June 2014- new work for UIowa and ICCSD Foundation

posted Jun 14, 2014, 9:36 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jun 14, 2014, 9:37 PM ]

I've updated the website with new works for the Iowa City School Foundation and the University of Iowa's Wynn Institute for Vision Research. 

Film recommendation- '"Clouds Over Cuba"

posted Jan 27, 2013, 8:08 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 8:45 PM ]

My friend and fellow filmmaker John Richard sent me a link to a website called Clouds Over Cuba, which is a web documentary of sorts about the JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It is a well-written documentary, narrated by Matthew Modine, with lots of great historical footage and sparse but compelling musical score.  Most interesting was the presentation of the documentary, which separated out the main narrative from the expert commentary ('talking heads' as we call them), which appeared separately as periodic detours during the main program. There is plenty of ancillary documentation provided in the form of a dossier that you accumulate as the program goes on, as well, and the connectivity between all these media assets is very seamless.  

I was very impressed with the overall presentation, but the main documentary itself was extremely well done and compelling.  The only part I didn't care for was the short 'What If...' segment at the end, but the film is still definitely worth watching, and I would love to present a documentary in this way. 

A great screening & discussion on 7.14th

posted Jul 18, 2012, 1:57 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jul 18, 2012, 1:58 PM ]

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of City of Literature screening & discussion at Macbride Auditorium on July 14th! The turnout was great and the audience couldn't have been more appreciative. 

Special appreciation to the participants, including: Loren Glass, Christopher Merrill, Mary Bennett, John Richard, Joan Kjaer, Shelby Verhage-Myers, to UITV for filming the event, and Museums Director John Logsdon and the Iowa City Book Festival for hosting the event.

Follow the film on Facebook

City of Literature screening at Iowa City Book Festival

posted Jul 8, 2012, 9:39 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jul 8, 2012, 9:43 PM ]

We will be hosting a screening of City of Literature on Saturday July 14th at the Iowa City Book Festival.  Here is the Facebook page for the event with all the details. Please 'like' it, RSVP the event, and tell others if you can. Hope we can see you there!

Like 'City of Literature' on Facebook

posted Jul 8, 2012, 9:11 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jul 8, 2012, 9:11 PM ]

My collaborator John Richard created a Facebook page to promote the Book Festival screening of City of Literature.  Please 'like' the page, come to the screening if you can, and help us spread the word about the story of how Iowa City became the literary hub it is today.

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