The Bond Force Legacy is a production of Bumble Bee Productions, LLC, a New Jersey Limited Liability Company devoted to producing feature length films.
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In addition to releasing The Bond Force Legacy in late May of 2005, Bumble Bee Productions, LLC, has several other projects on its slate in varying stages of production. Here are some examples:
I Speak Three: The Multilingual Mind
I Speak Three is a documentary that explores the minds of functional bilinguals and multilinguals at various stages in life: Robert, age 5, Daniela, age 11, Maria, age 21, and Benjamin, age 35. By examining the personal and professional interactions of these individuals, I Speak Three tests the old view that bilingualism “halves” one's learning process against new research which suggests that balanced bilinguals and multilinguals have increased ease in tackling abstract concepts. They are also blessed with communicative sensitivity such as enhanced abilities to analyze their knowledge of language and control their internal language processing. Multilinguals are also said to have superior memory as compared to monolinguals as they are able to maintain higher cognitive loads while exercising selective attention so as to suppress irrelevant information.
I Speak Three features the most recent findings in the field of psycholinguistics and language acquisition along with a number of interviews with leading theoreticians, including Ellen Bialystok of York University, Michel Paradis of McGill University, both from Canada, and Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth of New York University. Interviewing the leading researchers in the field of cognitive aspects of multilingualism and following a handful of polyglots of various ages, the film attempts to unite the findings of contemporary research in the field of psycholinguistics with the reality of being multilingual. How do these individuals come to know more than one language? Does this linguistic capacity help or interfere with their daily lives? What are these multilingual minds capable of in comparison to minds of monolinguals? Taking this journey together with the multilingual minds featured in the film helps paint a picture that is representative of the cognitive reality of being a multilingual; and it brings the rest of us that much closer to taking a linguistically adventurous journey of our own.
Stalker is a narrative feature combining elements of Ed TV, The Truman Show, Desperately Seeking Susan and I Heart Huckabees with a touch of Notorious, Enemy of the State and The Conversation. The film has, at times, the look of reality TV, because it is a “docu-reality parody” about Peter, a writer suffering so severely from writer's block that he concocts a crazy plan to discover the perfect story. Not knowing what to write about, Peter decides to pick a person to stalk surreptitiously, and to center that person's story in the plot of his next unwritten “great work.” To do so, he watches passers-by, speculating about their lives and whether they'd make interesting subjects. After selecting a quirky, twenty-something paralegal as his subject, Peter's pursuit of the perfect story starts to swerve out of control. Unable to see or hear the “real” young woman (he soon learns she is Sonia) by simply eavesdropping with his camcorder and clumsily hidden microphones, Peter takes a job in the mailroom of Sonia's law firm, and, using equipment purchased from a dodgy ex-FBI agent, bugs her workplace and her car. Still not satisfied, Peter gets even more surveillance equipment and plants it in Sonia's apartment. He even puts bugs in the apartment of Sonia's boyfriend, Igor, who Peter is convinced is totally wrong for her. Things turn bizarre when Peter discovers through his spying that Sonia is a fundraiser for Chechen terrorists. Sonia, in turn, discovers one of the surveillance cameras behind her bathroom mirror, but pretends not to notice so she can figure out who is watching. Is it the US government, the Russian Federation, Igor, the super or someone else? Will Peter come out from behind the camera to fess up to Sonia (and risk being exterminated by her or her crew), will he report her to the government or will he remain inert and helplessly in love?
Unnatural Forces is loosely based on the story of the Bonds and the Forces as told in The Bond Force Legacy. A period piece set in rural New Jersey in the mid-19th Century, Unnatural Forces follows Jonathan Force
as he returns from the Civil War, meets and marries a homely, well-to-do local only to realize, after fathering two children,
that he'd rather be with a much younger and prettier woman in the neighboring town. Unnatural Forces
follows Jonathan's children from his first marriage, Frank and Annie, as the pair attempts to deal with the devastation of abandonment.
Barely coping, things turn truly sour when their mother, not even forty, dies suddenly and mysteriously only weeks after the locals at
Jonathan's new church learn that he had a wife and two children in the neighboring town. Convinced that their father murdered their
mother to quell the simmering uproar after all, Jonathan was a bigamist only until the moment his first wife died
the pair set off to discover the truth behind the death of their mother. In the process,
they see their father with his new wife and growing family, and, now completely unable to cope, turn to each other for comfort, support and,
ultimately, physical contact. As they age, the pair becomes more and more eccentric, and when Frank finally marries
at the age of 50, Annie cannot tolerate the intrusion. Annie sets out to see to it that this “home-wrecker”
is properly punished for trying to steal her brother from Annie's heart and her bed.
Do You See What I See? Understanding Vision Training
This feature documentary offers insight into the field of behavioral/developmental optometry and vision training. While very few understand this lesser known branch of ophthalmology, Do You See What I See? follows the stories of three children -- Julie, Sarah and Allison -- to track the dramatic impact that vision training has made in their lives. These stories are interlaced with interviews and commentaries by the leading practitioners in the field of behavioral optometry, including Dr. Anthony McDonald, Dr. Mark J. Gordon and researchers at the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry and activists from the national non-profit organization, Parents Active for Vision Education.
Despite the fact that Julie, a child of seven, could not pass her vision screening test, the pediatrician assured Julie’s mother, Samantha, that there was nothing to worry about. Only when Julie started seeing a developmental optometrist did she begin to experience improvement not only in her vision but also in learning at school. To make sure no child would struggle the way Julie did, Samantha entered and won the Mrs. Washington USA beauty pageant with a platform of vision training and learning.
Sarah, unlike Julie, passed her vision screenings, yet she was struggling at school. Sarah continued to struggle until she began treatment with an optometrist specializing in vision training. Like Samantha, Sarah’s mom, Rebecca, used Sarah's story as a personal crusade to inform and educate other parents about vision training. She succeeded in passing a resolution at the Illinois PTA as well as at the Illinois Teacher Union supporting comprehensive eye exams by optometrists or ophthalmologists.
Allison was doing well in school until, suddenly, all of her academic subjects became an insurmountable hurdle. Her mother, Susan, a 20-year veteran teacher of children with learning disabilities, couldn't understand why Allison was having difficulties. A visit to the neurologist resulted in a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, following which Allison was put on medication. This did not help. Susan, fortunately, learned about developmental optometry and brought Allison to a specialist. After a year of treatment with a developmental optometrist, Allison no longer needs her medications and is now reading in the 77th percentile for her grade. Her mother is actively educating everyone about the critical link between vision and learning.
By following these life stories, Do You See What I See? creates awareness of vision training for the public at large.