Photo credit: HawaiiONTV.com
Filmmaker and Emmy winner Ken Martinez Burgmaier was on location in Washington, D.C. with his Maui-based Jazz Alley TV & HawaiiONTV.com film crews for a new film project and national TV special at the Smithsonian Institute and Kennedy Center for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
The special, a tribute to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, featured appearances by and interviews with Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, 20-time Grammy winner and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, actor Billy Dee Williams, Academy and Grammy legend Herbie Hancock, and blues legend Joe Louis Walker.
“Amazing that a Maui filmmaker and Maui production company was selected for such a high-profile and epic film project,” said Martinez Burgmaier. “It is very humbling, of all the directors and production companies in America, that I was selected and based so far away here in the Hawaiian islands.”
The exclusive HawaiiONTV.com footage aired on CNN International to 265 million homes.