At the age of twenty-one Peter Wing returned from Vietnam and started building a home for himself and his family using recycled materials. For thirty years he and his wife are proud owners of a medieval castle visited by hundreds of tourists every year. Wing's Castle Documentary shares with us what a little perseverance and resourcefulness can accomplish and how one can draw inspiration from the most challenging of life's experiences. Video completed in 2001 (c) Rachel Connolly Kwock
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"Finally, a look at horse racing from a rarely heard perspective. Women have been an important part of the sport for years and Riding in Stride captures the unique relationship between them and the equine world." - Craig Cornwell, KET Director of Programming
Above is a short clip of Riding in Stride. To view the documentary in full (27 minutes) please rent thru Distrify Links above or to purchase DVD please use links below for Paypal. Thank you.
Riding in Stride originally aired on PBS stations nationwide. Interviews with veteran jockey PJ Cooksey, best-selling author Mary Midkiff, and other women who have carried a passion for horses into their adult lives explore the age-old bond between girls and horses. Segments include an interview with Joan Scott, a racehorse trainer at Lexington's Thoroughbred Center, and a visit to Keeneland to see one of Scott's horses, Spacious, run a race. (c) Rachel Connolly Kwock 2006
I was inspired to make Riding in Stride one weekend when I was home reading the NY Times about a female horse breeder, Amy Bondon-Peltz, who gave a percentage of her proceeds to women's charitable organizations. So I contacted Amy and a few weekends later was down south meeting Amy and a veritable Who's Who of women in racing, including Joan Scott, the horse trainer featured in Riding in Stride. Contacting Amy and Joan, combined with reading Mary Midkiff's She Flies Without Wings: How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul inspired the documentary. Thank you ladies!
To order the DVD please send $29.95 to rachelhartcATgmailDOTcom via www.paypal.com (see button below). International orders will need to send shipping costs from Morristown, New Jersey. Thank you.
Looking for an Equine Videographer? I grew up with horses and love being with them and videotaping and filming their majestic ways. My mother loved horses and made it a point to have them in her life via a small horse stable and a revolving door of horses and ponies in her backyard where her four daughters rode and competed, mostly in Pony Club. Since I have this background, I am very comfortable being around horses and love them so much! In addition I am experienced with video and media. Happy to visit you in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut at one of the many racetracks (Monmouth, Meadowlands,Belmont, Saratoga, Aqueduct, Freehold) or or your stable or home to create a commercial, video short, documentary, promotional video, or profile o you and your horse. Contact me at rachelhartc AT gmail DOT com. Looking forward to meeting you!
In early 2001 I had the honor of traveling to Hawai'i with Tatge Lasseur to help on the production end of their Great Performance taping of Holo Mai Pele. It was an absolutely amazing experience.
Above is a short clip from the performance documentary. Pacific Islanders writes: "Holo Mai Pele (Pele Travels) tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pele, Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, and her sister Hi'iaka. The one-hour performance program features a dazzling display of ancient hula and chant. The program Holo Mai Pele weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love, and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic performance. Viewers will experience the transformative power and spirituality that lie at the heart of the hula.
Featuring Halau o Kekuhi, Hawai'i's premiere hula troupe. A co-production of Pacific Islanders in Communications, International Cultural Programming and Thirteen/WNET New York. Directed by Catherine Tatge, produced by Dominique Lasseur."
This is an excerpt from my student thesis film, I am embarrassed to show the full movie but did always like this B&W clip.
Audio Mixer for this film, The Sticky Fingers of Time, a low-budget time-travel tale about '50s journalist-novelist Tucker Harding. Directed by Hilary Brougher.
When 9/11 happened I was in an orchard in upstate New York state picking grapes with twenty other people. Upon returning I organized a screening in Union Square Park of films & water, light, & movement to offer possibility, which felt so lost in the city after 9/11. My friend, Andre Middleton, & I put this one together for the screening.
Dedicated to the entire Hanson family and to Pete and his family and astounding bravery and acceptance they found in their final moments, and who I am still inspired by ever single day. (c) 2001 Rachel Connolly Kwock
I loved living in the West Village while studying at NYU in the 90s- working at Lanciani's, cutting across Bleeker Street, dining at La Florent & White Horse Tavern. This is some fairly rough footage from the meat-packing district located one block north of where I lived on Horatio Street. 16mm B&W film shot in 1992 between 12th & 14th Streets complete with fashion shoot, guys working on their Cadillac, purveyors, plus lots of metal overhangs of course. The original 16mm B&W film footage is much nicer than this video transfer, of course, so it is hard to make out one of the signs in the background - it reads: 14th St. Food Depot. I'll try and get a better quality transfer done than this one that I did at home. Enjoy! (c) 1995 Rachel Connolly Kwock
While in school I had the honor of traveling to Tennessee sharing the very back bench of a van with Documentarian George Stoney to record the interview audio for "Songs for Ralph", a documentary on Smithsonian Folk Legend Ralph Rinzler. I also had the honor of recording and meeting Pete Seeger. George Stoney and Pete Seeger were both incredible human beings and are sorely missed.