Peabody and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick is president and founder of Out of The Blue Films, Inc., creator of critically and commercially successful films that explore, articulate, and celebrate humanity. In October 2006, Ms. Rick was invited by Deborah Santana to film her family’s first trip to South Africa. Led by Artists for a New South Africa, this unique delegation included Carlos Santana, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder, Jurnee Smollett and others dedicated in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty.
Shot by Ms. Rick and her cinematographer husband Jim Anderson, ROAD TO INGWAVUMA (ing-wah-VOOM-ah) is a powerful documentary about this remarkable trip and ANSA’s continuing efforts to be of service to the people South Africa, especially its children. The film features appearances by Former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many other distinguished heroes.
ROAD TO INGWAVUMA has been chosen Opening Night Film at the 2008 Boston Int’l Film Festival, Closing Night Film at the Creatively Speaking series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is an official selection of the 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival.
In 2004, Ms. Rick won numerous honors at festivals around the world for her acclaimed feature doc, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith. This cinema verité portrait of an American nun facing down the Vatican in support of gay and lesbians was shot by the ALBERT MAYSLES, who describes Ms. Rick as “one of the very best documentary filmmakers I know.”
Ms. Rick also directed, produced and co-wrote the 2001 PBS film, SHE SAYS/ Women In News for which she won the Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form Emmy Award and was cited as a 2002-2003 DuPont-Columbia award finalist. SHE SAYS received major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Ford Foundation. Also in 2001, Barbara Rick directed and produced the film, SOUNDS SACRED, which looks at how human beings connect with spirituality through the tool of sound.
Ms. Rick’s documentaries have received generous grants from Ellen DeGeneres, Susan Sarandon, Trudie Styler, Agnes Gund, Tom Fontana, Deborah Santana, the van Ameringen Foundation, the Andrew Goodman Foundation and many others. Barbara Rick served as a freelance writer/producer at ABC News from 1994-2005 where she wrote copy for network anchors Charles Gibson, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran, and Elizabeth Vargas.
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