1. Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Rick Macomber. I am a filmmaker. I also have 30 plus years under my belt as a multiple Emmy award winning TV News photojournalist producing stories from around the globe such as a glimpse into the world of Cambodian refugees at a border camp in Thailand, the 50th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France and coverage of 9-11 from Ground Zero. I've interviewed countless rock legends, Hollywood and sports celebrities for CBS over the years.
2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I was born and raised in a small city just over the Tobin Bridge called Chelsea. I later moved to the picturesque sailing town of Marblehead, which is located on the North Shore of Boston.
3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I confiscated my dad's Kodak Brownie 8mm movie camera when I was a teenager to shoot rock concerts and to document my crazy friends on our one year cross country adventure in my VW bus. From that point on I was hooked on motion pictures.
4. Who or what do you most admire?
To this day I have so much respect for people like Martin Luther King, Jr. for his work with the Civil Rights Movement leading up to and during a most horrible period in American history. It's great to see films like 12 Years a Slave and The Butler getting recognition around the world for their heartfelt stories.
5. What do you love about Boston?
Boston is a walkable city. I love that. From the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the ultra hip Seaport waterfront, the city is easy to navigate. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was a brilliant idea, connecting the North End with Quincy Market, the downtown area and the waterfront with beautiful parks and fountains along the way. The skyline is breathtaking now at night with the addition of the Zakim Bridge.
6. What do you fear most for Boston?
I think that affordable housing in Boston for the middle class is what I fear most. Real estate prices and rents are steadily rising in the city. Unless you are independently wealthy or sharing space with roommates, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find decent living space. I don't want to see Boston's housing become as unaffordable as it is in San Francisco.
7. What do you hope for Boston in the next 20 years?
I hope to see a city where there is more integration, both socially and racially. Boston is still not the most integrated city in the country. We need to work on that problem. I also hope to see more affordable college tuition. There needs to be a reversal in tuition fees. It's out of control and unfair to those who cannot afford higher education. And finally I hope to change the climate here. I'd start winter right around Christmas with a little snow... and move spring to the beginning of February!