Tim Frakes Productions

LSSI Amicus Certus Transforming Lives for 150 Years

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, one of my favorite clients, asked me to produce their annual Amicus Certus video about the great work with Post-Adoption, Adoption Preservation, Search and Reunion Services and Birth Mother’s Support Groups.

When a cholera epidemic hit Northwest Illinois over 150 years ago, Lutheran congregations rallied together responding to the needs of children who’s parents had died. On October 31, 1867, the doors of a new orphanage opened in Berlin, Illinois to receive these children. This small step marked the beginning of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois legacy of service to people in communities across the State.

Throughout it’s 150 year history, LSSI has followed the mandate of it’s mission, to respond to the Gospel by bringing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities.

This 2017 Amicus Certus (Latin for “True Friend”) video tells the story of LSSI’s on-going Adoption Services program.

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Coming up for air!

Greetings! 2017 has been among the busiest of my professional career. Good thing I love what I do!

The year started off wrapping up our new documentary God’s Glory, Neighbors Good, the story of Pietism. This 75 minute documentary tells the story of the reformation after the reformation. It took three years, shoots in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and here in the US. You can order a copy through Vision video.

The Chicago Sunday Evening Club tapped me on the shoulder to pull together and complete three half our documentaries on the coming Age Wave in America. By 2030 20 percent of Americans will be over the age of 65, overwhelming the social safety net. What’s the response of the faith-based community and how we are already making a difference.

Speaking of Healthcare, Northwestern Medicine has kept me busy recording training videos and interviews with senior leaders.

In March I returned to Pakistan with the US Pakistan Inter-religious Consortium. My job was to document Intersection International’s largest UPIC delegation and their ongoing work building bridges between our two societies through faith-based approaches.

Work also continues on my documentary on WCFC-TV 38, once, the largest independent Christian television station in America. Look for a finished product sometime in the future.

The Chicago Bible Society asked me to produce a short video about Chicago’s oldest civic organization. It was fun to tell their story.

Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries also kept me busy producing three full documentaries for ABC7 Live Well Network. One on Syrian Refugees, one on having faith-based approach in era of Donald Trump and an expanded version of the Chicago Bible Society Video.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, one of my favorite clients, also kept me busy with their annual Amicus Certus video about the great work they do in field of adoption services. I also did a fair amount of training video work for their vast network of social service providers.

My oldest client, Lutheran Life Communities took me on a tour of all six of their campuses telling stories about their staff and the residents they serve.

RCAP, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership asked me to do two projects, one project turned existing English language wastewater and drinking water video resources into Spanish language resources.

The second project took me to the Mora Valley in New Mexico where I told stories of local wood harvesters and RCAP’s efforts to organize sustainable solid waste cooperatives.

31 Lengths, a New York Ad Agency asked me to produce two testimonials for Chicago Theological Seminary, one in Birmingham, Alabama and one here in Chicago.

Franciscan Outreach, one of Chicago’s larges homeless shelters called this year and asked me to tell their story and record testimonies of folks who’s lives have been impacted by their ministry.

Excel Marketing is a new client. They kept me busy making videos about a metal stamping operation a personal injury law firm and Union pipe fitters.

Thanks to all my terrific clients, video production and post-production free-lance partners and of course, my family, who make it possible for me to produce documentary and image video for non-profit, faith-based, broadcast and corporate clients.

Sister Judith and 50,000 Aids Orphans


Thursday, May 24, 2001
This is a story Jim Quattrocki, Kevin Jacobson and I produced in Bukoba, Tanzania with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Sister Judith worked with the ELCT’s HIV/Aids program known as OSSA. She was a saint.

We followed three orphan children (HIV positive) as they went for water. The fresh water source came from a spring about half a mile away. The kids carry the water jugs down to the spring, fill them up and lug them back up to the house. The oldest boy carries the biggest jug. It must have weight about 25 pounds. The smallest girl, who couldn’t have been more than five, was responsible for carrying two, gallon jugs.

At the time, the ELCT was caring for 50,000 Aids orphans in the Bukoba district alone.

According to the WHO, an estimated 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic in the mid- to late 1970s.

Modern Christian Martyrs


Kidnapped, tortured, their priest murdered, a Syrian family is forced to flee, finding asylum here in the United States.

