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Bill Reifenberger

Bill Reifenberger

Documentary Film and Video

About

Since graduating from Stanford, Bill has been producing and directing programs for cable broadcast. He has done shows for the History Channel, the Learning Channel, and SpeedVision, but now works exclusively for the Discovery Channel. Through his own company, Bill has just completed work on a two hour film on the life of Robert E. Lee that (after numerous close calls) appears ready for broadcast in the year 2000. He is now trying to breathe new life into a project that stalled years ago- a look at who controls the power to declare war in the U.S. The film centers upon the experiences of Senator J. William Fulbright. Bill and Karen live in Washington, D.C. with their dog, Cherokee.


Falling Giants

video

JUNE, 1997
VIDEO DURATION: 14:09 MIN.
Located on the northern coast of California, the Headwaters Forest is the last privately owned stand of ancient redwood trees in the world. The battle to preserve these coastal giants from the sawmills has been waged on many fronts over the past decade. Falling Giants explores the controversy that rages over Headwaters by examining photographer Doug Thron's efforts to save this ancient land.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

NY Sierra Club
Breckenridge

Rookie

16mm color film

JUNE, 1996
VIDEO DURATION: 8 MIN.
In a time when tradition just isn't what it used to be, Little League baseball survives. Rookie takes a look at the world of youth baseball through the eyes of a ten year old playing his first season in the Little League majors. His experiences shed light on the mystique of Little League for himself and viwers alike.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

NYU International Film Festival

Keep 'Em Flying

video

MARCH, 1996
VIDEO DURATION: 7 MIN.
Leslie Williams was a dance instructor in San Mateo, California, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. After volunteering for the Air Force, Williams passed all of the entrance exams except for one- the color of his skin. But being a black man in the America of the 1940's did not stop Williams from fulfilling his dream of flying for his country. In 1942, Williams became a member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black unit of aviators based in Alabama.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Imagefest

Old Trouts

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1995
VIDEO DURATION: 3 MIN.
Old Trouts is a short film that celebrates the spirit within which allows us to create our own realities. The film looks at three individuals who have changed their lives by starting new activities at ages when most feel their lives are winding down- a 68 year old takes up open water rowing, a 70 year old fulfills his life-long dream of learning to fly, and a 72 year old finds himself in the midst of the rollerblading craze. Their stories demonstrate the power we all possess to control the directions of our lives.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Mill Valley
Charlotte
Breckenridge
Sinking Creek
Silver Images