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A Lot Like You is World Premiering at SIFF!!
We're so excited to announce that our documentary film is an Official Selection of the 37th Annual Seattle International Film Festival!!

Our official World Premiere will be on
Tue. May 24, 2011 @ 7pm at Harvard Exit (Capitol Hill).
We will also have a 2nd screening on
Sun., June 12, 2011 @ 1pm at Admiral Theater (W. Seattle).
To kick off our festival run, we have cut a new 2 1/2 min trailer! Many thanks to Jason King who edited this piece, and to Will Hyde who animated the text so beautifully...

For the latest on what we've been up to...

As A Lot Like You gets ready to hit the festival circuit in 2011, we've been beefing up our online presence.

Please visit A Lot Like You's movie website to find out more about the story and our phenomenal creative team.

For continuing updates on festivals, screenings, photos, videos and our musings on this constantly evolving film journey, please check out our movie blog

Happy browsing!!!

December 20, 2009
Here's an interview we recorded on December 13, 2009 that reveals the new direction we're taking with A Lot Like You.

Thank you to Susan McCabe (Interviewer) and Michael Monteleone (Director) from Voices of Vashon for giving us the permission to reproduce this video.

A LOT LIKE YOU--our latest trailer
Our film has finally found its title--and it only took 6 years!
We're excited to share with you our 3-minute preview trailer.

APRIL 26, 2009--Worlds Apart Rough Cut Complete!!
Hey there,

So we have a DVD of our feature length rough cut that we'll be screening over the coming weeks to get feedback. Our story's evolved a lot since our Sundance Cut, and has become much more intimate and personal. To this end, the footage we shot during our return trip to Tanzania in December has proved to be invaluable in rounding out our story.

Calling All Patrons of the Arts--Come Out! Come Out, Wherever You Are!!
As many of you know, funding for the arts is rapidly disappearing as foundations reallocate their resources to meet the more dire needs of people struggling to make ends meet during these challenging times. So we are turning to some seasoned film fundraising gurus to help us polish up our grant applications, and develop our major donor strategy.

Money matters aside, we have all the energy, the talent, the experience needed to complete this film by the Fall. We will be submitting Worlds Apart to 3 film festivals/markets in the Fall/Winter--IFP in New York, Sundance, and IDFA in Amsterdam.

APRIL 9, 2009
WOW! There can only be two reasons for such an extended web absence--either ain't nothin going on, or there's too much going on to stop and write. I'm happy to report that, in the case of Worlds Apart, it's the latter.

Over the past year, we've assembled a phenomenal creative team that is committed to seeing this film through to completion. Our collaborative team of ten artists are breathing life into this film, and working together to tell a story that is so much more beautiful and visually compelling than anything I could have done on my own...

I'm completely humbled by their generosity, their creativity, and their enthusiasm. I feel so grateful to be working alongside this group...and I'm sure you'll see why when you check out their respective websites...

Go Team Go!!

ERIC FRITH (Editor, Co-Producer, Writer)
TERRI BASSETT (Graphic Design, Animation)
PETE DROGE (Original Music Score)
ELAINE SUMMERS (Music Supervisor)
MATT DAVID (Illustration)
JEFF HOYT (Voice Over coach/recording engineer)
BETSY MODEL (Marketing, Media, PR)
ANDREW MCALLISTER (Additional Editor)
FIONA OTWAY (Additional Editor)
ANN COPPEL (Archival Research)

July 27, 2008
What an incredible rush this has been. Since assembling the Sundance cut, we have been motoring through, working to assemble the rest of the film. We expect to have the film roughly assembled in its entirety by the middle of August.

At that point, we will be heading to Boston, where I will be ducking away from our family vacation for a day to attend a full day, one-on-one tutoring workshop at Documentary Education Resources. The workshop is on Funding and Selling your Documentary. The preliminary feedback (on our website, short trailer, and recent grant proposal submission) seems positive. I'm looking forward to coming away from that meeting with lots of potential funding resources and publicity/marketing ideas.

