Dr. Tom Vendetti, Emmy® award-winning filmmaker, combines his work as a psychologist with over 30 years working in the mental health field with his passion as a filmmaker to direct and produce documentary features that have been viewed around the world. He began making documentaries over 20 years ago pointing his camera at different peoples, places and cultures in order to gain a deeper understanding, appreciation and celebration of their lives, customs and beliefs through the medium of digital cinema. His primary focus has been committed to producing documentary programs that preserve the environment/culture and promoting happiness.
Tom most recently directed, produced (with Robert C. Stone), the feature documentary "When the Mountain Calls: Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan" (2011). The film explores the director/producer’s personal experiences and reflections from over 30 years of traveling through the Himalayas – a journey discovering the meaning and sources of happiness in unexpected places, and the changes over the decades to the people, the land, climate culture. Featured in the film are appearances by the Dalai Lama, Lama Tenzin, Paul Horn, Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmond Hillary, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dorjee Sherpa and Green Peace China.
Prior to this, Dr. Vendetti directed and produced the award-winning documentary feature "Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path To Happiness” (2007) which earned him an Emmy® Award for Historic/Cultural Program - Feature/Segment, and also Christopher Hedge for Musical Composition/Arrangement. The film aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is still showing today, and has been screened at film festivals around the world.
Tom Vendetti's filmmaking interests began in 1986 with the documentary "Therapy on the River," a program which he directed and produced, on the positive effects of a five-day river trip in Southern Utah with mentally ill clients. This soon was followed by his second venture into the world of documentary filmmaking with "Recovery Trek" (1991), a video be filmed and directed which documented a group of individuals suffering with alcoholism and drug addiction, and their trek in the Grand Canyon an other Northern Arizona locations in an effort to kick their habit.
Since then, he directed and produced numerous award-winning documentary films including:
o "Sacred Tibet: The Path to Mount Kailash" (2006) which he also co-edited.
o "Recovered Dignity" (2005) which currently is being used around the country to promote the rights of the mentally ill.
o "Years of Darkness: A Spiritual Journey to Recovery" (2003) which aired on PBS nationwide.
o "Fiji Firewalkers" (2002) which aired nationally on PBS.
o The award-winning "Mount Kailash: Return to Tibet" (2001) which aired on PBS.
o "Journey Inside Tibet" (1999) screened at film festival around the world and which aired on PBS.
o "No Means No: Date Rape" (1999), a video made for the State of Hawai'i to be used to educate young adults about the facts and protective measures to take to avoid date rape.
o "House of the Sun" (1998) featuring Haleakala National Park on Maui. The video continues to be sold by the Haleakala National Park Service.
o "Canyon Sanctuary" (1997) which aired nationally on Oasis TV
o "Africa: Earth Energy" (1996) which was filmed in Zimbabwe and aired nationally on Oasis TV.
o "Paradise Blue: Hawaiian Tranquility" (1995) which was selected by QVC in 1998 as one of Hawaii's best products and sold on the channel. It also aired nationally in Oasis TV and also was used in psychiatric facilities to promote patient relaxation.
o "Maui Meditation" (1994), distributed by Hawaii's Booklines and aired nationally on Oasis TV. It also was used in psychiatric hospitals around the country to promote relaxation.
o "Hopi Rehabilitation Awareness" (1992), a video he edited and used on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona to introduce rehabilitation services for head injury victims.
Music is an integral component of all Tom Vendetti's films. Emmy® Award winning composer Christopher Hedge, with whom he has worked with on most of his recent documentaries, (http://christopherhedge.com) brings the sounds, voices and instrumentation of far away and exotic cultures and the effects are both intriguing and mesmerizing. His scores are a perfect complement to the inspiration aspects of Tom's work.
Also, Grammy® Award winning composer and flutist Paul Horn has worked with Tom and Christopher Hedge on number of these feature documentaries, composing original, narrating and performing. Those films include "When the Mountain Calls: Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan," "Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness," "Sacred Tibet: The Path to Mount Kailash," "Fiji Firewalkers," "Mount Kailash: Return to Tibet," and "Journey Inside Tibet."
