December 22, 2014, San Jose, CA -- Norman Kline Productions and CreaTV San Jose will host the World Premiere of Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose on January 22, 2015, at the California Theatre in San Jose. The Ken Burns-style feature-length production tells the story of the working people, political leaders and dreamers who built the City of San Jose.
Narrated by actor Peter Coyote (Update 1/16: due to illness, Peter Coyote has been replaced by actor Daniel P. Wilson), and featuring an original musical score by Grammy nominee Robert Berry of Soundtek Studios, this first-of-its-kind documentary features interviews with key historical figures, from farmers to civic leaders, including Tom McEnery, Blanca Alvarado and Norm Mineta. Other notable interviewees include historians Terry Christensen, Nannette Regua and Steven Millner.
Produced by Norman Kline Productions and CreaTV San Jose and directed by Tricia Creason-Valencia, the film’s production includes a key collaboration with History San Jose, which provided archival photography and documents.
“There has never been a feature-length documentary on the history of San Jose,” says Norman Kline, the project creator. “San Jose has an amazing history with plenty of ups and downs along the way, but always displaying a can-do spirit that helped change the social, economic and political boundaries of the city and the world.”
Director and Producer Tricia Creason-Valencia has just completed filming on the project, capturing more than 22 interviews and countless locations, documents, images and objects, and is immersed in the final edit. “The hardest job is to decide what not to include,” Creason-Valencia said, noting that the documentary was going to tell some very dramatic stories that highlight San Jose’s role in American history.
“The joy is seeing the progress that emerges when people band together to work for social change after the darkest, most disturbing moments in our history.”
Suzanne St. John-Crane, Executive Director, CreaTV San Jose believes that this is the kind of project that CreaTV was designed for. “CreaTV San Jose is honored to provide the production facilities, staffing and fiscal sponsorship for this project. We look forward to producing an exceptional documentary worthy of our great city,” she says.
The project was made possible with the partnership of the two nonprofits and financial backing of the wider community. Funding was received from businesses, civic groups and individuals. Major sponsors included the Knight Foundation, Cisco Systems, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Sobrato Family Foundation.
The premiere of Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose is open to the public. Tickets are available at two prices: $25 for general admission to the show only, and $50 for the VIP reception and the show (Update 1/16: $50 VIP tickets are sold out; $25 tickets are still available).
The premiere schedule, Jan. 22, 2015:
5:30 pm California Theatre Box Office opens for walk-ups
5:45 Doors Open for VIP Reception
6:00 VIP Reception
6:45 Doors Open for General Admission ticket holders
7:00 Film, followed by Q&A
To purchase tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/1yVPdoP
About the Production Partnership
Norman Kline Productions, Inc. is a startup film production studio specializing in historical documentaries of Silicon Valley. Norman Kline is a businessman, innovator, and community leader from San Jose who served in several public positions including the Santa Clara Planning Commission, Mayor of the City of Saratoga and the San Jose Planning Commission. Prior to founding his own internet company, LibraryWorld, Inc., he held technology and management roles with Lockheed Missiles & Space and Apple Computer.
Award-winning filmmaker Tricia Creason-Valencia is founder of San Jose-based FLACAFILMS. The last documentary she produced, Stable Life, was nominated for an Emmy, won “Best Documentary” at the Cinequest Film Festival and aired on KQED Television. She has taught film/video production and documentary filmmaking in the Social Documentation department at U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Drexel University and in collaboration with several youth-related non-profit organizations. Tricia is a PBS/CPB Producer's Academy Fellow (2008) and a Latino Producers Academy Fellow (2008).
CreaTV San Jose is contributing production facilities, staffing and fiscal sponsorship for this project. Founded in 2007, CreaTV San Jose is a member-based, non-profit community media center that helps the residents, businesses, schools and organizations in San Jose to effectively communicate their message to a broader audience using its public and education television and Internet channels.
Contacts for CreaTV San Jose
Elisabeth Handler, 408-599-9567 (cell)
CreaTV San Jose, Norman Kline Productions and History San Jose to Partner on First Full Length History of San Jose Documentary
September 9, 2013, San Jose, CA - Agreement has been reached between Norman Kline Productions, Inc., CreaTV San Jose and History San Jose to work in partnership to produce a major documentary on the history of San Jose. The film is based on an original script by Norman Kline, with Tricia Creason-Valencia taking on the producer role and Mike Pierce as the Director of Photography.
“There has never been a documentary of San Jose of this scope and we believe it’s about time,” says Mr. Kline, project creator. “San Jose has rich history, amazing canvas of land and weather and the most innovative and creative people on the planet. We need to recognize the positive power and influence of our city and how we got here - with all the ups and downs along the way.”
“CreaTV San Jose is honored to provide the production facilities, staffing and fiscal sponsorship for this project. We look forward to producing an exceptional documentary worthy of our great city,” says Suzanne St. John-Crane, Executive Director, CreaTV San Jose. The ninety-minute documentary will feature authentic archival footage and photography to illustrate San Jose’s past. Alida Bray, president and CEO of History San José, says “It always amazes me how many incredible stories come out of San Jose. You name it, and we have been there or done it. From the first State Capital, to first regular radio broadcast, to development of RAMAC the first magnetic disk drive -- San Jose has historically led the way in creativity and innovation. We can't wait to share these incredible stories with a larger audience!”
The project is possible with the partnership of the two nonprofits and financial backing of the wider community. Funding is being sought from businesses, civic groups and individuals. All contributions will be made directly to CreaTV San Jose and are one hundred percent tax deductible. Any remaining contributions from the production and distribution of the film will be donated to the two major sponsoring nonprofits. “After the premier, the film will be accessible to the public for free,” says Mr. Kline. “We want this to be educational for all San Joseans - something real to unite us.”
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
David and Barbara Cohen Foundation
Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce
City of San Jose
Barry Swenson Builder
City National Bank
Lexus of Stevens Creek
Empire Broadcasting • Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation • Walmart • Focus Bank • Michael Van Every • Steve Lopes • Clarence Stone • Michael and Tracy Chiappee • Catherine Tompkison-Graham • Eric Schoennauer • Cindy Faulkner • John and Sandy Armondo • Clarence Stone • DiSalvo Family • Hon. Sam Liccardo • Hon. Pete Constant • Hon. Pierluigi Oliverio • Hon. Madison Nguyen • Hon. Ash Kalra
About CreaTV San Jose
Founded in 2007, CreaTV San Jose is a member-based, non-profit community media center that helps the residents, businesses, schools and organizations in San Jose to effectively communicate their message to a broader audience using our public and education television and Internet channels. CreaTV fulfills its mission to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement, by providing the free airtime and the low-cost training and tools that allow diverse and often under-served communities to tell their stories and express their views through video.
About History San José
History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of the diversity and innovation in San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish government records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.
About Norman Kline Productions
Norman Kline Productions, Inc. is a startup film production studio specializing in historical documentaries of Silicon Valley. Norman Kline is a businessman, innovator, and community leader from San Jose who served in several public positions including the Santa Clara Planning Commission, Mayor of the City of Saratoga and the San Jose Planning Commission. Prior to founding his own internet company, LibraryWorld, Inc., Mr. Kline held technology and management roles with Lockheed Missiles and Space and Apple Computer.
Contact: Suzanne St. John-Crane
408.295.8815 ext. 302
Calvin Cook, Jr.
Calvin produces When the Gospel is Preached for Community Channel 15, which airs Wednesdays at 6:00pm.