And we are halfway through our library screenings of the Sundance Cut. We have Rainier Beach Library on Tuesday, July 29th (6-7:30pm) and then Douglass Truth on Saturday, August 2nd (4-5:30pm). Hope to see some of you there!

:) Eli

I've been heading to Vashon once a week to edit side by side with Eric. What a difference it makes to work together in real time. As someone who thrives on immediate gratification, working on a project that takes years to realize can be a supreme challenge. So having moments like these, where a conversation can spark an idea, and we can go out and shoot what we need to bring that idea to life, hand it over the "graphics department" to apply digital effects, and then incorporate it into the final cut with newly written and recorded voice over, all in one day, is so incredibly satisfying. What an adrenaline rush!

And so I am happy to report that our "Sundance Cut" is complete. This is the cut we've been working towards--with our auction, the private asks, and the fundraising houseparties. All our efforts have been to get us to this point. So a deeply sincere Thank You to everyone who contributed so generously to make this cut possible.

As it turned out, the Sundance Cut is essentially the first 29 minutes of our film. I feel it accurately portrays the many layers of story that will unfold over the course of the film. It is beautiful, excruciating, funny, tense, and intricate. And now with this incredible cut available to us, I'm having all sorts of ideas for how to use it. Expect to see future posts about Exciting Fundraising Houseparty Opportunities...

And just to clarify--this cut has been submitted to the Sundance Documentary Fund (not the film festival...yet!) for post-production funding (primarily to cover editing and scoring, but also all the finishing touches like color correction, sound sweetening, etc.) We don't find out about their decision until November! But we'll be sure to keep you posted!

Thanks for your excitement and support!!!

April 2008
The Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center mini-documentary video project is done! What a journey that piece has been through in its short life. But it premiered last night at the Center's gala opening event for major donors, and is expected to play at the various events throughout their opening weekend. A huge congratulations to all the staff, volunteers, board and community members who have worked so hard for the past 7 years to bring this environmental learning center to SE Seattle. We hope to make the video available online sometime soon!

Last week, we recorded Next Stage Dance Theatre's "The Mysteries of Life" performance at Broadway Performance Hall. We are so grateful for this ongoing collaboration. In the coming month, we hope to complete editing this performance video and the NW Network's training video to make way for some intensive work on Worlds Apart.

That's right!! For the first time in the history of this project, Worlds Apart is going to receive concentrated, full-time, undivided attention from both myself and Eric, our editor. Up to this point, we have been extremely grateful for whatever time Eric had in between projects to devote to our film. But now, from May 12 through the month of June, we will be focusing on nothing but Worlds Apart. We are both thrilled and excited to turn our full attention to this project, and I for one cannot even imagine where this project will be 2 months from now. Stay tuned for further updates!

March 2008
Well, we recorded a voice over track, and have integrated it to our current cut of Worlds Apart. It definitely brings a new dimension, and I think adds some depth to the story.

Eric also cut together a "feel test" for the opening of the film, to give us a jumping off point for talking out the pace, mood, feel, look of the piece. I am so in awe, and humbled by how much I have yet to learn about the art of visual storytelling. And once again, I feel extraordinarily grateful to be collaborating with Eric and Byrd Productions on this film byrdproductions

Earlier this month, we met with Marcia Iwasaki and Irene Gomez from the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs which generously funded Worlds Apart $10,000 through their CityArtist Project. We discussed the filmmaking process, various story and narrative ideas, and they had a chance to preview some of the footage. The City has been so generous and patient with the slow unfolding of this project. We truly are grateful for their ongoing interest and support!

In other 9elephants news, we have been invited to produce a mini-documentary for the opening of the new Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center. They are hoping to have a video to show at their various opening weekend events. We bid for the job, and now that it's been accepted, we need to hit the ground running to make the April 23rd deadline! Let the adrenaline rush begin!

We've finished up the training video for Fred Hutchinson, and just filmed a 7-hour training video for the NW Network. Even though our work week is shaved down to 2 days a week, we feel incredibly grateful for the steady stream of work coming our way.

