Once again we were lucky and privileged to shoot for two days at the Television Critic's Association winter tour for PBS in Pasadena. When it was all over, we delivered almost 30 interviews with Olympic gold medalists, world renown astrophysicists, Harvard professors, a Knight of the British Empire, and Academy-Award winners and nominees.
We chatted with Patrick Stewart, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jonathan Demme, Tavis Smiley, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Jamie Lee Curtis, among other amazing and interesting people. The videos have been posted across a number of PBS's YouTube channels, and the footage has been used on television for short-form content and promotion.
On a personal note, I got a chance to thank Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for his words at a speech of his I attended in college that impacted my view of race relations permanently. I even got the chance to quote his words back to him. When someone in the audience asked him if racism was a permanent situation, he responded, "Racism is what alcohol is to the alcoholic. It will always be there to challenge us and try to poison us, and we must always fight against it."
Our terrific crew for the first day kept things flowing smoothly. The Bui Brothers, Lan and Vu, handled cinematography and sound, and Tracie Cotta was there for makeup and hair touchups. For both days, the erstwhile Rick Rey was our editor. Jamie Lee Curtis even teased Vu Bui, who was operating a boom for sound, by intimating he had the easiest job on the set because the boom was on a stand. Ha! She should have seen him a few hours earlier sweating over the lights!
Big thanks to Jeannine Harvey and Kevin Dando at PBS, as always!