Develop theatrical and television documentary projects
James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty (husband & wife) have individually produced and/or directed various documentary projects throughout their careers. The past several years they have joined forces to pursue collaborative projects.
Their most noted completed collaboration is The Singing Revolution. This feature documentary tells the moving story of Estonia’s non-violent march to freedom after enduring over fifty years of a brutal Soviet occupation. Massive singing demonstrations played a pivotal, though little known, role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Singing Revolution tells the story of one country’s undeniable thirst for self-determination and its unshakable belief in what it means to be free—to be Estonian.
Compared to Casablanca by the New York Times, The Singing Revolution was one of the most successful feature documentaries of 2008. Using unique web and niche marketing strategies, the film played theatrically in 125 North American markets, and was cited as one of five “maverick” films changing the independent film industry by the New York Times. The Singing Revolution was nationally broadcast in 2011, and has been distributed with accompanying lesson plans to 10,000 American middle and high schools reaching millions of students.
To Breathe As One is another project focused on the country of Estonia. This film follows the Piedmont Children’s Choir of Oakland, California, as they became one of the few non-Estonian choirs invited to participate in Laulupidu, Estonia’s massive song festival founded in 1869. As many as 30,000 singers take the stage to sing songs of defiance, joy and unity. To Breathe As One will be broadcast across the country in May and June. Click here for a listing of airings.
Changing Lives: Economic Freedom in Action followed the extraordinary lives of five entrepreneurs in Zambia, South Korea, Chile and Slovakia. The film shows how their struggles to establish small businesses ended up benefiting many of their fellow citizens. The four countries selected all have recently come out of centrally-planned economies where entrepreneurship was discouraged or outright banned. This film was produced for Free To Choose Media and broadcast nationally on public television.
Breaking the Caste: Unlocking India’s Human Potential is their current film, to be released on public television in the spring of 2015. This film focuses on massive changes happening in India that, among other benefits, is allowing lower caste “untouchables” to break free from their social and economic chains.
Distribution consultation of select film and television projects
Sky Films Inc. also consults with other independent filmmakers and non-profit corporations to help them get their projects seen by as wide an audience as possible.
Corporate Consultation and Production
High-level corporate communications, consultation and production grew to be a specialty of Jim and Maureen’s former company, Mountain View Group (founded in 1981, purchased by two long-time employees/friends in 2008). Jim worked at SVP and CEO levels for several Fortune 100 companies, and still practices limited organizational communications consultation (on a daily, monthly, or annual basis.) For more information about his specialized communications strategies go to: WorkForce Instinct™.
SSky Films can be retained to produce specific corporate projects by working through their former company, Mountain View Group, Ltd.