Partial List of Past Projects

BROADCAST

KidHealth, a 13-part series on pediatric medicine hosted by Peggy Fleming. Shown on PBS. Series writer/producer.

The Fall and Rise of Germany, a 2-hour documentary showing how the German nation went from ashes to affluence since the end of World War II. Writer. Shown on PBS.

Chincoteague, a celebration of the wild ponies and human inhabitants of this island off the coast of Virginia. Writer. Shown on PBS.

A Gulf Coast Journal, magazine-format exploration of Florida’s West Coast. Writer/Producer. Shown on PBS.

Renewing the Spirit of Community, a documentary showing how historic preservation projects bring various segments of society together. Writer. Shown on the History Channel.

The New Detectives, crime series shown on Discovery Channel. Writer.

The Spirit of Punxsutawney, documentary on the town made famous by the famed weather-predicting groundhog. Shown on Discovery Channel. Writer.

Weimar: City at the Crossroads, an historic look at the one-time home of Goethe and Schiller and its latter-day efforts to become a cultural center once more . For European broadcast. Writer.

Nowa Cumig: The Life and Times of Dennis Banks, a biographical examination of the incendiary co-founder of the American Indian Movement, now a leading figure for racial reconciliation. Writer/Producer. In progress.

Turkish Passport, feature documentary on the efforts of Turkish diplomats to save Jews during World War II. Shown on European and Asian television. U.S. Consultant.

Nature/ Environment
Numerous episodes of Today’s Environment, a survey of ecological success stories hosted by actor Ed Begley, Jr. Writer. Shown on the Discovery Channel. 2003-2004.

NON-BROADCAST:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation:
A Legacy at Risk, a program on America’s endangered maritime legacy that was narrated by Walter Cronkite and shown before both houses of Congress and helped win additional funding for preservation efforts. Writer.

A Heritage Reclaimed and A More Perfect Union, two multi-media presentations that have been in use at Montpelier, the home of Founding Father James Madison, since it was first opened to the public in 1987. Writer.

The Sierra Club:
A Lasting Impression (The Footsteps are Our Thank-You), a documentary on the efforts of environmentalists and high-school volunteers in the Tampa Bay area to restore an endangered wetlands. Writer/Producer. 1995.

Mote Marine Laboratory
Blue Holes of the Gulf. A documentary about a marine biologist’s quest to unravel the mysteries of the Gulf of Mexico’s so-called “blue holes” — dead zones where neither plant nor animal life can survive. Writer.

FEATURE FILMS:

Dream in American, drama, national distribution. Co-writer.

Grooming Giselle, comedy, national distribution. Co-writer.

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RÉSUMÉ

Burt J. Kempner

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SCRIPTWRITER/PRODUCER of motion picture and video presentations ranging from documentary and news to educational and non-profit programming.National broadcast credits include KidHealth, The Fall and Rise of Germany, and Chincoteague on PBS; The New Detectives and The Spirit of Punxsutawney on Discovery Channel; Weimar on European television; Today’s Environment on CNBC. Founded Earth to Tampa Productions in 1993. Co-founded DreamKeepers Media in 2003. Non-profit clients include the Sierra Club, the Jane Goodall Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Mote Marine Laboratory.

OUTREACH COUNSELOR – working with homeless men and women and families at risk to secure assistance with food, clothing, medical treatment and housing.

 

AWARDS & HONORS (Partial list)

• CINE Golden Eagle, Council on International Non Theatrical Events

• Gold Camera Award, U.S. International Film & Video Festival

• Finalist Award, International Film & TV Festival of New York

• Bronze Medal, International Film & TV Festival of New York

• Bronze Cindy, Association of Visual Communicators

• Silver and Bronze Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival

• Crystal Reel, Florida Motion Picture & Television Association
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals

• International TV Award, Rias Berlin Commission

• First Place, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

• Silver Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival