This is a sampling of Dina Rudick's producing, directing and editing (and at times, cinematography) work. Dina heads up Anthem Multimedia, an Emmy-Award winning video production company specializing in short-form cinematic documentaries. Her films have screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, and seek to give voice to urgent issues and populations. See full versions of the work featured here at anthemmultimedia.com
The stakes become real. Can she find a cure in time?
A young, idealistic Huntington’s Disease researcher comes face-to-face with three generations of a family devastated by the fatal, incurable disease she studies. For the scientist, who has never met anyone with Huntington’s Disease, the stakes of her research become real. For a Huntington’s Disease patient at the center of the story who is watching her mother sicken, fearing her own demise, and afraid for her two kids, it’s a mother’s plea - and a race against time.
What is a hero?
In The Promise, we tell the story of a very private family, and emphasize the heroism of a very humble scientist. She - and thousands like her - saved her own father's life. And since we all have people in our lives who have been touched or taken by cancer, this is a story that affects us all.
From a personal perspective, telling this story was especially important to me. Weeks after I met Anya, the scientist at the center of this story, my own husband was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. He was in the middle of radiation therapy when we were shooting this film, and in the deep throes of his treatment while I was editing it. Art imitating life, or life imitating art - either way, this is a story that I felt called to tell, and I hope it touches inspires and many.
What is DNA?
We created a series of 20 animated videos for Veritas Genetics to explain the in and outs if how our genes work - and what we can do with that information. Here are two of them:
Practice: Change - The Africa Yoga Project Story is the story of how one woman's idea to bring yoga to some of the biggest slums in the world caught on like wildfire and is transforming lives, communities, and possibly countries. It centers around the personal transformation of Margaret Njeri, a runaway child bride from the slums, who found salvation through yoga and is now a teacher herself.
This piece won the New England Emmy Award for "Outstanding Documentary” in 2012.
In His Hands
King Birnbaum is living with cystic fibrosis, a rare, life-shortening disease that impacts every system in the body. His parents long to “put something in his hands” that will help him, and his prognosis.
His story, told here, is part of a larger campaign we filmed and produced for Vertex Pharmaceuticals about a dozen people and their families around the United States who are living with this disease, or the consequences of the disease.
See more videos in the series here.
Knock Knock | Get Up
This is the creation story for "Knock Knock Get Up," the blockbuster album from indie band David Wax Museum.
While recording a particular track, producer Sam Kassirer notes that the song needs something more. The band then comes up with the idea to drum the strings of a fiddle with knitting needles. The result is exactly what Kassirer was looking for, and made it into the finished album.