Tag: Documentary

Gay Couple, Surrogate Mother Subject of COM Student’s New Documentary

Rachel Segall gave her old college friend, Erik Mercer, the most selfless and generous gift possible—she carried a baby for him and his husband. Even more remarkable: the happily married mother of three teenagers was in her late 40s at the time and insisted on doing it for free. And then she volunteered to carry… Read More

Alumnus documentary featured in NY Times

Joshua Weinstein (’05) directed and shot a short documentary titled “Lullaby”, which appeared on the front page of last Friday’s New York Times Op-Docs. Op-Docs is an award-winning section that features emerging and renowned filmmakers who show an aptitude for creating short, opinionated documentaries covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. “Lullaby” tells the… Read More

COM Alum directs Documentary about Broadway Legend

A born raconteur with flawless timing, Elaine Stritch proved an irresistible subject for filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa (’90), who spent 18 months following—and recording—her as Stritch completed a national tour of the show, rehearsed and performed a new show of Sondheim songs in New York and prepared to move to Michigan to be closer to family…. Read More

Two profs win Indie Award of Merit

Film and Television professors Sam Kauffmann and Garland Waller each won an Indie Award of Merit for separate projects. Kauffmann won for his short film Where’s The Blood Money? Waller’s No Way Out But One won for Feature Documentary. Indie awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The… Read More

Prof’s documentary wins top honors at film festival

Prof. Garland Waller’s No Way Out But One, a documentary about a mother who resorts to kidnapping her children to save them from domestic violence, won best documentary at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Okla. Additionally, Waller, who co-produced the film with Barry Nolan and Toby Kleinman, was presented with a medal… Read More

Professor tells the story behind her documentary

When Prof. Garland Waller first conceptualized her documentary, No Way Out But One, she did not imagine a project of such enormous magnitude. Originally created as a 15-minute short film, Waller’s award-winning movie about love, courage and perseverance grew into a feature-length documentary. The film tells the compelling story of divorced mother, Holly Collins, and… Read More

Professor Takes a Stand Against Domestic Violence

Prof. Garland Waller, premieres her full-length documentary, No Way Out But One on Thursday, October 27 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “Chicks Make Flicks” film series. Waller’s documentary follows Holly Collins, a Minnesota mother of three, who is determined to protect her children from their abusive father. After the courts grant her husband custody,… Read More

COM Stories