Documentary

Documentary

Here are two examples of my work in this genre. The first is a 57 minute made for TV film, the second is a 4 minute piece I made for a Scottish non profit to help them raise funds.

WHY TREATIES – TV Documentary

Filmmaker and host John Parsons brings viewers on a journey of understanding as he strives to grasp the differing world views that motivated tribal leaders, settlers, and the United States government of the 19th Century.

Why Treaties? focuses on the 1863 “Old Crossing Treaty” in which the Red Lake and Pembina bands of the Chippewa ceded some 11 million acres of land to the United States Government.

This documentary examines the historic context of Minnesota land cession treaties between 1837 and 1889 to understand the forces in play that led both the US government and the Ojibwe Nations to sign the documents. It also looks at the worldviews of settlers and indigenous peoples in northern Minnesota at the time the treaties were signed, to appreciate what the specific terms of those treaties were, and to summarize how those treaties are affecting life in northern Minnesota today. This program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

The film and publicity material appear here by courtesy of Lakeland Public Television.

John Parsons Wrote, Produced, Directed and Edited this film as the Legacy Production Manager at Lakeland Public Television. Additional camera, sound and editing provided by John Andringa, Scott C Knudson, Tom Wild and Kristen Holmquist. Graphics by Brian Ware. The film was shot in 1920 x 1080 HD on Sony EX3 cameras and edited in Adobe Premier Pro.

GETTING THE MESSAGES – Made for a non-profit community bus organization in Scotland

We join a Scottish community bus for a shopping trip up the Moray coast to Elgin. Along the way we meet Larry, Jenny, Beth and others who are regulars on the run and we get a rare inside view of this community on wheels. John Parsons, who also happens to be the founder of BABS Dial a Bus, dons his documentary film makers hat to catch the action as it happens. John says, “Nothing in this short documentary was rehearsed, I just picked a day and showed up with my camera.”

The film was shot in 1920 x 1080 HD on my JVC HM100U camera and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro.