FILMS

I have been a documentary filmmaker, primarily for public television, since 1977.  My first film, A COMMON MAN’S COURAGE won the award as Best Local Public Television Program in the US for 1977 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Since then I have produced 40 documentaries and many more shorter films of 5-15 minutes in length.  I have received more than 100 regional, national and international awards for filmmaking.  The John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named for me, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California.  15 of my documentaries have been broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS, including the popular special AFFLUENZA.  My films have been acclaimed by TV critics and my 1985 film VISIBLE TARGET was called “wondrously well-done” by John Corry of The New York Times.  My 2005 film SILENT KILLER was chosen by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to celebrate its 60th anniversary.  I have taught filmmaking at the University of Washington (extension), The Evergreen State College and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  I worked as an in-house independent producer of documentaries for KCTS, the Seattle PBS affiliate, from 1982-2014.

IN PRODUCTION: 

Town Between Two Worlds:
The Gold Rushes of Nevada City


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Here are some of my most popular documentaries

In some cases, you may watch them in full; in others, the link is to a preview.

My other documentaries include:

RETURN OF THE MAYA, 1989

CASTRO'S CUBA: TWO VIEWS, 1990

THE MOON’S PRAYER, 1991

RUNNING OUT OF TIME, 1994

GREEN PLANS, 1995

DAVID BROWER: A CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT SIMON, 1996

THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE, 1997

 

A COMMON MAN’S COURAGE, 1977

LABOR’S TURNING POINT, 1981

SUBVERSIVE, 1982

DAIRY QUEENS, 1983

MOTHER OF THE YEAR, 1984

GOD AND MONEY, 1986

IT’S UP TO US: THE GIRAFFE PROJECT, 1987

FULL CIRCLE, 1989

THANKS TO MY TEAMMATES!

Documentary filmmaking is not a solitary act and requires teamwork and different talents. I have been privileged to work with outstanding co-producers, including Karen Lehman, Ellen Anthony, David Arond, Cristopher Anderson, B.J. Bullert, Vivia Boe, Jack Hamann, Hana Jakoubkova, Laura Pacheco, Larry Cotton, Matt Simek, Carolyn Gates, Francine Strickwerda, Alan Stein, Jennifer Ekstrom and Kevin White, and with accomplished videographer/editors Jim Mulligan, Tom Speer, Diana Wilmar, David Fox, Greg Davis, Milt Ritter, Greg Bond, Chris Smart, Kevin Tomlinson and Mirko Popadic. Their work made me look good. I have also been honored to work with host/narrators Scott Simon, Meryl Streep and Mary Steenburgen, consummate professionals and great people too.