Medicine Wheel Productions – Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand is an ambitious project of building rapport and extending the circle of friendship to include two often misunderstood groups of people – police officers and young adults. This project is the brainchild of Quincy native and visionary artist Michael Dowling. For over 22 years, he has spearheaded the well respected non-profit organization called Medicine Wheel Productions as its founder and artistic director. Mr. Dowling’s commitment to the positive transformation of troubled youths through art and community building has won him extensive recognition.

Michael Indresano, a board member of Medicine Wheel, did not hesitate to create a powerful video documentary that celebrates commonality and inclusion, further addressing hot-button social/racial issues that dominate our national conversation today.

Filming the the video took place for a few months and required countless hours of post production. Michael and his team were instrumental in organizing all the interviews, documenting the workshops through video, photographing the portraits, editing the footage together, and acted as technical consultant to all matters relating to video and photo. The video creation process started with a dedicated team of professionals bringing together their diverse skill set and industry know-how into conceptualizing a story. Many hours of brainstorming took place at our 33 A Street studio in South Boston. Michael Indresano led the team as director overseeing the entire creative process. With over 22 years of award-winning photography expertise, he is no stranger to the world of visual story telling. A true seasoned professional and master of detail, Michael directed the camera crew and lighting technicians with precise angles and adjustments; infusing every shot with a consistent degree of thought, emotion, and impact, further driving the message with vigor and determined vision.

The final video release was launched at the Medicine Wheel Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser at the Nixon Peabody law firm to exuberant applause. Attendees of the event included Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Boston City Councilor at large Ayanna Pressley, Community Affairs Liaison for the Boston Redevelopment Authority Mark McGonagle (MW Chair of the Board of Directors), Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston, Vice President at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Karen Young, Community Involvement Director for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Janelle Woods-McNish, Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council Amit Dixit, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, along with many more prominent high profile public officials and loyal Medicine Wheel supporters voicing their support for this project.

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Nixon Peabody where the Turning The Wheel Annual Fundraiser took place.

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans sits down with us for an interview.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors at Medicine Wheel Mark McGonagle addresses some of the finer points.

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Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora L. Baston.

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Medicine Wheel Director of Advocacy Richie Dinsmore talks about the Hand in Hand project.

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Daniel Morrison Fellow Shane Hampton preps for an interview as Michael directs the scene.

Special thanks to all members on the Medicine Wheel Board of Directors, the Host Committee, and the Medicine Wheel participants for their continued commitment and support. 

Host Committee: Suzanne Bump (State Auditor), Linda Dorcena Forry (State Senator), Robert Lewis Jr. (President & Founder of The BASE), Julie Burros (Chief of Arts and Culture City of Boston), Paul McDevitt (President of Modern Assistant Programs, Inc), Anita Walker (Executive Director of Massachusetts Cultural Council), Karen Young (Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Constance Cervone & Janet Deegan (Cervone & Deegan Associates), Janelle Woods McNish (Director of Giving & Services Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Paul Regan (Regan Associates), Ed Condry (Vice President of JJ Bodner).

Medicine Wheel Board of Directors: Michael Dowling (Founder), Mark McGonagle (Chairman), Dennis Pellecchia (Treasurer), Rick Winterson (Clerk), Jane Bowers, Maureen Dahill, Barbara Loftus, Roberto Valdez, Susan Nalband, Michael Indresano, Amit Dixit, Roy Rider.

Advisory Board: Ruth Raphael

The Boston Police Department Participants: Nora L. Baston (Deputy Superintendent), Skye Robinson, Janine Busby (Detective), Mark Bordley, Alexander Reyes, and many more.

Medicine Wheel Members: Richie Dinsmore, Gregory Variste, Shane Hampton, Annina Ibrihim, Kawanza Butler, Noel McKenna, Anna Dinaburg White, and many more.

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A sexier way to clean

Sleek, beautiful, and efficient. What more could you ask for? Check out the stunning photos and the final video below from a fun project for our client iRobot!

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See the dramatic lighting in the shots below!

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Some behind-the-scenes action!
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These Boots are Made for Walking

And walked they did! – all over Boston to four separate locations as we took it on the road with Timberland for a shoot featuring their latest style. As if that wasn’t enough, we brought our love for pyrotechnics out with us too. We created smoke and steam just to add a little urban flavor to the landscape.

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Straight from the Tear Sheet.

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Who would have thought that a public alley way could be used so creatively?

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Even Officer Bobby got a little curious.

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Our own special recipe for smoke (kids, don’t try this at home!)

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You can say these boots are smokin’ :-)

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Dual purpose umbrellas – Mary Poppins would be jealous.

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Yeah, that’s us back there.

