Red Burns was the longtime chairwoman of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and considered to be the "Godmother" of Silicon Alley. She joined the NFB when she was only 16 years old and knew my father in the early NFB years.
Monday, October 25, 2004
We arrived in New York last night. It’s a long haul through airport security with 9 cases of equipment! We are staying at my friend Jackie’s house in Connecticut.
Today we drove in to New York University to interview Red Burns and George Stoney. George helped to set us up in the beautiful Ireland House for the interviews and Red gave us an amazing tour of the Interactive Telecommunications floor of the Tisch School of the Arts – the program that she heads. She worked with Dad in those early days at the Film Board as well. George Stoney was on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Film Board. Today’s interviews were really great.
North Carolina born George Stoney was a documentary filmmaker, an educator, and considered to be the "father of public-access television".
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
A very long day today. This morning we drove to New York University from Connecticut to interview Amitanshu Das, a former student of Dad’s from the Jamia MCRC institute who went on to become a professor in the film program at NYU. He secured a studio space for our interview, so this worked out nicely, and he had some great insight about Dad’s days at Jamia.
Interview with Professor Amitanshu Das at NYU, who was a student of James Beveridge at the Jamia Millia MCRC.
We had to rush to make our flight to North Carolina, but we made it. Unfortunately for us, we are now flying into Greensboro instead of Raleigh so we have to drive across the state tomorrow. We were supposed to conduct an interview over here, but plans changed. Maybe we can get some good B-roll of North Carolina on our drive tomorrow.
Right to left: Nina with Jackie Hauge, Andi Babki and young Alex Mapley in Connecticut.