Okapi Productions

Okapi Productions A New York film, video and digital media production outfit.

01/27/2017
The Years Project

Watch #DonCheadle, The #YearsProject's Joel Bach and Okapi's Tom Casciato in this behind-the-scenes video from Season 2 of #YearsOfLivingDangerously. #ClimateChange

BEHIND THE SCENES of Episode 3, where Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy.

Learn more about his story, 'Death of the Central Valley', in SEASON 2: EPISODE 3: http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/story/death-central-valley/

The Armor Of Light has its television premiere tonight on Independent Lens. Directed by Abigail Disney, co-directed and ...
05/10/2016
The Armor of Light | Documentary about Gun Violence in the USA | Independent Lens | PBS

The Armor Of Light has its television premiere tonight on Independent Lens. Directed by Abigail Disney, co-directed and produced by Okapi's Kathleen Hughes. It's followed by a town hall discussion moderated by NPR's Michel Martin. Check it out.

The Armor of Light follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who question whether one can be pro-gun and pro-life.

Here's an Op Doc in the New York Times today by Abigail Disney and Okapi's Kathleen Hughes. Their film, THE ARMOR OF LIG...
10/30/2015
‘Would Jesus Wear a Sidearm?’

Here's an Op Doc in the New York Times today by Abigail Disney and Okapi's Kathleen Hughes. Their film, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, opens tonight in 26 cities.

In this short documentary, a prominent leader of the Christian right explains why he left the Republican Party over guns.

The Armor of Light won the Golden Strands Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature award at the 13th annual Tallgrass F...
10/20/2015

The Armor of Light won the Golden Strands Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature award at the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Congratulations to Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes!

Just announced: Season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, which will be shown next year on ...
09/18/2015

Just announced: Season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, which will be shown next year on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. Okapi's Tom Casciato is currently producing for the series. Premiere will be in October, 2016.

Okapi's Kathleen Hughes is producer and co-director of The Armor of Light, directed by Abigail Disney. World premiere at...
03/24/2015

Okapi's Kathleen Hughes is producer and co-director of The Armor of Light, directed by Abigail Disney. World premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival April 18, 2015. The poster was released today.

03/17/2015

Okapi's Kathleen Hughes and Tom Casciato will be appearing with Project LENS tonight at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan, talking documentary filmmaking and classical music. Details:

March 17th @ 7pm
The Stories of Others: Balancing Representation and Interpretation
The Diller-Quaile School of Music, NYC

Join documentary film producers Kathleen Hughes and Tom Casciato, pianists Claudia Knafo and Alex Yagupsky, and the LENS team as we explore the challenges of telling other people's stories. We'll be presenting this event on the opening night of Diller-Quaile's Keyboard Celebration conference.

There's now an FB page for In the footsteps of Marco Polo, an Emmy-nominated film (with accompanying book) that Okapi's ...
08/19/2014
Watch the Full Program | In the Footsteps of Marco Polo | WLIW21

There's now an FB page for In the footsteps of Marco Polo, an Emmy-nominated film (with accompanying book) that Okapi's Tom Casciato did with Francis O'Donnell, Denis Belliveau, Emir Lewis, Daniel Baer, and others. The film is about a remarkable and often dangerous journey O'Donnell and Belliveau took trying to trace the explorer's purported path through the Middle East and Asia, trying to prove for themselves that Polo actually did everything that he wrote he did. It's streaming here.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO, premiering on public television beginning November 2008 (check local listings), chronicles the journey of two ordinary guys – Belliveau, at the time a wedding photographer, and O’Donnell, an artist and former Marine – as they set out to follow Polo’s historic route. E…

On location with Bob Herbert in Chicago for a film he and Tom Casciato are making for PBS with our friends at @POV about...
08/08/2014

On location with Bob Herbert in Chicago for a film he and Tom Casciato are making for PBS with our friends at @POV about America's black middle class. Bob is speaking with 91-year-old Clyde Ross (left) who successfully fought scurrilous housing practices in Chicago in the late '60s.

David Rohde's piece about our film Two American Families hits the Atlantic ...
07/26/2013
What Happened to Economic Mobility in America?

David Rohde's piece about our film Two American Families hits the Atlantic ...

The plight of two American families in Milwaukee explains the other half of the winner-take-all economy

07/15/2013
Archipelago Films

From Andrew Young and Susan Todd

Great News!!! An Original DUCKumentary nominated for 4 Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Cinematography" by our very own Andrew Young!

07/12/2013
Penny Pinching and My Two Cents

A viewer's moving response to our Frontline film, TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES ...

