Jim Tusty is half of a husband and wife filmmaking team which wrote and directed India Awakes. With his wife, Maureen, he founded, owned and operated a private filmmaking and communications firm called Mountain View Group, Ltd., which served some of the largest international corporations in the world, such as GE, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and IBM. The production of these high-profile branding films took them to more than forty countries around the world on behalf of their corporate clients.
In 2008, they sold MVG and opened Sky Films Incorporated (SFI), a production company dedicated to documentary films. Their first release, The Singing Revolution, played in 125 North American theatrical markets. The New York Times wrote of the film, "Imagine the scene in Casablanca in which the French patrons sing 'La Marseillaise' in defiance of the Germans, then multiply its power by a factor of thousands, and you’ve only begun to imagine the force of The Singing Revolution." After its theatrical run, it was released on public television, and is also being distributed to American schools through izzit.org, an educational initiative of Free To Choose Network.
Following The Singing Revolution, they produced and distributed a documentary entitled To Breathe As One, which tells the story of Laulupidu, the extraordinary song festival held in Estonia every five years. As many as 30,000 singers take the stage to sing, becoming the largest choir in the world for two days. UNESCO has proclaimed the Laulupidu Song Festival a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity". To Breathe As One had a successful limited theatrical run in the fall of 2013, and aired on public television in 2014.
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