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Producer/Director/Writer - Death Row Stories, Seasons 1-5

Eight one-hour documentaries about the use of the death penalty in the United States.
Jigsaw & Sundance Productions. (2013-2020)

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DeathRow-Elmore

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Edward Lee Elmore

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DeathRow-JohnThompson

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: John Thompson

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DeathRow-RubenCantu

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Ruben Cantu

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DeathRow-BotchedExecutions

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Botched Executions

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DeathRow-HenryMcCollum

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Henry McCollum & Leon Brown

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DeathRow-NickYarris

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Nick Yarris

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DeathRow-RickyJackson

Producer/Director/Writer - DRS: Ricky Jackson, Wiley Bridgeman & Ronnie Bridgeman (aka Kwame Ajamu)

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CubaInAfrica

Producer/Director/Writer - Against the Odds: Cuba in Africa

A documentary short subject about how Cuba’s support of independence movements in Africa led to the end of apartheid. (2018)

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alaskagold

Producer/Writer - Alaska Gold

The battle over the digging of a giant copper and gold mine in the pristine environment of Bristol Bay, Alaska comes to a head as local fishermen face off against an international mining consortium. PBS Frontline (2012)

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Producer/Director/WriterJournalists Under Attack

A history and profile of the Committee to Protect Journalists on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary. Ken Levis Films. (2011)

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soulofislam

Producer/Director/WriterStruggle for the Soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia

Following the fall of a military dictatorship, Islamic terrorists pose a threat to the world’s most populous Muslim nation. PBS (2007)

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Producer/Director/WriterWest Bank Wall: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting

An in-depth examination of both sides of the conflict surrounding the wall Israel has built in the West Bank. Discovery Channel. (2003)

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outsourcing

Producer/Director/WriterThe Other Side of Outsourcing: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting

An exploration of the impact of globalization on traditional Indian culture, and its implications for the future world economy as jobs go to low-wage developing nations. Discovery Channel. (2004)

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Producer/Director/Writer Addicted to Oil: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting

The geo-politics of America’s energy consumption and alternatives to oil are examined by Tom Friedman of the New York Times. Discovery Channel (2006)

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Producer/Director/Writer Does Europe Hate Us?: Thomas L. Friedman Reporting

In the wake of President George W. Bush’s re-election, Tom Friedman investigates anti-Americanism in Europe, and the state of US-European relations. Discovery Channel. (2005)

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narcoticfarm

Senior Producer/WriterThe Narcotic Farm
A history of the Federal prison/hospital in Lexington Kentucky, the first to treat drug addiction as a medical rather than criminal problem, and temporary home to many of America’s greatest jazz artists. Produced by JP Olsen & Luke Walden. PBS (2008)

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northkorea

Senior Producer/Director/WriterInside North Korea

A detailed history of the political forces and personalities that shaped the most isolated and potentially dangerous nation on earth. New York Times TV & Discovery Channel. (2003)

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nuclearnightmares

Senior Producer/WriterNuclear Nightmares: Losing Control

A ninety-minute PBS Special about the global crisis of nuclear proliferation, and the growing threat of loose nukes in the age of terror. Part of the PBS series Avoiding Armageddon. (2003)

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saddam

Senior Producer/Director/WriterThe Real Saddam

A portrait of Saddam Hussein and his rise to power, including a concise history of Iraq and its relations with the U.S. New York Times TV & Discovery Channel. (2002)

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groundzero

ProducerReport From Ground Zero

A two hour Special Presentation commemorating the one year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. ABC Television (2002)

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mediaandmilitary

Producer/Director/WriterThe Media and the Military

A critique of the Pentagon’s policy of limiting press access during the war in Afghanistan. For PBS’s Media Matters. (2002)

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terrorist

Producer/Writer/EditorTrail of a Terrorist

A winner of the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton as part of Frontline’s series on terrorism, it reports on Ahmed Ressam, the ‘Millennium Bomber,’ who tells the inside story of how a terrorist cell operates in North America. For PBS’s Frontline. (2001)

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drugwars

Producer/Writer/Senior EditorDrug Wars

Winner of the Peabody Award, Emmy Award, & Writers Guild of America Award. A four hour series tracing the history of the U.S. government’s thirty year war against drugs. For PBS’s Frontline. (2000)

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evilrising

Producer/Director/Writer/Editor - Evil Rising

The story of Hitler's path to power, from down and out drifter to absolute ruler. Part of the prime-time series The Century on ABC, with Host/Narrator Peter Jennings. ABC Television (1999)

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excerptnotesfromTheballpark

Producer/Director/WriterNotes from the Ballpark

A behind the scenes look at covering the NY Yankees for the NY Times. For PBS’s Media Matters. (1999)

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justiceforsale

Writer/EditorJustice for Sale

An Emmy nominated Frontline about campaign contributions to judicial candidates undermining confidence in our courts. With Bill Moyers. (1999)

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secrets

Producer/Editor - Secrets of an Independent Counsel

The case history of an investigation, from the perspective of Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz. For PBS’s Frontline. (1998)

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outthere

Producer/Editor - The $50,000 Wave

A look at big wave surfers in Northern California, and the dangers of corporate promotions that encourage reckless competitions. For the ABC/News magazine Out There. (1998)

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fixers

Producer/Editor - The Fixers

A husband and wife team of political hustlers from Hawaii become major players in President Clinton’s campaign finance scandals of 1996. For PBS’s Frontline. (1997)