Behavioral modification and cultural observation

Greg Kauffman reviews TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES in The Nation magazine:  "Produced by filmmakers Tom Casciato and Kathleen H...
07/09/2013
Watch This: Two American Families | The Nation

Greg Kauffman reviews TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES in The Nation magazine: "Produced by filmmakers Tom Casciato and Kathleen Hughes, Two American Families is the third must-see documentary in the past year—along with American Winter and A Place at the Table— about how regular folks' are surviving in today’s economy. Watch it, and if your blood isn't boiling by the end, check your pulse."

Before there was the Great Recession, the foreclosure crisis, and the obscene economic divide that we see today, there was a gathering storm. Bill Moyers began to capture it in 1991, documenting two families in Milwaukee—the Neumans and the Stanleys—as they strived to attain the American Dream: a m...

Kathleen Hughes and Tom Casciato will be discussing TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday morning and on ...
07/09/2013

Kathleen Hughes and Tom Casciato will be discussing TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday morning and on Current TV's The War Room with Michael Shure Tuesday evening. And you can watch Bill Moyers discussing the film on Charlie Rose tonight.

FRONTLINE | PBS
07/07/2013

FRONTLINE | PBS

Andrew Sullivan picks up George Packer's post about our upcoming PBS Frontline film, TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES...
07/04/2013
A Tale Of Two Families « The Dish

Andrew Sullivan picks up George Packer's post about our upcoming PBS Frontline film, TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES...

George Packer praises ”Two American Families” (trailer above) and calls the documentary a rebuke to conservatives who blame our economic malaise on a culture of complacency:

In the New Yorker today, George Packer says of our new film, "'Two American Families ... will take its place among the c...
07/02/2013
The Fall of the American Worker

In the New Yorker today, George Packer says of our new film, "'Two American Families ... will take its place among the central documents of our time." Read the whole piece here ...

The overwhelming impression in “Two American Families” is not of mistakes but of fierce persistence.

Okapi's new Frontline film TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES will be the subject of THE COLBERT REPORT tonight when Stephen has Bill...
06/26/2013
Colbert Nation | The Colbert Report | Comedy Central

Okapi's new Frontline film TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES will be the subject of THE COLBERT REPORT tonight when Stephen has Bill Moyers as his guest. Please tune in or set those DVRS, thanks.

Feel the news along with Stephen Colbert, America's ballsiest pundit, with highlights and full episodes of The Colbert Report.

06/14/2013
Okapi Productions

Watch the trailer for our new film, TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES, premiering Tuesday, July 9 at 10 pm on the PBS Frontline series!
http://www.okapiproductions.com/watch/

WatchTwo American Families (Trailer)Kathleen Hughes and Tom Casciato, along with Bill Moyers, followed the Stanley and Neumann families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a decade following job layoffs each family suffered in the early 90s. Three films resulted: Minimum Wages: The New Economy (1992); Li...

"UNITED STATES OF ALEC" featured in Huffington Post:“Iron Man 3 just opened this past weekend, followed soon by more wou...
05/09/2013
Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

"UNITED STATES OF ALEC" featured in Huffington Post:

“Iron Man 3 just opened this past weekend, followed soon by more would-be blockbusters. I’m sure a lot of these movies will be entertaining, but none will be more important or relevant than a half-hour documentary I recently watched: The United States of ALEC.“

Read the whole post here

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

Ten years after The US invasion of Iraq, there’s much discussion about how much of the media failed to take a hard look ...
03/25/2013

Ten years after The US invasion of Iraq, there’s much discussion about how much of the media failed to take a hard look at the Bush Administration’s case for war. If you want to know more, Watch Buying The War, produced by Okapi’s Kathleen Hughes with Bill Moyers, on our “Watch” page: okapiproductions.com/watch

Tom Casciato will be appearing with Jeffrey Kimball and Pamela Hogan at the theatrical premiere of Birders: The Central ...
01/15/2013
Cinema Village - Movie Information

Tom Casciato will be appearing with Jeffrey Kimball and Pamela Hogan at the theatrical premiere of Birders: The Central Park Effect at New York City's Cinema Village Friday night January 18. The film screens at 7 pm, with a Q&A session to follow.

Cinema Village is a 3 screen cinema in New York's Greenwich Village specializing in  provocative foreign and independent films. Build in 1963 in the shell of a turn of the century fire station, Cinema Village is the oldest continuously operated cinema in Greenwich Village and one of the oldest cont...

"Birders: The Central Park Effect" has achieved a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Congrats to Jeffrey Kimball ...
01/09/2013
Birders: The Central Park Effect

"Birders: The Central Park Effect" has achieved a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Congrats to Jeffrey Kimball and all involved!

