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                                                     Adam White

Adam is an award-winning filmmaker, specializing in documentary and museum exhibit films. He has won multiple Emmys for his films Space Chase USA, The Restorers, Red Tail Reborn, and The Restorers (TV series). Adam also received an Emmy for Best Cinematography  on the PBS film Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 2011, Adam and his company Hemlock Films received the “Special Achievement” award from the International Council of Airshows for their film Rise Above: Tuskegee Airmen.

Adam graduated in 1995 with a degree in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University's prestigious film program. Adam has worked on big budget Hollywood films, TV shows, award winning documentaries, and commercials as a camera operator, with a specialty in SteadiCam, Adam is also a licensed pilot and makes a mean bowl of chili.




                                     Kara White (Martinelli)


Kara has directed and produced multiple documentaries, including Rise Above: WASP about the Women Airforce Service Pilots from WWII, and Beyond the Powder for PBS telling the story of the first women's cross-country air race and the women who still race today. She has received Emmy nominations for Best Director, Writing, and Research and has won Emmy awards for Writing, Best Documentary, and Technical Achievement, along with multiple film festival awards for Directing, Writing, and Editing. She has also produced the Emmy Award winning documentaries The Restorers (TV series) and Space Chase USA for PBS, and Rise Above: Tuskegee Airmen. She also works as a commercial director.


Kara started her career in New York City, working as a Producer creating spots for Food Network, USA, and Touchstone Energy. Her experience as an Assistant Editor includes work with Comedy Central, HBO, A&E, E!, NBC, Bravo, ESPN, PBS Thirteen, and TBS. 

Office Manager                                Tupolev

Tupolev keeps us in check at the office and isn't afraid to join you at the bar for an after 5 o'clock cocktail. Of course, she's always available for therapy snuggling throughout business hours.

Tupolev having a whisky at the Hemlock Films' bar

"Adam is a photographer who knows how to convey story, capture emotion and realism without having to empty the grip and lighting trucks. Light it to look real -- and shoot."

Terry Cunningham - Director

Adam White Cinematographer Director of Photography Camera Cleveland Ohio
Kara White Director Producer Cleveland Ohio

"Kara is a huge part of the reason Hemlock Films produces the kind of movies that cuddle up to your heart, open your mind, and settle well in your soul." 

Linda Street-Ely - Journalist

Tupolev office cat

"Together, their passion for the art of storytelling drives them to make movies that are profound."

Linda Street-Ely - Journalist

"Adam & Kara both have a passion for storytelling, which shows through their films.  I look forward to their next project and continuing our relationship with Hemlock Films"

Mary Bruggeman - Chief of Attractions Operations

US Air Force Museum Foundation

Kara and Adam White in Dallas Texas filming the movie about Women Airforce Service Pilots

"It was a real pleasure to work with the Hemlock Team—their professionalism and accommodating manner assured me the material and my performance would be presented in the best and most compelling light. Their commitment to getting the story right and presenting it in a winning manner is impressive. All history should be told this way!"

Caroline Reeves PhD - Associate in Research

Harvard University Fairbank Center

The cast & crew of Rise Above: WASP Barnstorming Ohio
Kara and Adam White Emmy Award winners Best Documentary
Kara and Adam White Emmy Award winning filmmakers Best Documentary PBS
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