Consulting

I regularly consult with filmmakers about their projects.  I have doing so for over 20 years.  I’ve worked with many filmmakers on a wide variety of projects such as a six part history of documentary film, a ten part history of American cinema, a biography of Les Blank, a follow-up to the events at Wounded Knee, a portrait of music in Cuba, and many others.

I am available to:

  • Assist in developing a thematic approach for a particular subject
  • Help conceptualize a particular filmmaking strategy or cinematic voice to fit a specific topic and perspective
  • Advise on or draft grant proposals
  • Consult on ethical issues that may arise
  • Help fine tune pitches
  • Revise and polish scripts
  • Provide feedback on rough cuts

Experience:

  • Offered workshops on “Proposals and Pitches” for the San Francisco Film Society
  • Advised on how to work with humanities scholars on documentary film projects at Cal Humanities
  • Regularly guided MFA candidates in the preparation of their MFA Thesis Film Proposal, a semester long process requiring extended revision and feedback that culminates in a formal presentation to a jury of three faculty members.
  • Conducted a salon on social issue documentaries during the San Francisco International Film Festival (2011)
  • Served as Senior Advisor on the creation of  “Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work,” published online by the Center for Social Media, 2009

See the Contact page for how to contact me.

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