The Etruscan Smile

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The movie release is on June 16, 2020, and is available for streaming from Amazon Prime Video and Apple iTunes.

Alternatively, order the movie on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon here.

A word from the Director:

“It has been my great luck and privilege to meet and collaborate with Jonathan Buckley while directing scenic shots of San Francisco for my feature film The Etruscan Smile

Jonathan is a truly passion-motivated person that digs deep into any detail that can make the job better, and it was as inspiring as it was great fun to work together. From our first meeting, through the whole process, Jonathan was attentive and determined on achieving the best possible result without any compromise, no matter what that entailed.

Quite impressively a 100% of the shots we set out to capture found their way seamlessly into the final cut of the film, adding to the scope, beauty and emotional charge of key moments in the Story.”

Oded Binnun, Academy Award Nominee Filmmaker, Tel Aviv, Israel



The Talk: Race to America

We shot the aerial scenes of Oakland, CA in the seventh story segment of the documentary entitled, Message to Zaire.

Released in 2017 to all PBS stations in the United States, this documentary is still in re-broadcast and website replay as well as available for purchase from PBS and Amazon as a DVD.

The Talk: Race in America documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. In many homes, "The Talk," as it is called, usually contains phrases like this: If you are stopped by the police:
Always answer 'yes sir, no sir'; never talk back; don't make any sudden movements; don't put your hands in your pockets.

A diverse set of filmmakers speak to parents, children, family members, academics, police force members, and community activists, to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view and bring the discussion out of the kitchens and living rooms and into the public sphere.

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A word from the Director:

“Jonathan did beautiful aerial photography for our film Message to Zaire, broadcast nationally on PBS as part of the anthology special The Talk. Going far beyond a purely aesthetic or technical approach, Jonathan asked my co-director and me multiple story and content questions about how we planned to edit the visuals, and what emotional impact we wanted the aerials to have.  He went out several times to get just the right sequence, and the results were not just visually spectacular but also perfectly in support of the story’s meaning and tone.”

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Director/Producer, Specific Pictures, San Francisco, CA, USA