Brookline Video Premiere is Mother-Son Collaboration

For immediate release:
Contact Kate Larson, 413-549-1293

The international debut of Ruth Abrams’ new video Many Ways To See The World is a collaboration with her son, map publisher Bob Abramms. Ruth, the 79-year old host of the award-winning community cable TV show ElderVision on Brookline (MA) Access Television (B.A.T.), is an accomplished videographer.

Many Ways To See The World presents twelve compelling world maps in a fast-paced program that changes the way its audience’s view the world. It will be premiered at the Coolidge Corner Cinema in Brookline, MA, at 11:00AM on October 18th. The event is free and open to the public. All attendees will be given a free world map. The 30-minute video uses maps, images and stories…including how young Stuart McArthur developed McArthur's Universal Corrective Map with its unique downunder viewpoint. You will learn how Gerardus Mercator never intended to draw the world as many of us have always seen it! Images created by Len Guelke, Arthur Robinson, Tom Van Sant, Arno Peters, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Hoffman (founder of EarthSeals) are featured players in this unique film.

The video has three powerful messages conveyed through an analysis of maps:
1. We can only understand the world if we're willing to see things from multiple perspectives!
2. The "truth" must be seen from many vantage points.
3. One person's voice can make a huge difference in the world!

Maps DO make a difference in how we see the world! Many Ways To See The World is a provocative learning tool that uses historical and current images to generate interest and awareness of maps and their messages. In order to reach the widest possible audience, the video is available WITH reproduction rights to make copies for your friends. This event is co-sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages and the Brookline Booksmith (both located on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner, Brookline), and the Booksmith will have videos for sale.

Ruth began her art and videography career when she retired as the Director of Amenities at New England Baptist Hospital in 1994. Since that time, she has shown her collage and assemblage work at many venues including Newbury College Gallery and the Boston Museum of Science. She has won seven awards since 1995 for her video work including the 1998 Massachusetts Cable Television Division, 2000 Hometown USA National Festival; and the 2003 Alliance for Community Media.

This latest video project, Many Ways to See the World, was developed after Ruth videotaped a presentation by Bob Abramms, her son. Featuring an unusual series of world map images, several published by Bob’s company, ODT, Inc, these maps include the Peters Projection map (featured on the hit TV show, The West Wing) and a series of maps with South on top. Jamie Traynor, formerly with B.A.T., and currently the Academic Technology Media Specialist at Simmons College, joined Bob and Ruth in the edit room almost a year ago revising and enhancing the video.

Ruth is an ambitious filmmaker! While completing Many Ways… the next project was already in the works. She and Bob flew to Bremen, Germany in 2001 to videotape Dr. Arno Peters. This will be crafted into their next video collaboration, Arno Peters: His remarkable map.

Media kits and advance copies of the video are available from ODT, Inc. at 800-736-1293. Information on ODT resources is available at