WRITING, PRODUCING, and DIRECTING CREDITS FOR NON-FICTION TELEVISION and INDEPENDENT FILM

 

​Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp (In production)      Writer                                                          National Park Service

These two films on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW2 are being developed for the Minidoka National Historic Site and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.  Producer/Director Rory Banyard, North Shore Productions.

 

The Red Book (in production)                                                                  Writer     

This feature length independent documentary about Carl Jung’s journey of self-discovery is born out of a series of terrifying waking visions that unfold in his remarkable personal journal the “Red Book”. Producer/Director Ellie Stuckey and Peter Wiedensmith.  

 

Goldman Environmental Prize (in production)                                 Writer            

These short films profile grassroots environmental activists awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.  Narrated by Robert Redford. Produced and Directed by Mill Valley Film Group.

 

Troubled Water (in production)                                                               Writer
This 30-minute documentary tells the story of an El Salvadoran farmer who takes on a Canadian mining company to protect his community’s fragile water resources.  Producer/Director Will Parrinello, Mill Valley Film Group.

 

WildAid Celebrity Explorers  (2016-2017)                                         Writer                                                           Broadcast on Chinese television in 2017 

Each episode of this five-hour series follows a Chinese celebrity on an adventure to learn about endangered species. Produced by WildAid, a San Francisco based NGO whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade. 

 

Where Ice and Ocean Meet (2014)                                                      Writer                                                           National Park Service

This 20-minute film about Kenai Fjords National Park tells the story of glacial change, an exceptionally rich ecosystem, and cultural continuity of indigenous people; also three, 4-minute shorts for the park on glaciers, orcas, and the temperate rainforest.  Producer/Director Rory Banyard, North Shore Productions.

 

Canadian Journeys (2013-2014)                                                           Writer                                                            Canadian Museum for Human Rights

These thirty short films on human rights issues includes racial segregation, civil liberties, migrant workers, women's rights, and aboriginal people's rights.    

The films are part of multimedia displays at this new museum which opened in Winnipeg in September, 2014. Produced by North Shore Productions.

Awards & festivals: 1st Place, Short Documentary, NAI Media Awards & Silver Telly Award for Childhood Denied.

North America (2012-2013)                                                             Series Writer/ Post Producer               Discovery Channel           

This seven episode, landmark documentary series explores the continent and its extraordinary wildlife.

 

I Solved a Murder (2012)                                                                       Producer/Writer/Director                      A&E Biography

This profile of a professional soccer player turned homeless advocate who set out to solve a murder in the Philadelphia homeless community was a pilot episode for a series about ordinary people who do extraordinary things to solve a crime.  

 

A Prophesy Fulfilled  (2011-2012)                                                       Writer                                                            National Park Service  

This film for the Whitman Mission National Historic Site tells the story of the tragic encounter in the 1840s between missionaries and the Cayuse, a Native American people of Oregon's Columbia Plateau . Produced by North Shore Productions.

Awards & Festivals: Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest International Film Festival; Bronze Telly Award; Communicator Award of Excellence.

 

I (Almost) Got Away With It  (2010-2012)                                          Senior Writer                                              Investigation Discovery

In each hour of this nine-season series, a former fugitive tells the story of his/her run from the law. Produced by Indigo Films.

 

Tongass National Forest  (2010-2011)                                         Writer                                                            National Forest Service

The two films focused on different aspects of the Tongass National Forest, one of the largest temperate rainforests on Earth.

    Discovering The Tongass, for the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, looks at the wildlife, biodiversity and human culture in the forest.

    Landscape of Change, for the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, explores the historic and evolving connections between glaciers, land, wildlife, and                  people.  Watched by 200,000 visitors a year.  Produced by North Shore Productions.

Awards: Silver Telly Award, Bronze Telly Award, Communicator Award of Excellence, Communicator Award of Distinction.

 

Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid  (2009)                                     Producer/Writer                                        KQED/PBS

This half-hour special for KQED’s award winning science series QUEST looks at the “Smart Grid” of the future and how to power California with clean energy.

Awards: Excellence in Journalism Award for Explanatory Journalism, Northern California Society of Professional Journalists; Nominated for Northern CA Emmy.

Dreamland: Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem                       Writer                                                            Broadcast on PBS Fall 2017

This one-hour independent documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen, follows Mark Twain on his travels through Europe to Jerusalem. Based on Twain’s best selling book, The Innocents Abroad.  Produced by Indigo Films.

Mustang: Journey of Transformation  (2008)                                 Writer                                                            Broadcast on PBS 2009

Narrated by Richard Gere, this independent film tells the remarkable story of a Tibetan culture pulled back from the brink of extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites. Producer/Director Will Parrinello, Mill Valley Film Group.

Festivals & Awards: Screened at international festivals including Tribeca; Best Mountain Culture Film, Taos Mountain Film Festival; Best Documentary, Sundial Film Festival; Special Jury Award, EcoVision Palermo; Audience Award, Maui Film Festival.

Crucifixion  (2007)                                                                                     Writer                                                           History Channel

This two-hour special looks at the history of crucifixions as a form of punishment from early Assyria to Nazi concentration camps. Included is a forensic analysis of the crucifixion of Christ. Produced by Indigo Films.

