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June 22, 2015
NHK, a top winner, receives awards


Yasuaki Okamoto accepted Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and NHK Educational Corp.’s top awards for “Mimicries – The Secret of Black and Yellow,” an educational program for pre-school and kindergarten that won a Gold Camera award and was selected Best of Festival-Education. The awards were presented at the Tokyo office by Lee Gluckman, chairman of US International Film & Video Festival.




June 22, 2015


GMA Film on ALS Wins International Award

GMA Film on ALS Wins International Award
A film highlighting the struggles of families caring for victims of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) has won the One World award in the 2015 US International Film & Video Festival.


“Front Row: ALS,” produced by GMA Network Inc., Quezon City, was selected by an international panel of judges from the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ). IQ sponsors the award, which is given to a production that creates greater awareness of a worldwide issue.  Bestor Cram, executive producer and creative director at Northern Light Productions, Boston, Mass., chaired the judging team. Donna Hampton, CEO and executive producer of Capitol Productions, North Sydney, Australia, is president of the group.


Front Row, a public affairs program, used the occasion of the Ice Bucket Challenge, in which participants worldwide focused attention on ALS by being doused with a bucket of ice water, to look at the neurodegenerative disease in the Philippines. What reporters found was a lack of information about the disease, but many families coping with care for its victims. J. Tam was program manager; Ian Simbulan, segment producer and director; M. Lopez and G. Delos Reyes were directors of photography. P. Suyat was responsible for research; production was by N. Dionido-Caparas, S. Torres-Madsam and P. Agulto. G. Elizaga was transcriber.


GMA Network Inc. operates TV and radio stations throughout the Philippines. This is the second year that a GMA production has received the One World award. In the 2014 competition, GMA News TV won for "Brigada (The Brigade): Gintong Krudo (Black Gold)," a documentary to raise awareness of child labor in the Philippines.


International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ)


Feb. 26, 2015


‘Golden’ winner still golden after 40 years


One of the most popular Navy recruiting films of all time was the Golden Decade winner in 1975 in the US International Film & Video Festival.  Forty years later, the festival remains strong and the film, “Pressure Point,” still activates memories among Navy recruits and David Penn, the Marine drill instructor in the film.


The film was produced by John J. Hennessy Motion Pictures at Aviation Officer Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Fla., in 1973 where Penn, then a staff sergeant, was recruited as the DI star. Penn says his selection was almost by default as his fellow DI’s found reasons to not be on camera.


“I wish I could tell you a dramatic tale,” Penn said from his home in Kansas. The most drama was trying to clean up his DI language enough to put it on camera.  “My vocabulary was so foul, it took about 20 takes to get the scenes right.”


 “It was pretty simple,” Penn recalls. “We filmed rather intensely for about a week, and then the film crew went away. Then they came back and filmed the graduation.”  About six months later, Penn was presented with a film can and a placard displaying his name and “Rake, Roll Cameras.”


Penn as a retired lieutenant colonel at a local elementary school honoring vets on Veterans' Day. Circa 2011.

Penn retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a Russian specialist and had been a military attaché.  

“I never considered Pressure Point as acting; we did exactly what we would have done with candidates at that time,” Penn says.


The film won awards in seven film festivals as pointed out in a letter Penn received from R.B.  McClinton, commander of Navy Recruiting Command in 1976. The letter commended Penn for his “outstanding performance in support of Navy recruiting…”


“The film is a naval aviation classic,” says Michael Kelly, a retired Navy captain who lives in Coronado, Calif., and who as a former commanding officer of the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island has a deep love of planes.


Kelly first saw the film in 1984 while a senior at Tulane University contemplating a commission as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer. “My recruiter said it was mandatory for me to view this film because Aviation Officer Candidate School was ‘a bit tougher’ than OCS, and I needed to know what was going to transpire before I signed on the dotted line and took the oath of enlistment.  I can’t really recall my impression at the time, other than it looked like I was going to get yelled at a bunch once I finally got to AOCS.”


“After watching the movie a few times over since it became available on the internet, I have to say it was honest and straight-forward. Everything that’s portrayed is what I experienced in AOCS during the summer of 1984.”


Kelly also provided two more tidbits about the film. At two minutes and 14 seconds into the playing, the scene shows a carrier Air Boss talking to a pilot in trouble. That officer was P.J. Ryan, who later commanded the Naval Aviation Schools Command of which AOCS is a part.


His other observation: “In the movie you also see fleet footage of F-4 Phantoms, the A-3 Skywarrior (better known as the Whale), and the F-14 Tomcat.  All of these aircraft are now gone from the active inventory.”

“Pressure Point” is available on YouTube and at




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