Farther Down the Rivers of Babylon --- A music documentary

  • Bonnie Carini
    Author
  • Barak Ben Levi
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Bonnie Carini
    Director
  • Bonnie Carini
    Writer
  • Bonnie Carini
    Producer
  • Barak Ben Levi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Estonia, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Bonnie Carini

I am a published writer/photographer with a background in marine ecology and have focused mostly on pelagic animals, from plankton to sharks, dolphins and whales. My articles and photographs have appeared in magazines and books around the world. I am also a produced cinematographer and have sold footage to Animal Planet, National Geographic, BBC and Nature, to list a few. I directed and shot the underwater segment for the original NBC documentary, The Road to Ironman. I am currently working on producing two feature films, which I wrote the screenplays for: PILOT WHALE FOG (set in Hawaii and the Faroe Islands) and COLD STORM (set off the coast of New England). Pilot Whale Fog was chosen as an official finalist of; The International Family Film Festival 2014, The Cannes Screenplay Contest 2015 and The New York Screenplay Contest 2016. In 2017 I wrote a song entitled A Song Of Pilot Whale Fog. I created it into a music video, which I did the filming and editing for and that year it won the Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu Film Awards.

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Director Statement

Only a person who spans such diversity in music, cultural practice, and traditions could have penned a melody such as Rivers of Babylon; one that makes sense to people all over the world and one that is still being sung today. More than 50 years ago Barak Ben Levi wrote the melody to the words from psalm 137, which resulted in Rivers of Babylon. While he was playing it in Central Park one day in 1965 a man approached him and offered to buy it for fifty dollars. The transaction took place right then and there and Barak had meal money for the week. Barak is now 80 years old and continues to write songs that people love and can relate to in some way.

Farther Down the Rivers of Babylon spans several experiences I had with Barak over the last 12 years from Hawaii to Estonia.