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LeVar Burton

Burton at the Schlow Centre Region Library, January 29, 2007
Born Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.
February 16, 1957 (1957-02-16) (age 53)
Landstuhl, West Germany
Other name(s) LeVar Burton
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Stephanie Cozart Burton
.Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. (born February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl, West Germany), professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, director and author who first came to prominence portraying Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots, based on the novel by Alex Haley.^ The brilliant actor, LeVar Burton.

^ On January 23, 1977, Burton made his professional debut as young Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of the classic TV miniseries Roots .
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^ LeVar Burton, the actor, literacy activist.

.He is also well known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and as the host of the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow.^ I'm here in Philadelphia doing a series for PBS on the "Science of Star Trek."
  • LeVar Burton On The End Of 'Reading Rainbow' : NPR 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

^ From Reading Rainbow to Star Trek to posing for a photo with my children.
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^ To the person who doesn't know who he is...he was the host of Reading Rainbow and was on Star Trek The Next Generation.
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Early life

LeVar Burton, San Diego, 2009
.Burton was born to American parents at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in West Germany.^ Filmography Biography Awards Worked With Photos Born: February 16, 1957 in Landsthul, West Germany Occupation: Actor, Director, Executive Producer Biography: African American actor LeVar Burton was a 19-year-old UCLA drama student when he was catapulted into international fame.
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^ February 1957 , Landstuhl, West Germany more Contact: .
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^ Burton describes riots and war time acts by the rebels (the Black Army) including an incident where a ship containing American soldiers are firebombed.
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.His mother, Erma Jean (née Christian), was a social worker, administrator, educator.^ His mother is with him, Erma Christian.

^ And his mother, Erma Christian, the recipient of one of his kidneys.

.His father, Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, was a photographer for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and at the time was stationed at Landstuhl.^ Burton describes riots and war time acts by the rebels (the Black Army) including an incident where a ship containing American soldiers are firebombed.
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[1][2][3] Burton and his two sisters were raised by his mother in Sacramento, California.[4] Burton was raised Catholic and at the age of thirteen, entered a seminary to become a priest.[5] He attended Christian Brothers High School and graduated in the class of 1974. He is a graduate of University of Southern California's School of Theatre.

Early career

.Burton played a role as a visitor to Fantasy Island, was a participant in Battle of the Network Stars, a guest of the Muppet Show's televised premiere party for the release of The Muppet Movie, and a frequent guest on several game shows.^ OMG NO WAY! There was once a beautiful, legendary thread in which every movie, book, TV show, song, and video game was totally ruined.
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^ We can only hope the new film allows Star Trek to continue, perhaps the other shows like TNG or DS-9 can have another shot if not in a theatrical release at least a direct to DVD movies.
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^ Guest star Joshua Redman appears, and discusses jazz with host LeVar Burton .
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In 1986, he appeared in the music video for the song "Word Up!" by the funk/R&B group Cameo.
.Burton accepted an invitation to host Rebop, a multicultural series designed for young people ages 9–13, produced by WGBH for PBS.^ This episode in the Reading Rainbow series features a visit with the author of Simon's Book, Henrik Drescher, who explains his inspiration for the story to host LeVar Burton.
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^ Synopsis: In this highly acclaimed series hosted by LeVar Burton, youngsters are encouraged to participate in the fun of reading.
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^ Synopsis: In addition to presenting the positive aspects of reading for young people, the Reading Rainbow series also explores thought-provoking issues related to different cultures.
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.Burton created and began to host and executive produce Reading Rainbow in 1983 for PBS.^ Reading Rainbow was airing for the moment on PBS. .
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^ In addition to his Reading Rainbow job, host LeVar Burton   Read More .
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^ Reading Rainbow Signs Off Reading Rainbow Signs Off It was with a surprising sadness that I read that PBS' third-longest-running series, Reading Rainbow , would be airing its final episode on Friday, Aug.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

.In 1986, Gene Roddenberry approached him with the role of the then Lieutenant Junior Grade Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series.^ Last night Star Trek The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge was involved in a five car accident in Los Angeles.
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^ You know LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte of "Roots" and Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek," in the next generation, of course.

^ Among LeVar Burton's more conspicuous TV appearances in the past decade have included his hosting chores on PBS' Reading Rainbow (83- ) and his regular role as sightless Lieutenant Geordi LaForge on the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation (87-92).
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.Geordi La Forge was the USS Enterprise's helmsman and, as of the second season, its Chief Engineer.^ Reading Rainbow fostered a lifetime love of reading that has only grown over my lifetime, and Geordie La Forge made it OK for me to be a geek.
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^ Burton as Geordi La Forge in "Nemesis" – feels it had the wrong director .
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^ CONAN: You also heard LeVar Burton in his role as Geordi La Forge, chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and in his longest running role as the host of "Reading Rainbow."
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.Burton has also portrayed La Forge in every feature film based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, beginning with Star Trek Generations in 1994 through 2002's Star Trek Nemesis.^ Burton as Geordi La Forge in "Nemesis" – feels it had the wrong director .
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^ You know LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte of "Roots" and Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek," in the next generation, of course.

^ Last night Star Trek The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge was involved in a five car accident in Los Angeles.
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Burton also directed and appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager Season 5 episode "Timeless".

Other appearances

Burton with social activist and former Second Lady Tipper Gore
.On television, Burton has helped dramatize the last days of Jim Jones's suicide cult in Guyana, the life and times of Jesse Owens, and the life of the nine-year-old Booker T. Washington.^ Biography by Hal Erickson African American actor LeVar Burton was a 19-year-old UCLA drama student when he was catapulted into international fame.
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^ Synopsis: Twenty-year-old LeVar Burton followed up his spectacular television debut in Roots with the made-for-TV film Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid.
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^ As a result, viewers get a dog's eye view of life, and they see clips of old time dog heroes and dogs doing tricks.
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He portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 2001 film Ali. .He also portrayed Detroit Tiger Ron LeFlore in the television movie "One In A Million, The Ron LeFlore Story."^ Andrew Sinclair One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1978) (TV) ....
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^ I just rewatched “First Contact” on television the other night (still one of my favorite movies ever), and I really do miss the cast from my childhood.
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^ Based on an adaptation of his autobiography, this is the story of Ron LeFlore, who was raised in the Detroit ghetto and became a major league baseball player for the Detroit Tigers.
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In 1986, Burton appeared in the Music Video for Cameo's pop single Word Up!.
.In 1987, Burton played 'Dave Robinson', a journalist (sports writer), in the third season of Murder, She Wrote, episode 16 "Death Takes a Dive" starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.^ Synopsis: This Star Trek: Voyager episode is from the popular show's second season.
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^ Paul Sorvino co-stars as Lowell Myers, the hearing-impaired public defender who takes Burton 's case.
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^ Reporter Dave Robinson (1 episode, 1987)     - Death Takes a Dive (1987) TV episode ....
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.He has also lent his voice to several animated projects including Kwame in the cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1993) and The New Adventures of Captain Planet (1993–1996), Family Guy, Batman: The Animated Series, and Gargoyles.^ Director James Cameron's new sci-fi adventure on planet Pandora.
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^ If Frakes and Sirtis were still interested, they could certainly do a “Titan”-esque series – with Burton (and the new “Data”) included, as he’s clearly interested in continuing his role.
  • LeVar Burton: Fans Want To See TNG Cast One More Time | TrekMovie.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC trekmovie.com [Source type: General]

^ I would agree that we as an audience shouldn’t rule out a potential return of TNG. Maybe that can stand as the premise for a new animated series.
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Burton is also on the audio version of The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Burton has been cast as voice actor for Black Lightning in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DVD.
.Burton appeared several times as a celebrity guest on the Dick Clark–hosted Pyramid, from 1982 until 1988. Burton also was the strongest link in the special Star Trek episode of The Weakest Link.^ Guest star Joshua Redman appears, and discusses jazz with host LeVar Burton .
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^ Several guests appear on the  Read More .
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^ LeVar Burton: Star Trek will always be a big part of my life.
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He defeated his final opponent Robert Picardo and won $167,500 for his charity, a record for the show.
He has also made appearances in such sitcoms as Becker and Spin City.
.Burton is the host and executive producer of a documentary entitled The Science of Peace, which is in production as of 2007.^ In it we gave film and TV producers a set of best practices for getting the attention of production executives.
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.It investigates the science and technology aimed at enabling world peace, sometimes called peace science.^ U.S. World Opinion Politics Business Technology Science Health Sports arts & life .
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.The film explores some of the concepts of shared noetic consciousness, having been sponsored in part by the Institute of Noetic Sciences.^ Was able to listen and follow some links at the same time, allowing me to completely explore the site without having to sit and read it myself.
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[6]
He also appeared in an April Fool's episode of Smosh pretending to have taken over the channel and making various edits at popular Smosh videos.[7]
.He makes occasional appearances on This Week in Tech, where he is a self-proclaimed "nerd", and also participated in the Consumer Electronics Show 2010[8].^ We thank Audible so much for their support of this WEEK in TECH, they’ve been a really great supporter for the show.
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Directing

.Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Burton directed episodes for each of the various Star Trek series then in production.^ LeVar Burton: Star Trek will always be a big part of my life.
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^ I'm here in Philadelphia doing a series for PBS on the "Science of Star Trek."
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^ Synopsis: Star Trek: Insurrection manages to recall the original 1960s series' spirit of liberalism, while transcending it for sheer boldness, embracing issues that are on the political cutting edge in the 1990s and beyond.
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.He has directed more Star Trek episodes than any other former regular cast member.^ Other than Trek?
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^ Of course, doing that would be near to impossible since Paramount wouldn’t be very willing to pay every single Star Trek cast.
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^ Synopsis: Scrapping the original series' limited "five-year mission" for a more ambitious ongoing one, Star Trek: The Next Generation aims high from its first episode.
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[citation needed]
.Burton is on the board of directors for the Directors Guild of America.^ LeVar Burton on IMDB LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton on Star Trek LeVar Burton NPR Interview on 30th anniversary of "Roots" Directors Guild of America Meta .
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.Burton has also directed episodes of Charmed, JAG, Las Vegas, and Soul Food: The Series, as well as the miniseries Miracle's Boys and the documentary The Tiger Woods Story.^ BURTON: Well, if you find that episode… .
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^ Synopsis: The many faces of illusion are explored in this episode of the award-winning series, as LeVar Burton hosts another lively program.
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^ Synopsis: The theme for this episode of the series is sports, as LeVar Burton discusses the skills and attitudes needed to do well in many sports.
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His first theatrical film direction was 2003's Blizzard for which he received a "Best of Fest" award from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and a Genie Award nomination for his work on the film's theme song, "Center of My Heart."
.He also directed the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House starring Katey Sagal, Kevin Kilner and Jessica Steen.^ He also directed the enormously popular Disney Channel original film, Smart House.
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^ I hate to say it, direct to TV movies are not all that great but I would not mind if Star Trek did something like that.
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^ Synopsis: Ryan Merriman , Katey Sagal and Kevin Kilner star in this comedy from Disney about a single father and his two children who win an unusual prize in a sweepstakes -- a state-of-the-art computer controlled house in which everything can be easily controlled with the touch of a keypad.
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.His most recent directorial project "Reach For Me", in which he also played a supporting role, was released in theaters in March 2008. The film was produced by longtime producer and exec Mark Wolfe, whom Burton officially teamed with in 2010, forming Burton/Wolfe Entertainment.^ June 23, 2008 I wonder if LeVar Burton would do a TNG film for free seeing that he wants it back so much?
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^ Closettrekker - June 23, 2008 #41—He’s reaching, as the actors in STXI are signed for at least two more films.
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^ I think every actor puts something of himself in a role, leaves his mark on the role he plays.
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BWE will produce motion pictures, television, web content and more. .Says Burton, "We are looking to tell stories everywhere there will be a screen, BWE will be there.^ Pause after LeVar says, "...because there is water all around us, there is seashore everywhere."
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^ LeVar Burton Not that I know anything about it, Veronica, not that I know a thing about it but my understanding is that there's a lot of law enforcement on Craigslist looking for sex or for people have sex illicitly.
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^ Data says that he does not enjoy the thought of that, and the Romulan tells him “as well you shouldn’t” So just imagine if they did get there hands on him.
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That is our plan."

Personal life

.Burton has a daughter, born in 1994, with his wife, make-up artist Stephanie Cozart Burton, and a son, born in 1980 to actress Loretta Devine, to whom he was previously married.^ Burton and wife Stephanie at 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards September 16, 2007 (WireImage) .
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^ Our oldest daughter, now 17, grew up watching “Reading Rainbow” while my wife & I watched you on TNG- AWESOME! .
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.Burton and his wife and daughter currently live in Sherman Oaks, California.^ LeVar Burton At the White Fire Theater, right here in Sherman Oaks, California.
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He is an avid poker player, and participant in the World Poker Tour.[9] He is currently undergoing civil litigation over an alleged debt to a grocery store for approximately $2000USD plus legal fees.[10][11]

Filmography

Awards

Nominations

  • 1977 Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a Drama or Comedy Series —' Roots ' (Part 1, "Kunta Kinte")
  • 1996, 1999 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 1999, 2003, 2005 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series —' Reading Rainbow ' (Self)
  • 2004 Genie Award — Best Achievement in Music-Original Song —' Blizzard ' (Co-composer "Center of My Heart")
  • 2006 Black Reel Award — Best Director-Television —' Miracle's Boys '

Wins

  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd. for television achievement (unveiled 1990)
  • 1992 Peabody AwardReading Rainbow (as executive producer of episode, "The Wall")
  • 1995-1996, 1999, 2002-2003 Image Awardvariously for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special —' Reading Rainbow ' (both as Self and as Executive Producer)
  • 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album - The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2001-2003, 2005 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series—' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2001-2002 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series — ' Reading Rainbow ' (Self)
  • 2003 Television Critics Association Award — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2004 Chicago International Children's Film Festival — Best of Fest — ' Blizzard ' (Director)

Books

Fiction

  • Aftermath, 1997, ISBN 0-446-67960-7

See also

  • Nishikawa, Kinohi. "LeVar Burton." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. 5 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 219.

References

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LeVar Burton
File:Levar
Burton at the Schlow Centre Region Library, January 29, 2007
Born Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.
February 16, 1957 (1957-02-16) (age 54)
Landstuhl, West Germany
Other names LeVar Burton
Years active 1977–present
Spouse Stephanie Cozart Burton

Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. (born February 16, 1957), commonly known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor. He first became famous for acting in the television series Roots. He is probably best known for his role in the popular television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS show Reading Rainbow.

LeVar Burton has also written a book called The Aftermath. He has also done work as a television director.

LeVar Burton has two children, a son and a daughter. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.

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Awards

Nominations

  • 1977 Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a Drama or Comedy Series —' Roots ' (Part 1, "Kunta Kinte")
  • 1996, 1999 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 1999, 2003, 2005 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series —' Reading Rainbow ' (Self)
  • 2004 Genie Award — Best Achievement in Music-Original Song —' Blizzard ' (Co-composer "Center of My Heart")
  • 2006 Black Reel Award — Best Director-Television —' Miracle's Boys '

Wins

  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd. for television achievement (unveiled 1990)
  • 1992 Peabody AwardReading Rainbow (as executive producer of episode, "The Wall")
  • 1995-1996, 1999, 2002-2003 Image Award — variously for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series and Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special —' Reading Rainbow ' (both as Self and as Executive Producer)
  • 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album - The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2001-2003, 2005 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Children's Series—' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2001-2002 Daytime Emmy — Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series — ' Reading Rainbow ' (Self)
  • 2003 Television Critics Association Award — Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming —' Reading Rainbow ' (Executive Producer)
  • 2004 Chicago International Children's Film Festival — Best of Fest — ' Blizzard ' (Director)

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