As a producer/ director of photography and editor, for more than 35 years, Bob has earned numerous awards, including a National Emmy, 63 Regional Emmys, and the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year—twice. He started his own company, Palindrome Productions, in 1997, and has worked in all aspects of production including as director of photography for independent films, newsmagazine shows, documentaries, and reality productions like ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Since joining the talented crew at Michigan Media, Bob has been honored to work with many U-M departments, producing successful marketing and promotional films.
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow gave me an opportunity to visually express feelings about what we all went through in 2020. A story that demonstrates that despite a global pandemic, divisive politics, social justice issues and climate change, there is still good in the world. That good shines best through a narrative of love and music.
The real challenge was filming during the pandemic, knowing that you must provide a safe environment for all the actors and performers. Extraordinary protocol was utilized to make this a reality.
On a personal note, this film also gave me the chance to tell my own father’s story and his love of music and for me to come to grips with his passing. I was grateful and blessed to work with the great musical talent of The Washington Chorus, led by Eugene Rogers and Stephen Beaudoin, with phenomenal music composed by Damien Geter. We were also blessed to have guest performers, soprano Aundi Moore and cellist Seth woods. The production was brilliantly coordinated by Robert Schroyer and Mary Kay Berg.