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What I’m Doing On My Summer “Vacation”

Posted in general, video available on July 11th, 2014 by admin

When I started taking a break from MFTB to work on more paid description, I never expected to be away for more than two months, but here we are. I think it’s time to give you some idea of what I’ve been up to while you’ve hopefully been digging through the archives here.

Most of my work has been with the amazing folks at the DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program), who have a huge library of accessible educational videos for schools and students. I’ve been writing and sometimes producing several dozens of films of all kinds. Here are a couple examples.

A clip from “Dinner For Two” via YouTube:

A clip from “The Hermitage Dwellers” via YouTube:

I’ve also been lucky to work with long-time friends ExtremeReach/Mijo on all kinds of shows for the Canadian tv network APTN, which is dedicated to programming by, for and about Aboriginal people throughout the country and around the world. Sorry there aren’t examples of description online, but the shows I’ve been writing and producing description for range from the really sweet show for pre-schoolers “Louis Says”, to the informative “Down2Earth” about Native work on maintaining the environment, to the second season of the American mystery series “Longmire”.

Usually I can keep MFTB going when I’m working on one of these two streams of projects. But since spring, I’ve been working on both of them – and more! Hopefully, you can understand why I had to step away for a while. But of course it also means I’m making a living providing more description of more kinds of programming for more people, and that can only be good! Still, it’s looking like the busiest time is starting to wind down for now, so sooner rather than later, I’ll be ready to get back to MFTB, and we can all look forward to great stuff as we move toward Episode 300. So stay tuned, and thanks!

Episode 285 – Hoosier Schoolboy, part 2

Posted in drama on May 2nd, 2014 by admin

Miss Evans tries to keep Shockey (Mickey Rooney) from getting expelled, and his father may cross paths with the town’s dangerous milk strike. Part 2 of 2.

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Obituary @ NY Times
The family’s post-mortem agreement @ The Wrap

Episode 284 – Hoosier Schoolboy, part 1

Posted in drama on April 16th, 2014 by admin

A new teacher arrives in a small Indiana town to find tensions high with a dairy strike, and tries to help a troubled student (Mickey Rooney) literally from the wrong side of the tracks. 1937. Part 1 of 2.

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Mickey Rooney Obituary @ Los Angeles Times
Mickey Rooney @ Wikipedia
MickeyRooney.com

(Note: From an actual Indiana person, I’ve learned that the term “Hoosier” came from the last name of a man who supervised a high-performing team of canal construction workers who happened to be from Indiana.)

Episode 283 – Catherine the Great, part 3

Posted in biography, drama on April 8th, 2014 by admin

With the threat of imprisonment over her head and the Russian military at her command, Catherine (Elisabeth Bergner) goes through with what she hopes is a bloodless coup. Part 3 of 3.

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Elisabeth Bergner @ Jewish Women’s Archive
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Coup of July 1762 @ Wikipedia

Episode 282 – Catherine the Great, part 2

Posted in biography, drama on April 1st, 2014 by admin

As her health worsens, Elizabeth (Flora Robson) encourages Catherine (Elizabeth Bergner) to take on more leadership duties while Peter (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) becomes more unstable. Part 2 of 3.

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Flora Robson @ Wikipedia
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Episode 281 – Catherine the Great, part 1

Posted in biography, drama on March 19th, 2014 by admin

Before she could become the legendary Russian ruler, a timid German princess (Elizabeth Bergner) had to learn to handle her groom Grand Duke Peter (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), an immature, hot-tempered womanizer. 1934. Part 1 of 3.

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MFTB129 – The Private Life of Don Juan, part 1
MFTB67 – The Young In Heart, part 1