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Field Notes

Visiting Some Old Friends...

After giving a talk in Miami, I got to visit some old and very special friends. Toddy is in the chute and Chipper is in the dome. I'm standing next to the amazing Patti Ragan, who created this safe haven for discarded chimps. Check out Center For Great Apes. They're doing great work!!  

Kidnapped by Parrots!

It has been a long time since our last update -- but there's a great excuse: I was kidnapped by a flock of parrots...Our latest film is about to the leave the nest! This is a film I have long wanted (and long needed) to make.  At last the timing was right. When Nature gave the project a green likght, we felt it best to put The Story of Dao on a brief hiatus. The parrot story is one that...
Requiem for a Remarkable Soul

This morning I awoke with the heaviness of loss. A dear friend passed away last night. She was one of the most remarkable individuals I’ve ever met. Though I’d known her for less than a decade, she has left an indelible mark on who I am. She has awed me with her gentleness and generosity, with her ability to survive adversity and somehow elevate herself above it all. 

There are some individuals who transform us. They inspire and...

New Beginnings

May 5, 2012

It is such a wonderful time of the year. On Cape Cod the trees have finally leafed out and the world is exploding in green. The air is alive with birdsong and spring peepers… definitely a time for new beginnings!

Here at ArgoFilms, we have shed our cold weather gear and are moving onto the next phase of The Story of Dao. After a season of writing and wrestling with images, at last we have a video promo and proposal....

The Magic of Kickstarter

September 13, 2011

For ten years I had dreamed of breathing life into a film about an elephant named Dao.  I'd been lucky to be making films back-to- back and could never seem to find a long enough break to take Dao's story to the next stage. Last year, I finally made the decision to take a breather from television and, instead, breathe life into The Story of Dao. Since it is an epic tale spanning 50 years in the life of an...

Crash Emmy Nomination!!

July 10, 2009

We’ve just gotten news that CRASH: a Tale of Two Species has been nominated for a National Emmy!  

Kudos to cinematographers Michael Male and Andy Young (with additional shots by Chris Szwedo).  The cinematographers struggled to capture the images, working out of tents in extremely tough locations (Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America and in the Canadian Arctic).  This is wonderful news...

Tales From Thailand

June 13, 2011


It is raining in Bangkok.  I can hear the thunder rolling outside my hotel room.

My head is swimming with elephants. Around every corner, there’s another – and each has a story to make your heart stop.  The past month has been sobering. When I close my eyes, they parade by in a silent, grey slide show of lost and found souls: Motala, Wassana, Pang Dow, Ton Gee, ...