We’ve been doing a lot of talking lately about the comedy work that Lekker Media is known for, and we thought we would take a look back at a few of our favorite short format documentary-style pieces we have done in the last year or so.

The California Senior Leaders Program was one of our favorite pieces, commissioned by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Not only did it highlight great work done by seniors for seniors, conveying a continuity in the lives of activists who turn their talents towards their situation as aging citizens, but we get a chance to spend time with these truly remarkable individuals and get a sense of how they approach their quietly remarkable lives.

Another favorite, done for Adobe, is a profile on design and game shop Trigger, an LA-based company that created The Green Hornet game for Sony Pictures using all Adobe tools. We had a lot of fun with this and DP Andreas Burgess and our LA-based crew did a fantastic job collaborating with us to come up with a unique look and style for this short doc profile.

Finally, this piece was strangely both an impressionistic, ultra-short documentary in spanish, as well as a PSA for the California Department of Public Health. The main character is a nurse, telling the true story of health professionals not seeing the signs of pertussis, or whooping cough in her child, leading to his demise. It was humbling to witness the personal strength and determination of this person in taking her family’s tragedy and using it to help the community at large.

Lekker Media's first entry into the feature-length world of filmmaking...!

Lekker Media’s first entry into the feature-length world of filmmaking…!

And now Lekker Media is taking the plunge into a feature-length project with The San Francisco Improv Festival to make the first documentary on The Committee, the San Francisco based improvisational and sketch comedy theater that took The City by storm with their biting, clear-eyed political comedy, and later Los Angeles, and New York’s Broadway.

Looks like we get to test all our strengths on this one – wish us luck…!

California Senior Leaders Program – a foray into documentary filmmaking

Lekker Media was asked to work with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to help train doctoral students in community filmmaking in 2011. As a result of this connection, I worked with the program to produce a documentary on the California Senior Leaders Program to help recognize 10 years as an organization.

It was a fantastic experience on a number of levels: One – I got to make a somewhat longer-form documentary piece than the usual profile for the web; Two – I was privileged to meet these fantastic and inspirational people who had been activists all their lives & now, because they are seniors, turned their skills and talents to solving the problems of our aging population.

Really amazing people & a really amazing program that the UC Berkeley School of Public Health has created with these people.

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