In this edition of Sanctuary I produced for Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries, we meet the Alkhoury family, and take a closer look at growing evidence of widespread persecution of religious minorities, as well as efforts by faith communities here in Chicago, the United States government, and the United Nations to find ways to support and protect some of the worlds most vulnerable people.

Caesar Giovannini Testimony


Recently I interviewed Chicago born pianist, band arranger and composer Caesar Giovannini for Lutheran Life Communities. Caesar is a resident at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Giovannini gained fame in the 1950’s through appearances on the Dave Garroway Show. He also served for two years as music director for the Kukla, Fran and Ollie television show.

In the 1960’s and 70’s he played piano on many movie soundtracks including The World of Henry Orient (1964), Wait Until Dark (1967), The Fox (1967), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Shaft’s Big Score (1972) and Raid on Entebbe (1976).

Solar Eclipse 2017


Today’s Solar Eclipse from Hoffman Park in Butterfield East, Lombard, Illinois. #Panasonic DMC GH4, Nikkor 300mm f4.5 at f32, ISO 200.

Leaders For The Next – Chicago Theological Seminary June 2017


Here is a video I produced for 31 Lengths, a New York based ad agency. Our client is the Chicago Theological Seminary. CTS is committed to preparing leaders for the Next generation of ministry by teaching a progressive, forward-thinking, philosophy.

We recorded stories with CTS graduates here in Chicago, Montgomery, Alabama and Portland, Maine.
CTS proactively takes on issues of social justice and helps individuals discern and evolve their faith for the future. Whether your interest is in ministry, social justice, community activism, or serious religious scholarship, CTS will take you to the Next.

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Franciscan Outreach


Here is a video I produced for Franciscan Outreach, one of the oldest and largest providers for men and women who are homeless in the Chicago area. For more than 53 years, Franciscan Outreach has provided men and women experiencing homelessness with the critical services they need to improve their lives. Franciscan Outreach meets people where they’re at and assist them on their journey as they strive to gain stability, security and independence. They provide meals, shelter, shower facilities, laundry services, mail services, access to health care and case management services, helping thousands of individuals who are homeless make positive changes in their lives.

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US Pakistani Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) Retrospective -2017

The US Pakistani Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) Retrospective -2017 was created for the Intersections 10th Anniversary Intersections International Gala. The video covers four trips I made to Pakistan with Intersections between 2013 and 2017. Writer/Editor: Kierra Parlagreco; Camera/Sound: Tim Frakes; Voice Over: Kat Harrington; Sound Mix and Design: Kelly E. Harnett; Music: VideoHelper

What Will Happen if DACA is Cancelled?


Here is a video I produced for World Relief about DACA, also known as the Dream Act.

Liz Dong is a member of Wheaton Chinese Alliance, part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance – the same denomination I am a part of.

Following the November election, I was eager to find a way to voice my dissent in positive ways. When World Relief called, I jumped at the opportunity to make a resource that speaks both to my political views and my calling as a Christian to “do” justice, love mercy and walk humbly.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an executive order implemented by President Obama in 2012 to temporarily protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought into the US as children.

To qualify for DACA, candidates must have come to the US before age 16, are in school or have a high school degree or GED or have been honorably discharged from the US military, and are no threat to national security or public safety. DACA applicants go through biometrics background checks and pay a few hundred dollars in processing fee every two years for application and subsequent renewals.

Under DACA, qualified individuals have been able to attain work permits, driver’s license, and pursue higher education, allowing them to come of the shadows, out of constant fear of deportation and separation from family, to lead productive lives and contribute more to their communities. To date, over 740,000 individuals have been approved for deferred action. DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, are working as teachers, doctors, artists and starting businesses as entrepreneurs and innovators.

President Donald Trump has promised to undo all executive orders, including DACA, immediately upon assuming office. Cancelling DACA or letting it expire without a permanent solution in place will remove temporary legal status and work authorization for DREAMers.

This would not only devastate the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals who did not have a say in coming to America as children, but also harm the US economy by removing these productive workers and consumers. One study has found that ending DACA would wipe away at least $400 billion from the U.S. GDP cumulatively over a decade.

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