Growing through COVID-19 is a feature length independent documentary film, which is currently in post production. The film follows, Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland, Massachusetts. Russell's has been in business for 144 years, It carries thousands of plant varieties and for decades has worked to show its local community the importance of being outside and the benefits of gardening. In March of 2020, the family seriously considered shutting down their historic Garden Center forever. “Growing through Covid-19” is a new documentary film that honestly and beautifully shows what the Russell family did to keep their business running. During the pandemics darkest hour, they help hundreds of new customers try gardening for the first time, and witness the grounding comfort their customers receive from getting outside and putting their hands in the dirt.
“The uncertainty in March was unlike anything I’ve ever seen for business climate.”
(Dan Russell Skehan, Russell Family 5th Generation)
“Putting your fingers in soil is a grounding thing, that you don’t get from binge watching.”
(Tim Skehan, Russell Family 4th Generation)
“We started our garden during the pandemic. It kept us sane in those times”
(Jeremy, New Russell’s Customer)
Myra Boutros, the editor of "Growing through COVID-19", has a sign hanging above her computer that reads: "The film is made in the editing room." This film is currently in post production. We require funding to pay for post-production salaries. With an estimated run time of 90 minutes, creating this film is no part time job! We believe that "Growing through COVID-19" is a lasting story that will inspire viewers to get outside and get growing! It's important to us to take the time and create a film, that does this message justice.
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Meet the Crew
~ Executive Producer ~
4th generation President of Russell’s Garden Center. Because in family businesses one person does many different jobs, she is also the Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising Manager for all hard goods and Buyer of Gifts, Toys and Outdoor Décor. Former board member of the Wayland Business Association. Former Public speaker at Garden Center Trade shows and Mass Flowers Association.
~ Editor ~
Myra Boutros is an accomplished editor from Beirut, Lebanon who edits from the heart. She recently finished working as an associate editor on the feature-length film "Weed & Wine." Myra moved to Boston in 2012 and has worked as an assistant editor on shows for PBS and American Masters. She was also an associate editor on the award winning documentary PBS Nova.
~ Cinematographer ~
P.H. O'Brien has been working as a documentary cinematographer for decades. His past credits as a cinematographer include Steve James' (Hoop Dreams) Reel Paradise, Head Games and The War Tapes which one Best Documentary Film at Tribeca in 2006. Additionally his documentary film Six Days to Air... The Making of South Park was nominated for an Emmy.
~ Director & Line Producer~
Originally hailing from a theatrical background, in 2016 she won the Directors Guild of Great Britain award for "Best Newcomer Director." Since then she has migrated into the film industry. Focusing on Directing projects around nature and featuring strong characters. Genevieve is also a Coordinator and Line Producer for large commercials in the Boston area. Recent credits include the 2020 Democratic convention and the “Smaht Pahk” Superbowl ad, and Director of Hasbro’s "My Little Pony" Commercial.
~ Cinematographer ~
Nikki is a passionate verite based cinematographer from Boston. She most recently worked as a camera operator on the PBS series "Frontline." As a cinematographer she works on promotional videos for non-profits and independent documentaries for television and film. Her work has taken her all over the world from South Sudan to Thailand to Ireland.
~ Musical Score Composer ~
Aljosa was originally trained as a classical pianist but he has felt drawn to film music and composition for years. He's studied Orchestration for Film and TV with the Berklee College of Music and has since composed for narrative shorts, documentaries and branded content. Aljosa crafts music with a natural sound and a classical backbone.
~ Sound Recordist ~
Mario is a seasoned sound recordist in the Boston Film Industry. Working both as a Union member on large national commercials & campaigns and independently on more creative documentary projects. Mario enjoys his free time gardening and directing his own documentary projects.