Portrait of the documentarian as a young man

first_img ‘While other kids were going out for sports teams and trading ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cards, I was already a 40-year-old, fedora-wearing film snob’ “I think the success of Che’s project has a lot to do with his working methods: He was careful, open-minded, and really examined the materials he found, without jumping to foregone conclusions,” said Ilisa Barbash, the Peabody Museum curator of visual anthropology who curated the Marshall family exhibition and was Applewhaite’s first point of contact when gathering material for the film.Noting Applewhaite’s extensive archival research and personal outreach to Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Barbash added: “He’s inquisitive and creative, and ended up making a film that is interesting, provocative, and deeply ethical.” Actor Shirley Chen ’22 and director Lance Oppenheim ’19 have films premiering at prized Park City festival From the Everglades to Tribeca Growing up in London, Che R. Applewhaite loved going to art exhibitions and film screenings. He would often chronicle his experiences through blogging and journaling. At Harvard, he wrote articles on culture and politics for campus publications like the Harvard Political Review and the Harvard Advocate. While he has long orbited the art scene, Applewhaite ’21 never considered himself an artist until he made his first short documentary, “A New England Document,” last year.The film was an official selection at the 2020 Sheffield Doc/Fest, a prominent global documentary film festival, and premiered online this summer. “A New England Document” profiles Lorna and Lawrence Marshall and details their extended expeditions with their children to Africa’s Kalahari Desert starting in the 1950s. But it also explores Applewhaite’s personal and intellectual concerns with history and with colonialism as a native of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as related questions of the field of anthropology, which he studies at Harvard. “I got to see how people [in a family] can have very different life paths and outcomes, and I wanted to show that in the film.” — Che R. Applewhaite ’21center_img Related Sundance in the spotlight The 16-minute production features archival images and documents from the Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall Collection, housed at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The material was gathered over 11 years by Lorna, an anthropologist, and Laurence, founder of the aerospace and defense firm Raytheon, and documents the lives of Indigenous peoples as they transition from a migratory life as hunter-gatherers to one on a preserve.Applewhaite, a joint concentrator in anthropology and history and literature, used the Marshall collection as the foundation for his film after attending the Peabody exhibition “Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family” in 2019. He was struck by the groundbreaking photography that captured everyday life for the G/wi and Ju/’hoansi Indigenous peoples prior to extended contact with Western people, but he also came away uneasy about the stories he wasn’t hearing from the subjects of the photographs.,Having access to the collection, which includes 40,000 photographs, “allowed me to work through my own relationship to the archive [by] looking through items firsthand. It was quite haunting to see some of the photos of the G/wi and Ju/’hoansi Indigenous people being looked at in a similar way to people in the British colonies” around the world.Over the course of the spring semester, Applewhaite went through the Marshalls’ photographs and diaries, and collected and edited footage of the items he found. He also taught himself how to organize a production schedule, create a storyboard, do camerawork, and edit video, guided by Joana Pimenta, interim director of the Film Study Center, director of graduate studies for Critical Media Practice, and a visiting lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies.He applied lessons learned in “Art of the Real: Rethinking Documentary,” a fall 2019 course taught by Dennis Lim, director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and a visiting lecturer on AFVS. In the class, Applewhaite and his peers watched historically significant documentaries like “Chronicle of a Summer” by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, “Handsworth Songs” by John Akomfrah of the U.K.’s Black Audio Film Collective, and “A Thousand Suns” by Mati Diop.“I really didn’t see myself as an artist, and [that class] helped me understand how capacious documentary film is,” said Applewhaite. As an anthropology student, he wanted to create a new kind of visual anthropology document that brought the Marshalls’ work into a contemporary context and expressed his own worldview as a descendent of colonized peoples.“I was interested in how [I could] reckon with the silences in the archives that prevent me from having a fuller understanding of my own history as a person under an empire,” he said.Elizabeth Marshall Thomas in Peterborough, N.H. Photo by Che ApplewhaiteApplewhaite’s connections to the Marshall archive deepened after meeting Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, daughter of the collection’s creators and a bestselling author of work on animal consciousness. She invited Applewhaite to her home in New Hampshire to film its grounds and record her reading from her own writings and those of her parents for the film’s narration. Applewhaite, who also recorded his own readings of Lorna and Laurence Marshall’s diaries for the film, stressed the importance of including both the Marshalls’ words and his own voice in the work.“Reading some of the things she has written and having conversations with her about her family” helped strengthen the film, said Applewhaite. “I got to see how people [in a family] can have very different life paths and outcomes, and I wanted to show that in the film.”With the support of mentors at Harvard and beyond, Applewhaite has continued to create films, and is working on a creative senior thesis documentary about a St. Louis youth athletics team. And he will write as a Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow at Harvard Magazine this academic year.last_img read more

