Find the Fun Productions began in 2001. However, the fun began years before that when the plan was to create one-man history shows for schools—inviting students to find the fun in understanding America’s past through a blend of costumed characters, original songs, puppetry, humor, drama, and audience participation.
It wasn’t till Bert Salzman, an Academy-Award educational filmmaker came to see my show that the plan broadened to include video and DVD. He said the show was “like a great pastrami sandwich.” With this mouth-watering compliment, I took his advice to transform the live shows, “American Colonies/American Revolution” and The Civil War: American Against American” to film. Bert directed the “American Colonies/American Revolution” out of the kindness of his heart. It was a live three-camera shot, and I had only enough funding to do the entire show in one take. Soon after, the Civil War live show was filmed before a live audience at a local high school theater.
In 2006, with the encouragement of teachers—asking me to produce a more entertaining production on the American constitution I wrote and produced, “The American Constitution: Bundle of Compromises.” This production was an ambitious project, with numerous actors and a run time of over 2 hours. We were fortunate to get great reviews and praise from reviewers and teaches alike, as we had from our previous two productions. This would not have been possible without the encouragement of my mentor, Bert, or Gerry Wilson of Take Two Videos whose editing skills, on all three films, were invaluable.
At Find the Fun Productions, we believe that learning about ourselves should be an adventure. It should be fun. Life is too short to see it any other way. To that end, the past is a very good teacher. History is a telling story about who we are as humans—and America’s history tells a story of what it is to be human living in the United States of America. This story of the past isn’t that far away; it lives right beside the present. Humans don’t change that quickly. We are, in many ways today what we have always been. Just like in children, the traits one witnesses don’t often leave when children grow to adulthood. What we were, we are, and for most part, will continue to be. To engage the past gives us the opportunity to understand who we are, and the power of that understanding has the promise of creating critical-thinking citizens and in turn a healthier nation.