“Josh” – my new documentary short film – is now online!

I visited my friend and neighbour, Josh Vander Vies, one beautiful sunny day. He welcomed me (and my production assistant, El Apostol) into his home to film what is a regular Saturday for him and his family (Dalia Mykolaitiene, and her son, Karolis). It was an ordinary day all right, except that there’s nothing ordinary about Josh.

Josh is an athlete, artist, law student and motivational speaker. He’s a young man with big dreams… but that’s not what makes him special. “Josh” is a short documentary film about one ordinary day in an extraordinary man’s life.

“Josh” is now online at RipplemakersTV.com

“Ripple” is a web TV series that premiered on July 30, 2010. It is produced by Layaco Media filmmaker Carol Gancia. Layaco Media is a video production company based in San Francisco, California that uses technology and social media to solve the challenges of reaching your target audience.

“Ripple” is about regular people like you and me whose lives have had a positive influence on their communities. By virtue of who they are… by standing by their beliefs… by following their dreams… they create a ripple effect around them.

Happy viewing…

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“Josh” – a documentary short film

Josh Vander Vies

When a dear friend and colleague asked me to contribute an episode to her web series, “Ripple,” it didn’t take long for me to think of the perfect story to tell.

“Ripple” is a web-based TV program that features ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. It’s about individuals who, by virtue of who they are and what they believe in, have had a positive influence in their communities. Josh Vander Vies is one such person.

Josh is an athlete, artist, law student and motivational speaker. He’s a young man with big dreams… but that’s not what makes him special. Josh was born with a disability, that for some, might have been an excuse not to try and excel in life. Josh talks about being nurtured and supported as a kid, which encouraged him to set high goals for himself and achieve them… no matter what.

“Josh” is a documentary short film about one ordinary day in an extraordinary man’s life. It’s a reminder that while we all have challenges to face in our lives, we must “do what we have to do in order to live our lives to the fullest.”

“Josh” premieres on July 1st 2011 on www.ripplemakerstv.com.

Here’s a sneak preview.