People moves: More departures from DWS as new COO appointed [updated]

first_imgKlaas KnotFinancial Stability Board – Klass Knot , president of Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank , has been appointed vice-chair of the Financial Stability Board for a three-year term, and will chair the FSB from December 2021.The FSB’s new chair from next month is Randal Quarles , governor of the US Federal Reserve . Quarles replaces Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who chaired the board for seven years.Carney said: “Randy and Klaas will provide strong leadership and continuity as the FSB pivots towards the implementation and evaluation of post-crisis reforms, and to addressing emerging vulnerabilities in the global financial system. Their appointment demonstrates the FSB’s unique role as a member-led, international body for cooperation on global financial stability.”The FSB consists of senior regulators, central bank governors and government officials from 24 countries as well as representatives of 10 international bodies, the ECB and the European Commission.Dimensional – The $596bn (€466.4bn) asset manager has made a series of changes to its leadership team, including the appointment of Michael Holmes as chief technology officer. He joins from Bridgewater Associates and has worked in financial services technology for 25 years.Elsewhere, Carlo Venes has been appointed head of global institutional services, effective 1 January. He is currently head of institutional for Asia excluding Japan, and has worked at Dimensional since 2011.John Romiza is to relinquish his role as co-head of global equity trading in the new year to focus on his responsibilities as co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, with Ryan Wiley becoming sole head of global equity trading. Jason Lapping is to transition from head of Asia Pacific trading to head of international equity trading.The company has also hired Al Sears from BAM Advisor Services as vice president, focusing on technology, and Darcy Keller from the Financial Times as head of corporate communications.“Our clients know we take a long-term view in how we think about markets. We also make long-term investments in our people. Investors in the future will have different needs than today, and we’re strengthening our leadership team so we are well positioned for our clients in the decades to come,” said Gerard O’Reilly, Dimensional co-CEO and CIO.Lyxor Asset Management – The €140.8bn asset manager has named David Lake as chief executive officer for its UK business. He replaces Matthieu Mouly who has moved to France to continue as global head of sales for Lyxor’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) arm.Lake is currently Lyxor’s head of ETF sales for UK and Ireland, a role he will keep alongside his chief executive duties. He joined in June 2017 from Source ETF, where he also led the sales team for the UK and Ireland.Lionel Paquin, CEO of Lyxor Asset Management, said that the UK was “a key market” for the company and it would continue to grow its operations in the country.AXA Investment Managers – AXA IM has named Robert Price as a portfolio manager in its “buy and maintain” fixed income team. He transfers from the company’s liability-driven investment (LDI) team, but will continue to work with European LDI clients. He will also focus on AXA IM’s “cashflow delivery investing” strategies, which have just reached £3bn (€3.4bn) in assets under management.Lionel Pernias, head of the buy and maintain team, said: “As pension schemes become more focused on cashflow delivery, we continue to see growth and demand from providers on buy and maintain credit strategies.”Hewlett-Packard – The €1.9bn Dutch pension fund for computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard has appointed Rita van Ewijk and Otto van’t Hof as trustees on its eight-strong board, representing the employer and workers, respectively. Van Ewijk is an external board member. She