2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection Sea Change is a half-hour documentary that follows the grassroots efforts of Ikal Angelei, a 31-year-old Turkana native, to halt construction of the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia in order to protect the indigenous people who rely on the Omo River and Lake Turkana as their vital source of water. When Ikal left Turkana to pursue her Masters from Stony Brook University, she felt that she might be leaving her homeland forever. She admits to having a great degree of resentment for the place that had contributed to the deaths of her parents at an early age. When Richard Leakey, who was a mentor to Angelei at the Turkana Basin Institute, informed her of the impending Gibe III Dam, Ikal was forced to rethink her position. Narrated by Robert Redford.
For 30 years John Antonelli (director/producer), and his company The Mill Valley Film Group, have been producing award-winning documentary and educational projects for theatrical distribution, cable TV, PBS, syndication and for a variety of corporate clients. Antonelli's Sam Cooke: Crossing Over was funded by ITVS and premiered on PBS's American Masters in 2010. The series garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The New Environmentalists, a half-hour program narrated by Robert Redford, features stories of grass roots activists from around the world. The program airs on PBS and The Sundance Channel and has screened at film festivals from Barcelona to New Zealand. Antonelli is a producer, writer and editor. The program has won three regional Emmy Awards. Angle of Inspiration: Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge is a half-hour documentary that explores the symbiosis between a world class architect and a small Northern California city when the visionary artist introduces the residents to one of his futuristic designs. This program aired on PBS stations across the country and was also honored at several international film festivals. Antonelli produced and directed. The film is available on Netflix. Antonelli's feature-length film Kerouac: King of the Beats has played theatrically in every major city in the U.S. and Canada and was distributed theatrically by October Films. It was recently rereleased on HD Blu Ray by Kultur International Films. It was broadcast to critical acclaim on the Arts & Entertainment Network, PBS, The Learning Channel and in a number of major European markets. The film was nominated for best feature-length documentary at the Sundance festival and was awarded a Blue Ribbon from the American Film Festival for Best Feature Length Film, as well as the award for Best Film from Northern California at the National Educational Film Festival.