Documentary Film Production

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Storytellers International is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Paul Kakert, EDP Vice President. While developing videos for EDP clients, it became apparent there was a lack of funding for telling inspiring and motivating stories, that if left untold, would be forgotten. Paul founded Storytellers International in 2009 to produce, promote and distribute documentary films that capturing stories from around the world. Storytellers International provides documentary film production for films that entertain, inspire and inform.

The organizations first film, Train To Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation, was released with its PBS broadcast debut on October 12, 2010 and is currently available on Netflix.

One of the main goals of Storytellers International is to inspire our audience to get involved in the process of filmmaking. Through the Storytellers International website DocumentaryTV.com, viewers can suggest subjects they would like to see produced and even submit developed story ideas.

Films Produced by Paul Kakert through Storytellers International:

“Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation”
Film Website: www.TrainToNowhereFilm.com

Currently Available on Netflix

Train To Nowhere film imageWhen the bodies of eleven Central Americans and Mexicans were found inside a freight car in Denison, Iowa, the nation took notice. Reporters descended on the small farming community, searching for information about how and why this group ended up inside a locked railcar, where they would die horrific deaths.

The documentary offers an honest, yet compassionate look at the 2002 deaths of the eleven undocumented immigrants. It takes the viewers from the streets
of southern Texas, to the hills of a Guatemalan farm, to the Iowa town where the bodies were found.

 “Journey to the City of Dawn – Auroville, India”
Film Website: www.cityofdawn.com

City of Dawn film imageThis film tells a timely and inspirational story of human unity and critical issues of environmental sustainability. At its core, the film asks one question – “Can the blueprint for the future of mankind be found in a tiny community in a developing country?”

The world struggles for answers on how people from different cultures, religions and views can live and prosper together in a world without conflict. Issues of environmental sustainability, education, healthcare, care of the elderly and economic stability and growth dominate today’s headlines. So perhaps some attention should be given to a social experiment, 40 years in the making, that has made these issues part of its core initiative. Located in southern India, the international township of Auroville exists to achieve human unity through diversity. The common goal of Aurovillians is not only to achieve this within their own community, but also to be an example for all of India, and eventually the world.

Auroville is 2,000 people from a multitude of social and religious backgrounds and beliefs that choose to live together not by conforming to an accepted normalcy, but through embracing their differences. This is the uniqueness that is Auroville – their true unity through diversity. It is this quality that most embodies their role as an example to the world. The world is becoming increasingly more diverse in every country, region and town. One does not need to live in Auroville to benefit from the lessons they have learned and the ideals they have defined. One only needs to examine their own life, their own future, and consider alternatives for self-improvement. The show will generate discussion as well as inspire social change.

 “Hope Dies the Last – Children Surviving War”
Film Website: www.HopeDiesTheLast.com

Hope Dies the Last imageThere are over 130 active wars or armed conflicts happening in the world right now. Each day countless lives are lost, leaving behind children to face an uncertain future. When one generation is devastated, how does the next one carry on? When history exposes a world that will never be without war, many search for something to believe in; some hope for tomorrow.

In 1999 a group of children, devastated by the war between Kosovo and Serbia, found hope in music. Learning and performing together created something positive in their lives. Ten years later they are taking their gift of music to children who are victims of war in Uganda, spreading hope to a new generation.

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Paul Kakert is a national award-winning director, editor, and producer specializing in the conception, development, production, marketing, and distribution of independent productions, including reality programming and documentaries. Owner and operator of Effective Digital Presentations, a video and multimedia production company in Iowa, since 1991, Paul has produced videos and 3D animations for broadcast, federal government, non-profit organizations, higher education, and corporate businesses throughout the United States. Recent clients include NASA, US Army and Coast Guard, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Paul has filmed in 8 different countries including India, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Japan and nearly every US state including Alaska. He is also an internationally published author on the topic of 3D animation techniques. In 2009 Paul founded Storytellers International, a non-profit organization that produces feature length documentary films on subjects from around the world. His 2010 release, Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation, is currently available on NetFlix.
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