Dr. Tom Vendetti is passionate about making and promoting documentary programs that lead to social change. To that end, he is founder of the Angkor Wat International Film Festival that debuts February 17-19, 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The mission of the Festival is to showcase and celebrate feature films, documentaries and short subjects whose subjects and themes deal with the preservation of culture and environment. Website: http://AngkorWatFilmFestival.com
Robert C. Stone is an accomplished director, producer, writer, cinematographer, editor and audio technician whose work spans a 35-year career in film and video production. He most recently produced, along with Dr. Tom Vendetti, the documentary feature film “When the Mountain Calls: Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan,” as well serving as its film and sound editor.
Prior to this, he was the director, co-producer, editor and cinematographer of “Taylor Camp” (2010), a documentary about a hippie commune in the early 1970’s on Kaua’i and the nostalgic reflections of the camp’s former residents over 30 years later.
In 2009 he was co-producer and cinematographer as well as being involved in all aspects of post-production on the epic Hawaiian documentary “Native of Owhyhee,” which tells the story of how Hawaii turned from an ancient “pagan” society into one of the most literate Christian nations in the world of the 1800’s. And in 2004, he co-produced, edited and shot the film festival and Emmy® award-winning documentary “Kiho’alu - Keola Beamer.”
Bob also produced (along with its director Tom Vendetti), and was editor and cinematographer on the Emmy® winning documentary “Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness” (2007). He also worked with Dr. Vendetti on “Sacred Tibet: The Path to Mount Kailash” (2006) as co-producer and editor; and as editor on “Years of Darkness: A Spiritual Journey to Recovery” (2003), “Fiji Firewalkers” (2002), “Mt. Kailash: Return to Tibet” (2001) and “Journey Inside Tibet” (1999).
Complementing this filmmaking work, Bob Stone has worked on numerous independent projects, among them a two hour TV special “The Third Annual National Smooth Jazz Awards” as cinematographer and editor; Los Angeles FOX-TV’s “Magical Maui Weddings;” a promotional video for the Los Angeles Marathon; a half-hour interview show pilot with basketball great Cheryl Miller called “The ZONE,” and “Historical Rock Classics” hosted by Barry Williams, aka Greg Brady of “The Brady Bunch.”
Bob Stone began his career working with Rubin Postaer & Associates Advertising in Los Angeles from 1982-1995 where he designed, built and managed a state-of-the-art in-house audio-visual studio and editing facility where he produced sales and training videos for numerous clients including the Honda Awards Program honoring the country's top female collegiate athletes and promotional videos for The Disney Channel and the California Lottery. He also shot and edited numerous music videos such as Kaua’i singer-songwriter Allan Thomas’ “The Island;” a series of videos for Clint Black for QVC, and Steve Vai’s videos for MTV among many others.
Living on Maui since 1995, Bob was awarded the Governor of Hawaii’s Kilohana Award in 1998 for Outstanding Volunteerism. He is also a winner of multiple Telly® Awards, a program that honors the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest film and video productions.
Blaise J. Noto is president of Blaise Noto & Associaties LLC, an award-winning international communications and marketing company with an emphasis on entertainment, arts and culture. Website: http://blaisenotoassociates.com/
Prior to opening his own company, Mr. Noto was one of Hollywood's top marketing executives serving as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Publicity at Paramount Pictures where he also handled corporate publicity for the studio and Ms. Sherry Lansing, and as Executive Vice President of Publicity and Field Operations at Columbia Pictures. Prior to this, he served in various executive marketing and publicity positions at Warner Bros., United Artists, Orion Pictures, Vestron Pictures, and for Dino DeLaurentiis and the DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group. He recently served as associate producer on the feature film "Heart of a Dragon" that filmed in Beijing and on the Great Wall of China.
In addition, Mr. Noto has designed and implemented the Academy Awards® campaigns for the Oscar® winning Best Pictures “Titanic,” “Braveheart” and “Forrest Gump,” and is a six-time recipient of the Publicist Guild of America’s “Best Motion Picture Publicity Campaign” including those three film as well as “Spider-Man.” Over this 35-year career, he has worked with Hollywood’s most successful actors, producers, and directors, and was instrumental in the campaigns for hundreds of box-office theatrical hits, and award-winning film and soundtrack campaigns. He is a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Publicists Guild of America, and the Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Mr. Noto received his B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and his M.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania. He also is a graduate of the Summer Film & Broadcasting Institute at Stanford University, and studied art at The Sir John Cass School of Art in London, England.
He was invited by the People's Republic of China to teach entertainment marketing at the prestigious Beijing Film Academy which is also taught at the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus, and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu.