Michael Harris and the Baby Wild Films team have produced a number of compelling, "stop-in-your-tracks" film exhibits for a number of museums and institutions around the world. When Paul G. Allen commissioned the great Frank Gehry to design and build his Experience Music Project (EMP) building at the foot of the Space Needle in Seattle, WA in the last 1990s, Mr. Allen also entrusted Michael to produce, direct, write and edit the first EMP films.
"Lightning in a Bottle," narrated by Heart's Ann Wilson, wasn't just the first marketing film for EMP, it put into words the $100 million project both for the world and, just as importantly, the team assembled to create it. In fact, it was said that Michael's writing helped EMP come up with its mission statement.
"The Inspiration" and "The Building" were central film exhibits within the space when EMP opened its doors in 1999, walking visitors through the enduring magic of Seattle icon Jimi Hendrix's music and his oft-spoken dream for a place like EMP, as well as articulating the vision of Mr. Gehry and his team in creating this extraordinary building. Michael's films played throughout the first year of operations, and included never-before-seen footage and extremely rare artist recordings, as well as exclusive interviews with Mssrs. Allen and Gehry. It also featured a unique composition created by Michael and Wayne Horvitz, performed by Seattle-area musicians.
Michael and Baby Wild Films also have tapped their wildlife credentials and library to create wonderful exhibits for zoos and aquaria. "A Village of Killer Whales," a short film narrated by veteran actor Tom Skerritt, has played on a continuous loop in the "Family Orca Center" of Seattle Aqaurium since 2004. It's estimated that the film has been viewed by over four million visitors to the Aquarium. Michael also donated a segment from his Emmy Award-winning special "Baby Wild Films Presents: The Killer Whale People" to The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, Washington -- the dramatic reading of "STORM BOY" by Nancy Wilson of Heart, followed by an interview with author Paul Owen-Lewis, ran for several years in the Museum.
Michael was also asked by Craig McCaw and the Keiko Project to do an extremely interesting exhibit piece -- a non-narrated, cinema verite film visually telling the story of Keiko's life from the time of his capture in 1979 to his triumphant return to Iceland in 1998, edited to "Free Willy Suite." The film was played on a jumbo screen behind the Washington Symphony Orchestra as they performed the theme at a Keiko fundraiser attended by President Bill Clinton. This remarkable assignment was one of many entrusted to Michael by Mr. McCaw, and later Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures when it took over the project, and then the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation, which would later tap him to be the Northwest Spokesperson for the effort.
EMP / "The Inspiration"
Client: Paul G. Allen and Experience Music Project. Paul Allen and his sister Jodi Allen-Patton discuss the inspiration behind Experience Music Project -- the great Jimi Hendrix, and how his vision of a "Sky Church" is encapsulated in the building and the project.
EMP / "The Building"
Client: Paul G. Allen and Experience Music Project. Visits with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and his team and they create this extraordinary building at the foot of Seattle's Space Needle.
EMP / "Lightning in a Bottle"
Client: Paul G. Allen and Experience Music Project. Narrated by Heart's Ann Wilson. First marketing film for $100 million Frank Gehry-designed museum.
"AMOS: A Matter of Substance Television"
Baby Wild Films was enlisted to participate in a very unique non-broadcast project, conceived and developed by an Israeli company based in Tel Aviv and New York City -- to produce ambient, non-narrated, non-commercial HD content, bringing together award-winning nature, culture, and wildlife cinematography from around the world with soundtracks of the classical masters, modern classic, and world music, composing non-verbal, cinematic and thematic "short stories." This subscriber-based network reaches millions of viewers in hospitals, health care facilities, hotels and a number of other outlets, as well as through Google TV and a best-selling app on the Samsung platform. Baby Wild Films produced 10 hours of content for AMOS, seen in six different countries.
"A Village of Killer Whales"
Veteran actor Tom Skerritt narrates this quintessential look at the Pacific Northwest's totem species, the killer whale. Includes photography by Kevin Ely and Anna Spong of OrcaLab, music by Tim Truman, and spectacular above and below-surface footage and underwater recordings of resident orcas, The film has been viewed by an estimated four million visitors to Seattle Aquarium since 2004.
"Keiko, From Iceland to Iceland"
Client: Craig McCaw and the Keiko Project. Non-narrated, cinema verite film visually telling the story of Keiko life from the time of his capture in 1979 to his triumphant return to Iceland in 1998, edited to "Free Willy Suite." The film was played on a jumbo screen behind the Washington Symphony Orchestra as they performed the theme, at a Keiko fundraiser attended by President Bill Clinton.
"Eddie Bauer: Heroes for the Earth"
This hour-long documentary was produced in 1991 by Michael Harris for international retailer Eddie Bauer Inc., for both in-store video exhibit in the company's 167 outlets throughout North America as well as a regional broadcast in the Pacific Northwest television market. The doc features extraordinary footage from places like Borneo and Kenya, and profiles of "Heroes for the Earth" like pioneering orangutan scientist Dr. Birutė Galdikas and black rhino conservationist Michael Werikhe. Produced, written and edited by Michael Harris. Narrated by Gary Vance. International Telly Award-winner.
Paul Owen-Lewis' "STORM BOY," as Read by Nancy Wilson / The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, WA
Heart's Nancy Wilson reads Paul Owen Lewis' award-winning children's book "STORM BOY," about a Chief's son who finds himself lost in the strange underwater village of killer whales. From the Emmy Award-winning syndicated special, "Baby Wild Films Presents: The Killer Whale People." Includes a sweeping original cinematic score by composer and Baby Wild Films Executive Producer Tim Truman. Produced and edited by Michael Harris. Photography by Brad Huskinson and Kevin Ely.