"The Twinkles: Chasing perfection" - Meet The Twinkles. They are competitive cheerleading's elite. This group of 8-11 year-old girls compete at the highest level for their age group. They mix tumbling, modern cheerleading and precise choreography to create a mind-blowing two-and-a-half minute routine that seems impossible for athletes this age. Follow them through the season - as routines are built and re-built, as they balance a grueling schedule with family life, as The Twinkles chase perfection. A Star-Ledger video production.
A film by Nyier Abdou.
Trailer by Bumper DeJesus.
"The Lost Valley: Rising Water, Sinking Hopes" - On Aug. 28 2011 Hurricane Irene dumped record amounts of rainfall on the borough of Manville. Manville has a history flooding and Ken and Letty Burlew have rebuilt their house three times in a span of seven years living in the Lost Valley section of town. With upwards of seven feet of water on the first floor of some homes, residents have to rebuild and wait. They wait on FEMA money, they wait on news about a government buyout, and they wait on the next major storm that could put them under water again. (A film by Andre Malok / The Star-Ledger, Editing by Bumper DeJesus / The Star-Ledger)