Open Society Foundations

Advocacy films for a leading global foundation

We’ve been working on several short films for the Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, that highlight and advocate for issues the foundation focuses on. We’ve been filming and editing in multiple locations and languages. Check out the OSF YouTube page for more films and info.

Editing by Hugo Berkeley
Music by John Balcom

Jerry Douglas: Traveler

Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Dr. John and Keb Mo join Jerry on this lovely, eclectic album

Recorded in the storied musical cities of New Orleans, Nashville, New York, and London, Traveler is a journey into American music by dobro genius Jerry Douglas, whom the New York Times calls a “matchless contemporary master”. Featuring special guests Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb’ Mo, and many more. Produced by Russ Titelman and released by eOne Music on June 26, 2012.

Directed and Produced by Eli Cane

Cinematography by Jojo Pennebaker

Still Photography by Russ Titelman


What are your kids eating today?

Cucina, a catering company that serves delicious restaurant-quality food in schools, asked us to make a short film about their food, the people who cook it and the kids that eat it. We worked with Doug Jenner of Best Words to craft the message, and filmed for 2 days at the Harefield Academy near London.

Check out for more info.

Director: Hugo Berkeley
Producer: Doug Jenner
Camera: David Agrawal
Graphics: Thomas Jones

Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

A jazz icon gets his juices flowing on a record full of deep grooves and beautiful melodies

Arguably DeJohnette’s best album, Sound Travels is a superb genre-spanning, nine-song collection that grooves with Latin rhythms and West Indian energy, muses with meditative tunes, and buoys with straight-up jazz swing. Sound Travels features an array of collaborators, including vocalists Bruce Hornsby, Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding.  Check out the iTunes LP.

Directed and Produced by Eli Cane

Edited by David John Nerahoo and Eli Cane

Cinematography by Jojo Pennebaker and Jason Banker

Waves of Change

Launching a campaign for cleaner oceans with Alexandra Cousteau

When the leaders of the UN-backed Waves of Change marine sustainability campaign needed a video to launch their project in 2007, they turned to Normal Life Pictures to tell their story.

Visit the International Ocean Institute site for more info.

Featuring Alexandra Cousteau

Directed and Produced by Hugo Berkeley


Red Hot + Rio 2: Mia Doi Todd + José González

A Tropicalia classic reimagined

Mia Doi Todd + José González perform a Milton Nascimento classic, Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo, at a Red Hot + Rio 2 loft party. The Red Hot Organization is dedicated to fighting AIDS through popular culture, and Normal Life Pictures is proud to have contributed to Red Hot + Rio 2, the Tropicalia-themed collection which came out in 2011.

Produced by Dustin Reid for Red Hot
Edited by Eli Cane

Bill Frisell: All We Are Saying…

Bill Frisell applies his golden-hued, rustic-cosmopolitan vision to the songs of John Lennon

The relationship between Bill Frisell and Normal Life Pictures continues to grow. Most recently, we produced an EPK for his John Lennon project, entitled “All We Are Saying…”, and released by Savoy on September 27, 2011. The record covers a broad range of Lennon’s career, and features Greg Leisz (slide guitar), Jenny Scheinman (violin), Tony Scherr (bass), and Kenny Wollesen (drums).

Produced and Edited by Eli Cane
Cinematography by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer

Sophie Milman: In the Moonlight

A smoldering new album from the Juno Award-winning jazz vocalist

From Gershwin to Gainsbourg to Feist, this is the Canadian jazz vocalist’s most ambitious and sweeping album. Featuring special guests Randy Brecker, Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein, Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, Gregoire Maret, Rob Mounsey, and more. Produced by Matt Pierson and released by eOne Music.

Produced by Eli Cane
Edited by Will Burns and Eli Cane
Cinematography by Jason Banker and Jojo Pennebaker

JD Souther: Natural History

An intimate encounter with a legendary songwriter, in a stripped-down, noir setting

The legendary songwriter of countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Rondstat, The Dixie Chicks, and others performs his classics in stripped down, intimate arrangements. Produced by Fred Mollin and released by eOne Music.

Produced and edited by Eli Cane

Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

Music for a different kind of string quartet

The quartet that Frisell formed to originally play music inspired by Gerhardt Richter’s paintings returns for it’s second album. “Sign of Life finds Frisell exploring chamber-group dynamics and interplay in ways that toggle between composition and improvisation, reverberating soundscapes and spiky minimalism…” – Jazz Times

Produced and Edited by Eli Cane and Hugo Berkeley