MEDICINE WHEEL PRODUCTIONS – HAND IN HAND

Hand in Hand is an ambitious project of building rapport and extending the circle of friendship to include two often misunderstood groups of people – police officers and young adults. This project is the brainchild of Quincy native and visionary artist Michael Dowling. For over 22 years, he has spearheaded the well respected non-profit organization called Medicine Wheel Productions as its founder and artistic director. Mr. Dowling’s commitment to the positive transformation of troubled youths through art and community building has won him extensive recognition.

Michael Indresano, a board member of Medicine Wheel, did not hesitate to create a powerful video documentary that celebrates commonality and inclusion, further addressing hot-button social/racial issues that dominate our national conversation today.

Filming the the video took place for a few months and required countless hours of post production. Michael and his team were instrumental in organizing all the interviews, documenting the workshops through video, photographing the portraits, editing the footage together, and acted as technical consultant to all matters relating to video and photo. The video creation process started with a dedicated team of professionals bringing together their diverse skill set and industry know-how into conceptualizing a story. Many hours of brainstorming took place at our 33 A Street studio in South Boston. Michael Indresano led the team as director overseeing the entire creative process. With over 22 years of award-winning photography expertise, he is no stranger to the world of visual story telling. A true seasoned professional and master of detail, Michael directed the camera crew and lighting technicians with precise angles and adjustments; infusing every shot with a consistent degree of thought, emotion, and impact, further driving the message with vigor and determined vision.

The final video release was launched at the Medicine Wheel Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser at the Nixon Peabody law firm to exuberant applause. Attendees of the event included Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Boston City Councilor at large Ayanna Pressley, Community Affairs Liaison for the Boston Redevelopment Authority Mark McGonagle (MW Chair of the Board of Directors), Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston, Vice President at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Karen Young, Community Involvement Director for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Janelle Woods-McNish, Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council Amit Dixit, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, along with many more prominent high profile public officials and loyal Medicine Wheel supporters voicing their support for this project.

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Nixon Peabody where the Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser took place.

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans sits down with us for an interview.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors at Medicine Wheel Mark McGonagle addresses some of the finer points.

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Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston.

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Medicine Wheel Director of Advocacy Richie Dinsmore talks about the Hand in Hand project.

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Daniel Morrison Fellow Shane Hampton preps for an interview as Michael directs the scene.

Special thanks to all members on the Medicine Wheel Board of Directors, the Host Committee, and the Medicine Wheel participants for their continued commitment and support. 

Host Committee: Suzanne Bump (State Auditor), Linda Dorcena Forry (State Senator), Robert Lewis Jr. (President & Founder of The BASE), Julie Burros (Chief of Arts and Culture City of Boston), Paul McDevitt (President of Modern Assistant Programs, Inc), Anita Walker (Executive Director of Massachusetts Cultural Council), Karen Young (Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Constance Cervone & Janet Deegan (Cervone & Deegan Associates), Janelle Woods McNish (Director of Giving & Services Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Paul Regan (Regan Associates), Ed Condry (Vice President of JJ Bodner).

Medicine Wheel Board of Directors: Michael Dowling (Founder), Mark McGonagle (Chairman), Dennis Pellecchia (Treasurer), Rick Winterson (Clerk), Jane Bowers, Maureen Dahill, Barbara Loftus, Roberto Valdez, Susan Nalband, Michael Indresano, Amit Dixit, Roy Rider.

Advisory Board: Ruth Raphael

The Boston Police Department Participants: Nora L. Baston (Deputy Superintendent), Skye Robinson, Janine Busby (Detective), Mark Bordley, Alexander Reyes, and many more.

Medicine Wheel Members: Richie Dinsmore, Gregory Variste, Shane Hampton, Annina Ibrihim, Kawanza Butler, Noel McKenna, Anna Dinaburg White, and many more.

WHEN A LOCATION IS TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR WORDS…SHOOT VIDEO INSTEAD!

