Voom HD Networks:
Dennis Powers directed the 30-minute pilot for a new HD television series which features acclaimed Aperture photographers utilizing celebrity enthusiasts as a link between their work and the television audience. The series is produced for Voom HD Networks and premiered in June, 2007. The pilot features photographer Catherine Chalmers and actor Rosario Dawson. It won the 2009 Emmy Award in the category of Interview/Discussion.
The New York Historical Society:
"Because History Matters"
Dennis Powers produced and directed a video to promote interest in, and the importance of American history. On-camera personalities include the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David McCullough, and the distinguished scholars Dr. Henry Louis Gates, of Harvard University, and Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University. The video won The Best Director Award for Mr. Powers at the Cine Golden Eagle Competition in 2008.
Voltaire Society of America/NET:
"Voltaire and Jefferson"
Dennis Powers produced and co-directed a 25-minute video, which includes on-camera narration by Academy Award-winnning actor Cliff Robertson. The video presents the virtually untold story of Jefferson's admiration and respect for Voltaire, and his steadfast belief in the principles of religious and political freedom. Among the many similarities are the striking parallels between Voltaire's activist rural retreat in Ferney and Jefferson's world at Monticello.
Winner: New York Festivals, Aurora Awards, The Catalyst Awards
Japanese Satellite Television/PBS:
"Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of The Actors Studio"
Dennis Powers directed a one-hour documentary, hosted by Paul Newman, on the development and purpose of The Actors Studio, "Method" acting, the legacy of Lee Strasberg, and influence the Studio has had on film acting. The program features on-air camera interviews with Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Lee Grant, Harvey Keitel, Norman Mailer and Joanne Woodward.
Videodisc Publishing, Inc./PBS
"Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures"
Mr. Powers directed a 36-minute film, hosted by Charleton Heston, focusing on the 240 paintings and drawings of one woman, Helga, painted by the great American artist, Andrew Wyeth.
Winner: Silver Hugo, Chicago Film Festival; Silver Medal, International Film and Television Festival of New York; Cindy Award, Association of Visual Communications
The Boys' Club of New York
Dennis Powers produced and directed a 60-minute documentary about the BCNY Academic All-Star Basketball team's trip to Cuba. Sixteen boys, between the ages of 17 and 20 years, overcame significant odds in their own lives to become citizens of the world, while winning four of the seven games they played against some of Cuba's greatest athletes. In the process, they captured the hearts of the people of Cuba. In 1999, Mr. Powers was asked to produce and direct a similar project for the Boys' Club in Beijing, China.
Winner: Telly Awards, Summit Awards, Axiem Awards, Aurora Awards (Gold Medal)
2009-2011: Dennis Powers produced and directed two award-winning documentaries: "One Note at a Time" features the BCNY All Star Band, comprised of 30 musicians drawn from more than 400 students. The band has performed at the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. The video covers these young men, from very diverse social and economic backgrounds, as they prepare for their amazing performance at the Juilliard School—Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in Lincoln Center. "Building Better Boys" features BCNY alumni of all ages, devoted long-term staff members and parents of currently active boys, as they share personal stories of the many ways that BCNY has transformed their lives.
BCNY Video Winners: Cine Golden Eagle; 2011 Creative Award; 2010-2011 Telly Awards and The Communicator Award
Dennis Powers designed and produced 31 videos for the Merrill Lynch Museum located at their headquarters in New York City. This work follows world events and Merrill Lynch's history from 1885 to the present. The videos are part of an interactive environment surrounded by archival photographs, graphics and other Merrill Lynch memorabilia.
DPPI produced and Dennis Powers directed a communications video for BusinessWeek that showed how the magazine has become influential in the areas of market-moving, relevant and insightful news, on a global scale. The video dealt with financial/economic news, Washington and political news, breaking news, and the world of technology.
University of Virginia
Mr. Powers produced and directed a 40-minute video on the history of UVA, to be used in conjunction with the school's five-year one-billion-dollar fundraising effort, which was realized in the year 2000. The video was initially screened at the kick-off banquet before an audience of eight hundred people. In meetings nationwide, the video has served as a catalyst for the entire fundraising effort.
Darden Business School
Dennis Powers served as producer/director of a 20-minute fundraising capital campaign documentary highlighting this once obscure business school. Today, Darden is listed as one of the 10 best business schools in America, with a new campus and students coming from the world over.
Burger King Corporation:
"Take It to the Limit"
A motivational film for Burger King franchises featuring such unique individuals as Rocky Bleier, Chuck Yeager, Ted Turner, Mary Kay Ash, and Barbara Jordan.
Winner: Gold Medal, Houston Film Festival
American Express Publishing Corp./MGM Grand Air:
"The Other Coast"
Mr. Powers produced and directed "The Other Coast," an in-flight video series about the people and their unique businesses in New York and Los Angeles (designers, artists, restaurants, museums, and boutiques). Hosted by the editors of Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures, and L.A. Style, the series of 50 videos appeared on all MGM Grand Air flights over a two-year period.
Dennis Powers Productions, Inc. has served as the production company for Berkeley College for 16 years. With several campuses in New York and New Jersey, Berkeley College is a private institution specializing in business management while offering Bachelor and Associate degrees. All television and radio commercial production related to the school, is produced by DPPI. The television commercials have received many awards including The Communicator Awards; The MarCom Awards; and the Telly Awards from 1996 to the present.
A three-hour television series on the history of American illustration.