Documentary, 80 minutes, world premiere DOC NYC 2015, co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History
At the core of The Anthropologist are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides.
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Documentary, 90 minutes, world premiere Tribeca 2012, theatrical run Magnolia Pictures, broadcast premiere CNN 2015
In the late ‘80s, Morton Downey Jr. tore apart the traditional talk-show format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. It features interviews with Gloria Allred, Pat Buchanan, Herman Cain, Alan Dershowitz, Chris Elliott, and Sally Jessy Raphael.
The New Recruits
Documentary, 57 minutes, broadcast premiere PBS 2010, Emmy nomination 2011
A battalion of jet-setting business students has a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. THE NEW RECRUITS is a hilarious, evocative, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride along a road paved with good intentions. It is narrated by Rainn Wilson, Dwight Schrute of NBC’s “The Office.”
Documentary, 65 minutes, world premiere Sundance 2008, broadcast premiere PBS 2009, Emmy nomination 2010
David Harrison and Greg Anderson are THE LINGUISTS: scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, the linguists’ resolve is tested by the very forces stifling languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.