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Radical Jewelry Makeover

Year: 2009, 13 mins
Code: DR-Radical

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Premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is an international community jewelry mining and recycling project. It brings together jewelers, working together to examine mining issues while making innovative jewelry from recycled sources.

For the non-profit organization Ethical Metalsmiths (EM), video artists Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz followed the fourth edition of EM's Radical Jewelry Makeover project during the two-week workshop at Penland School of Crafts, NC.

They produced this 13-minute film to showcase the project, which was piloted in 2007 at Virginia Commonwealth University. It features interviews with artists, donors and jewelry from the Penland Makeover as well as others.

Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz, are co-founders of DANA & SARAH FILMS, a documentary film production company based in Big Sur, CA. Dana & Sarah are the producers, directors, and editors of award winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. Cast: Will Harlan, Chris McDougall, Daphne Miller, Mark Cucuzzella, Phil Maffetone, Mickey Mahaffey, Maria Teresa Cerqueria, Arnulfo Quimare

Dana Richardson is an award-winning independent filmmaker revered for her documentary films. Her directing, producing, editing, and cinematography credits include the award-winning documentary feature Goshen (2015), which is currently airing on PBS, the feature length documentary Back to Eden (2011), which is currently airing on CNL and Amazing Discoveries TV, and the documentary short Radical Jewelry Makeover (2009), which premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. She has been featured in New York Times Video, Women’s Running Magazine, Competitor Magazine, and her films have received esteemed reviews from the School Library Journal and Library Journal Reviews. She is a Puffin Foundation Grant recipient and member of the International Documentary Association. ​Dana received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.

Additionally, she studied internationally at the Prague Art Institute and the University of Barcelona. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Zentz is an award-winning independent filmmaker and co-owner of Dana & Sarah Films. Sarah’s credits include co-producer, co-director, cinematographer, editor of the award-winning documentary feature Goshen (2015), which is currently airing on PBS, the co-director and co-producer of the feature length documentary Back to Eden (2011) which is currently broadcasting on CNL and Amazing Discoveries TV, and the documentary short Radical Jewelry Makeover (2009), which premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC.

She is a grant recipient of the Puffin Foundation Grant, Halstead Grant, and Millersville University Student Research Grant. ​Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New Media from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Sarah currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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