NEWS from January 2021

Well it’s pretty clear that the Covid-19 Pandemic is one of those biblical events that comes around every hundred years or so and not only cuts down a swath of humanity but affects the planet and species in a myriad of ways both terrifying and possibly beneficial. No matter the consequences one thing is for sure it is a challenging and sad time. Particularly, for those who work in film, theater, performance, restaurants and sports. Never mind hospitals, healthcare and education. All areas that have been devastated by the protocols that have Covid – 19 has brought to our society.

Through it all and despite our own health issues American Montage has remained remarkable busy working with and assisting longtime clients and new ones. At times digging deep into the AMI archives to create digital copies from analog masters. Some of them over 30 years old such as Jonathan David’s powerful film on police suicide “By Their Own Hand”.

However, we too have been deeply affected by this era. Notably with the loss of one of our greatest collaborators and artistic brothers, Lee Breuer. For the past eight years we spent many hours archiving and collaborating with Lee and his ensemble of superb artists – actors, musicians, puppeteers, set and costume designers and administrators on numerous productions. Lee was a pied piper of theatrical arts playing a tune only those with special ears could hear. If we were all so fortunate! Lee passed on January 3rd2021. American Montage will be working hard to keep his legacy alive by presenting “The Book of Clarence” his expressionistic documentary on the longtime front man of the gospel legends “The Blind Boys of Alabama”, Clarence Fountain. As well as films that explain his creative process and present his later works. Needless to say, we will all miss Lee mightily. Here’s a sample of his work that was created by American Montage in 2019.

And so we carry on no matter what condition the world is in or what condition we are in. Our task in this world is to make truly independent motion pictures whether they are documentaries, narratives, commercials or corporate films. Speaking of corporate I want to mention the fine films we worked on with producer Kathy Mangan for the multi-national and New York based construction company J.T. Magen. Here’s their website with a plethora of AMI produced videos highlighting their sophisticated and marvelous buildings and renovations. Go to to see them.

We have many projects in the works and because we are focused on post-production we can work from our home/office. We always have! We post some excerpts and demos of the new and old Pandemic era work soon. Until then – stay safe!


Lee Breuer, Thomas Roberts, Jonathan Wolfsohn, Joe Piazzo, Eric Schefter, Sam Richards, Frank Linkoff, Kathy Mangan, Joey Land, Brent Owens, Dr. Brian Saltzman, Chris Tanner, Dave Bernstein, Greg Trimmer, Mark Carron, Tim Aliosio, Robert Morrison, Hugo Zapata, Bruce Birnbaum, Ron Magliozzi, Sophie Cavoulacos, Steven Meyer, Argot Murelius, Maude Mitchell, Lisa Stroshine, Tom Ashley, Mark Durand, Kiki Miyake, Andre Degas, Ed Katz, Bruce Teed, Eric Teed, Rachel Reichman, Laura LeBleu, Emilie Agniel, Jill Feyer, Steven Guiliano, Emily Shaw, Fred Hatt, Andy Rees, Frank Holliday, Warrington Hudlin, Joette Spinelli, Ignacio Valero, Jon Higgins, Soma Holiday, Robert Huot, Chris Tanner, Joan Braderman, Steve Ausbury, Eric Johnson, Michael Holman, Rene Cruz, Barry Shils, Ann Magnuson, William Fleet Lively, Jonathan David, Jeff, Lee and Brad Rothberg, M. Henry Jones, Matt Karol, Susan Luftman, Peter Hall, Bob Frye, Timbery Whitfield, Gian Claudio Guiducci, Kevin Malony, Henrietta Weekes, Daisy Wright,  Larry Scharf, Dick Fontaine, Gilles Peress, Sheila Nevins, Joe Ahlbum, Paul Gambino, Richard Swearit, Alex Van Perfall, Peter Nolan Smith, Jamie Levy, Dick Quinlan,  Harris Skibell, Sativa Peterson, Scott Cookson, Shawn Hughey, Madeline Altmann, Ben Williams, Nora Szilagy, Mike Smith, Michael Overn, Jason Goodman, Marc Clapham& Katie Marsh, Frank Rossi,Jonathan Wolfsohn, Raul Correa, Lisa Fontanarosa, Jeff Lunger, LeRoy Neiman, Diery Prudent, Galt MacDermott, Rev. William Purdy, Sir Thomas Moore, Robert MacNamara, James Callanan, Ilkka, Ray Weiderhold, Joe Ahlbum, Tim Buckholz, Stephen Speliotis, Andrea Freshman, Franco Sacchi, Bill Lustig, Barbara Ligeti,  Gilles Peress,  Victor Syrmis/Talbot and Andrew Shaifer, Greg Orr, Susan Meiselas, Alison Cornyn, Eugene and Sam Richards,  Lola Naisse, Mia Yoo, John Epperson, Karen Finley, Aedin Moloney, Steve Gillis, Sharon Levy,  Beck Lee, Keith Clark, Anne Pasquale, Keith Herron, Lily Perdix, Martin Santangelo, Alex Von Perfall and Royalty Pharma, Jo Mellicker and of course Meredith Jacobson Marciano!