifer's experiences fluidly range from documentaries to feature films and television, including work on MTV'S The Osbournes, FOX's Joe Millionaire and the acclaimed PBS series, American Masters. Recently, she completed commercial spots for Pontiac and about.com and was also the Director of Photography on the recent BRAVO series, Gay Weddings, and the Disney Channel series, Totally in Tune.
Jennifer's cinematography, notably the award-winning short Butch Wax and the feature Outtakes, has screened at film festivals around the world. She has shot four independent features and last year completed the short films Dear Emily and Raw.
David Goldblatt - Composer
Renown jazz pianist, David Goldblatt released his first CD, "Facing North" on Sweet Basil records in March 1996. David has scored several television series including Showtime's "Defenders". He has also won critical acclaim for his music and partnership with Mark Isham on the CBS series "EZ Streets. David has also been the Musical Director on The Dennis Miller show, the Chevy Chase show and Diana Ross's World Tour where he also was the Arranger, and Keyboardist. This experience resulted in a live CD and a concert video for HBO. This is David's first experience composing for a documentary.
Rinaldo Villani was
born in Italy. In 1988 he left Europe to travel around the world and to
dedicate himself to documentary photography. He has traveled extensively
to China, India and Pakistan. From these journeys came a vivid photographic
portrayal of life in Kashgar, China; a story on Hindu Pilgrims and a series
of Black and White portraits of the Baloch and Pashtu Tribes. He was selectedin
1991 to participate in a Photo Essay commissioned by Sydney's prestigous
Royal Children's Hospital. His assignment was to illustrate the lives
of terminally ill children living at the hospital with their parents.
Some of his most touching Black and White images came from this experience.
Based in Los Angeles since 1993, he has worked extensively in environmental
portraiture and fashion photography continuing to refine his work as a
Black and White photographer. Because of the intimacy and candor of his
work, Rinaldo was enlisted to photograph the "Lasting Love"