The making of the documentary “Surgery on the Sixth Ring of Saturn”
Words – Michael Maniglia
Frank and I have been working together now for close to 25 years. His body of
work has both evolved and developed into a style that can be categorized as nothing short
of world class. So when he asked me to be part of a project about Dr. Glenn Geelhoed aka
Dr. “G” and his NGO “Mission2Heal”, I was in. Despite Dr. G’s history and amazing life’s work,
no one has done a documentary on him or on what he’s accomplished – which struck me as
strange. I thought this to be an incredibly underappreciated story, as did everyone else
on our production team. Anne Mathis took the reigns as producer and our long time
colleague Gary Christian joined the small crew as co-producer and sound mixer.
Gary possesses a multi-class certification in guerilla filmmaking
that spans decades – his chops on location and in the edit bay rival most.
Working in a post-soviet satellite country is “interesting”. The Mongolians
are incredibly resilient, hard working people with a deep history – so capturing unique stories and
imagery was not a problem. Being hosted in such surroundings made our work both easier
and more constricted at once; embedded with a group of international volunteers whilst covering
the story, the “B” stories and everything in between afforded us little down time as the
days stretched well past the twelve hour mark all week. Dr.”G” has been conducting
missions in the developing world his whole life, he has no time
for people complaining about cold showers and food that most westerners would
consider a dare.