Beware the Slenderman

Producer,

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

HBO Documentary Films, 2017

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN tells the true story of the internet’s elusive Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then set out on an odyssey to meet the tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman.

Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead to its dark basement in just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there?

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AWARDS

• Nominated, 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

• Nominated, 2017 Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary

SELECT PRESS:

People Magazine

• Variety

Mashable

Rolling Stone

LA Times

GQ

Variety

Time Magazine

IndieWire

Vice

 

• additional credits as cinematographer and field sound

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Open Your Eyes

Producer, 

OPEN YOUR EYES

HBO Documentary Films, 2016

produced with Vermilion Films

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Filmed over three days, OPEN YOUR EYES follows their life-changing journey for a chance to see again.

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AWARDS

• Winner, 2017 Sentinel Award, Hollywood, Health & Society, Best Short Documentary

SELECT PRESS: 

Huffington Post 

Boston Globe - "Open Your Eyes has the resonance of a myth…like something Joseph Campbell would have written about.” 

 

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• One Last Hug (...and a few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp •

Associate Producer, Assistant Editor & Cinematographer

ONE LAST HUG

HBO Documentary Films, 2014

produced with Vermilion Films in association with the Moyer Foundation, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, and New York Life Foundation

ONE LAST HUG (…and a few smooches) Three Days at Grief Camp is an unflinching documentary short film set at Camp Erin– a sleep-over summer camp where grieving children of all ethnicities find comfort in one another to deal with their pain. Under the guidance of grief professionals, kids learn that their feelings are normal – and that by talking about them they can begin to heal. With unprecedented access, ONE LAST HUG illuminates the effects of death and grief on children. Its inspiring and emotional journey is intimate, cathartic, and testament to the healing power of friendship and support.  

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AWARDS

• Winner, 2014 Emmy Award for Best Children's Programing

• Winner, 2013 Hamptons Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short Documentary

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• American Winter •

Field Producer, 

AMERICAN WINTER

HBO Documentary Films, 2013

produced with View Films

Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, American Winter presents an intimate and emotionally evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in many American families.   
Working together with the nonprofit organization 211 info in Portland, the filmmakers were given full access to monitor and record calls from distressed families who were calling 211’s emergency hotline in search of help.  They then began following the stories of some of these callers in more depth over several months.  The film follows multiple families in their daily struggle to keep their heads above water, while facing overwhelming challenges and dwindling resources available to help them, creating a powerful firsthand view of Americans caught in today’s financial undertow.  
 

SELECT PRESS

NPR 

Indiwire - "Using a mix of hard facts and personal stories, American Winter is too compelling to ignore."  

• Washington Post - "Wrenching" 

• Daily Kos - "A thoughtful and confrontational exploration of poverty"

AWARDS

• Nominated, 2014 Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting Long Form

• In June 2013, three characters from the film testified before the U.S. Senate on economic policy and the future of the American middle class.

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• How to Die in Oregon •

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Associate Producer & Assistant Editor,

HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

HBO Documentary Films, 2011

produced with Clearcut Productions

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. HOW TO DIE IN OREGON gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose.  

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SELECT PRESS

Boston Globe - " At Sundance, there are buzz movies, and then there are the ones that everyone clears a space around and discusses in hushed tones.  HOW TO DIE IN OREGON is one of those."

• Chicago Sun Times - "HOW TO DIE IN OREGON will likely be viewed...as one of the most historically significant documentaries of this still-young decade."

• New York Times - "Unflinching"

Hollywood Reporter 

Variety - "(A) rare film that dares to detail the physical, emotional and philosophical challenges attendant to human mortality… beautifully intimate."

 

AWARDS

• Winner, 2011, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

• Winner, 2011, Hot Docs Film Festival, Top Ten Audience Favorite

• Winner, 2011, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

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• Big Joy • 

Associate Producer, 

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON

PBS, 2013

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A key player in the artistic renaissance of San Francisco after World War II, James Broughton fathered a child with film critic Pauline Kael, wrote poetry alongside Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, received an award from Jean Cocteau at Cannes, and went on to push the boundaries of artistic expression and sexual liberation. While celebrating the impact of Broughton's art, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton also explores his deeply intertwined creative and personal lives. For a man who joyfully embraced life and preached "follow your own weird," the repressive McCarthy era brought inner turmoil and even an attempt to "straighten himself out." Ultimately, Broughton's experimental films and poetry helped free both his own spirit and that of a new generation, and at the young age of 61, he met the love of his life.

 

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SELECT PRESS

New York Times - “A life-affirming documentary.”

The Village Voice - “Charismatic and intensely creative…Big Joy captures [Broughton’s] oversize spirit.”

The Hollywood Reporter - “Fascinating…a revealing portrait of a man who helped to broaden our ideas of what films could accomplish.”

The Wall Street Journal - “Broughton is celebrated in this buoyant documentary portrait…an insightful survey of West Coast bohemia in the wake of World     War II.”

FESTIVALS

• Premiere, SXSW Film Festival, 2013

• Tribeca Film Festival, 2013

 

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• Saving Pelican 895 •

Associate Producer, 

SAVING PELICAN 895

HBO Documentary Films, 2011

produced with Vermilion Films and Google, Inc.

Nearly 9,000 birds were found in the oily waters of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill. One of them was a young pelican coated by oil near his nest in Louisiana. Saving Pelican 895 is the story of the 895th bird to be rescued and rehabilitated by a dedicated team of wildlife experts and every day people, many of whom travel the world responding to oil disasters. The tale of a single animal and the compassionate people deployed to save him, Saving Pelican 895 shows how the process of saving one life restored a degree of humanity for the rest of us.

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SELECT PRESS

New York Times

MSNBC: Morning Joe

CNN

Variety

NPR: Hear and Now

AWARDS

• Winner, 2012, Emmy Award, Music & Sound

• Winner, 2011, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Audience Award Best Documentary Short

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• The Final Inch •

Associate Producer, 

THE FINAL INCH

HBO Documentary Films, 2009

produced with Vermilion Films and Google, Org.

Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for Polio was developed in the United States, the Polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Into India’s impoverished neighborhoods, The Final Inch follows the massive – and yet highly personalized - mission to eradicate Polio from the planet. One of history’s most feared diseases, now largely forgotten; Polio has become a disease of the world’s poor. A quiet army goes door-to-door, and slum to slum, to reach the last unvaccinated children. In all, The Final Inch explores how the final days of any endeavor are always the most challenging and is a profound testament to those working on the front lines of public health in the backwaters of our world. Recalling the painful legacy of Polio in America are older survivors in a wheelchair and an Iron Lung. Everyone’s stories challenge our most basic assumptions about disease, poverty and our own health as a human right.

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AWARDS

• Nominated, 2009, Academy Award for Best Short Documentary

• Personally Nominated, 2010, Emmy Award for Best Research in News & Documentary

• Nominated, 2010, Emmy Award for Best Documentary Film

• Winner, 2009, IDA Documentary Awards, Pare Lorentz Award

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