Producer … and
|BREAD COMES TO LIFE was written, produced and directed by
George Levenson whose award-winning films include PUMPKIN CIRCLE
and SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES (www.sadako.com).
Levenson’s films have been broadcast on television in
over 30 countries and are in the collections of every major
school district and library in North America. George Levenson
also has a long-standing interest in bread; he has been baking
it for 30 years and taught the process in workshops to
people of all ages.
What about those white gloves?
The baker in the BREAD COMES TO LIFE video is dressed in baker’s
whites -- white chef’s hat, white jacket, white apron, white
pants, white socks, and white shoes. He even wears white gloves.
Many people ask: "Do bakers wear white gloves when they make
bread?" The answer is a definite " No!" Then how
come the baker in BREAD COMES TO LIFE wears them?"
Writer/Director George Levenson replies: "I use white clothes
in the video to make the character of the baker more universal.
He is, I think, dressed in the classic way we imagine a baker to
be dressed. The white gloves simply carry the theme a step further.
Also, there are many close-up shots of the baker's hands, and I
think the gloves keep the viewer focused on the dough and the bread
instead of the baker and the color and age of his hands. On another
level, the gloves add a sense of play. Because gloves are central
to puppetry and mime, they make the baker slightly eccentric and
add a touch of whimsy and friendly mystery to the story.
A lot of children also ask why they never see more than a glimpse
of the baker’s face. Levenson responds: "Same reasons
as the gloves." He is "every baker" including the