About Our Films *this page being revised*

Little One Productions: Media with Meaning

Our Mission: Little One Productions Inc. strives to create documentary films rich in compassion and a healthy dose of humor – films that look at what joins us together rather than what divides us. We look for the poetry and meaning tucked into challenging circumstances, and helps our subjects discover their own sense of meaning.

Light Years (2019)

Three people who show us that we’re always writing our story. And they all happen to be over 75.

Light Years Homepage

 
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A Chance to Grow (2000: Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, CINE Golden Eagle)

Stories of grace and courage in a newborn intensive care unit.

Scroll down to watch clips & read about the film
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Liberty Street (2001; not in distribution)

Documentary short about a family whose front yard would come to be known as Ground Zero

 

 

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A Chance to Grow

Within the unique world of a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, premature and critically-ill newborns receive high-tech care that allows medical professionals to work miracles on these new, fragile lives.

A Chance to Grow, a one-hour documentary directed by neonatal nurse Claire Marie Panke, follows three families though their experiences in the NICU. This award-winning film is a powerful tool to help professionals, parents, and family/friends understand the world of the NICU, and gain meaning from their experiences there.

Scroll down to read the family stories, see clips, and hear from the NICU staff.

Contact us for purchase/screening information. As seen on:

Parenting Gold Seal Award

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About the Film

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Zachary’s Story

When we first met Keesha she had been placed on strict bed rest after her water broke 25 weeks into her pregnancy, just under six months gestation.  A few days later, as we interviewed her, she expressed many fears and concerns, knowing that her baby would be premature, and that she would be handling this as a single mother.

We all thought Keesha would have her baby 2 weeks later, but at 4:30 the next morning, a mere 6 hours after we left her room, Keesha called me in full labor.  I ran to the hospital, just in time to catch the birth of Zachary, weighing in at just over 2 pounds.

It was amazing to follow the transformation in both Keesha and Zachary.  Viewers of the Montel Williams Show in May 2003 were able to see Zachary as a six year old, as well as Keesha, who also appeared with me on the show.

Keesha: having a premature baby

Jake's Story

Kathy: how the NICU changed her life

Finding yourself in the NICU can be especially shocking following a full-term pregnancy. John and Kathy’s son Jake was supposed to be born at a low-tech maternity center. When their allotted 24 hours at the center was nearly up, they opted to go to a hospital. Forty-five minutes after arriving at the hospital, Jake was born with a previously undetected birth defect, and was in the operating room two hours later.

I was among several of Jake’s nurses in the NICU, and had the privilege of placing him in his parents’ arms for the first time. John and Kathy documented Jake’s two and a half month NICU stay on home video, and A Chance to Grow incorporates some of this footage.

When he reached school age, Jake faced learning difficulties and sensory-integration problems, issues for which his parents have struggled to gain recognition in the educational system. Jake has blossomed into a singing wonder, with perfect pitch to boot.

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Rami's Story

Ellery: being a father in the NICU

Rami was born nine weeks early, and his tiny, fragile appearance at birth resulted not only from prematurity but a condition that hindered his growth in the womb.  Born by emergency C-section, Rami continued his development within the high-tech NICU, and his parents Ellery and Michelle remained at his bedside most of the time.

One day, Rami’s nurse noticed that he had grown listless and was breathing rapidly.  Rami had developed a serious, life-threatening intestinal infection.

The film includes follow up footage of the other two children, but Rami was just turning one year old as the film was being completed, so any residual effects, including some delayed motor skills, were just beginning to emerge.  Rami received physical therapy as well as great parenting from Ellery and Michelle, and is thriving today (and is very, very smart and a talented pianist!).

The NICU Staff

Nurse Fran: the diverse families in the NICU Nurse Marianne: forming bonds with the babies

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Nurse Fran: the diverse families in the NICU Nurse Marianne: forming bonds with the babies

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Purchase & Rental Info

Rent/Purchase

A Chance to Grow is well-suited for both professional and private viewing, including parent support groups, individuals, hospitals, medical & nursing education, and other educators. To facilitate discussion of the issues explored in the film, the director (and possibly one of the family members) can attend screenings as available.

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A Chance to Grow is available for purchase/rental through
our educational distributor,

Icarus Films
(718) 488-8900

Screenings & Press Coverage

Screenings

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Press

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