Historical Rhyme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otagU_7veI4
Youth in Salute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJ1QYCDBAk
Don't miss the special Thanks from Foster Elementary's Bell Corps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GdpOe9_seU
In the Spring of 2013, the Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society co-sponsored The Jackie Robinson Tribute music video and short film project, produced by Rhoda Robinson and David S. Robinson Hicks of Team United and Global Campus-Brotherhood Through The Arts Foundation. The Jackie Robinson Tribute celebrates the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson through story, music and dance.
The two versions produced from the production weekend's footage; the Historical Rhyme, and Youth in Salute, have accumulated a combined 1,700 views since their initial release on April 1st and 5th, respectively. Help us keep things growing strong!
Over 200 young people from throughout Greater Los Angeles were introduced to the creative landscape of filmed entertainment thanks to the production.
Thanks to the support of the 10 communities involved in the production - welcoming talented young people from Malibu, Compton, Inglewood, Gardena, Baldwin Hills, Watts, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Newbury Park - we shot in locations such as a full fledged baseball field in Inglewood's Darby Park, a contributor's home in Malibu, and Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood.
The story of the Jackie Robinson Tribute, written, narrated and performed by David S. Robinson Hicks, featured Nay Nay Kirby, Scott Sanderlin and Ryan Landrum Alvarez, learning the value of teamwork as they face a tough game. The baseball game was staged by volunteer players from the Base-Knock Association, also featuring Devonte Smith as the opposing team's star player, Chester Whitmore as head coach to our heroes, and Dr. Geek as the umpire. We had the privilege of sharing the field with the young players of the Base-Knock Association thanks to Mike Mann, Charles Bearden and Craig Outlaw.
The MBPAS' Gabriella Grahek, Kaitlin Moore and David S. Robinson Hicks, along with RJ Noriega, Ed “Socrates” Santiago and Rey Santiago of Los Angeles City College, and outreach dancers Joelle Ragland, Nay Nay Kirby and Michael Hernandez were all featured principal dancers in the Jackie Robinson Tribute Project.
The Jackie Robinson Tribute also included the vocal stylings of Hailey Hoffman of Malibu, singing the national anthem, and the percussion and strings of the Foster Elementary Bell Corps, led by their teacher and musical director, Mr. Jeff Yock.
Mr. Whitmore is a renowned filmmaker, band leader and dance impresario who was trained by The Nicholas Brothers, and is a master of a variety of styles. A celebrated choreographer across the globe, Chester is often called to dance camps in Sweden, Brazil and Germany to serve as a guest choreographer, and routinely hosts presentations by his Central Avenue Dance Company throughout the Los Angeles Area, such as an April 29th Duke Ellington Tribute at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. Chester is eager to lend his talents to future collaborations with the Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society.
Cinematography and Editing was done by Cris Thorne, a Howard University Graduate. Through his Crizlassic Productions banner, Cris often collaborates with Team United and Global Campus-Brotherhood Through The Arts Foundation on projects coast to coast.
This project was made possible by the collaboration and co-sponsorship of the MBPAS, and the involvement of our network of partnering schools throughout Greater Los Angeles. Additional sponsors include: Joe Sugarman of JS & A, Mike Kerns of Paramount Recording Studios, Anne Hoffman, Jon Macht, Tony Smith of Vonte Products, Monique and Nay Nay Kirby, Tina and Fred Segal, The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation, Memoryman and Bara Byrnes, Deborah La Gorce Kramer and Stephen Grahek, Sebastian Butler, Deborah Griffin, as well as Sally and Werner Kramarsky.
Our partnering schools put forth a great deal of effort to make this production a success; the efforts of Mr. Yock and the Bell Corps were matched by Dr. Jaqueline Sanderlin, Principal of Foster Elementary; we also enjoyed the support of Principal Richard Barter and Oak Street Elementary of Inglewood.
We are very proud of, and owe much of the project's success to our parent volunteer production team; thank you to Claudia Sosa, Monique Kirby, Helen Yap, Gloria Walker and Lillian Blackburn for their assistance through pre-production into shooting!
The Foster Elementary Bell Corps were vocal in their thanks to Team United, Global Campus, and the many sponsors who made this production a reality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GdpOe9_seU
Production photography was taken young photographer and aspiring filmmaker, Justyce Martirosian. Justyce accompanied us over the course of the production weekend, covering each of our shooting locations as she assisted her Grandmother, Jackie Robinson Tribute Production Coordinator, Gayle Upshaw.