Veterans Transform Their Lives…
and So Does The Filmmaker
The stories of lives saved through the transformative power of mindfulness can almost seem like the stuff of a Hollywood movie. Maybe that’s why GIFT founder Sam Beard had the inspiration to enlist his lifelong friend Rupert Hitzig to help war veterans record on camera their tales of shattered lives miraculously restored. A director and producer with numerous major motion pictures to his credit (see bio below), Rupert proved to be the perfect choice and not just for his cinematic expertise.
Smitten by Sam’s enthusiasm, Rupert had no personal experience with meditation and came to the project with an open mind but with a healthy dose of skepticism. In the days before leaving for Delaware, he approached the shoot at the Wilmington Veteran’s Administration like he would any professional job, charting out meticulously the production schedule, interview times and crew details.
Before he even got to the airport for his return trip home, Rupert quickly spread the word on his cell phone, with excitement and joy of what he captured over the course of the days. The one-on-one interviews with his subjects and footage of their group session would not only make for a compelling short video, he explained.
He could only hope that mind-expanding effect he experienced himself would be shared by the viewers of the finished product.
Here it is… see for yourself!
Rupert Hitzig President, Pizazz Media, serves as GIFT’s producer and video director. In fifty years of experience, Rupert has produced or directed entertainment specials, motion pictures, theatrical performances, reality TV, documentaries, corporate training films and award shows. His film credits include
In fifty years of experience, Rupert has produced or directed entertainment specials, motion pictures, theatrical performances, reality TV, documentaries, corporate training films and award shows. His film credits include
Jaws 3-D, Wolfen (1981) and The Last Dragon (1985.) In the 1980’s Rupert was partner with leading American comic Alan King.
Rupert Hitzig, currently producing and developing Buzz Aldrin’s ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER, and finishing up production as Director, on EXTRA-ORDINARY, a television documentary shot in Liverpool and London, he has produced and/or directed several Theatrical features including The Last Dragon, Jaws 3-D, Electra-Glide in Blue (Robert Blake), The Squeeze (Michael Keaton), Happy Birthday Gemini (Madeline Kahn), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (Burt Lancaster, Rod Steiger, Diane Lane), Outlaws (Ben Johnson, Mickey Rooney) and Wolfen, starring Albert Finney.
In the nineties, he won the NAMH award for Buzz Aldrin’s personal story, Return To Earth (ABC) starring Cliff Robertson, and then produced./directed IPiacere di Roma in Rome (ABC) with Virna Lisi, Roberto Rossellini, and an original movie for ABC, called How To Pick Up Girls.
He produced and directed the Fortieth Anniversary Celebration for the Jefferson Awards, and is excited to be currently producing several projects on Mindfulness and Meditation for The GIFT.
Years ago, he toured the world as a member of the Joffrey Ballet, joined the Marines, worked for CBS, produced a few movies, and then became President of Kin-Hitzig Productions, where he was partnered with Alan King and won his first Emmy Award.
A graduate of Harvard College, he is married to Karen; has two sons, Sebastian and Barnaby, and now, a nine-year-old grandson, Connor.