The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Acclaimed author Jonathan

12/31/2012
Encore: United States of ALEC | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Our ALEC piece was the 5th most popular Moyers & Company episode of 2012. Please watch it here if you haven't seen it, thanks.

Revealing the hidden world of ALEC -- corporations and state legislators colluding to write laws and remake America, one statehouse at a time.

One more share today.  Don't wanna bomb anyone's news feed, so if you'd like to hear more about this project as we go, p...
11/19/2012

One more share today. Don't wanna bomb anyone's news feed, so if you'd like to hear more about this project as we go, please like Okapi Productions FB page thanks - https://www.facebook.com/okapifilms?ref=hl

On Location With Bill Moyers In Milwaukee: we began following Terry Neumann and her family following a job layoff in the early 90s, and are updating her story for Frontline. More at Okapiproductions.com/projects

On Location With Bill Moyers In Milwaukee: we began following Terry Neumann and her family following a job layoff in the...
11/19/2012

On Location With Bill Moyers In Milwaukee: we began following Terry Neumann and her family following a job layoff in the early 90s, and are updating her story for Frontline. More at Okapiproductions.com/projects

ON LOCATION WITH BILL MOYERS IN MILWAUKEE:  Claude and Jackie Stanley are interviewed by Bill Moyers in Milwaukee for ou...
11/19/2012

ON LOCATION WITH BILL MOYERS IN MILWAUKEE: Claude and Jackie Stanley are interviewed by Bill Moyers in Milwaukee for our upcoming Frontline project, a followup to our 2000 PBS project, "Surviving The Good Times." We followed the Stanleys and their children for 10 years, from 1991-2000 for that film, after Claude and Jackie had been laid off from well-paying manufacturing jobs. Now we're back in Milwaukee to see how they're faring today. You can view "Surviving The Good Times" at http://www.okapiproductions.com/projects/ and watch that page for more updates!

10/24/2012
United States of ALEC, As Goes Janesville

"United States of Alec" shares a bill with Brad Lichtenstein's "As Goes Janesville" tonight in Madison, Wisconsin!

Center for Media & Democracy documentary screenings & discussion by John Nichols, Mark Pocan & Lisa Graves

10/19/2012
Okapi Productions

We're working on a film for the PBS Frontline series. More here! http://www.okapiproductions.com

October 12, 2012“Birders” to screen at DOC NYC!“Birders: The Central Park Effect” will screen at New York’s terrific DOC NYC festival in November.More in this space soon!

Oscar Street Fight: Michael Moore's War on Indie Docs
10/16/2012
Oscar Street Fight: Michael Moore's War on Indie Docs

Oscar Street Fight: Michael Moore's War on Indie Docs

And for Moore to suggest that films such as Rory Kennedy’s “Ethel" or Peter Nicks' “The Waiting Room” (pictured) should be disqualified because they are destined for TV broadcasts (HBO and PBS, respectively) shortly after their theatrical engagements is ludicrous.

The Waiting Room
10/15/2012

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room was front & center this past weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle! http://ow.ly/eu7QE

The buzz is building! Stay tuned for a link to showtimes & tickets to The Waiting Room in the Bay Area (Grand Lake, Sundance Kabuki & Camera Cinema 3!) from Oct 19th-25th!

The documentary version of our latest project, "United States of ALEC" will screen at the National Press Club in Washing...
10/10/2012

The documentary version of our latest project, "United States of ALEC" will screen at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm.

One more screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 10 ...
10/08/2012

One more screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ 6:15 pm.

Here's what Canada's Globe and Mail  had to say in its festival review of the film: "Kimball, behind the lens, captures extraordinary images of these birds ... Equally enrapturing are the birders themselves."

10/07/2012
Okapi Productions

"Birders: The Central Park Effect" will be shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ 6:15 pm. Watch a trailer here: http://www.okapiproductions.com/watch/

WatchBirders: The Central Park Effect (Trailer)Tom Casciato co-executive produced, with Pamela Hogan, Jeffrey Kimball’s 2012 independent doc about birds and birders in New York’s Central Park, which was acquired by HBO and is currently viewable at HBO On Demand.Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay YearsT...

10/01/2012
Okapi Productions

Director Jeffrey Kimball will be showing “Birders: The Central Park Effect” at the great Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:15 pm. Watch a trailer for the film.http://www.okapiproductions.com/watch/

WatchBirders: The Central Park Effect (Trailer)Tom Casciato co-executive produced, with Pamela Hogan, Jeffrey Kimball’s 2012 independent doc about birds and birders in New York’s Central Park, which was acquired by HBO and is currently viewable at HBO Go.

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