also chairs the €170m Pensioenfonds Cindu International.Pensioenfonds Sabic – Pascal Wolters has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the €2.5bn Dutch pension fund Sabic as of 1 January 2019. He is to succeed Jo Mastenbroek , who has been at the helm for two years.Wolters has previously worked for 16 years in asset management, pensions and support at the €409bn civil service scheme ABP and its asset manager and pensions provider APG. Prior to this, he was on the board of the €209bn healthcare scheme PFZW. Since May, he has been an expert board member at SPOV, the €3.9bn Dutch pension fund for public transport.Pensioenfonds Detailhandel – Selma Gouderjaan is to start as trustee for employees at the €20.7bn pension fund for the retail sector (Detailhandel) as of 1 January. She has been trustee for trade at the trade union FNV since 2015, representing union members at chemists and the retailer Ahold.KPMG – KPMG has hired a trio of advisers from Mercer to open an office in Bristol, in the south west of England. George Fowler joins as a partner to focus on larger pension schemes; Paula Champion is a director focusing on mid-sized schemes in the south of England, while also supporting KPMG’s Birmingham-based pensions business; and Matt Flower joins as a senior manager with responsibility for business development.LifeSight – Willis Towers Watson’s UK defined contribution master trust has appointed Caroline Fawcett as a trustee. She replaces Gill Barr, who has stepped down at the end of her term. Fawcett spent 11 years in various roles at Legal & General, and is now a non-executive director at the Money Advice Service alongside a number of other non-exec roles.AZL – Annemieke Visser has succeeded Arthur van der Wal as member of the supervisory board at pensions provider AZL, part of NN Group. Visser – a former director of Delta Lloyd, which was taken over by NN last year – is also director of pension services at Nationale-Nederlanden Life Insurance .AZL’s supervisory board also comprises Michel van Elk, Henriëtte Prast and Willem Stevens. Van der Wal left the board following his appointment as chief executive at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance on 1 September.ShareAction – Fergus Moffatt has become the responsible investment campaign group’s head of UK policy, joining from the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. Moffatt replaces Bethan Livesey , who moves to a part-time role as senior fellow. DWS, FSB, Dimensional, Lyxor, AXA IM, Hewlett-Packard, Sabic, Detailhandel, KPMG, Lifesight, AZL, ShareActionDWS Group – The €692bn asset manager has named a new chief operating officer and head of coverage for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with the incumbent staff set to leave this week.Jon Eilbeck , currently COO, is to exit after 19 years at Deutsche Bank’s asset management businesses. He will be replaced by Mark Cullen , currently head of group audit at Deutsche Bank.Thorsten Michalik , head of EMEA coverage, is also set to leave after an 18-year career at Deutsche Bank. Dirk Goergen , head of sales for private clients in Germany at Deutsche’s private and commercial bank, will take up the role as well as leading on DWS’ digital distribution strategy. Both Cullen and Goergen will join DWS’ executive board.  Asoka Woehrmann, who replaced Nicolas Moreau as CEO of DWS Group last month, said Cullen and Goergen were “outstanding individuals” with “a diverse set of qualities” to bring to their roles.He added: “I would like to thank Jon Eilbeck and Thorsten Michalik for their exceptional contributions to both DWS and Deutsche Bank over many years of service and wish them well for the future. With these changes to our executive board, we have the right leadership team in place to focus all our efforts on doing our best for our clients, our investors and our colleagues in DWS.”A spokeswoman for DWS said there were no further board-level changes planned.last_img read more

