Forty Years in Flames

By | February 25, 2014

Richard Searls is a warrior among documentarians. He has an indent on his forehead from getting bumped with a tripod leg and a tattoo of a rosebud on his hand, a reference to “Citizen Kane.” Most famous for “Dead River Rough Cut,” a film he made with Stu Silverstein about two trappers living in the backwoods of Maine, Searls has produced and shot hundreds of films. In late January 2013, the unthinkable happened: A fire destroyed his farmhouse and took with it a lifetime of master reels, recording equipment and negatives.

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Emily Kwong, a radio and multimedia producer based in NYC, is an alumna of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and a production assistant at WNYC’s Radio Rookies. After graduating from Columbia University (’12), Emily taught digital storytelling in India through The Modern Story. You can follow her on Twitter at @emilykwong1234.

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