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Emmy Nominated Documentary Short

"The Ripple Effect"

The Ripple Effect is a documentary short that examines the struggle to keep arts alive for inner city children and reveals the power of arts education to educate the heart and impact schools and communities and the lives of those living in poverty.


Grammy-award winner and first time director, Bunny Hull, shines a light on the value of arts in education. The Ripple Effect follows the unique approach of Dream A World Education as professional artists provide arts programs to children in early elementary grades, parents and teachers in some of the poorest areas of Los Angeles. The film highlights the lack of funding, why the arts are so critical to the education of our youth and school communities, and how the benefits of the arts go far beyond what we’ve imagined.

As we hear from immigrant parents, educators, and administrators, we find out why the investment in educating children’s hearts is as important as investing in educating their minds, and how the effect causes a ripple that is felt by families, school culture, and ultimately the entire community.

Running time:  23:01

The Ripple Effect was filmed on location at Esperanza Elementary- Los Angeles, California and Eucalyptus Elementary -Hawthorne, California

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Bunny Hull


Bunny Hull is a Grammy® Award-winner and first time Director who to comes to film inspired by the need to tell a story about the remarkable impact music and the arts has on the lives of children and adults in impoverished inner city schools.

Best known for songs like Ready For A Miracle, which earned a Dove Award and New Attitude, which earned a Grammy and catapulted Patti LaBelle to the top of the charts, Hull has earned more than 20 gold and plaBunny Hull, director of The Ripple Effecttinum albums for her work with industry legends including Michael Jackson, B.B. King and Quincy Jones. Highlights of her career include songs and/or vocals that have appeared on Thriller, the Prince of Egypt, Evan Almighty, The Simpsons, and recent campaigns for Weight Watchers and NBC’s The Good Place. She penned the end-title song for The Ripple Effect, with soulful artist Chris Pierce.

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Mario Ortiz

Producer/Director of Photography

Mario Ortiz is a multiple Emmy award-winning director of photography who began shooting 8mm films as a teenager. His photographic Mario Ortiz filming The Ripple Effectaspirations took him from high school studio television production to college photography & motion picture master classes earning him a Bachelor of Sciences in Film & Television on the campus of San Diego State University.

He has earned three Emmy awards for projects shot on 35mm film and HD formats. Mario has expertise with all of the standard definition formats, films stocks and high definition formats.

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