Al Capp's Li'l Abner
Director: Caitlin Manning
Staff Animator: Lisa Whitmer
*currently in production

This stylistically innovative documentary provides insight into the life and work of Al Capp, the creator of Li'l Abner. Director Caitlin Manning, Capp's granddaughter, explores his extreme political transformation, as well as the way in which his witty satire, zany sense of humor, and beautiful graphic artistry contributed to making L'il Abner one of America's most popular comic strips.

 

 

 

The Grand Café
Producers: Media Factory and C.E.O. Women
Editor: Lisa Whitmer

TRT: 6 half-hour episodes
*currently in post-production


The Grand Café is an innovative distance learning series that uses the telenovela (Latin soap opera) format to teach business start-up and English skills to immigrant and refugee women.

 

 

 

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play buttonNo Strings Attached
Producer/Director/Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 36:30 minutes

Bursting with sex appeal and kitschy charm, No Strings Attached is a playful romp through the world of burlesque, from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its contemporary revival. The film provides a peek through feathers and glitter at the Scenic Sisters, a San Francisco duo, as they prepare for the annual, international Tease-o-Rama convention.

Screenings:

SF Indie logo San Francisco Independent Film Festival
2/7/09 - 2:45pm at Roxie Cinema
2/8/09 - 12:30pm at Roxie Cinema


Big Sky logoBig Sky Documentary Film Festival
2/16/09 - 9:45 pm at Wilma Theater
Missoula, Montana

 

Broad Humor Film Festival
6/13/09 - 8:30PM at Electric Lodge
Venice, California

 

Rhode Island International Film Festival
8/8/09 - 12am at Cable Car Cinema
Providence, RI

 

Coney Island Film Festival
10/4/09 - 1pm at Coney Island Museum
Brooklyn, NY

 

New Orleans Film Festival
10/13/09 - 9pm at Canal Place Cinema
New Orleans, LA

 

Baltimore Women's Film Festival
10/25/09 - 11am at Landmark Harbor East Theatre
Baltimore, MD

 

 

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play buttonThe Great Wall Youth Orchestra and Chorus
Producer: Media Factory
Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 7 minutes

This short documentary showcases the work of The Great Wall Youth Orchestra and Chorus, a non-profit organization that teaches Chinese instruments and music to youth in Oakland, CA.

 

S1 Enterprise
Producer: Jeff Peck Productions
Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: approximately 21 hours

This series of videos covers the 2009 S1 Impact conference for S1 Enterprise which "integrates banking software solutions for a seamless customer view." The videos are private and cannot be posted.

 

 

 

 

 

NComputing Product Video
Producer: Media Factory
Assistant Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 2:20 minutes

This video promotes NComputing software and hardware, which allows multiple users to share one PC. 

 

 

Understanding Sikhism
Producer: Media Factory
Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 20 minutes

Understanding Sikhism profiles a middle school classroom in Yuba City, California, as they learn about the culture and religion of the Sikh community.  This piece is an extra on the DVD for the Emmy award-winning documentary, Sikhs in America.

 

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Wired Magazine
Producer: Media Factory
Assistant Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 2 minutes

Wired Science host, Chris Hardwick, reviews the Yamaha YSP-4000 in this podcast, part of Wired magazine’s famed “Fall Test Issue”.  There were seven other video podcasts in this series, including Sony’s Vaio Laptop, Apple’s iPhone, and Canon’s HV20 camcorder. 

 

 

Starkist Ethnography
Producer: Kit Yarrow, Consumer Research Psychologist
Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 8 minutes

This piece is a montage of consumer feedback, created as part of an ethnographic study for Del Monte Foods about a new product they were piloting.  It is private, and so cannot be posted.

 

 

Hubba Hubba Revue Promo
Producer/Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT:  1:36 minutes

This is a promotional video for the monthly Hubba Hubba Revue, an award-winning vaudeville and burlesque show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.  As of July 2009, this promo has had over 69,000 views on YouTube.

 

Our Work is Honest Work
Producer: Center for Digital Storytelling
Editor: Lisa Whitmer
TRT: 4 minutes

This short documentary was created in a collaborative effort between day laborers working with Jornaleros Unidos con el Pueblo (Day Laborers United with the Community) and the Center for Digital Storytelling.