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Mies and McCormick

Amidst the post World War II mushrooming of industry in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park, real estate developer Robert Hall McCormick, Jr. saw an opportunity to build homes for the increasing swell of newly nesting residents.  He tapped famed architect Mies van der Rohe to design a prototype.  This example house would serve as a study for the development, as well as a weekend and summer home for the McCormick family; it would be simple, straightforward in its design.  Mies completed the McCormick House in 1952.

The house has since become a part of the Elmhurst Art Museum, its family room furnished with mid-century pieces designed by Florence KnollEero Saarinen, and van der Rohe, allowing visitors to experience the space as it was designed in its day.

On November 4th, the museum is premiering a documentary about the McCormick House, directed by Karen Carter, edited by Foundation’s Christina Stumpf, and opening title sequence designed by Foundation’s R. Kyle Shoup and Jennifer Moody. The film benefit, Soiree and the Silver Screen, aims to raise money for the house’s much needed restorations.

Mies van der Rohe built only two other houses in the nation during his lifetime.  The McCormick House is important not only for its architectural significance and artistic encapsulation of 1950s post-war America, but also for its precious rarity.

Here is the teaser trailer we created for the film.


Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Editor Tom Pastorelle recently cut some videos for Symphony Guild Seattle Children’s Hospital. The videos were directed by Brian Johnson, who is a frequent collaborator of Tom’s.

Brian’s friend Mateo Messina (Grammy Award winner for the Juno score) asked him to concept and shoot four videos.  Mateo holds a benefit concert every year for this Hospital. One of the videos was a teaser for the benefit concert to air on local Seattle stations and the other three were to be shown during the event to familiarize the audience with the doctors and patients.

Brian and Tom spent a week cutting the videos and then sent them to Mateo to score.  This was a pro bono effort from start to finish.  Tom was happy to donate his time, saying,  “The reward was getting to work on something for a good cause and laughing it up in the editing room with Brian.  Good times.”

Of the four videos, one featured Rishi, a patient born without working kidneys. We all found his story particularly inspirational. This year the theme for the benefit was “superheroes”, so the kids each came up with a costume and a name.  Rishi is the “Peaceful Warrior” and he uses music to scare off bad guys and comfort people.

The Today Show aired a segment today on this young “Peaceful Warrior”!!

If you’d like to find out more about this incredible organization, follow the link:

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