Len Schmitz

Len Schmitz

Soundtrax , Lenschmitz@gmail.com
Sound Mixer

Washington, D. C.

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About Len

Sound Mixer with over 30 years experience. Commercials, Documentaries, Political, corporate. I have all of my own equipment. Sound Devices 633, 788. Audio Limited amd Lectrosonics wireless mikes,Lectro comteks, TC slates, Lockit boxes.

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  • Tap World

    Tap World (2015)
    Film by Dean Hargrove (Documentary, History and Music) Sound department About ten years ago, a group of us produced a 14 minute short film, TAP HEAT. The film contrasted the traditional tap with the contemporary, as it's being created and performed by a new generation of dancers. With TAP WORLD, we wanted to show how this uniquely American art form has been given an exciting resurgence through the global embrace of dancers and audiences around the world. With TAP HEAT's popularity, we decided to reach out and invite dancers, choreographers and dance companies from across the globe to participate in a feature length global documentary. Along with the US, we received 114 submissions from 13 countries around the world. We asked not only to see the participants dancing, but also to learn their personal stories.

  • Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time

    Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time (2015)
    TV Movie by Jamie E. Lochhead (Documentary) Sound department

  • Rosenwald

    Rosenwald (2015)
    Film by Aviva Kempner (Documentary and Biography) Sound department Rosenwald, by Aviva Kempner, is a documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives.

  • Years of Living Dangerously

    Years of Living Dangerously (2014)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this groundbreaking documentary event series provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.

  • Seriously Amazing Objects

    Seriously Amazing Objects (2013)
    Television Sound department

  • Philomena

    Philomena (2013)
    Film by Stephen Frears (Biography and Drama) Sound department When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • House of Cards

    House of Cards (2013)
    Television (Drama) Sound department Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name. Written by Jacob Oberfrank

  • My Brother Marvin

    My Brother Marvin (2012)
    Film by Bob Blagden (Documentary) Sound department Twenty six years after Marvin was shot by his father, Zeola Gaye, his youngest sister, tells the untold story of what living with her brother was really like and what really happened on that fateful day April 1st 1984, the day before his birthday, when he was killed. We follow Zeola with her sister Jeanne as she retraces Marvin's physical and emotional journey from his turbulent childhood in Washington DC, onto his meteoric rise to super stardom with Motown in Detroit, through to his final years in European exile before his triumphant return to Los Angeles and his death at the hands of his father. We discover he had a rare musical gift, considered a real musician's musician whose life and talent influenced people's lives everywhere. Written by Bob Blagden

  • Nova

    Nova (2001 - 2012)
    Television by Lisa Leombruni (Documentary and Biography) Sound department A weekly documentary series, each episode providing an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Subjects examined by this show have included the cutting edge of theoretical physics, a return to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the long-term effects of Amazon deforestation, and the development of life-saving medical techniques. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

  • Addiction Incorporated

    Addiction Incorporated (2011)
    Film by Charles Evans Jr. (Documentary and Biography) Sound department Tobacco companies produced the most deadly product on earth while they maintained a perfect record of defeating those who tried to reign them in. ADDICTION INCORPORATED, tells the true story of how Victor DeNoble's unexpected discovery of an addiction ingredient in tobacco leads to both more addictive Marlboro cigarettes and Congressional testimony. The public revelation of long held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistle blowers into an unexpected alliance, that achieves the first ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry. Victor's unwavering determination to "do some good" leads to a career as an educator that informs kids about the world's only industry where success is measured by ability to addict people. Written by Anonymous

  • Earth Overhaul

    Earth Overhaul (2011)
    TV Movie by Alan Martin (Documentary) Sound department

  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011)
    Film by Rachel Libert (Documentary) Sound department Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years. As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the "Corps" and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful". When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. Written by Rachel Libert

  • Out of the Ashes: 9/11

    Out of the Ashes: 9/11 (2011)
    Film by Sarah Holt (Documentary, Drama, History and News) Sound department, Production manager On September 11th, approximately three thousand lives turned into ash. Eleven days after the terrorist attack, the federal government put in place the largest public entitlement program, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund- to deal with this terrorist tragedy. Seven families explore the legal, moral and ethical ramifications of the Fund and its impact on the civil justice system. Did the Fund offer victims a way to avoid the cost, complexity and excruciatingly slow pace of a lawsuit? If the Victim Compensation Fund was the right thing to do, did those hurt in tragedies like Katrina, Oklahoma City, and other disasters also deserve compensation? If so, is this Fund, with its methods for calculating the value of a human life, an appropriate model? Was justice delivered? Written by Anonymous

  • The Real Housewives of D.C.

