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Through My Eyes: Part 6

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna despite not having permission accompanies Haong go to Jerusalem.

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Through My Eyes: Part 1

Through My Eyes: Part 1

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 2

Through My Eyes: Part 2

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. In part 2 Haong Ly meets Louna's relatives and friends. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 3

Through My Eyes: Part 3

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Haong and Louna go shopping in downtown Ramallah. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 4

Through My Eyes: Part 4

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna takes Haong to watch a girls basketball game. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 5

Through My Eyes: Part 5

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna takes Haong to church, and Haong has a little accident. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

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Independence Hotel Cambodia

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Rich Kern's Nature Series, Alligators 8

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In this travel video clip the rain begins in the month of may for the alligator…moreIn this travel video clip the rain begins in the month of may for the alligators where it come to them like a big food festival. Where the disperse there self all over the place looking for food and where to make they next nest. less

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 1

Castello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outsta…moreCastello di Tornano in the heart of Chianti (Gaiole in Chianti) makes an outstanding wine from the vineyards surrounding it. The complex was a medieval castle from the 10th century, lavishly restored. The Ricasoli family of Castello di Brolio dates back to the 7th Century. An ancestor of the current owner Francesco, Bettino Ricasoli, was prime Minister of Italy in the 19th Century and invented the Chianti formula. The winery is the oldest in Italy. Badia a Coltibuono once an Abbey from the 11th century is now a charming hotel, restaurant, winery and cooking school run by the Stucchi Prinetti family dedicated to the preservation of the oldest traditions of the Chianti region. Poggio Antico in Montalcino is the highest elevation winery growing Brunello. An excellent Restaurant run by Chef Roberto Minnetti is on the premises preparing dishes steeped in Tuscan history. Castello Banfi at Sant’Agelo Scalo is owned by the Mariani family dedicated to producing superior wines on their large 6,000 acres estate, marked by technological innovation. An old farm complex in nearby Collupino serves as residence for guests of the Banfi winery. Montepulciano is a Medieval Renaissance town on top of a mountain in the province of Siena known for its “Nobile wine” only produced here. Valdipiatta, an awarded winery, produces the vino Nobile from Prugnolo and Lanaiolo grapes. The owner Mr Caporali runs a wine school educating visitors about wine varieties and growing techniques. He also runs Il Grifon D’Oro, a trendy restaurant and Il Poliziano, an historic cafe in the center of town. Contucci is the oldest wine cellar in Montepulciano holding tastings since Renaissance times. It is located in the main piazza overlooking Palazzo Comunale. Avignonesi is a combination of 4 estates growing awarded wines. It is also a farmhouse growing its own products for its kitchen and its store. The open farm kitchen serves local specialties. Relais San Bruno is an elegant boutique Hotel set among an olive grove and fruit orchard under the walls of Montepulciano. less

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Independence Day, Santiago, Chile

Independence Day, Santiago, Chile

Thursday, September 18, 2003 Feeling at home back in Santiago, I threw the cam…moreThursday, September 18, 2003 Feeling at home back in Santiago, I threw the camera and tripod into my backpack and headed for the Metro light rail system. Santiago’s Metro is world class. The stations are clean, large and well lit. The trains run on a tight schedule. Television monitors on the platform tell you when the next train is due. It was independence day, and the streets were quiet. Most shops had closed for the holiday. I returned to the Plaza de Armas to record independence day celebrations. The plaza was mostly cordoned off by police. It is a Chilean Independence Day tradition for the President, the military elite, and other high government officials to attend church at the Metropolitan Cathedral on the plaza square. The appearance of the president comes with much fanfare. Two regiments of Chilean soldiers marched and paraded around the square. One of the regiments dressed in grey ceremonial uniforms with black boots. Their shiny grey helmets eerily resembled those worn by the Wermacht soldiers of Germany in World War II. While the band played patriotic music, I perched myself on a monument and had a perfect view of the plaza. Sure enough, President Ricardo Lagos arrived in an open-air limo. Lagos stood in the back seat of the convertible wearing a grey suit with a broad, red, white and blue ribbon, waving to the crowd. As the motorcade turned the corner it passed just a few feet from my camera. www.frakesproductions.com less

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Caesarea Maritima

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The ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way …moreThe ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel. Herod the Great built Caesarea Maritima to honor his patron, Caesar Augustus about 25–13 BC. I visited in July, 2007 while recording footage for an upcoming documentary on the life of Apostle Peter. The book of Acts records that in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort. Peter met Cornelius and converted him to Christianity. Caesarea harbor is one of the most significant engineering feats of the ancient world, Herod’s engineers filled barges with sand, floated them into position and then sank them in a circle, thus forming the harbor. Once Roman ships had a safe place to dock, Caesarea became a major seaport. Eventually, time and the sea washed the sand footings away. www.frakesproductions.com less