7′ and 13′ documentaries for Arte’s daily travel program “Invitation au voyage”
In San Francisco, Sea, Bed and Sun
Synopsis: How A San Francisco Love Story Inspired the Invention of the Murphy Bed... 7 minutes documentary for Arte, Invitation Au Voyage. November 2022.
Seattle and the musical phone
Synopsis: In the Pacific Northwest 70-plus years ago, a telephone-based jukebox connected callers to their favorite tunes... 7 minutes documentary for Arte, Invitation Au Voyage. November 2022.
The Pig War
Synopsis: The “Pig War” of 1859 was a confrontation between the United States and Great Britain over the location of the international border in the San Juan Islands. The conflict began when an American settler killed a pig owned by an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company; it quickly grew to involve British warships and hundreds of troops on both sides... 7 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". September 2022.
The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death
Synopsis: In 1911, two wealthy British heiresses came to a sanitarium near Seattle to undergo the revolutionary fasting treatment of Linda Hazzard... 7 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". September 2022.
James Gray and New York: A Land for the Exiled
Synopsis: James Gray is a discrete genius, an icon of American independant cinema who was revealed in the 1990’s with the movie “Little Odessa” and kept confirming his unmatched talent with movies like “We own the night”, “Two Lovers”, “The Immigrant”, “Armageddon Time”… His cinema explores the complexity of moral dilemmas his blood related characters have to face in a corrupted and violent society. 13 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". August 2022.
Carville-by-the-Sea: San Francisco’s Streetcar Suburb
Synopsis: When cable cars began replacing San Francisco’s old horsecars, the Market Street Railway Company needed to purge their outmoded horse-drawn inventory. So in 1895, they began selling the old horsecars for $20, or $10 without the seats. Some creative individuals purchased these horsecars and converted them into houses, offices, clubs, and shops on the outskirts of town... 7 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". May 2022.
Chang Dai-Chien in California: painting from heart to hand
Synopsis: Chang Dai-chien or Zhang Daqian (Chinese: 張大千; 10 May 1899 – 2 April 1983) was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. As he moved to Northern California in the 1960's, his new environment and his deteriorating eyesight led him to develop a whole new way of painting: the pocai style, which combines abstract expressionism with traditional Chinese styles of painting. He called it "painting from heart to hand"... 13 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". October 2021.
The story of the Anti-mask League in San Francisco
Synopsis: The influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919 was the most deadly flu outbreak in history, killing up to 50 million people worldwide. In the United States, local governments rolled out initiatives to try to stop its spread. Wearing a mask was one of them. Most people complied, but some resisted... 7 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". September 2021.
In the Richmond, the Devil is never too far
Synopsis: The Richmond is not just a pretty neighborhood in San Francisco, it is also the historical home for a certain "Black House" in 1966... 7 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". April 2021.
Under the threatening California Sun: a story of Joan Didion
Synopsis: For nearly five decades, Joan Didion has been one of California’s most compelling literary voices. Her coverage of zeitgeist moments, from ’60s “be-ins” to the election of Ronald Reagan, helped usher in an era of journalism where reporting read as engagingly as a novel. She’s penned books on Miami and El Salvador, covered national politics and now resides in New York City, yet California remains her work’s true north. 13 min documentary for Arte, "Invitation Au Voyage". January 2021.