Henry’s love for film started in the summer of 1971, when he was only 16 years old. While attending an overnight summer camp, a counselor asked if Henry could take a crack at fixing an old 1940’s era Ampro 16mm film projector. Once Henry saw the light pass through the Ampro, illuminating imagery onto the projection screen, he was hooked. At the end of that summer in 1971, the camp staff gifted the projector to Henry, and from there he was able to explore the world of film from the comfort of his home.
At age 17, Henry established the Northeast Philly Business Club, which enabled him to rent films from the Philadelphia Library System (one could not rent a film individually, but could through a club or organization). Henry and his friends would gather together on weekends and watch classic movies on 16 mm film, such as ‘Citizen Kane’, the original ‘un-cut’ version of the 1933 King Kong, documentaries, animated films, experimental films, etc. By his senior year of high school, Henry was teaching film history to 3 English classes in a large classroom every Monday morning.
Inspired by Henry’s passion for film, one of his teachers encouraged Henry to make a film, and gave him a box of reels that he could cut from in order to make his own film. The school also loaned Henry a Bolex 16mm spring-motor camera, and gifted him two unexposed 100 ft reels to shoot on.
In 1972, at the height of the Vietnam War, Henry’s first film was aimed at showcasing how society encourages us to accept and embrace our violent nature. The film was titled, “The Process.” That very same year, The Free Library of Philadelphia chose, “The Process” to be included in the library’s film collection, purchasing 5 release prints for citywide distribution.
From 1972-1976 Henry studied film production at Temple University and in 1976 he not only graduated with a BA from the School of Radio, Television and Film, but was also offer a full scholarship and guaranteed TA position at the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Film School.
Two weeks before classes were set to begin, the head of the department was fired and the graduate film school program was cut. Already in Rhode Island, Henry spent the next two years producing industrial films and filming weddings, but he knew in his heart that if he kept making films, he’d eventually get his break.
In 1978 Henry landed in Bangor, Maine where he produced, directed, shot and edited, “Northern Whitewater Expeditions” a nine minute film for the State of Maine’s Tourism Bureau. The film was highly received by the press, and Maine Public Broadcasting aired the film statewide. The success lead to a part time position with Maine Public Broadcasting as a Master Control Switcher, but in 1980, Henry was offered a full time position with the University of Maine as a Public Information Specialist. He was tasked with creating a video production department that would serve the public relations and outreach needs of the university.
After meeting with the President of the University, Henry convinced him to invest $30,000 into a brand new Video Production Department, which Henry would manage. After the investment and the creating of Henry’s very own film department, It didn't take long for Henry to hit home runs for the University of Maine.
From August 1980 to March of 1986, Henry wrote, produced, directed, shot, edited and narrated several feature length documentaries as well as a monthly magazine format show for the school, one of which featured Steven King!
In 1982, Henry received his first of numerous awards from the New York International Film and Television Festival. It was a Bronze Medal for ‘Omaha: The Ultimate Challenge’, a one hour film about the University of Maine’s trip to the College World Series. In 1985, “A Rhapsody of Blue,” a 10 minute industrial film about the Maine Wild Blueberry Company landed Henry his first Silver Medal at the New York International Festival.
In 1986, Henry won his first Gold Medal at the New York International Festival for his documentary, “The Mountain Within the Sea” – an underwater research project 80 miles off the coast of Maine.
After working as a location manager on the Steven King film, “Creepshow II," Henry left the University of Maine, and returned home to Philadelphia to build his own company.
In 1988, Henry and his former wife, Jacqui Neulinger, founded InVision Communications. At it’s height InVision had 9 employees, and was twice elected in 1994 and 1995 by Wharton School of Business as a member of the Philadelphia 100, the region’s fastest growing private companies. During the twelve years that InVision Communications was in business, Henry and his team produced hundreds of films and commercials for various corporate clients, as well as for museums and educational institutions. Highlights include:
“Indians of North America”- A 20-part series of 35 minute segments exploring various Native American cultures, and distributed to schools nationwide for educational purposes. The series won multiple awards, most notably the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals.
