Now, that you met most of the staff (there are a couple more) I want to thank them for being part of Kirschenbaum Productions and making the company what is. I am truly blessed to have such a talented, diverse and devoted group of wonderful people working together.
One of the things that I love is helping young people to find their voice and giving them an opportunity to express it. I have learned more from these young, budding minds and souls than perhaps they have learned from me.
Recently, I attended the wedding of Elliott Christ and Megan Bonstein. Two amazing people. Elliott worked for me right after he finished NYU Gallatin a few years ago. Although he had not been a film student, I saw how smart and talented he was and offered him an opportunity to edit a television pilot we had just shot for Melting Pot. He learned the software with great ease and went onto create the DVD and all the art work and film content needed. He did a stunning, highly creative and professional job. He went onto edit others and became a sought after AfterEFX specialist. The summer he worked for me, I had the pleasure of meeting his girlfriend, Megan, another incredibly brilliant and kind person. Megan just finished her Masters at Columbia University in social work. Soon after they got engaged they asked me if I would read at their wedding. What an honor!! It was one of the most if not the most poignant, gorgeous, loving and fun weddings I have ever been to. How moving to be included like this and introduced as his mentor and friend.
This is now the second wedding I have attended from one of my former summer interns. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of sharing in Camille Acey’s wedding celebration. Camille is responsible for getting me to edit A Dog’s Life: A Dogamentary. I tried a couple of editors that did not work out. Although, I had no experience editing, she convinced me to do it. It was the best thing I ever did.
I want to take a moment here to toast all these wonderful, young people who have come into my life. They have been and continue to be a gift. Perhaps, these are in a way, the children I never had.