Sunday, August 2, 2015

Director's Audio Commentary with Craig Gilbert

Richard Zampella
Transmultimedia Entertainment Records Directors Audio Commentary with Graig Gilbert & John Mulholland
Craig Gilbert

Craig Gilbert and John Mulholland record Director's Audio Commentary for the Emmy Award nominated Margaret Mead's New Guinea Journal. The documentary film explores the work of Margaret Mead with the villagers of Peri, on the New Guinea island of Manus, one of the Admiralty Islands. Between Mead's 1928 and 1953 visits to Peri, the village changed drastically. The film, Written, Directed and Produced by Gilbert explores the problems encountered by a society that develops according to western models.

Margaret MeadCraig Gilbert convinced Mead and his superiors at WNET, the local New York City affiliate of NET that there was an exciting story to be told about the Admiralty Islands in New Guinea, a story that would feature Mead as prominently as the Manus people. Gilbert and his film crew accompanied Mead on her return trip to Manus to document the changes that had occurred on the islands since Mead was first there in 1928.

Graig Gilbert
Gilbert, was also the creator of “An American Family,” the PBS series that documented the Loud family of Santa Barbara for seven months in 1971 and was a premonition of reality TV. The Louds were the subjects of the first ever television reality show and Gilbert is credited as creating the reality television genre.

An American Family, broadcast on PBS in twelve hour-long episodes beginning on January 11, 1973. The show took viewers up close and personal in the home of the Loud family. Parents Pat and Bill and their kids became household names living in front of the camera for seven months taped the year prior to the broadcast. A record ten million weekly viewers were riveted watching the Loud family's daily activities. On camera, Pat asked her husband, Bill to move out, and Lance, the oldest son, was the first gay to come out on television.

Transmultimedia Entertainment Directors Audio Commentary for Margaret Mead's New Guinea Journal will be released on a digitally remastered edition in the Fall of 2015.
Produced by Richard Zampella


  1. I can't wait til this comes out. Looking so forward to hearing more on Mead. Is there a website for this?

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