On June 29th, 2010, Sophie Rose Barton was hiking at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Heber Valley Camp when she felt dizzy and eventually collapsed, said Bishop Scott Wilmarth. Emergency crews responded to the camp and took Barton by ambulance to Heber Valley Medical Center around 4 p.m. When Sophie left the camp, she was conscious, but at the hospital she stopped breathing and was pronounced dead about 7 p.m.
Sophie was described as a gifted songwriter and a “best friend to everyone” who was well-loved among her friends, family and LDS Ward members. “Sophie was a light in our ward,” Bishop Wilmar said. “She didn’t seek out the limelight but the light always found her. This is somebody who served well, led a good life.”
The reason I’m writing about Sophie today is her legacy lives on through music, charity and giving. In 1993, former professional football player, Steve Young established the Forever Young Foundation to support community projects and non-profit organizations effectively serving the therapeutic and academic needs of seriously ill and underprivileged children. The organization is proud to introduce a new project called Sophie’s Place. Sophie’s Place, named in memory of our friend Sophie Barton, will fund music therapy rooms in hospitals to create awareness of the power of music to aid healing. Steve Young grew up in Connecticut with Barton’s mother, Anne-Marie. The idea to honor Sophie, who lived in Holladay and attended Olympus High School, and promote music therapy came from Young’s wife, Barb. The concept is an extension of the Forever Young Zones created in three hospitals, including PCMC, that provide recreational and social opportunities, outside of the patients’ rooms. You can watch the YouTube video of the grand opening that occurred in 2013 at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. To raise funds for Sophie’s Place, on June 27th & 28th, Steve will be joining some of his friends from the NFL, NBA, PGA and Major League Baseball to host the 2016 Steve Young Mountain Classic at Red Ledges Golf Club in Heber City, Utah.
Music is such an amazing gift. I can definitely attest to the power of music and how it can change people’s lives. Though I’m not a songwriter or musician, I’ve seen first hand how music compliments film and video during editing and how emotions flourish because of it’s power. Sophie is said to have performed 100 hours in hospitals because she understood the power of music and it’s ability to heal. Her talent brought healing to young people suffering from pain, chronic illness, and serious injury. During the 2012 Mountain Classic, Anne-Marie Barton greeted participants, giving them a personal sense of the charitable effort, and joined the Young’s in an interview. “Music changes everything,” she said.
In addition to fundraising for Sophie’s Place at the 2016 Mountain Classic, funds will also help in supporting three “Forever Young Zones”. Hospital Forever Young Zones are recreational therapy rooms created to provide tools for exercising the imagination of seriously ill children who face emotional and physical challenges. Forever Young Media Zones provide a state-of-the-art radio, TV, film and design studio, as well as a professional-quality recording studio with an isolated vocal booth and digital audio mixing. The goal of these zones is to put technological tools into the hands of creative young people, allowing them to explore and prepare for careers in media and design while developing practical production and copy through their own artistic expression. The 8 to 80 Zones are a collaboration between Steve Young and Jerry Rice, which provide youth living in under served communities the skills to pursue careers in technology and media. Steve and Jerry’s partnership with The 49ers Academy continues to offer creative, exciting experiences to youth that attend the school.
Current Forever Young Zones locations:
Primary Children’s Hospital: Salt Lake City, UT, Cardon Children’s Medical Center: Mesa, AZ, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital: Palo Alto, CA, Treehouse Children’s Museum: Ogden, UT, Wasatch Adaptive Sports: Snowbird, UT, Wooster School: Danbury, CT, Plummer Home For Boys: Salem, MA
MetamoraTV will be covering this charity event
I’m proud to be a supporter of the Steve Young Foundation and Sophie’s Place. As the host of MetamoraTV, I’ll be covering this event on June 27th in Heber City, Utah. The event fits our mission perfectly: “transformative, thought-provoking journalism.” Please join us in supporting the 2016 Steve Young Mountain Classic. Donations are being accepted through the Steve Young Foundation website. Thank you.
– Matt Duhamel, Filmmaker/Host
Here’s our coverage video of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Interviews with Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez, Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Ewan Mcgregor and more!
LOOK FOR OUR HIGHLIGHT VIDEO ABOUT OUR TIME AT SUNDANCE NEXT WEEK!
I was excited, along with my wife Heather, to cover the Sundance Film Festival this year as a press outlet. As filmmakers ourselves, we enjoy collaborating with indie filmmakers, actors and crew, and Sundance is no exception. We ventured out to various “press lines” and red carpets during our first week at Sundance to discover filmmakers that are creating thought-provoking films, similar to our own mission statement that reads: “transforming hearts and minds through film.” From documentaries to dramatic premiers, we found a lot of interesting projects that speaks to transformative, inspiring and thought-provoking messages.
Our first stop was at the premier of Resilience, directed by James Redford…yes, Robert Redford’s son. The latest film from James Redford (The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia, 2012 Sundance Film Festival) traces the developments in the field, featuring two of the doctors who pioneered this work and the health care professionals that are running the evidence. A simple survey initiates the discussion and provides the basis for a new understanding of what our culture is facing and how to best treat families dealing with “toxic stress.” I asked James about why he decided to produce the film: “Health issue to me are sort of in my fabric. In my own life story I’ve had my own issues with health and I understand the challenges of trying to come back from difficult situations.” An inspiring and life changing project for not just Redford, but the entire cast and crew. The animation and well-placed statistics punctuate the thoughtful film’s message that, now armed with this information, we can act quickly to mitigate the effects of a public health crisis.
