February, 2012

And the winner is... the Hartford Marriott!

When we came up with the idea of doing a free video for one lucky MetroHartford Alliance member, we had no idea what kind of response we'd get. So we were surprised to get some really good proposals and happy to meet people from some interesting businesses, which all made it really hard to choose just one!

But we went with the Hartford Marriott, whose idea is about showing how the hotel is a "home away from home" in Hartford. We think a video will really bring their story to life and can showcase what Hartford has to offer. We've met with dozens of employees already, who seem to truly love working there, and will start shooting Friday.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to come up with ideas and meet with us. We hope our little contest spurred some video creativity and you'll think of us in the future!

Connecticut's connection to civil rights

Ever heard of Constance Baker Motley? Don't worry, you don't have to Google it. Just look out for "Justice is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley," a documentary produced through Quinnipiac University, which Kinetic Media worked on.

A New Haven native, Motley was a civil rights lawyer who fought nearly every important civil rights case for two decades and then became the first black woman to serve as a federal judge.

The documentary will premiere at the university's Clarice L. Buckman Theater on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and hopefully will air on CPTV in the near future.

Kinetic Media's John O'Neill directed the narration sequences with journalist Juan Williams. The documentary was produced by our friend Michael Calia, director of the university's Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center. It also features an interview with Supereme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who considered Motley a friend and colleague.