Carly the great!

We're so proud of Carly Kizorek for her recent feature in Nelson's Today as an "International Filmmaker and Tutor"!

Not many math tutors have also produced films about students in Liberia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. duate from North Central College, Carly has worked in ten countries in the last twelve months. She has also written a book about her adventures, already in print and soon out on the iPad.

Although her day-to-day work is as a private math tutor in the western suburbs of Chicago, she just had to submit her passport to the State Department for them to put in extra pages. “One of the problems,” according to Carly, “is that half the countries I visit have visas that fill up an entire page of the passport, so the pages fill up quickly.”

“To say I have an interesting life is an understatement,” she went on to say. “Two of the last films I produced involved bringing to life the work of two international organizations, IRC and IIRR. For IRC, I went to Ganta, in northern Liberia, to show how the International Rescue Committee uses special teaching techniques that are specific to children whose lives have been disrupted by war or disasters. In southern Ethiopia, I had to travel for 14 hours over fog-shrouded mountains and arid, camel-filled valleys before finally getting to where the schools were located. There, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction set up programs to follow pastoral (animal herding) families around providing teachers for the children. The curriculum and teaching hours were customized to fit into the work activities of the kids.”

After the trips, Carly comes back to her video production studio in Lisle and works with professional editors, directs the post production, chooses music and voice actors, and creates compelling documentary films.

Carly is not bashful about her observations on the public school system. “Each teacher has between 90 and 150 students every day and even the best teachers aren’t able to spend an hour of one-on-one time with each student. That is what I love about tutoring–I get that hour to find small pieces of missing information that the kid needs to really understand the material.”


Lisle Posts Two Parrot Video

Click here to watch the final Village of Lisle promotional video produced by Two Parrot Productions.


"Filmmaking Family" featured by CNN

CNN iReport features "Filmmaking Family" in the October show and highlights Jessica Kizorek's big new idea called the "Global Philanthropic Video Initiative" to scale the video storytelling they currently do for NGOs around the world.


Tomorrow - A New CNN Special on Two Parrot's Big Plans

Tomorrow, CNN International will broadcast a special about Two Parrot Productions. This year we are celebrating the completion of our 20th micro-documentary featuring a non-profit, and we are launching a massive new project to scale the work we are currently doing.

We'll be tuned in and watching it down here from Ixtapa, Mexico, where we've been all week at the most phenomenal conference I've ever attended. For those of you who are really interested in collaborating on the effort to combat global poverty, I might be able to get you an invitation to next year's Opportunity Collaboration.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of a MASSIVE new project I'm working on to team up 100 student filmmakers with 100 non-profits for a groundbreaking study. There's been tremendous excitement and support for my idea at the conference. It will be fun to watch this thing unfold.


Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...


Charity Navigator Features Two Parrot

Our friend and ally Charity Navigator put their spotlight on Two Parrot last month, saying, "We invited Bill Kizorek to blog for us initially because we helped match up Two Parrot Productions with several of the charities who eventually benefited from their grants. But he keeps writing because many of our blog readers enjoyed his prior posts."

Read full article here.


26 Hours worth of Ethiopian Pot-Holes

Carly & Bill Kizorek just wrapped up taping in rural southern Ethiopia today. When I say rural, I mean, in one three-day period, driving 26 hours, much of it on pot-holed, washed out, and non-existant roads to get to the locations of the shoots.