The Filmmakers Collaborative is an incorporated nonprofit association of independent film and video producers, formed in Boston in 1987. The association was founded by seven Boston filmmakers, including River of Song producer/director John Junkerman, to produce documentaries that foster intergenerational and intercultural understanding. Among the films produced by members of the Collaborative are: A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden, a feature documentary on Klezmer music by Michal Goldman; Paul Stekler's Last Stand at Little Bighorn (American Experience); Laurie Kahn-Leavitt's feature docu-drama, A Midwife's Tale; and Goldman's A Voice Like Egypt about Egyptian singer and pan-Arabic cultural figure Umm Kulthum.
Smithsonian Productions is the video and audio production center for the Smithsonian Institution. The center serves the public by producing radio and television programs for broadcast and video, audio, and multi-media programs for museum exhibitions. Smithsonian Productions' programs have won many awards, including the Peabody Award, Emmy Award, and New York Festivals' Gold Medal.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings maintains the Folkways Records archive and continues the Folkways tradition of releasing significant recordings with high-quality documentation. The label is administered by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies, which supports the work of traditional artists and is committed to cultural diversity, education, and increased understanding.
KajimaVision Productions was established in 1963 as a member of the Kajima Group. Their activities first centered on corporate communications, but they soon broadened their scope to include scientific and cultural subjects. KajimaVision's productions have received both domestic and international recognition. One of their feature films, "The Dawn of Skyscrapers," was selected as best film of the year for youth by Japan's Ministry of Education. They have also produced documentary series for Fuji Television and prime-time specials for Nippon Television. KajimaVision's 1992 co-production with the Smithsonian, "Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden," was the company's first international venture.
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