Life in Black and White: Penguins

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"It's so exciting to be able to be a part of their society." Life in Black and White is a series of four beautifully shot documentaries featuring people who work in "black and white." Marine biologist Pam Schaller spends her days working with the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Other films in the series feature dominos, grand pianos, and crossword puzzles; you can watch them here.

San Francisco-based filmmaker Regina Rivard talks about the making of the series in an interview with The Atlantic:

As far as the black and white theme, it almost came as an accident. I really wanted to interview a zebra zookeeper and I tried to think of a clever reason as to why the zoo should let me do this. That's when I had the idea and I immediately started brainstorming other interesting black and white jobs. I never did get the zebra interview, but I keep telling myself that it wouldn't have been nearly as good as the penguin interview that I did get.

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Life in Black and White: Part III is produced, directed and edited by Regina Rivard, and shot by Josh Hittleman and Rob Fitzgerald. Audio is by Ben Morse and music is by Andy Greenwood

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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