    The Real Housewives of D.C. (2010)
    Television (Reality-TV) Sound department

  • Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)
    Television (Documentary, Biography and History) Sound department Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming American that defined the "Century of Immigration" (1820s - 1924) and transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power. Making America - tells the story of the peopling of the New World, of how land came to define the settling and identity of America, and of how the guests' ancestors were part of this history. Know Thyself - takes up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of "the family of man." Written by PBS.org

  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money

    Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
    Film by Alex Gibney (Documentary) Sound department A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

  • Modern Marvels

    Modern Marvels (2010)
    Television by Bruce Nash (Documentary and History) Sound department Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology. The series has focused (among other things) on wonders of construction (Erie Canal, the Pentagon, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Big Dig), the machinery of war (nuclear submarines, tanks) as well as technology linked to the everyday (power tools, home tech, garbage). Written by Anonymous

  • Cowboys & Outlaws

    Cowboys & Outlaws (2009)
    Television (Documentary, Biography, History and Western) Sound department

  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
    Television (Documentary and History) Sound department The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

  • Soul of a People: Writing America's Story

    Soul of a People: Writing America's Story (2009)
    TV Movie by Andrea Kalin (Documentary) Sound department In the grip of the Great Depression, unemployed men and women joined an unlikely WPA program to document America in guidebooks and interviews. With the Federal Writers' Project, the government pitted young, untested talents against the problems of everyday Americans. From that experience, some of America's great writers found their own voices, and discovered the Soul of a People. Written by Spark Media

  • A Capitol Fourth

    A Capitol Fourth (2009)
    Television by Paul Miller (Family and Music) Sound department

  • Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story

    Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story (2009)
    TV Movie by Tim Baney (Documentary) Sound department The real story behind the Somali Pirate capture of the Maersk Alabama - and the kill shots that saved the life of Captain Richard Phillips.

  • Outrage

    Outrage (2009)
    Film by Kirby Dick (Documentary) Sound department An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

  • Known Universe

    Known Universe (2009)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department

  • Looking for Lincoln

    Looking for Lincoln (2009)
    TV Movie by Muriel Soenens (Biography) Sound department

  • Inside

    Inside (2009)
    Television Sound department

  • On Board Air Force One

    On Board Air Force One (2009)
    TV Movie by Peter Schnall (Documentary) Sound department

  • On Board Marine One

    On Board Marine One (2009)
    TV Movie by Peter Schnall (Documentary) Sound department

  • Nova ScienceNow

    Nova ScienceNow (2009)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department

  • Frontline

    Frontline (2002 - 2009)
    Television by Ly Chheng (Documentary) Sound department Investigative journalist documentaries.

  • Body Politic

    Body Politic (2009)
    TV Movie by Scott Winant (Drama) Sound department A look at Washington politics through the eyes of up-and-coming staffers.

  • Prince Among Slaves

    Prince Among Slaves (2007)
    Film by Bill Duke (Documentary) Sound department In 1788 the slave ship Africa, set sail from West Africa and headed for America with its berth laden with a profitable but highly perishable cargo-hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains. Six months later the survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them, a 26-year-old man named Abdul-Rahman made a remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an African prince and that his father would pay gold for his ransom. The offer was refused and Abdul-Rahman did not return to Africa for another 40 years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also eventually made him the most famous African in America, attracting the support of powerful men such as President John Quincy Adams. After forty years of slavery, Abdul-Rahman finally reclaimed his freedom, but he defied the order to return immediately to Africa, and instead traveled throughout the northern states, speaking to huge ... Written by Andrea Kalin

  • Ocean of Fear

    Ocean of Fear (2007)
    TV Movie by Richard Bedser (Documentary) Sound department Centered on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945 in the Philippine Sea. Of the estimated 900 men who survived the attack, only 317 were rescued after four days in shark infested waters. The Discovery Channel describes the event as "the worst shark attack in history." Written by Penelope Shaw

  • Koppel on Discovery

    Koppel on Discovery (2006 - 2007)
    Television (News) Sound department

  • Taxi to the Dark Side

    Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
    Film by Alex Gibney (Documentary, Crime and War) Sound department Using the torture and death in 2002 of an innocent Afghan taxi driver as the touchstone, this film examines changes after 9/11 in U.S. policy toward suspects in the war on terror. Soldiers, their attorneys, one released detainee, U.S. Attorney John Yoo, news footage and photos tell a story of abuse at Bagram Air Base, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo Bay. From Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Gonzalez came unwritten orders to use any means necessary. The CIA and soldiers with little training used sleep deprivation, sexual assault, stress positions, waterboarding, dogs and other terror tactics to seek information from detainees. Many speakers lament the loss of American ideals in pursuit of security. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America