Next 10-part sports documentary? Tiger Woods is the only right answer

first_imgThe 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” — which chronicled the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty with Michael Jordan in the 1990s — concluded Sunday and left sports fans pining for the next tell-all series.  “The Last Dance” and “O.J.: Made in America” — a four-part, eight-hour documentary — have set a high bar for other detailed projects to follow. But who is next? That’s an open debate on social media, but there is only one correct answer: Give us a 10-hour documentary on Tiger Woods. It would have all the elements for the next great American sports documentary. The loose script is already out there.   MORE: The big flaws with “The Last Dance”Amateur career There is enough footage from Woods as a young golfer, including the appearance with Bob Hope, through his college career at Stanford, to produce at least the first two episodes. Relationship with father  “The Last Dance” did a masterful job of weaving Jordan’s relationship with his father James into the documentary. Woods’ close relationship with his father Earl would follow a similar theme.   1997 Masters  It’s arguably the most iconic round of all time. Who wouldn’t want to relive that? The creativity options with showing how he got to -18 and won by 12 strokes would be incredible.  ‘Tiger Slam’ You could call this one “Red Sunday.” A look at the 13 majors from 1999 to 2008 would be incredible. Woods had the most dominant decade in golf history, and you could cover that from all angles. Remember the 2000 U.S. Open when Woods won by 15 strokes?  Golf iconAn inside look at Woods’ impact at Nike and how he increased the popularity of golf in the early 2000s. Woods also was the first African-American golfer to have a huge impact on golf.  Downfall  Woods’ career turned on Nov. 27, 2009, when he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant. From there, Woods’ relationship with ex-wife Elin Nordegren was put in the crosshairs. On the course, Woods would battle career-threatening injuries and struggle to get back to the top.  Comeback  Woods won the Masters in 2019 for his 15th — and perhaps most meaningful — major tournament. It’s still fresh in our minds, but it’s the perfect final episode. This has all the elements needed for an award-winning mega-documentary, but the key to this documentary would be getting the most candid version of Woods possible. That was the key to “The Last Dance.” Jordan’s interviews produced countless memes, and Woods would have to carry the same presence. He is one of the few athletes who can do that.  There are other possibilities. A look at the 1990s Cowboys feels more like a four-hour special on NFL Network, and ESPN’s 30-for-30s on Lance Armstrong and the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run chase wouldn’t hold our attention across 10 episodes. MORE: The Tiger Woods career timeline Pete Rose would be an interesting subject, but you have to be larger than life to hold sports fans’ attention for that long. “The Last Dance” did that during a pandemic. Woods could do that in normal times, and whenever this documentary is produced it should air on the five Sundays leading up to the Masters.  We’ll watch that and wait for the next one after that. There’s only one correct answer there, too.  LeBron, you’re in the hole.last_img read more

How to Pick Up Your Dream Client

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now This morning, Amazon.com recommended that I buy a book by a British pick up artist. Now I have a rather eclectic taste in books, but I’m not really sure why Amazon.com thought I would enjoy this particular book.Since it’s the holiday season, I thought we might have a little fun and see what a riff on picking up your dream client might look like.How To Instantly Attract Your Dream ClientIf you want to easily pick up your dream client, you have to give off the right signals. You can’t come across as desperate. You can’t look like you really need the deal. Your dream client can smell desperation a mile away.Instead, you have to have a certain look. You have to be cool and supremely confident. And you have to give off the signal that you are a value-creator. Value creation is pheromones to your dream clients—they can’t resist it. Your dream client can’t resist a value creator, and you have to look like you are the Alpha value creator.But don’t overdo it. You want to be approachable. You want to be somewhat obtainable, but not too easily obtainable. You want to look the kind of person they can see themselves with in the future.How To Seduce Your Dream ClientIf you are going to seduce your dream client, you are going to have to take a real interest in them.You’re going to have to spend a lot of time with your dream client, and you are going to have to get know all of their friends, the ones that whisper in their ear when you aren’t around. If their friends don’t like you, or if they believe you are only after a quick score, you’ll never get anywhere.You have to be able to communicate with your dream client about the things that they are interested in, not what you think is interesting. You’re more interesting when you are truly interested in your dream client. They find that irresistible.Gifts are useful too. You want to give them things that they appreciate. You want to nurture the relationship. Don’t go overboard, but you want to let your dream client know that there’s more where that came from, that you are generous.How to Close Your Dream ClientAt some point you have to ask for the commitment you’ve been working towards.This part is really out of your hands. If you’ve done everything right up to this point, you shouldn’t need any fancy tricks or techniques. In fact, if you’ve played your cards right, your dream client is going to want to make the commitment as bad as you do.Play it slow. Make sure that the time is right for both of you. You want to make sure that you are both ready to take your relationship to the next level.last_img read more