tom valens

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form the august to june site:

This is the second time Tom Valens has filmed the San Geronimo Open Classroom. “To Make A Difference” (1985), won numerous awards, and was widely used by schools of education. Tom has been involved in film and video since the mid 1960’s, working as a cameraman and editor for television news and documentary departments, for independent producers, and for himself. As editor, his films have won local and national Emmys as well as an Academy Award nomination for best short film live action (Spaceborne, 1978). Recent documentary films that he filmed and edited include “InSpirit” (2001) about quadriplegic activist Aneice Taylor, “Leaf and Water” (2003) about Chinese teas, and “Nuclear Deception”(2005) made for Helen Caldecott’s Nuclear Policy Research Institute. He was second camera for Les Blank’s “All in This Tea” (2007)

“I knew I wanted to focus on the entire school experience for those 26 children, but the process of making the film was a huge learning experience for me as well. The film took over our lives in ways no other project I’ve worked on ever has. Those kids became “my kids.” The struggles going on in the American education community took on new meaning, and the need to stand back and take stock more evident. Still, in the end, what has been most important to me is being able to at least give a glimpse into the hearts of children.”

from the center for independent documentary site:

Tom Valens has been involved in film and video since the mid 1960’s, working as a cameraman and editor for television news and documentary departments, for independent producers, and for himself.  As editor, his films have won local and national Emmys as well as an Academy Award nomination.  Recent documentary films that he filmed and edited include InSpirit (2001) about quadriplegic activist Aneice Taylor, Leaf and Water(2003) about Chinese teas, and Nuclear Deception (2005.)  To Make A Difference (1985), winner of a CINE Golden Eagle and a Silver Screen Award, was widely used by schools of education.

recent work: August to June and Mission Hill

both with his wife Amy.