Touching The Soul

A heartfelt tribute to Choir Director Mike Brewster and his merry collaborators who built a legacy as captured in this inspirational film appropriate for all audiences.

The West Morris High School Concert Choir of Chester, NJ had not seen each other or sung together for nearly 45 years. Through the inspiration of choir mate Bill Hardy, the idea of a reunion was actualized.

Choir Director Mike Brewster and 40 Concert choir members came together, many having traveled 2000 miles or more, to attend the musical event.

Having rehearsed for less than a day, their joyous reunion in the music, culminates in an outstanding concert performance.

The weekend long event was hosted by Make-A-Diff-Ranch at their beautiful retreat in Giles County, VA.

  • Marino Colmano
  • Marino Colmano
  • Mike Brewster
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Hi-Def Digital
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nominated Best Documentary Feature - World Music & Independent Film Festival, July 2017
Director Biography - Marino Colmano


Producer - Writer - Director – Director of Photography - Editor - Photographer

Marino Colmano was born in Bologna, Italy. He was awarded a Full Scholarship by the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and Film. He then established a successful still photography studio focusing on magazine editorial and advertising assignments.

In the late seventies he produced and directed STRAIGHT TIME: HE WROTE IT FOR CRIMINALS, an award-winning documentary about the making of a Dustin Hoffman feature; and directed THE RATING GAME, an award-winning documentary about the structure of the television industry. These accomplishments prompted a move to Hollywood.

Marino’s company LUCID MEDIA has been operating as an entertainment packaging and production company under various banners since 1980 in Los Angeles. The company currently has a number of projects in various states of development including TAXI DANCIN’ and RUN FROM YOUR SHADOW, screenplays that Marino has written.

Marino produced and co-directed the photography of a bitter-sweet musical drama End of the Rainbow, starring celebrated jazz musician RAY PIZZI and distributed theatrically by 20TH Century Fox. The winner of six first-place International Film Festival Awards including from MANNHEIM, GERMANY, CHICAGO and CRACOW, POLAND, it opened to rave reviews and has been cable-cast by all the major cable networks including the Arts & Entertainment Network and broadcast in ten foreign countries.

Marino directed, photographed and edited a feature documentary entitled RESERVOIRS OF STRENGTH, celebrating the strength of the human spirit and the effect of love on the recovery of people who have been severely burned. It has been broadcast in four countries internationally and has garnered ten awards including a GOLD APPLE, a GOLD CINDY and a SILVER AWARD from the Houston International Film Festival and Finalist in The Media Access Awards.

Marino is the recipient of 43 International Film Festival Awards, and received a Telly Award for direction and cinematography on his People Helping People commercial campaign for METROMEDIA and another Telly for SAN DIEGO TRANSIT, NO FUSS BUS. He then produced and photographed a major promotional campaign for the re-release of 20th Century Fox’s original BATMAN television series. His SMALL WONDER promo received a Telly Award and a BPME Certificate of Merit

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Marino’s clients, Universal Pictures, MCA-TV, Castle Rock, and Twentieth Century Fox, have contracted live action promotional spots and national commercials promoting SNATCH, RETURN TO ME, OCTOBER SKY, WATER WORLD, JUNIOR, CARLITO’S WAY, SCENT OF A WOMAN, LORENZO’S OIL, DANCES WITH WOLVES, Mr. Baseball and BACKDRAFT, to name a few. Promo packages have been completed for LAST CALL (Brandon Tartikoff’s talk show for MCA-TV), THE GORDON ELLIOTT SHOW, THE CHEVY CHASE SHOW, M*A*S*H, THE SIMPSONS, STUDS, THE BERTICE BERRY SHOW (Fox), MR. BASEBALL.(Univ.), and PERSONAL JUSTICE (New Line Cinema). Marino line produced and photographed the inspirational promotional film HEAR NO EVIL for the National Conference of Christians & Jews featuring Angela Lansbury as the spokeswoman.

Other noteworthy credits include director of photography on THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN for the SCI-FI Channel; various A&E BIOGRAPHY episodes; the Aegis Award winning DANGER ZONE, a 68 minute self-defense & self-awareness cardiovascular video course for women directed and produced by Marino; and the 1999 release of COLD FUSION: Fire From Water about a revolutionary energy source, for which Marino served as Director of Photography. During 2000-01 Marino provided interstitial programming for 34 episodes of Oxygen Network’s AS SHE SEES IT.

In 2005-6 he was producer on a groundbreaking, 13 episode marital wellness series for using multiple Varicam HD cameras.

Marino’s technical expertise, creative vision, and talent are all essential elements in effective filmmaking. He is a veteran of hundreds of productions: dramatic films, commercials, studio promotionals, documentaries, and educational projects. Marino prides himself on being part of a team, in which individuals working together, create a comfortable, and productive atmosphere for everyone involved. He can bring a loyal and dedicated crew ready to deliver the highest quality and performance available. His relationships are built on trust and handled with professional care. He’s creative, diplomatic, assertive, self-assured and tenacious.

The last three years of production in South West Virginia has resulted in an Episodic Documentary Series called PIPELINE. Twenty-Seven episodes have been released online all in Hi-Def quality along with 18 PSAs. Also released are two feature films, PIPELINE FIGHTERS, Award of Excellence from Impact Doc Film Festival; Nominated for Best Documentary at the Paris Play Film Festival, France; and Semi-Finalist Award at the Los Angeles CineFest; SACRIFICIAL RESOURCE ZONE, about West Virginia’s pipeline battle; and a 47 min short film, MONROE SPEAKS!, Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the West Virginia Filmmaker Festival; Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Festival in La Jolla, CA; and Semi-Finalist at Hollywood Screenings Film Festival. Learn more: