The Bass Player: A Song For Dad

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The Bass Player has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award

“Masterfully Told.” – The Irish Times “Outstanding film.” – Sunday World “Heartwarming.” – The Sun

“The Bass Player: A Song for Dad was the critics’ choice in the Irish Times, The Irish Sunday Independent, The Sunday Business Post and The Sun.

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Without a Net

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Without A Net from Eyefull Tower Films on Vimeo.

“Without a Net,” broadcasted on Link TV, follows the plight of Sofia, a young African mother who struggles to save her baby from the deadly disease, malaria. Beautifully filmed, this intimate portrait brings us on a journey to a remote tribal village in Tanzania. Here, local medical personal work tirelessly to educate the community, as well as the many efforts taking shape at the world-renowned research clinic in Bagamayo. Despite the tragedy, at the heart of the film is the struggle to triumph over malaria as Tanzanian doctors and medical researchers lead the world in developing new treatments to combat this deadly pandemic. Few films are as adept at portraying a personal African perspective.

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Sikhs in America wins an Emmy

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Media Factory’s Marissa Aroy and Niall McKay garnered an Emmy award for their documentary, “Sikhs in America,” in the category of Best Historic/Cultural Program. The 26-minute PBS documentary profiling the Sikh community in the United States aired in 2008 as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“Sikhs in America” is a 26-minute PBS documentary profiling the Sikh community in the United States. The program takes a look inside the Sikh community, its religious traditions, home life, and working life and provides a rare view of unique traditions such as arranged marriage and dating. “Sikh’s in America” aired in 2008. Produced by the Media Factory’s Marissa Aroy and Niall McKay, the documentary is narrated by former NPR Radio host Sandip Roy.

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The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW

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Delano Manongs: The Forgotten Heroes of the UFW from Media Factory on Vimeo.

Nominated for 2015 Emmy in Cultural/Historical Program Special CategoryThe Delano Manongs tells the unknown history of a group of Filipino farmworkers in Delano, California who toiled under the yoke of racism for decades, then rose up in their twilight years to fight for fair wages and ethical work conditions. The Manongs (A Manong is a Filipino term of respect for an older man) instigated one of the American labor movement’s finest hours – the Great Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) and a successful joining of the Filipino and Chicano (Mexican-American) labor groups.The documentary weaves together archival footage, present day footage and interviews with key leaders, participants, and historians to put the Manongs’ story in a historical and modern day context, from the time they arrived to the US in the ’20s and ’30s to the time of their demise in the ’70s and ’80s, and the significance of their legacy to thousands of Filipino Americans.

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Kaleid on PBS’s KQED

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To see the Kaleid piece, go to “Kaleid,” on the KQED SPARK web site.

As Silicon Valley’s next-door neighbor, San Jose is often considered prime stomping grounds for techies and corporate desk jockeys — not necessarily the sort of place one would expect to find a burgeoning underground art movement. The Media Factory’s Niall McKay produced this piece for KQED Television in San Francisco.