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Calvin Kennedy

Calvin Kennedy

Calvin Kennedy is a filmmaker who has traveled the world working on projects, but has called southern Oregon home for over thirty years.

During the 1980's Calvin worked on several feature films. He studied every aspect of film production, honing his skills with 35 Millimeter and broadcast video. In 1995 he purchased Freedom Productions, acquiring inventory to include a grip and lighting truck, camera packages and a non-linear editing suite. From 1998 through 2003, Calvin partnered with Artbeats Inc., an international stock footage company, and shot high-speed explosions, fire, and lifestyles footage that has been used in many major motion pictures.

Calvin was the forerunner in introducing 35mm film quality production to clients and agencies in the Rogue Valley, elevating the quality of local and regional television and corporate media. He has worked for a list of clients that span the national and international market. They include Discovery, Erickson Aircrane, National Geographic, Disney, 3M/Imation, Pacific Retirement Services, RVMC, Providence Hospital, Bear Creek Corporation, Jackson & Perkins, Crater Lake Trust, The Britt Festival, and many more.

Calvin was on the original board of directors of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. He remained on the board for over three years, working through this formative period to help determine the direction and focus of the now very successful festival.

In the year 2004, Calvin was hired by the federal government to create a new video for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The video is based on the Lee Greenwood song God Bless the USA, and contains many of Freedom's original video and 35mm film clips. The piece is shown to every new American citizen, and it was the opening video for the 2004 Republican Convention.

Embracing the many exciting changes in the industry, and always motivated to better serve clients from concept to completion, Calvin continues to update Freedom's equipment and keep pace with the digital revolution, shooting many recent projects in high definition.

"I'm like a kid in a candy store with new technology, but for me it is truly about the ability to tell a story. The format in which we deliver it may change, but at the end of the day, it is all about reaching your audience and provoking thought."

Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy is a licensed teacher with a graduate education and multiple years experience in broadcast journalism, pr/marcom, public education and theatre.

After completing her bachelor's degree, Julie began working in the broadcast and public relations industries. She became a veteran in all aspects of production to include creative conceptual, research, scriptwriting, videography, editing, styling and on-camera presentation.

Julie returned to higher education to seek a master's degree and become a teacher. She has written curriculum and developed comprehensive programs in speech, video production and drama at the middle and high school levels. She is passionate about creating educational opportunities that reach multiple learning styles, and integrate active participation to engage learners.

Recently, Julie used a combination of her production and teaching experience when she collaborated with her husband Calvin to complete a four-part groundbreaking educational video series on scientific anomalies. Also among her latest accomplishments is the creation of companion teaching guides to accompany documentaries.

Whether she is writing a script, editing or on-camera spokesperson, Julie is enthusiastic about any role she gets to play in video and film projects. She also enjoys the challenge and adventure of working with varied content. Above all, Julie loves partnering with her husband Calvin to offer high quality media production from start to finish.

"It is truly a gift to be able to connect the varied skills you've learned through the years to tell stories that entertain and educate."

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