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Governor Charlie Baker & Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Visit the Indresano Studio

Things were quite exciting at the studio last week when the Governor Charlie Baker stopped by! Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito also made an appearance so Michael could photograph the two for the Spring cover of Scene Magazine. The Indresano team was honored to have both high-profile public officials take some time out of their busy schedules to visit the studio. State Troopers came to the studio the day prior to conduct a site survey and they also assessed the area twice during the day of the shoot to ensure everything was safe and ready for the Governor’s arrival! Check out some pictures from the shoot below as well as an exclusive behind the scenes video!

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Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker

Power pose!
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito ready for her close up.
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Presidential portrait?
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Michael Indresano gets Featured Spotlight on Boston.com

The spotlight has shined on Michael Indresano’s photography career for over 20 years. One of Michael’s passions, aside from photography, is contributing to the good of the community. Michael is an avid philanthropist whose charitable actions reach many across Boston. Click on the link below to check out a recent article on boston.com that highlights some of the organizations he’s collaborated with to increase support and donations over the years!

http://www.boston.com/realestate/sponsored/buying_boston/2015/04/boston_spotlight_michael_indresano_photography.html

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Honoring the Kennedy Legacy

It was a big day in Boston today – President Barack Obama made a quick visit to Massachusetts to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The institute is located on the UMass Boston campus, right next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. President Obama and Joe Biden were among the distinguished guests honoring the late Kennedy’s legacy who passed away in 2009. Michael had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Senator Ted Kennedy back in 1995 right at the beginning of his photography career. See the photo and thank you letter Michael received from the Senator below!

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Michael’s photo of Senator Kennedy, a beloved politician locally and nationally.
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The official envelope all the way from Washington, D.C.!
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The thank you letter from Senator Kennedy to Michael 20 years ago!
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Bird Strike!

You wouldn’t believe it if we told you, so we’ll show you instead. Before last months crazy blizzard, strong winds were blowing when we heard a tremendous crashing noise. We rushed outside and found a Cooper’s Hawk that had smashed into our window! In an attempt to fly south for the winter and escape the brutal cold & snow, the little guy made an unplanned detour at the studio!

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Definitely not ready for a close up after that crash – OUCH.
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Amazingly the hawk was still alive, but pretty dazed from the impact.
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We immediately called animal rescue at MSPCA and they sent a field technician to recover the injured bird.
At the end of the day, we were all relieved and happy that the hawk survived and is in good hands.
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Wouldn’t this be the perfect week to book a vacation?

We’re wishing to be back in the warm weather after all the snow from that blizzard last week!  The picturesque river ways of Watertown Massachusetts got our attention when we scouted this location for a shoot with AAA. It provided the perfect backdrop for the concept of this ad campaign. As the Indresano team set up for the shoot, we encountered a few little web-footed surprises. Take a look!

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Here is our final product!
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Curious onlookers decide to join the shoot.
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Making friends everywhere we go.
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A little pow-wow moment among the crew.
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Michael directing the actor.
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The crew making fine adjustments.
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Keeping a canoe still is actually harder than it looks!
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Our esteemed stylist Joji entices a duck to get off the set.
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Paving a Common Path

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together! Naturally, we felt so proud and inspired after completing this project for Medicine Wheel Productions. Just last year the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund awarded Medicine Wheel with a grant to install an accessible, paved path connecting the Boston National Historical Park. We couldn’t be happier to help Medicine Wheel promote their goal of having 600 engraved bricks donated to line the path. We tried our best to capture the essence of the project and help spread awareness to have bricks donated. Check out our finished video below and see what a great time we had!


Here is the final video we produced!

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We were lucky it was such a beautiful day!

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Michael Dowling laying a good foundation.

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Attention to detail.

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Richie Dinsmore getting his hands dirty.

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Making a splash!

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The best miserable day we’ve had

A mix of freezing rain, wind, and snow really put a damper on our shoot for the Pine Street Inn, but it turned out to be exactly what we needed! Shooting the promo piece for the Pine Street Inn in such dismal weather conditions not only gave us the opportunity to bring our video concept to life, but also gave us the chance to experience what it was like to be exposed to such harsh elements for an extended period of time. Going into the shoot, no one could have predicted the feelings we would all have at the end of the day. There was an overall greater appreciation for the warm homes we are fortunate to return to each night. We felt an extreme sense of pride creating such a strong awareness video for the Pine Street Inn to help fight homelessness. Take a look through our photos and experience what this long but fulfilling day was like!

Take a look at our finished commercial!

DSC_3286It wasn’t easy blocking off 3 busy streets!
Our producers were able to get the permits to block off Necco, Melcher, and A Street.

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Boston Police helped keep the streets clear for our production.

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Special effects artist Krystle getting our actor ready in the production trailer.

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Norman’s looking the part and ready for action.

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The details matter.

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Well…it was working just fine a second ago.

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Ashley in the zone for the camera.

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Getting the right angles for each scene is important.

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Anyone need an umbrella?

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 Keeping this baby dry was a challenge, but we succeeded.

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Getting our main shot.

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Film crew on set.

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