Of Muppets and Men is a 52 minute documentary produced during the fifth season of The Muppet Show. It was syndicated in 1981.
The documentary features appearances by Muppet Show performers Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire, and Brian Muehl; writers Jerry Juhl, Don Hinkley, David Odell, and Chris Langham; director Peter Harris; producer David Lazer; and guest stars Roger Moore and Raquel Welch.
Finding ‘Mike’ is the powerful and inspirational real life story of Jonny Benjamin’s search for the stranger that stopped him taking his life off Waterloo Bridge six years ago.
Postcard Productions met with Jonny – who suffers from schizo-affective disorder – at the end of last year to discuss possible film projects and having secured access subsequently devised the idea for a feature documentary that would follow him on the hunt for the man he calls ‘Mike’.
We created a social media and PR strategy to launch Jonny’s campaign which went viral across the globe. Trending on twitter in the UK as well as places as far afield as Australia, South Africa and Canda it attracted international press coverage with Jonny appearing on TV and in print across the world including CNN, This Morning and the Huffington Post.
The film captures every step of Jonny’s remarkable journey including the phenomenon of the campaign, the many leads and ‘Mikes’ that came forward and ultimately his successful reunion with the man that saved his life. Everything changed for Jonny that day, but also, as a result, he has become a mental health campaigner who in his own right has helped transform the lives of many other people around the world through his work.
Emotional, heartwarming and thought-provoking, this is a film about a simple human interaction and how one man’s kind gesture six years ago has had a huge butterfly effect beyond what anyone could ever have imagined…
Published on Feb 13, 2013
A british documentary on the people involved, the aftermath, and the decpetion of the FBI agents involved in the frame-up of Randy Weaver. Also the Massacre of the Weaver family by the US gov agencies involved.
This documentary looks for an answer to the question of why the number of suicides among young American veterans and soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is so frighteningly high. The filmmakers traveled to Killeen, Texas, home of Fort Hood – the largest Army base in the United States where last year, 19 soldiers committed suicide. The kaleidoscopic film consists of interviews with soldiers and family members, sometimes anonymous, who are heard in voice-over while we see close-ups of soldiers in a tattoo shop, heads being shaved at a barbershop and young boys partying before deployment. Signs that read “We support our troops” and “Welcome home, heroes” stand in stark contrast to the reality described by the soldiers
The Social Care Home – where 75 unwanted children are growing up – is the main employer in the small village of Mogilino. Few of the children can talk, not necessarily because they are unable but rather because no one has ever taught them how.
Kate meets the children in this tragic, silent world, such as Milan, the gentle giant who spends his days doing chores and watching over the others, and mildly autistic 18-year-old Didi, who is able to talk, and has plenty to say, but no one to speak to. The children that surround them suffer a variety of problems, many are blind or deaf and some are unable to leave their beds, many are literally wasting away.
Abandoned into the hands of the staff at Mogilino these children inhabit a bleak uncaring world, so devoid of normal everyday stimulus that many have taken to rocking slowly and constantly in their chairs just for something to do.
Bulgaria has more institutionalised mentally and physically disabled children than anywhere else in Europe. This film is a heart-rending and eye-opening look into the life of one such institution.
This is the follow up story done years later