We wanted to cover films that also involve the transformative power of music. Academy Award–nominated actor Don Cheadle—co-writer, director, and lead actor—remarkably captures the musical legend on film through an impressively orchestrated use of images and sounds. Varying cinematic rhythms and beats are used to create a singular and intoxicating viewing experience as Cheadle displays a deep understanding of the man and his music. His latest project which premiered at Sundance last week, Miles Ahead, is about inspired by events in Miles Davis’ life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses. Ewan McGregor stars in the film as the character, Dave Brill. McGregor stated during our interview, “His [Miles Davis] is all about the music and his influence in music in never ending.” Just like film, music is transformative for many people.
Equal parts road comedy and coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching story reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. I wanted to cover the premier of this film due to it’s underlining themes of freedom. When I talked with Waititi he told me that, “I think its the story about renegades and people fighting against the system and fighting for their freedom.” For more information on this film, visit the official website.
Director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this insightful chronicle of the star’s early rise to fame. An in-depth look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the “King of Pop.” During our brief red carpet interview, Lee told me, “It’s music that brings us all together.” I agreed. Lee has created a film that brings forth Jackson’s ability to inspire millions of fans throughout the world through music. Now the original album, and the film, will be released together on CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray on February 26.
Heather and I then covered a couple of drama premiers including, “Love & Friendship”. Adapting Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, director, Whit Stillman returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Metropolitan premiered in 1990) in top form with his latest comedy of manners. Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, Love & Friendship is a rare—and rarified—treat. It’s true that we, as viewers, can pull pretty much anything we want from films…emotion, heartache, laughter, or even anger. I feel that every feel has a potential message if we decide to see it. When I asked Whitman about the underlining theme of the film, he said, “Well, there’s a song..the character is lovely played by Morfydd Clark…the Frederica character. I think it’s a traditional British song called, Love Will Find A Way. I think that might be it.”
We look forward to week number 2 at the Sundance Film Festival in search of powerful and thought-provoking films! We plan to talk to Rachel Weisz, Danny Glover and Kathy Bates about their new film, Complete Unknown. We also have plans to cover the new film, The Fundamentals of Caring starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, and our last premier will be The Hollars on January 29th starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski.
For more information on our films, visit our website.
I’ve received emails over the past two weeks asking if we are planning to continue MetamoraTV. The answer is YES! With an overwhelming support with our YouTube channel, we’ve decided to re-design our studio set. We plan to design a simple, yet inviting studio with accent chairs and a nice, dark blue background instead of the “chroma-key” background that we used for our first several interview. We feel this new look will bring a softer and calmer look to our site allowing our guests to feel more comfortable about telling their transformative, inspiring and life changing stories for our cameras.
This brings up the question that some may have…how do I design my own TV studio? This is a great DIY project if you are interested in TV, film, or just for having fun with the family. According to The DV show, building a small basement (or other room, like a garage) studio is fairly simple:
If you want to convert any room into an inexpensive TV studio, your most important step is to select a problem-free space. A basement is a great spot, but you have to think about temperature control, it may be under a heavily traveled kitchen or corridor requiring you to insulate against the sound of footsteps, air conditioner noises, the roar of a furnace, the whine of a pump, or even the deedle-deedle of a nearby telephone or alarm can be very expensive to seal out. In short, you need to pick a quiet place with plenty of electricity and no unusual noise, heating or moisture problems.
An enormous production space isn’t necessary unless you’re setting up a Ben Hur chariot race scene. You’d be surprised at how small most broadcast news and sitcom sets are. To the viewer, what is seen on the screen is all that matters; whatever is off screen by just a foot (i.e. garden tools, clothes racks, storage shelves stacked with paint cans) doesn’t exist.
In regards to sound control (which is extremely important and sometimes overlooked), The DV Show writes:
Unwanted sound comes from two places: outside the studio and inside the studio. Let’s deal with the outside first.
Sound will enter your studio if it can find holes in the wall, cracks around doors and windows, and spaces around pipes and duct work. Somehow you need to seal the room tightly so that air cannot get in or escape.
Weatherstrip all the doors and windows. If you are not using a window, you may wish to cover it with plywood and seal it that way. Caulk any loose fitting walls or wall-to-ceiling joints and any places where pipes and wires enter the room. If a hole is too large to caulk, try stuffing fiberglass insulation into it.
Sliding glass doors and steel doors designed for exterior use are often weatherstripped and seal nicely. The same goes for exterior thermopane windows.
A simple set, a wall mural, a bookshelf and a potted plant, or a chroma key blue curtain is all that is needed to suspend reality. Big studios aren’t necessary. More information about set design can be found here.
MetamoraTV’s new look will debut in June (exact date TBA) so hold tight for more great interviews. If you or someone you know may want to be on our show, please contact us anytime.