(PRWEB) October 5, 2004
When childrenÂs favorite Dan Zanes http://www.danzanes.com approached Rick Fernandes earlier this year, the seeds were sown for a powerful collaboration. Fernandes, who has been involved with many childrenÂs programs, including "Bear In The Big Blue House", "Between The Lions", and "Out Of The Box", was also an executive producer of last yearÂs "The Pet Psychic" on Animal Planet. During that period he was working closely with Director of Photography Kevin Burke, a managing partner in Chatsby Films http://www.chatsbyfilms.com . Both Burke and Adam Matalon, Chatsby's other managing partner, have previously worked with Rick and are veterans of several kids shows, including the award winning "Bear In The Big Blue House", "Between The Lions", "The Book Of Pooh" (which garnered Burke a 2002 Emmy nomination) and "Sesame Street", for whom Matalon recently wrote/produced/directed the award winning live action character, Jane Tuesday.
ÂIt seemed like a natural to work with Chatsby, as they've evolved out of the same work ethos and are familiar with the particular nature of youth oriented material,Â said Fernandes, while recently finishing the videos at Chatsby Films' facility for delivery to Noggin.
When I asked Zanes (who had his start as a founding member of the Del Fuegos) what prompted the move into childrenÂs music, he replied, ÂAfter my daughter Anna was born nine years ago, I began recording the kind of family music that I heard in my head but couldn't find in the stores. ItÂs really exploded!Â
To date, there have been six CD releases for Zanes and Festival Five Records, with guests including Sheryl Crow, Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega and Debbie Harry. Dan Zanes and Friends, as the band is known, have toured the country extensively and have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly.
Matalon and Burke were both enthusiastic about the project.
"Dan has an awesome sound, it's something you can listen to with your kids without feeling like it's kiddy music." said Matalon.
"I was listening in my car and I don't have kids," laughed Burke, "and, of course, we love working with Rick- there's always a lot of humor on the set."
Fernandes is presently involved in several pilot projects, and plans are underway for Chatsby Films and Fernandes to continue a working collaboration.
Stay tuned for more news soon!!!
About Chatsby Films:
Recipients of a 2004 Telly Award and a 2004 Videographer Award, Chatsby Films is an exciting new full-service, independent production company, based in Westchester in Peekskill's historic downtown arts district. The company is led by DirectorÂs Guild Director Adam Matalon and Emmy Nominated Cinematographer Kevin Burke. Combined, they have over thirty-five years of professional production experience in live Theatre, Television, Film and other recorded media. Couple this with their band of fiercely creative, Award winning collaborators and you have a tangible media arsenal. Chatsby Films and Chatsby Media specialize in the development and production of both creative broadcast programming and high-end corporate/industrial media. They serve a broad variety of clients, competing in a world rich in disparate imagery.
As well as the continuing relationship with "Sesame Street", Chatsby Films has several creative projects currently pending. "The Forest For The Trees", a short feature, is slated to complete shooting in April of 2005. "LoveÂs A Drag" and "Breaking and Entering" are two feature film scripts awaiting production-- one of which will shoot in the Hudson Valley area. On the non-fiction end, we are producing two broadcast documentaries."Seasons in the Valley" (formerly known as "A Final Season"), is a feature documentary about the apple farmers of the Hudson Valley. Already in production since March 2002, the film has found international distribution, has completed its photography, is entering post-production and will be launched at the IFP Film Market in September. Chatsby Films is also in the early stages of a documentary, "Unsung Heroine", about the life of Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor in combat for her services during the civil war.
For more information about Chatsby Films please visit http://www.chatsbyfilms.com
Adam Matalon / Kevin Burke
Chatsby Films Inc.
Phone: 1.914.736.6400, Fax: 1.914.736.6700
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