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Rio Vista Gas Field

The future, even if it’s bright, won’t likely outshine the Rio Vista Gas Field’s epic history. For close to 70 years, more than three and a half trillion cubic feet of natural gas — billions of dollars worth — have been pulled from wells drilled deep into the hills and low-lying islands that surround the […]

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Bay Area Man Wins 2008 U.S. Air Guitar Championship

Craig Billmeier of Alameda performing as “Hot Lixx Hulahan” won the U.S. Air Guitar Championship Friday night, Aug. 8, at the Regency Center Grand Ballroom in San Francisco. producer, camera, editing and narration: James Irwin SYNOPSIS: Twenty-four regional air guitar heroes jammed the stage at the Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center in San Francisco […]

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Survivor and Rescuers Revisit Sierra Plane Crash Site

Donnie Priest was just 10 years old when the plane his stepfather and mother were piloting slammed into the side of a Sierra mountain during a huge winter storm in 1982. Donnie, sole survivor of that crash, was barely alive when rescuers discovered the plane buried beneath the snow. Though he recovered quickly, both his […]

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Prisoners Guide Teens on Tour of San Quentin

Four teenage boys from Oakland got a glimpse of prison life when San Quentin inmates show them the harsh reality of daily existence inside “The Big House” in this Emmy Award-winning video report by James Irwin for the San Francisco Chronicle producer, camera and editing: James Irwin narrator: Jason B. Johnson SYNOPSIS: Four young men […]

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Two Dads, Five Sons – Forever Family

Gregory Stewart and his partner Stillman White were two gay middle-age men who wanted kids so they adopted five children of color — all boys. Follow the drama of their life at home, school and church in this Emmy-nominated video report by James Irwin for the San Francisco Chronicle. producer, camera & editing: James Irwin […]

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Wounded Veterans Rebuild Lives Shattered by ‘War Without End’

In a follow-up to Chronicle writer Joan Ryan’s 4-part series on wounded veterans Brent Bretz and Michael Buyas, video journalist James Irwin visited Bretz at his home in Arizona and Buyas at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and, together with Ryan, found that both men were optimistic and determined as they struggled to overcome many […]