 

Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War  (2006)      Writer                                                            History Channel

This one-hour special tells the story of women who disguised themselves as men and secretly enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies to fight in the Civil War. Produced by Indigo Films.

USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom  (2005-2006)               Writer                                                           History Channel

The two-hour special examines the US Navy’s efforts to end the transatlantic African slave trade. The story follows two threads, the plight of 400 Africans being transported on the slave ship Cora, and the US Navy ship in pursuit that ultimately frees the enslaved men and women. The program was selected as Black History Month Curriculum for "The History Channel Classroom". Produced by Kim Hawkins, Indigo Films.   

 

Man Moment Machine  (2005-2006)                                                     Senior Writer                                            History Channel

This 27-hour documentary series tells stories about the convergence of an individual, an historical moment and a revolutionary technology. Episodes included Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb, Abraham Lincoln and the hot air balloon, Galileo and the telescope. Produced by Edelman Productions.

 

Warrior Queen Boudica  (2005)                                                           Writer                                                           History Channel

The first century Celtic Queen Boudica fought the Romans on British soil in 60 AD. This two-hour special explores how Boudica raised an army, led her troops in battle and came close to conquering the invading Roman army. Produced by Kim Hawkins, Indigo Films.

 

The Battle of Tripoli  (2004)                                                         Writer                                                          History Channel

This sixty-minute special tells the 1805 story of William Eaton, an American diplomat turned self-appointed general, who assembles a ragtag army in Egypt and joins the US fight against piracy in the Mediterranean. 

Awards: Nominated for a National Emmy, winner Cine Golden Eagle.

 

Operation Reunion  (2002-2003)                                                     Producer/Writer/Director                    History Channel

This three-hour mini-series tells the moving stories of reunited combat veterans. Episodes bring together long lost comrades from the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the terrorist attack on the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

Instant Millionaires  (2001)                                                             Producer/Writer/Director                     Discovery Channel

Five ordinary people tell the story of their sudden wealth in this one-hour special.  

 

Mardi Gras  (2000)                                                                                     Producer/Writer/Director                     Discovery Channel

Mardi Gras follows five characters over the course of a month—New Orleans’s premier float maker, a Mardi Gras Indian, the Crewe of Orpheus, an avid parade goer and collector, and the head of the city trash collection—culminating on Mardi Gras day. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

Beneath Alcatraz  (2000)                                                                        Producer/Writer/Director                    Discovery Channel

This special takes a detailed look at the famous 1962 escape, evaluating tides and bay geology to determine the likelihood of a successful escape. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

Disaster Detectives  (1999)                                                                   Senior Producer                                       Learning Channel

The four-hour series profiles men and women using the latest technology to prevent and mitigate natural disasters. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

BreakOut!  (1998)                                                                                       Senior Producer/Co-Director             Discovery Channel

The three-hour mini-series dramatically tells stories of and recreates famous escapes from fortresses, islands, and POW camps. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

Public Enemies on The Rock  (1997)                                                  Senior Producer/Director                    Discovery Channel

During the 1930s Alcatraz was the infamous prison holding some of America’s most notorious gangsters. This one-hour special tells the stories of Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd and others who ended up on “the Rock”.   Produced by Hoff Productions.

The Guillotine   (1997)                                                                         Senior Producer/Co-Director             Discovery Channel

Using dramatic recreations and expert interviews, this one-hour special traces the history of the guillotine from medieval times through WW II (and its use by the Nazis) and finally to 1977 when it was outlawed by the French government. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

Deadly Duels  (1996)                                                                          Senior Producer/Co-Director             Discovery Channel

This three-hour series explores the history of dueling from medieval times to the late 19th century. Produced by Hoff Productions.

 

SCRIPT and STORY CONSULTING

 

Conducting Life (in production) This feature length documentary follows Roderick Cox, an African-American musician and aspiring conductor, as he tirelessly pursues a top position as music director with a major orchestra despite socio-economic and institutional barriers. Produced and Directed by Diane Moore.

 

A Spark of Nerve tells the stories of trauma patients with paralyzed limbs and the pioneering surgeon who brings them hope and healing. Produced and Directed by Linda and Tim Schaller, the film is inspired by and features their own daughters traumatic injury and dramatic recovery. (2015)

 

Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily is a story of two families, Sicilian filmmaker Salvo Cuccia's and the family of Sicilian-American rock music icon Frank Zappa, and their unexpected intersection as they each try to reconnect with fathers who died young. Produced and Directed by Salvo Cuccia. (2013-2014)

Festivals: Venice Biennale International Film Festival - 2014 World Premier; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - North American Premier. 

Finding the Gold Within follows six inner city black students from an innovative mentoring program as they navigate college and a culture stacked against them. Produced and Directed by Karina Epperlein. (2013)

 

Chinese Couplets is part memoir, part history, and part investigation as filmmaker Felicia Lowe searches for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era, revealing the painful price often paid by immigrants. Produced and Directed by Felicia Lowe. (2009)

 

Painted Nails tells the story of Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and nail salon owner who unwittingly takes on the fight for safe cosmetics after she develops health problems from the toxic chemicals in the products she uses in her salon. Produced and Directed by Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan.  (2009)