    The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America (2007)
    TV Movie by Andrew Fredericks (Documentary) Sound department

  • Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

    Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007)
    Film by Richard Robbins (Documentary) Sound department A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men. Some writings were published in the New Yorker in summer 2006. A larger assortment was published as a book by Random House last September. The film drew upon the submissions by soldiers for the book. It's a remarkable portrait of troops at war - the complexities, doubts, and fears - written with honesty. The 81-minute version of the film (which will be in theatres) includes 11 pieces of writing, with different visual strategies, along with interviews with the writers, and with more established American writers who are also veterans. In the latter group are Tim O'Brien, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tobias Wolff, Joe Haldeman, James Salter, Anthony Swofford, Richard Currey, and Paul Fussell. The visual approaches range from poet Brian Turner reading directly to camera, to archival footage, to an animated "graphic novel," to a still photo sequence shot by photographer Antonin... Written by Adam Hyman, co-producer

  • The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court (2007)
    Television (History) Sound department

  • A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer

    A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer (2006)
    Film (short) by Nina Gilden Seavey (Documentary) Sound department

  • Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs - Seeing Is Believing

    Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs - Seeing Is Believing (2005)
    TV Movie by Mark Obenhaus (Documentary) Sound department UFOs: Seeing is Believing investigates, speculates and ultimately celebrates the possibility that we are not alone.

  • Sometimes in April

    Sometimes in April (2005)
    TV Movie by Raoul Peck (Drama, History and War) Sound department Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

  • Innovation: Life, Inspired

    Innovation: Life, Inspired (2004)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department

  • Independent Lens

    Independent Lens (2004)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

  • Understanding

    Understanding (2004)
    Television Sound department

  • Return to Kitty Hawk: 100 Years of Flight

    Return to Kitty Hawk: 100 Years of Flight (2003)
    TV Movie by Chris Lofft (Documentary) Sound department

  • Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy

    Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2003)
    TV Movie by Mark Obenhaus (Documentary and History) Sound department Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth.

  • The Ballad of Bering Strait

    The Ballad of Bering Strait (2003)
    Film by Nina Gilden Seavey (Documentary and Music) Sound department "The Ballad of Bering Strait" is a cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who have come to America to become country music stars. Principle photography began in July 1999 when the band, Bering Strait, entered the United States and began recording their first album in Nashville. The film documents the band responding to the twists and turns of the recording industry, rehearsing for their tour, preparing for their debut concert at the Grand Ole Opry, charting the course for their career with their managers, and living every-day life on the farm where they reside in rural Tennessee. The crew traveled with the band to their homes in Obninsk, Russia and to their music conservatories in Moscow, documenting how these two girls and five boys became so adept at playing American country music. The film culminates with the band's arrival on the U.S. stage at Wolf Trap National Park. "The Ballad of Bering Strait" is a two and a half year epic that follows Bering Strait's amazing ... Written by Emerging Pictures web-site

  • Between Two Worlds

    Between Two Worlds (2002)
    Film (short) by Charles Kiselyak (Documentary) Sound department Several filmmakers examine the paranormal in referencing their own films. This documentary raises some interesting questions of the unknown, for the most part, the existance of ghosts among us.

  • It Took Brave Men: Deputy U.S. Marshals of Fort Smith

    It Took Brave Men: Deputy U.S. Marshals of Fort Smith (2000)
    Film (short) by Michael Paskowsky (Documentary and Western) Sound department The story of the men who served Judge Parker's court in the frontier of the Indian Territories.

  • Africa's Dinosaur Giants

    Africa's Dinosaur Giants (1999)
    TV Movie by John David Dean (Documentary) Sound department

  • Great Books

    Great Books (1999)
    Television (Documentary and History) Sound department This documentary series examines famous fiction and non fiction books. With each episode, a book's content is explored as well as the times in which the work was written. Furthermore, the nature of the book's significance is explored as well as its impact. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

  • John Glenn: American Hero

    John Glenn: American Hero (1998)
    TV Movie by Blaine Baggett (Documentary) Sound department John Glenn goes on another journey into outer space for tests on how old age is affected there. His whole life is chronicled in this informative documentary, from his first mission above to his experience as a senator and finally, his blast into space at age 77. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

    The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
    Film by Aviva Kempner (Documentary, Biography and Sport) Sound department The story of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish fans, his former teammates, his friends, and his family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured antisemitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

  • Touched by a Dolphin

    Touched by a Dolphin (1996)
    TV Movie by Pamela Stacey (Documentary) Sound department

  • The Net

    The Net (1995)
    Film by Irwin Winkler (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Sound department Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage. Written by Rob Hartill

Awards

  • Emmy Nomination, Sound Mixing, "West Wing"
    (1999)

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