“Teen Health” - Another award winning series comprised of 15 part, 35 minutes each, about teen health issues. This series was distributed to schools nationwide for educational use.
“U.S. History: Origins to World War II”- In an attempt to bring text books to life, this award winning, 20 part series, 35 minutes each, depicts US history from the first settlers to World War II.
U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C. – ‘Letters Home’ interactive exhibit and film covering significant events in US naval history – received the Lone Sailor Award.
“Finding Philadelphia’s Past”- A permanent exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including an interactive video presentation for the ‘Trolley Car theater’, a full size replica of a trolley car in the exhibit.
In 1999 Henry was nominated for his first Mid-Alantic EMMY for his collaborative work with NBC10 Philadelphia on the project, “Rewind In Time,” which was a nostalgic look back at the turn of the 20th Century. It aired December 31st, 1999 just before the turn of the 21st Century.
As the market shifted, Henry went from producing corporate and educational media to broadcast television, as InVision closed in 2000.
For the the last 17 years, Henry has directed, produced and edited dozens of Broadcast Television Programs, working for various "big name" networks such as the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, HDTV, and American Public Television.
In 2011, Henry was again nominated for a Mid-Alantic EMMY for his 11 part series with MiND-TV entitled, “A World Of Dance In Philadelphia,” an exploration of the cultural diversity in Philadelphia's dance community.
In 2015, Henry finally won the Mid-Alantic EMMY for Best Documentary with his film, "On The Other Side of The Fence." The film also won, the World Gold Medal at the International Film & TV Festival of New York, The Telly Judge’s Choice Award, and the Bronze Medal at the United Nations Department of Public Information for “Representing the ideals and goals of the United Nations." The APT (American Public Television) is distributing the film nationally to more than 80 PBS stations.
In his spare time, Henry continues to work with his archival film collection. Discovering, organizing, and digitizing over hundreds of archival film reels dating back to 1898. He plans create an online database of his collection.
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“Henry has achieved much for clients. His national awards and great portfolio of work are testimony to that. But just as important as talent – especially for a results-oriented agency like ours -- is his sense of partnership, flexibility and relentless pursuit of the best outcome for clients. Over the years and many successful assignments, this has made the difference between very good and extraordinary work”
- Ed Mahlman, EVP, Brian Communications
"Henry is an extraordinary producer, director and storyteller. We have now worked together on two projects, and I hope there will be more in the future. Our first project told the stories of eleven dance groups, each representing a unique culture, and led to a wonderful trip and significant follow-up film in Ukraine. The second On the Other Side of the Fence, which won us the Best Documentary Gold Medal at the New York International Film Festivals—and special recognition from the United Nations for public service—and an Emmy. And while the work matters, it’s compassion and love behind the storytelling that makes Henry so very special."
—Howard Blumenthal, CEO, Independence Media / MiND, and Co-Executive Producer, On the Other Side of the Fence
"I worked on two video projects for Widener University with Henry, each with considerable budget and timeline restraints. Thanks to Henry's flexibility, professionalism, and boundless creativity, the videos were both extraordinary and very well received by all on campus. He brings a very intelligent and collaborative approach to each project, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again. Highly recommended!"
-Kathy Butler, Director of Strategic Communication, Widener University
Last Tuesday, the New York Festival (NYF) International Television & Films Awards announced the World’s Best TV & Films winners at their Gala in Las Vegas. Taking home the Gold Medal for a Television Documentary on Social Issues was Henry Nevison Productions, which won for “On the Other Side of the Fence,” a documentary based on the musical of the same name by music therapist Andrea Green. --READ MORE
When Plymouth’s Kerri Hanlon attended her first performance of “On the Other Side of the Fence,” it was love at first sight. Seeing son Sean, his classmates at Philadelphia’s HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and kids from Germantown Friends School joyfully pooling their talents in composer-music therapist Andrea Green’s original musical about tolerance and anti-bullying -- READ MORE
A new documentary premiering Tuesday night tells the story of how a musical bout has served as a bridge for students at two Philadelphia schools, one of them serving the disabled. --READ MORE
Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?