A few years ago, I had the good fortune of working with veteran television producer Cassandra Herrman, pictured above. She produced and directed our story on the PlayPump, a profound reporting experience that would later compel me to launch Tiny Spark. After we filmed the Playpump story, Cassandra and I also traveled together to Darfur, Sudan, where we spent three weeks reporting on the mass killings and displacement of civilians there.
Cassandra has established a national reputation as a television producer and director by working quietly and expertly behind the camera, not in front of it. That’s why I am so pleased to see her out in front at last. Cassandra has a Kickstarter campaign underway to fund her latest film. It’s called Framed and it’s about a passion that Cassandra and I share: exploring the ways that Africa is portrayed in the mainstream media. Her latest project looks utterly fascinating and important: it delves into the reasons why we Westerners so frequently wish to “save” Africa.
Those who follow Tiny Spark are likely interested in these matters. So please take a look at Cassandra’s project and consider supporting it. If you’re unable to contribute, you should check out the trailer anyway. It’s very compelling. When FRAMED is completed, I know we will all benefit from seeing it, as each of us grapple to better understand our world and especially our roles, relationships and ideas regarding Africa.