Filming the "Tropical Gypsy" in Cuba

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George Patterson

George PattersonGeorge Patterson has more than 25 years experience in broadcast television. He and his partner/wife Pam Patterson founded the freelance video production company Barnyard Productions in 1992. Based in Washington, D.C., George has covered every President since Gerald Ford. His news and other broadcast credits include Emmy Award winning ABC After School Specials, numerous travel series for Good Morning America, Emmy and other award-winning documentaries for WJLA TV, coverage of the Air Florida crash and contributions to a wide variety of nationally broadcast shows such as Nightline, 60 Minutes and CBS Special Reports.

His projects include numerous documentaries, news productions and live broadcasts. He has been director of photography for many award winning field productions for broadcast and cable networks, corporations, production companies and independent producers. His clients are corporate, political, education, sports organizations, including Echo Pictures, NBC, MSNBC, America’s Promise, Food Network, Stevens Reed Curcio & Potholm, EFX Company and the Crew Connection.

As ABC News cameraman in Washington, D.C. from 1983 to 1988, his daily activities included coverage of White House, Capitol, State Department and Pentagon for World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America and ABC News specials. Prior to ABC, he was electronic field production and special projects photographer and editor for WJLA TV, Washington, D.C. for 3 years . He began his career with WCIV TV, Charleston, S.C. He has BA in Journalism, with a major in advertising and public relations, from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

His Great Museums® credits include the high definition field productions of The Library of Congress: Volumes to Speak; The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Collective Vision; The National D-Day Museum: Triumph of the Spirit; The National Racing Museum: Horse Power; The George Eastman House: Picture Perfect, and The Institute of Texan Cultures: Behind the Lone Star.

Ken Limardo

Ken LimardoKen Limardo has been director of photography for the 17 original Great Museums® episodes. Ken is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director and videographer with over 20 years experience in broadcast entertainment and educational programming. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including first place in the U.S. International Film Festival for Educational Programming. His Great Museums® credits include The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: Water Ways; The Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Face of America; The DuSable Museum: American Soul; The Field Museum: Earthly Treasures; The California Surf Museum: Proudly We Wave; The Charleston Museum: America’s First Museum; The Hollywood Entertainment Museum: American Dream Factory; The Autry Museum of Western Heritage: Spirit of the West; The Delta Blues Museum: The Blues Lives On!; The Morris Museum of Art: The Art of the South; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Art Gets a Start in America; and The Molly Brown House Museum: The Unsinkable.

James M. Fortier

An accomplished filmmaker in his own right, James is M├ętis (pronounced “May-Tee”), of Ojibway and French Canadian descent, born in Ontario Canada. James was the director and DP for one 90-minute episode of the national PBS documentary series Native Americans in the 21st Century for Native American Public Telecommunications. He was the Director, Co-Writer and DP for Alcatraz Is Not An Island, which aired nationally on PBS in 2002. James was the Director of Photography for several Native American and First Nations productions, including the short drama Looks Into the Night, starring Tantoo Cardinal, and the CBC documentary Today Is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George among others. More recently he was the Writer, Producer and Director of the Minnesota PBS environmental documentary Voices For the Land, and he was the Writer and Associate Producer for the five-time Emmy Award winning 6-hour Ojibway PBS documentary series Waasa-Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions. James is currently the DP for the HDTV public television series Great Museums®, produced by Echo Pictures. He is also currently the Co-Producer and Director of Photography for the documentary American Lynching: Strange and Bitter Fruit.