Thank you all for spreading the kind word about our work!

February 2008
The scope of Worlds Apart continues to evolve and expand. While the story thread of father's return home remains the same, and narrative is taking on a slightly different shape. After much deliberation, we have decided to include my voice in the piece. My own journey, questions, explorations, and intentions behind making this film are now folded into the fabric of this film itself.

The tone of the film is also changing somewhat. I am now in the process of writing my responses, reflections, and reactions to what happens in this film. And this writing will be boiled down and transformed into the voice over narrative for the film.

With this new direction, my questions add another layer of exploration in this film. Namely, an in-depth exploration of the promise of the American Dream. As is true in many immigrant households, this promise was ever present in our home. I want to find out how it is that my parents were able to capitalize on the American Dream, and see if there has been any cost to them for their hard won success.

Every Sunday, I'm sitting down to write and work on developing this idea...and following this thread throughout the film. Hopefully later on this month, I will head over to Vashon to record a voice over scratch track, so we can see just how well this new narrative direction is serving us.

January 10, 2008
It's been a while since we've been in touch. 2006 was an eventful year for us. Our daughter, Lucia Ann Kimaro Kenney, was born on August 27.

Six weeks later, we had our "From Tanzania, With Love" fundraising auction. Thanks to everyone who made that such a fun, successful, memorable event.

2007 was a bustling year for 9elephants. We shot and edited several mini-documentaries, which can be seen on our PROJECTS page:

We produced several videos for Next Stage Dance Theatre, with whom we have been collaborating since 2005.

9elephants also produced a mini-doc for Prescolar Alice Francis, an amazing Spanish immersion preschool in SE Seattle with a strong foundation in social justice, environmental stewardship and community engagement.

We also produced videos for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, and had the privilege of filming various ceremonies and life events for friends and colleagues.

OCTOBER 25, 2006
"AND...THEY'RE OFF!" With the incredible success of our auction behind us, and the generous funding from the City of Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and 4Culture, we now have enough in the bank for 5 full months of editing!! So after a conversation with our editor this weekend, we're moving forward and starting to assemble a rough cut. WOO HOO!! smile There's still a lot of writing and story tweaking that needs to happen, but we have enough material to get started.

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our friends and family. We currently have 10 people who have given generously at the Producer level ($1,000+) whose names will be featured prominently in our film and on our soon-to-be-revised website! But every dollar makes a difference. I've often said that this is a film that will be made $1 at a time. So as you turn your thoughts to end-of-the-year donations, please remember us and the importance of supporting the independent voice in the media.

So how do I make a donation?
With The Northwest Film Forum as our fiscal sponsors, all donations to our project are tax deductible. Please make your checks payable to the NW Film Forum, and be sure to write "Worlds Apart" in the memo section of your check. You can mail your checks to 4553 South Lucile St, Seattle, WA 98118.

Thank you so much for your continued support!!!

OCTOBER 20, 2006
We are proud to announce that Worlds Apart has its first Executive Producers: Connie Burk and Jake Fawcett. Between their own personal generous contributions and our successful auction which they planned and coordinated, they have raised over $25,000 for Worlds Apart!! We are forever grateful to both of them for their unwavering support of our film project.

We are so blessed to have friends and family who have been so supportive and encouraging throughout this process. We feel a tremendous sense of indebtedness to you all. Please know that we are incredibly committed to seeing this project through by producing a film that is as thought-provoking as it is beautiful to watch. We're looking forward to the day when we can sit down and watch the finished film with you!!

With much gratitude and appreciation,
Eli and Tom

OCTOBER 17, 2006
A sincere Thank You to everyone who came to the auction this past Sunday. I'm happy to announce that our fundraising event was a resounding success. We were hoping to make between $8-10,000. We ended up making over $17,000!!! WOW! That will pay for 11 weeks of full time editing. Unbelievable!

