Neil D. Novello, Producer/Editor
During his 20-year career, Mr. Novello has worked with people ranging from a MacArthur genius grant winning choreographer, Liz Lerman (The Shipyard Dance), to a black velvet art dealer in the US-Mexico border town (Black Velvet Art), to the die-hard practitioners of dirt track stock car racing in Mississippi (Dirt: Thrills, Chills and Spills), to immigrants and their experiences (America: The New Immigrants).
And under the banner of Family Bio, Mr. Novello has produced and edited 5 feature-length biographies of family members.” A Life Remembered is a Life Honored, this is the reason for Family Bio.
Mr. Novello’s background includes documentaries, news/features, and instructional programs. From Maine Public Television to the University of Mississippi to The Christian Science Monitor Television, Novello’s documentaries have garnered several awards -- Cine Golden Eagle and the Telly Award.
He worked for The Christian Science Monitor Television operations in Boston producing news segments and was Line Producer of a ten-part documentary series, “The 90’s: Our World In Transition." His documentary from the ten-part series, "America: The New Immigrants” won the Cine Golden Eagle.
Mr. Novello was Program Director for The University of Mississippi’s award winning adult literacy tele-courses - Project LEAP. He produced the Telly Award winning, "Weapons in the Classroom: The Law and Beyond" for the Oxford Unified School District and was Producer/Director of The Nutrition Zone, a four-part educational nutritional series for low-income audiences produced with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1998, Mr. Novello formed The Iguana Division, Ltd. (changed to The Iguana Division, LLC in 2009) to produce family biographies, documentaries and institutional video communication tools.
BRIEF PRODUCTION LIST:
Family Bio: A 21st Century Photo Album - Feature-length biographies include Daddo - The Story of Jack Miner, Just Like Sisters, and June & Stan
Documentaries: The Shipyard Dance (Maine Public Television, Chip Taylor Distribution, Communicator Award), Dirt: Thrills, Chills and Spills about stock car racing in Mississippi (Home Video), and Black Velvet Art about the artists of velvet paintings and the main distributor in El Paso, TX.
Soon to be released: The Castle & TMO@The Castle both productions are about the Portsmouth Naval Prison, Kittery, ME. Both documentaries are official entries in the New Hampshire Film Festival 2007 & 2008.
Maine Public Television: Made In Maine Series segments: Smith’s Maple Products, New England Metal Works and Hatch Well Drillers.
Non-Profit Videos: Jaden’s Ladder Rye, NH, ALS Therapy Alliance Portsmouth, NH, and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in partnership with ALS Boston Chapter, Boston, MA
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Video Documentary Project In Development: With over 60 hours of footage collected from 1999 – 2007 that covers the shipyard’s departments, ceremonies, interview with Navy & civilian personnel, and footage of the 200th birthday, it tells the story of one of the oldest shipyards in America, The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME.