Passage Film and documentary
Passage film was started by American filmmaker Kent Moorhead and Swedish journalist Pia Moorhead Törnberg. The husband-wife filmmaking team began Passage Film to make high-quality documentary films and to teach film & journalism to the next generation. Kent Moorhead also works as a cameraman and editor, and writes for the Swedish film magazine, Monitor. Passage Film is two companies. In the US it is Passage Film Inc., incorporated in Florida. In Europe it is Passfilm AB, a Swedish company. So two owners. Two companies. Two continents. And a world of film.
Film: Rather Die Free Than Live A Slave
Rather Die Free Than Live A Slave tells the story of the United States Colored Troops and the African American men - and women - who fought to end slavery during the American Civil War. To learn more, see New Projects.
Kent Moorhead writes about technical issues such as digital storage and production workflow, film lighting, color grading, special effects, and the comeback of 35mm film for the Swedish media magazine, Monitor. Writing is something he has always done, but writing in Swedish began with an article on digital storage and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in the December 2014 issue of Monitor. You can read them here:
Storytelling is the heart of good documentary. Pia Moorhead Törnberg brings the editorial perspective of an experienced journalist; she knows how to find the meaning-carrying details that bring the story home. Kent Moorhead knows how to film so that those details make it to the screen. He's also an experienced editor, and can find the storyline in even the most difficult of footage.
Documenting life is more than turning on a camera and pointing it. It's also about learning to watch the action, and being able to guess what will happen next so you're ready for it. Most important of all is listening to the people who's stories you are recording, and knowing the context and worldview behind those stories.
Teaching is important to Passage Film. Pia Moorhead Törnberg has been a journalism teacher at Stockholm University for twenty years. Kent Moorhead has been teaching film in both the US and Sweden for the last ten years. They are skilled at developing both curriculum and hand-on pedagogy for teaching film & journalism in all types of educational settings, in both classroom and workshop based instruction. They are currently developing two separate film and media-democracy training projects for Africa.
Mississippi Blues Blog
The Mississippi Blues Blog is a new feature at Passage Film. It is written by Kent Moorhead and will include writing about the art of cinematography and directing, as well as film technology and techniques. But it will also include the subjects that motivate his filmmaking, such as discussion of Civil Rights history and the politics of race relations. And now and then, some musing about the blues.