We had an amazing team of volunteers who gave up their Sunday to make sure that our event ran smoothly. Many thanks to Becca Wisotsky for coordinating all the volunteers. Thanks to our seasoned volunteers Kristin, Bekki and Eleta, all the day-of logistics were handled seamlessly.

This event would not have been possible without the generous donations of my parents, who procured arts and crafts from artists all over Tanzania and shipped/carried them all here. We were so grateful that they were able to join us for this event.

And of course, the whole event, from conception to execution, was the brainchild of our friends Connie Burk and Jake Fawcett, who first mentioned the idea of an auction to me at the beginning of the year. For those of you who attended, you know what an amazing job they did pulling this event together. Our deepest gratitude to the both of them for their unwavering enthusiasm, support, and incredibly hard work.

OCTOBER 11, 2006
The WORLDS APART FUNDRAISING AUCTION is fast approaching--it's scheduled for this Sunday, October 15th from 3-5pm (doors opening at 2:30) at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Seattle's Columbia City. Tickets are $25 apiece. Please contact Eli ( or 206.779.2653) to get yours!!

We're getting geared up for a fantastically fun-filled event. Items are being donated left and right, and the final shipment of items from Tanzania will be arriving shortly. In the meantime, we thought we'd wet your appetite by showing you photos of some of the items we've procured so far...

AUGUST 7, 2006

With just a little over 2 months left before the auction, planning has hit full swing. We have procured beautiful items that will fit every budget. Some of our larger ticket items will be arriving by the end of the month (gorgeous Tanzanite, beautiful wooden carvings, a 2-week stay at the Kimaros' private farmhouse on Mt. Kilimanjaro...) Please be sure to check back here regularly for updates and sneak previews of live and silent auction items...

Tickets ($25 apiece) go on sale in a couple of weeks. If you have any friends, family, coworkers and/or colleagues who might be interested, please be sure to let us know and spread the word. To purchase tickets, please contact Connie, our Worlds Apart Auction Coordinator, at or 206.723.2227.

JULY 27, 2006

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The WORLDS APART FUNDRAISING AUCTION has been scheduled for Sunday, October 15th from 3-5pm (doors opening at 2:30) at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Seattle's Columbia City.

The theme of this one-time fundraising event is "With Love from Tanzania..." and will primarily feature arts and crafts bought directly from artists in Tanzania by Eli's parents. They have procured a wide range of items to fit all budgets, including perfect gifts for folks of all ages. This auction is a perfect opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting this important local documentary film project.

We are also pleased to announce that we have have the incredibly talented Matt Smith as our auctioneer. We will include photos of silent auction items, and more information about the live auction items in future postings...

The auction will also include a screening of the trailer and a Q&A with the Director and the movie's lead characters, who will be coming from Tanzania, East Africa to attend the event.

Tickets are $25 apiece. For more information about the Worlds Apart Fundraising Auction, please contact Connie Burk at 206.723.2227. And please stay tuned for more information and updates about this incredible opportunity to support the Worlds Apart doc film project...

MAY 15, 2006
We heard back from both February grants in the past week. 2006 CityArtist is granting Worlds Apart the full $10,000! And 4Culture is giving us $3000 (of the $5000 we requested.) How exciting to get this news while Mom and Dad are still in the States. Please visit the following link to read the 2006 CityArtist Press Release. And you can check out the following link for a listing of the 4 Culture Special Projects Grantees.

There is a tremendous amount of momentum right now around raising money for Worlds Apart--both through grants and through individuals. We are seriously discussing, with Connie and my parents, the possibility of having an auction in the fall.

Stay tuned for more information about the Worlds Apart Fundraising Auction in future postings...

MAY 12, 2006

So much has happened in the past 2 weeks--primarily centerred around my parents being in town, visiting from Tanzania. As always, I sat them down, and did some follow-up interviews to fill in some of the gaps that are emerging in our script-development meetings with Holly and Eric.

I also took them on a ferry ride to Vashon to meet our editor friends. It was an interesting prospect, having our Holly and Eric meet my parents. There's an imbalance of information that editors often experience when meeting the subjects of films they're working on which can be challenging to navigate. As editors on Worlds Apart, Holly and Eric already have so much intimate knowledge about my parents, having analyzed and picked apart their words, speculated about their emotions and analyzed their actions. Meanwhile, my parents are meeting them for the first time. But Holly and Eric both being pros, the potential for awkwardness quickly dissolved as we chatted ceaselessly while feasting on the delectable cuisine at Ferrara Restaurant.

Also, FYI, Eric's documentary, The Heart of the Game , captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves. The buzz around this film is tremendous!! Miramax picked up this film when it premiered on opening weekend at Toronto International Film Festival. It should be coming to a theater near you this summer (early July). Please check your papers for local listings.

APRIL 21, 2006
We have decided to make our friend, Connie Burk, the Development Coordinator for Worlds Apart. As such, she will be spearheading a lot of the fundraising projects, events, and activities for our documentary project.

Of her own volition, she has been hard at work developing a beautiful and comprehensive case statement for Worlds Apart. In addition to a DVD copy of our trailer, this packet contains information about the film, our fundraising goals, our production company, and provides invitations and opportunities to get involved. She has also come up with several innovative ideas for how to mobilize our community, and get them involved in supporting this project.

If you would like a copy of our case statement, please contact Ellie at 206.779.2653 or

Please be sure to check back often for updates. As our ideas start to take shape, you can bet there will be more frequent updates about how you can get involved and help bring Worlds Apart to the big screen. We are so very lucky to have access to her boundless creativity, energy, and innovation. Thank you, Connie!!! smile

APRIL 7, 2006

This month has been incredibly busy. We've been collaborating with our filmmaker friends, Kevin Traywick and Ian Connors, to produce a sci-fi short called Coda. While this isn't officially a project of 9elephants productions, it is a project that we're both excited to be involved in. In addition to being a producer, Tom is writing the screenplay (adapted from a Roger Zelazny short story), and I've signed on to be the cinematographer.

This ambitious short tells the story of a man who, traumatized by the loss of his wife in a car accident, starts experiencing episodes of being sucked backwards in time. These spells seem to break at key moments, forcing him to relive the most challenging experiences of the past several days (identifying his wife's body at the morgue, the burial, the memorial service, etc.) He eventually gets sucked back to the moment before his wife leaves the house for the last time...and he has the opportunity to make some different choices. To read a copy of the screenplay, please visit Coda's Website.

MARCH 28, 2006
On Saturday evening, I filmed the burlesque/drag show, "Genderlicious--What's your flavor?" This show was a benefit for The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse. Genderlicious, which was organized by the staff of the NW Network, is taking over from where Gender Explosion left off.

Gender Explosion was founded in 2000, and was an annual benefit drag show organized by Sara Johnston (a/k/a Thirston W. Prescott) of Little Prince Productions. During its 5 year run, Gender Explosion raised thousands of dollars for various non-profits, including HomeAlive, Camp Ten Trees, and most notably, the NW Network. (Please check out the following article for more information about Gender Explosion and its lasting impact on Seattle's liberation-oriented drag/burlesque scene.)

The Genderlicious DVD will also include behind-the-scenes footage, shots of the dress rehearsal, and the full performance video.

MARCH 24, 2006
This coming weekend, we will be filming Next Stage Dance Theatre's latest performance piece, entitled Tapas. It's a collection of 12 short pieces, inspired by the dance company's work with Alzheimer's patients through their project "Unleashed Memory." Next Stage Dance Theatre is committed to bringing maturity to the stage through performances and choreography that communicate the human experience.

9elephants will be producing a full-length performance video of Tapas. The performance will be at Broadway Performance Hall: March 24/25 at 8pm, March 26 at 2pm. For more information, please visit Next Stage Dance Theatre.

