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Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 10/08/2010
Bradley Rappa, a lecturer in the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, will screen his documentary, Thicker Than Water, at the Syracuse International Film Festival on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The film is about Tony, an 11-year-old who “absolutely, positively” loves hockey, and is about to play his last game. He is also a hemophiliac. The frequent scratches and bruises that mark the childhoods of active kids seem harmless to the healthy, but these same small injuries can be debilitating or fatal to a hemophiliac. Undeterred by a family history of chronic illness and loss, Tony’s parents continue to support and encourage his ambitions. Thicker Than Water is a documentary about dealing with chronic illness, living life to the fullest, and playing your last game as well as you can.
About Bradley Rappa:
Bradley Rappa received his MFA in Filmmaking from Syracuse University in 1995. As a director, he has made nine films to date. His latest films Thicker Than Water, Utopia and Through Revolving Doors have been seen at over 30 film festivals worldwide including the Toronto International Short Film Festival, the Palm Springs Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour. His most recent film, Thicker Than Water, won the 2010 Prairie Spirit Award at the Fargo Film Festival and Through Revolving Doors won the 1997 Independent Film Channel Student Filmmaker Award, along with a Director’s Citation Award from the Black Maria Film Festival.
In 2001 Bradley and his wife Nicole Koschmann formed the production company Reel Travelers. Together they produces videos for non-profit organizations and individuals working to promote environmental and human rights causes. In addition he is a media literacy educator and a professional cinematographer, with credits including numerous feature length documentaries, and an extensive list of commercials, video documentaries, shorts, internet content and music videos.
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