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H-Y-P-H-E-N-A-T-E History

H-Y-P-H-E-N-A-T-E Productions was brought into existence by David Bartholomew-- writer-producer-director-still photographer-inventor-motivator-stuntman-actor-lighting technician-certified handwriting consultant-trickster-human being in progress (you get it, I'm a hyphenate!)-- to encompass all current and projected endeavors. It is my intention to bring the same care, quality, concern, and attention to detail to each project falling under this banner.

Mission Statement

A few guiding principles of my life have been, and are:

  • If I say I can do it, I can do it.
  • Who I am, is the possibility of bringing forth the essence and passion in people, such that they fully acknowledge it in themselves.
  • "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

    We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?

    You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

    We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

    As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others ."
    (-- Marianne Williamson)
  • The Invitation. by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

    It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

    It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

    It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine and your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with JOY, mine or your own: if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

    It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself: if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty, everyday, and if you can source your life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "YES!"

    It doesn't interest me who you are, or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

    It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
  • Namaste'- Sanskrit for "I acknowledge the light within you."

What is a "peoplementary"?

"Peoplementaries" are the next logical progression in a body of work that encompasses one simple philosophy-- get people talking about that which they are passionate about, watch them spark to life, and just try not to catch their infectious spirit.

Dull eyes radiate. Wrinkles fade. Voices take-on their youthful timbre. And having been summoned by the unquenchable thirst for knowledge, stories begin to first trickle, then cascade off of increasingly loose, ship-sinking lips.

Alternately, we experience babbling brooks, meandering along; still waters running deep; the refreshment of a run through a sprinkler on a summer's day; or the power and chill of a fully-clothed baptism.

A reservoir of sentimental tears may well up... quickly transform itself into waves of torrential laughter... surge past the floodgates of a toothy grin... and deluge an entire audience. Or a half-full glass of water may be presented to us, to contemplate or sip from at will.

I coined the term "peoplementary" to describe this type of long-format, slow-paced program, that allows us entrance into the lives of the old and young alike-- regular folks who have amassed countless experiences by which we can learn to appreciate more our place in the world; who may help us view these troubled times through the long lens of history; or at least let us feel that we're not alone in our quandaries.

These are our neighbors. The people who give us lousy directions. The gents who talk to us in the men's room. The ones we somehow always find ourselves waving at outside the confines and pressures of the urban sprawl...

... oft-times quirky, but just the same, the ones we can't get out of our heads once that last bag has been retrieved off of the luggage rack of the family station-wagon.

In a time when Manifest Destiny has been relegated to plastering yellow ribbons on trees, these people are the surviving adventurers and pioneers. Cowboys. Swashbucklers. Harnessers of the elements. The "makers" that preceded "movers and shakers". Living testemonials of can- and derring-do.

While most of those interviewed would fidget under the weight of being called "exemplary", it's an appropriate moniker. For they have lived, and continue to live, full lives with little held in reserve.

I believe, for that reason, we are responsible for documenting their stories; capturing them before the details become murky and indistinct; treating ourselves regularly to the true connection that is possible between individuals not afraid to trust one another; and in pursuance of this, for continuing to pass-on the oral tradition.

Spirit has eluded too many, for too long. The "peoplementary" is a place where one can go to re-kindle it, and regain a sense of belonging.

The Good Mood Guarantee

If you don't...
smile, laugh, giggle, smirk,
sigh, cry, tear or choke up,
yearn for the old days,
think of someone you haven't called in awhile,
recall having your cheeks pinched by Aunt Bessie,
run out and buy a pair of pajamas with footies in them,
start humming "... (the sun'll come out) Tomorrow...",
stick a playing card in the spokes of your bike,
go out and catch fireflies,
step on a crack and break your mother's back,
make some s'mores,
or feel satisfied with these products in any way...
then we'll correct the situation to your liking--
cross our hearts and hope to die!

David Bartholomew

Behind the Scenes

David Bartholomew brings his current slate of projects to you via 19 years in the creative entertainment business that has brought him cross-country, westward from Ohio to Texas, onto Los Angeles, and most recently to Lawrence, Kansas.

From early success as Writer/Associate Producer of Regional Emmy and Ace award-winning Columbus Alive at Warner QUBE, David went on to full-time freelance film, television and commercial work, alternating positions in front of and behind the camera.

David has penned screenplays for The Big Picture: A Children's Story for Adults, Warts and All, Dreaming of Tokyo, and Vinegar and Oil; and The Male Bonding Handbook, and Stare: 30 Days on the Streets of L.A. for print. The late John Huston, and Harry Dean Stanton are but two of those who have performed his work.

Based on this extensive background, and forays into stunts and acting (Hook, True Lies, Robocop II, Always, Rescue 911 and One Life to Live...), and lighting for film (The Abyss, The Last Action Hero, Arachnophobia, Alien III...) and commercials, all efforts were consolidated under the banner of...

... H-Y-P-H-E-N-A-T-E Productions.

A Slice of Life marked the beginning of original television programming, and was commemorated in fine fashion with Gold Awards from the Houston International Film Festival for Documentary and Interview programming; and a Telly Award. The Spirit of 66 followed in fine fashion with a Silver Award for News and Documentary Directing at Houston the following year. Instructional videos on the Vimala Rodgers Graphotherapy System of handwriting (in which David is also certified) followed. And a continuing number of "peoplementaries" are poised on the back burner.

Based on this track record, and the continued desire to roam the roads of America and beyond, David and friends intend to bring to life-- more heart-capturing programming, more images, more words-- to a yearning public that still craves the stuff of which dreams and memories are made.

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