The premiere date for our documentary has officially been published on the Jacob Burns website Tuesday evening. This is super exciting for us to see, however, this does not mean that our video is close to being finalized. There are still a number of jobs that need to be completed before all of our footage is put on the timeline in its final position, or is “picture locked.”

The editors are focusing on larger-scale jobs, such as color correction, audio tuning, and arranging video clips. The rest of the class is assisting these select few people in their tasks. Some of which have been staying up into the early hours of the morning to meet our deadline.

One of our editing students, Jason, has been working vigorously on the opening sequence to our documentary. He is also in charge of making the lower-third graphics that display the names our interviewees. This is a very tedious and time consuming process that he has been dedicated to doing for the past few weeks.

“All the hours I put into the opening will be worth it to see my name attached to a project of this magnitude”

- Jason Zhizhpon

Throughout the week, students found footage online that they thought would be useful to use as extra content in our film. During class, those students found their contact information and reached out to them for permission to use their videos. Simultaneously, students were sending out emails, proofreading titles, and editing footage. Fortunately, Act 1 has been finalized for picture lock, so the primary focus is now on Act 2 and Act 3.

In other news, this past weekend astronomers have made a groundbreaking discovery in obtaining the first EVER image of a blackhole. This blackhole received the name Pōwehi, meaning “the adorned fathomless dark creation” deriving from Kumulipo, a centuries-old Hawaiian creation chant. Larry Kimura is a professor at University of Hawaii and the one who gave the black hole this riveting name. Kimura stated in an article in the New York Times that the attention the name was receiving was “a great happening for science and Hawaiian language and identity revitalization.” He also discussed that this attention will help promote the preservation of the Hawaiian language, which is endangered. Govener David Y. Ige of Hawaii issued a proclamation making April 10th,  “Pōwehi Day”.

 


PREMIERE at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville New York

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PREMIERE at the Schimmel Center in New York City

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