MARCH 15, 2006
We had our first Worlds Apart fundraising houseparty this past weekend. Thank you, Aurora, for hosting such a wonderful gathering of your friends and fellow arts supporters on Whidbey Island. The evening was a success in many ways. After introducing ourselves and our project, and screening the Worlds Apart trailer, the conversation took off. What followed was an incredibly intimate, in-depth conversation about people's individual experiences of culture and identity.

It was truly amazing to me what an amazing tool the fundraising houseparty can be. The notion of people coming together (strangers to me and Tom) to get more information about our film project, and leaving as funders and supporters of Worlds Apart is truly remarkable to me. Being able to see and share and witness the impact that our 5-minute trailer has on people--the conversation it generates and feelings it evokes--is truly humbling.

Tom and I both left the party feeling pumped and excited to throw many more fundraising houseparties throughout the rest of the year!!

If you would like some information about how to throw a fundraising houseparty for Worlds Apart, please contact Ellie at 206.779.2653 or

MARCH 1, 2006
We've been meeting periodically with our editors to discuss the evolution of the story. From the transcribed interviews, we are trying to assemble a cohesive script--one that tells a story from start to finish.

As we pour over the transcripts of the interviews, definite themes are emerging. And so begins our crazy project of cutting and pasting. If any of you have been to 9elephants' studio space recently, you will have seen the transcripts cut up into tiny strips and rearranged according to theme onto butcher paper. It looks like the work of a mad man, but it's getting the job done. Looking over these sheets with our editors, a thread of a story is starting to emerge...

FEB 16, 2006
We're applying for a couple of grants this month: 4Culture--Special Projects Grant (King County) and 2006 CityArtist (Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.) The total amount we're requesting is $15,000, which will cover 10 full weeks of editing.

Our main goal is to get enough funding to cover editing costs for a 30-minute rough cut. We'll then use this cut to apply for larger grants ($50-70,000), such as the Sundance Documentary Fund, which requires at least 30 minutes of the film to be assembled in order to be considered.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with our progress. Keep your fingers crossed...

December 5, 2005
Thanks to our friends Moss Green, Inc. our shirts are in, hot off the press...and just in time for your holiday shopping wink. These gorgeous 9elephants shirts have been popping up across the country--buy them for your loved ones, and be sure to treat yourself to one as well! Each shirt sold will bring us one step closer to completing our Tanzania documentary project.

Your best option for buying 9elephants merchandise this holiday season is to place an order directly with me. Feel free to call me on my cell at 206.779.2653 or email me at Tshirts are $15 and sweatshirts are $25 (plus $10 shipping for out of town orders.)

Check back soon for pictures and sizes...

December 1, 2005
Several of you have asked me, "Hey, what happened to all those cute 9elephants shirts that were available from your online store?" Unfortunately, when we ordered one for ourselves, we were discouraged by the Iron-On Decal look and feel of the shirt. So we've taken them off the market until we can come up with a design that will work better with Spreadshirt's printing capabilities.

So what's the alternative? Well, the good news is we have just placed a huge order of Tshirts and sweatshirts that are being printed as we speak. No cheesy decals here. The gorgeous 2-color logo design is printed directly onto the shirt. They should be done early next week.

Will let you know when the shirts come in. Til then, many thanks for your continued support!


October 15, 2005
smile Pacific Pioneer Fund has agreed to fund our project! The money from their grant will go towards editing and post production costs. We are grateful to Pacific Pioneer Fund for their continued support of emerging filmmakers.

October 12, 2005
Check out 9elephants' New & Improved Website!!

For the past 4 months, Basil Shadid (from Being Media) has been working to update our website. The fancy-fied website is now up and on the web, featuring new pages, more clips, and more information about who we are and what we do.

In particular, we are hosting a webpage for MWIDETFU, a community development project that's operated by and for the people of Mwika (my father's village on Kilimanjaro.) Please visit this page to see how people from our village are pooling their time, energy, talents and resources to improve the living conditions and educational/work opportunities of their fellow Chaggas. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds from our Worlds Apart doc to support this tremendous development project.

