About Knock Out
I really lucked out when I found the subject of this piece, Kaline Medeiros. I was thinking about profiling a Brazilian painter living in Fall River, Massachusetts, so I gave him a call. He started telling me about some of the paintings he had recently completed, and mentioned a portrait of a Brazilian immigrant female ultimate fighter living in the area. Of course my ears perked up immediately! I knew very little about ultimate fighting, and even less about opportunities for women in the violent professional sport. Kaline let me into her home and her gym, and she and her coaches were wonderful to work with. She had so much to say, and deciding where to edit was very difficult. But with the help of other Transom Story Workshop students and our fabulous teachers, I was able to cut the piece from thirteen minutes to eight. Enjoy!
About Jenna Weiss-Berman
Jenna Weiss-Berman is an audio producer living in New York City. After traveling around the country collecting interviews with StoryCorps for almost five years, she began producing audiobooks at Simon & Schuster. She also freelances, and has recently completed stories and multimedia projects for WCAI (through the Transom Story Workshop), New England Public Radio, and the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is currently working on a couple of pieces for the Association for Public Art’s Museum Without Walls Audio Tour in Philadelphia, and is very open to other projects!
Jenna is also a member of AIR.