A weekend spent working isn’t so bad when you get to stay in a mansion like this one!  Our team spent days on location with the best crew and equipment to make sure we captured the breathtaking and magnificent essence of this home.  Stay tuned for the final product, we are beyond excited to reveal it!

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 Final touches by makeup artist Julia on our model as the crew sets up

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a 360 degree view of the ocean

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Eric and Jack follow our model to capture not only her beautiful flowing dress but also the sound of her running through the grass

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Our model Sherry Spinale from Maggie Inc. takes a break in between takes!

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This infinity pool looked so inviting – even in the middle of November

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A location like this calls for a drone

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Drone Over Head!

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Michael and Millie duck to hide from the drone

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A perfect night for filming!

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The library was gorgeous!

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A beautiful sunset to wrap up day one!



VIDEO SHOOT PART 3: THE FINAL PRODUCT

Here it is, the moment we have all been waiting for! From Boston to California to Malaysia and back again, the Indresano team has wrapped up our video shoot with Jambu Adventure Designs– and an adventure it was indeed.  We are proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing production and we cannot wait to see what you think of the final product!  Stay tuned as Indresano continues to break new ground with new and exciting multimedia ventures.

TIMBERLAND WATERPROOF TECHNOLOGY

When it rained, it poured as we captured a short lifestyle video of Timberland’s Waterproof Technology in action! We learned to embrace nature as it comes and enjoy the good things. The best part of the shoot was having the option to stay dry and deciding not to.

VIDEO SHOOT PART 2: BEHIND THE SCENES IN MALAYSIA

Where do we even begin with our trip to Malaysia?! We traversed half way around the globe from Boston to Penang for the second and final stop of our video shoot. Over two days, we shot in a spice garden, a tropical fruit farm, a butterfly sanctuary, the Penang national forest, on the beautiful beaches, and in the thick of the city. We filmed in tuk tuks, out of the back of a moving vehicle, in the water with our underwater camera housing, and on a boat at sunset. Our models held butterflies, rode bikes, hiked in the rainforest, and frolicked in the ocean. We worked hard in the 80% humidity and scorching temperatures, but we wouldn’t have changed one second of it! Stay tuned for Part 3, where we’ll release the final video!

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Relaxing under the cool cover of the Butterfly Garden

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Start off the day with the warmth of the Malaysian sun

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Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden
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Look at the ladies admiring the koi pond

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Tuk tuk rides in Georgetown!

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Shooting IN the water! Don’t worry, we had underwater camera housing

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Looking out for an adventure cuz Life’s a Journey

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We shot in Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm- our models sampled something delicious

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Stopping to pose with a bicycle and its happy owners

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Ending the day with some juicy tropical fruit

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VIDEO SHOOT PART 1: BEHIND THE SCENES IN CALIFORNIA

Step into the adventure at Lake Arrowhead, CA, the first of two stops for an exciting video shoot. Before the sun cast its magical light over the San Bernardino National Forest, our crew had already jump started on the shoot. Only 2 minutes to capture that perfect sunrise, and we got it! The we hiked up trails, traversed the rugged terrain, balanced like mountain goats on cliffs, and soaked in the most beautiful overlooks. But this is not the last stop on our magical mystery tour. Stay tuned for more…

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Early morning crew call

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Fog creeping over the mountains

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Setting up the gear

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On to the next location

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Bug’s eye view

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Going to the edge in order to get the perfect shot

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The most beautiful overlook of the day

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HEATIN’ UP WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS

…To say that we had fun with the Boston Bruins Ice Girls while they were in the studio is an understatement – we had an absolute blast! These girls brought so much energy to the set and we loved capturing that through both photography and video.

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Click to see the Ice Girls in Action!

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Lauren, Mariana, and Ashley and their 1000 watt smiles

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Jade, Danielle, and Deanna getting pumped up

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Nikki, Michelle, and Michaela show us their team spirit