promo video for artist Catherine Russell's new CD

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Her new CD Strictly Romancin' was released Feb 14, 2012.

In this 5 minute promo Catherine talks about the influences for this 14 song recording, her 4th for Harmonia Mundi's World Village label. Musicians include musical director, arranger, and guitarist/banjoist Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Lee Hudson, drummer Mark McLean. Horn section includes tenor saxophonist and arranger Andy Farber, trombonist John Allred, Jon-Erik Kellso who plays trumpet and arranged the horns on the Ellington classic "I'm Checkin' Out, Goom'bye", Dan block on alto sax/clarinet and special guests Joe Barbato on accordion, Aaron Weinstein on violin and Carline Ray sings a duet with Catherine on the Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight classic "He's All I Need". Produced by Paul Kahn.
Video production: Ruthie Ristich & Allison Lund, Somerville Massachusetts

visit Catherine's amazon music page
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Listen to Catherine and music director Matt Munisteri's interview on NPR's Fresh Air

Mr. Poops-a-Lot video short

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A whimsical romp starring 4 monarch butterfly caterpillars (Howard, Rita, Baby and Mr. Poops-a-Lot) and 2 young boys (Lars, age 4 and Anders, age 15 months). Guidance by my late naturalist father Sam Ristich, and digital media professor Eric Martin, with songs inspired by Duke Ellington and Gioachino Rossini and the greatest inspiration of all, Mother Nature.

Screenings: Boston Film and Video Festival, New Orleans Film and Video Festival, Providence Film and Video Festival

Ruthie Ristich shot, edited, and sang on sound track.

Wild Asparagus: Guiding Star Grange Greenfield MA

Diamonds WildAsparagus 3 from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo

Contra dance fun in western Massachusetts with Liz Ehrman and Marika Partridge with the band Wild Asparagus. Check out their website to see when and where they might be performing near you.

Shot and edited with FCP7 by Ruthie Ristich.

Info on the band members:

The heartbeat of Wild Asparagus is Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals. Ann's playing is highly inventive while still maintaining an irresistible rhythm. David Cantieni, a wood-wind wizard, pours forth lively melodies and liquid harmonies on his flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard. Becky Tracy's masterful fiddling is that rare combination of energy and beauty. George Marshall is an accomplished English concertina player and also provides driving rhythms on bodhran and bones. We usually play with a bass player, some of our regular players include Corey DiMario, Mark Murphy, Harry Aceto and Ralph Gordon among others. George also provides excellent instruction and calling for New England style contras.

Short Clips from Sam Ristich film-in-progress "Mother Nature's Son"

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No trailer yet. Still formulating overall story. Sifting through 16 years of footage...approx 50 hours shot between 1989 and 2006. More information about Sam Ristich at Sam was a walking encyclopedia of the northeast arboreal forest with an insatiable curiosity. His keen eye always led him to figure out the "how" and the "why". His greatest gift was as a teacher and motivator.
The New England Mycological Federation's annual foray is named in his honor (since 1995). This year it is being held in the Adirondacks. More info here:

A__Amanita Sam Intro_Mother Nature's Son from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

B__Fleebia radiata from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

C__Elderberry Pop Gun Fun from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

D__Mother Nature's Son excerpt: For the Love of Insects from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

Michael - Tapestry: Telarc recording artists

I received a Cambridge Arts Council Grant and Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to direct, produce and edit this video project with music by composer Patricia Van Ness. The acappella piece, part of a larger work entitled The Nine Orders of Angels, was sung in Latin by Telarc recording artists (the vocal group) Tapestry**. The group had partnered with choreographer and dancer Julie Ince Thompson who agreed to dance in front of a "green" screen for inclusion in the piece as the Archangel Michael. The idea was to make the video visually interesting for younger grade school listeners. I brought the finished piece in to different classrooms, along with the costumes and puppets (all from different countries, cultural traditions and religions). The children were curious about the editing process and how the special effects were achieved. I was thrilled to be able to hire cinematographer Robin Tams, pro lighting, makeup artists, costume makers, and with the help of some volunteer production assistants we had 3 successful days of shooting. **Tapestry consists of Daniela Tosic, Cristi Catt and Laurie Monahan. Find out more about them and where to purchase their many excellent CDs here: Tapestry

Tapestry2 from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

Rockin' Robin

Fun piece circa 1999 with my young friends Katy L. et al having fun on a Saturday night in Cambridge. Shot with hi8 camera, edited with EditDV.

Rockin' Robin from Ruthie Ristich on Vimeo.

Documentary of the Ordo Virtutem and 12th century visionary Hildegard von Bingen

Ordo Virtutem--3 camera shoot of concert held in Cambridge on May 25, 2005. I am currently seeking funding support for interviews, editing and completion of project.

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Trust for Public Land: Farewell presentation for national officer

Multimedia 30 minute DVD with photos, newsclippings, music, and videotaped interviews from Santa Fe and San Francisco.

"Happy Trails to You" Steve Thompson

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