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Cliffside Park director contends for video of year in Canada peoples choice awards

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Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUT: A Cliffside Park director whose music videos have been seen internationally has been nominated for a peoples choice award in Canada.

“I’m really honored and glad that the message of love that I crafted into the piece seems to be resonating,” Christopher Henze said of the 2013 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards nomination for Winnipeg-based recording artist Sierra Noble’s “I Can See” as Video of the Year:

“The awards are fairly small scale — but not the honor or the idea that the small flame of possibility contained in the video can be fanned into a much hotter fire to warm us all a bit,” Henze told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Henze was only 15 when he began editing film commercially for a New York company. He also played in several rock bands and went on to produce jingles for, among others, Chips Ahoy, Tide, and Coca-Cola. He later became a sound engineer for singers Roger Daltrey, Robert Lamb of the band Chicago and the late Phoebe Snow.

Eventually, he formed Hatch Communication, producing commercials for Andrea Bocelli, handling photography for a documentary by Jeff “Fahrenheit 9/11″ Gibbs and mixing a documentary about the Manic Street Preachers.

Like Henze, Sierra Noble started young. A fiddle virtuoso, she released her first instrumental album when she was 14. She’s opened for Paul McCartney, Kid Rock and Bon Jovi and performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and for the Queen of England. Her songs have been featured in several TV shows, including “Parenthood.”

Henze was the subject of a CLIFFVIEW PILOT story in October 2011 when he provided Occupy Wall Street with an identifiable symbol color by mixing the hues of the American flag to get one he named New Glory Purple.

He has three new music videos coming out in the next few weeks and is hoping to secure funding for his first feature-length documentary.

LINK: Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards

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