We invite you to explore our new site, and welcome your feedback about what you like, and what you'd like to see more of. Please feel free to email your comments to me at

September 27, 2005
The 9elephants shirts are in!!
And they look as cute as we'd imagined. Baring the two-color 9elephants logo that Matt designed exclusively for our clothing line, these shirts are bound to go fast!

As this is the big kick-off of our clothing line, we're selling these clothes at a one-time discounted rate. Our Tshirts are selling for $15, and sweatshirts for $25.

September 15, 2005
MIRAMAX has acquired The Heart of the Game!!!

One of Worlds Apart's editors, Eric Frith, is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival attending the World Premiere of his latest film, The Heart of the Game. We just found out that it has met with such success and critical acclaim that Miramax has bought the distribution rights!! Check out this article...

We're so very excited for you, Eric! Congratulations on such an outstanding achievement!

August 12, 2005
Soon Seattle will be overrun by the cutest tshirts/sweatshirts in town! wink

So many of you have complimented us on our beautiful logo design that we've decided to feature it on the 9elephants "clothing line." Our graphic designer, Matt David, has developed a two-color version of the logo which will be featured on our 9elephants Tshirts and sweatshirts.

Please visit his company's website, Navigate 9, to check out the full range of his work. And be sure to give him a ring should you have any graphic design needs. Tom and I simply cannot recommend him highly enough!!

August 4, 2005
smile Worlds Apart has found its editors!!

We are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Holly Taylor and Eric Frith, from Byrd Productions. Combined, they have over 25 years of work experience in the film industry.

Holly has produced works ranging from commercials and PSA's to feature length documentaries. Her camera work has been broadcast on national PBS stations and cable channels, and her clients include Greenpeace, Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund, and NOW with Bill Moyers. 2001 marked her foray into fiction features as both the Director of Photography and Editor of Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing.

Eric has been an editor for programs airing on the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Lifetime, Bravo and KCTS as well as all the major network stations. Eric is currently editing Ward Serril's documentary film The Heart of the Game, which screened as a Work-In-Progress at this year's Seattle International Film Festival and was voted by passholders as "Best Documentary," receiving the highest rating of any SIFF film in over a decade. Eric also edited Pipe Dreams", a documentary that depicts the impact of a World Bank-approved oil pipeline project in Cameroon on the lives of the villagers. Pipe Dreams was screened for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Africa Social Forum.

We are extremely honored and delighted to be collaborating on this film with Holly and Eric. We have a long road ahead of us--and I'm very much looking forward to this journey knowing that our project will benefit from their collective wisdom and experience.

June 16, 2005
We are currently looking for experienced documentary editors to work with us on our Tanzania film project. We hope to find someone who's interested and capable of bringing our shared vision the screen--from hammering out story ideas and exploring different narrative structures to putting the finishing touches on the final film...

Experience working on multi-lingual projects would be greatly appreciated, as a lot of our interviews are in KiChagga and Swahili. If you (or anyone you know) is interested in collaborating with us on Worlds Apart, please send them our way. Feel free to refer them to the 9elephants website so they can find out more about our project and check out our trailer. Many thanks in advance for your help! Tom and Eli.

May 5, 2005
What a big day this is in the life of 9elephants !! We had our first public screening of the Worlds Apart trailer at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The theater was packed (approximately 300 people in attendance) and it was quite surreal to think that people I will never meet would be leaving the theater with mental images of my life and my family back in Tanzania. Digital video has truly revolutionized the film industry by putting the tools of visual storytelling into the hands of the people.

Additionally, thanks to the efforts of our friend Nils, we now have this gorgeous website. Having a presence on the web will be incredibly helpful for outreach, updates, and of course, fundraising. We will do our best to keep our site current, so please check back frequently for updates…

Finally, we want to thank everyone for their love and support as we make this seemingly radical shift from biotech engineer and anti-violence advocate to filmmakers. We are aware, every day, that we could never have come this far if we were doing this on our own.

With much gratitude and appreciation!


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