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. To be nationally broadcast in 2011.
Songs of Defiance is another project currently in production in partnership with Northern Light Productions (Boston, USA) and Allfilm (Tallinn, Estonia). It is created with North American and European television distribution. Filming is complete, and the project is in final editorial.
Manage distribution of select film and television projects
Sky Films is currently working with the GI Film Festival to launch the GI Film Festival TV Series, which will be syndicated nationally on commercial television. Other projects in development include The Future of Energy, New Faces in the Workplace, and Where do Jobs Come From? Our Partner for national syndication is New Visions Syndication, with whom we have a 25-year relationship.
Working with Tribe Pictures, Sky Films is also bringing back the classic children’s television series, Pappyland, as a virtual world interactive art site for children along with downloadable art-related apps for iPads and iPhones. The award-winning series will be put back on the air as well.
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™.
Sky Films also can be retained to produce corporate films and videos. Maureen and Jim bring decades of international experience to this specialty, having worked with some of the largest companies in the world. Maureen and Jim produce these films in partnership with their former company, Mountain View Group, Ltd.