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navyblues

Producer/Editor - Navy Blues

1996 Emmy Award winner. An investigation into the ongoing turmoil in the Navy in the aftermath of the Tailhook scandal, and the events leading up to the suicide of Admiral Mike Borda, Chief of Naval Operations. For PBS’s Frontline. (1996)

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lauterer

Co-Producer/Editor - The Political Education of Maggie Lauterer

Winner of the Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, and Emmy Award for Best Editing. A ninety minute portrait of a Congressional campaign, depicting the trials, tribulations, and humiliations of running for office in North Carolina. Part of the PBS series Vote for Me: Politics in America. Center for New American Media. (1996)

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waco

Producer/Editor - Waco: The Inside Story

Winner of the Peabody Award. An in-depth examination of the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound from the FBI's point of view, detailing key events and decisions that led to its tragic resolution. For PBS’s Frontline. (1995)

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georgemarshall

Director/Editor - George Marshall and the American Century

Emmy Award winner. A feature length biography of the former Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of State and Nobel Laureate for Peace. A PBS Special Presentation. (1991)

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ExcerptMrSearsCatalogue

Director/Editor - Mr. Sears' Catalogue

A history of the enormous impact the famous mail order catalog had on turn of the century America, for the PBS series The American Experience. Produced by Mark Obenhaus and Edward Gray. (1989)

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JackieMcLean

Producer/Director/Editor - Jackie McLean on Mars

A portrait of the life and times of the great jazz saxophonist. Mobil Award for Best Documentary. Ken Levis Films. (1983)

 

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fitz

Editor - F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams

Peabody Award winner. Ninety minute portrait of the legendary American novelist, for PBS’s American Masters. Produced by Dewitt Sage. (2001)

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orphantrain

Editor - The Orphan Trains

Emmy Award nominee for Best Editing. A history of the Children's Aid Society's practice of shipping big city orphans to rural communities in the hope of finding a new home. For PBS’s American Experience. Produced by Edward Gray & Janet Graham. (1994)

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innocencelost

Editor - Innocence Lost: The Verdict

Winner of the duPont-Columbia Award, and the Grand Prize at the Banff Film Festival. A four hour special report about one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. Produced by Ofra Bikel. For PBS’s Frontline. (1993)

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overcome

Editor - We Shall Overcome

Emmy Award winner about the history of the civil rights anthem, and the role of music in social movements past and present. Produced by Jim Brown. A PBS Special Presentation. (1988)

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crash

Senior EditorThe Crash

Winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award. An in-depth examination of the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis of 1998. Produced by Sherry Jones for PBS’s Frontline. (1999)

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sholem

Editor Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

A feature length biography of the great Yiddish writer who inspired Fiddler on the Roof. International theatrical release. Produced by Joseph Dorman (2010)

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scorsese

Editor - Martin Scorsese’s Personal Journey Through American Movies

A three part series on the history of American films from the perspective of one of America’s greatest directors. Produced by the British Film Institute and directed by Martin Scorsese. (1994)

 

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roots

Editor - Finding Your Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks into the genealogical pasts of journalist Barbara Walters and educator Geoffrey Canada. Produced by Jesse Sweet and Rachel Dretzin for PBS. (2012)

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kennedyyears

Editor - Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years

A two hour ABC/News Special about the secret life and policies of JFK, based on Seymour Hersh's The Dark Side of Camelot, with Peter Jennings. Produced by Mark Obenhaus & Edward Gray. (1997)

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milesahead

Editor - Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis

A biographical portrait of the world renowned jazz artist. Produced by Mark Obenhaus. For PBS’s Great Performances (1986)

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DukeEllington

Editor - Duke Ellington Bio Rough Cut

Rough Cut of a biographical documentary about the great Duke Ellington. This version was never broadcast as the project was taken over by the final funders and recut as a fundraising film.

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faith

Editor - Faith Under Fire

The story of the suppression of religion in Poland and Czechoslovakia under communism, and the role of the underground church in the democratic revolutions of 1989, with President Vaclav Havel. Produced by Dewitt Sage. A PBS Special Presentation. (1992)

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vanishingfather

Editor - The Vanishing Father

A report on the effects of single parenting on children and the changing role of fathers. Produced by Dewitt Sage. For PBS’s Frontline. (1995)

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idols

EditorIdols of the Game: Love and Money

A two hour documentary tracing the history of the relationship between sports and big business, from Joe Jackson to Michael Jordan. Produced by Oren Jacobi for TBS. (1994)

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childofmine

EditorChild of Mine: Lullabies for All Ages

Winner of the Cable ACE Award for Best Musical Special. A all-star cast perform original lullabies, and reflect on what it means to be a mother. Produced by Jim Brown for the Disney Channel. (1993)

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vision

EditorA Vision Shared: All Star Tribute to Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie

A feature length biographical portrait of the legendary singer/songwriters, interwoven with performance of their songs by stars of today’s music world. Produced by Jim Brown for PBS. (1988)

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kirov

Editor - Backstage at the Kirov

A feature-length documentary about the Kirov Ballet Company of Leningrad. Nationwide theatrical release. Directed by Derek Hart (1984)

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hollywoodheavy

Editor - Hollywood’s Favorite Heavy

An examination of how American businessmen and women are often portrayed as villains on primetime television, and its effect on young viewers. (1987)

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stevelacy

Editor - Steve Lacy: Lift the Bandstand

Biographical portrait of the innovative jazz saxophonist, interwoven with live performances by his contemporary band. Released theatrically. Produced by Peter Bull (1985)

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middlekingdom

Co-Producer/Editor - From the Garden of Middle Kingdom

The compelling story of Chinese hybrid rice - which in creased the yield of the rice plant twenty fold - and the remarkable man who developed it, only to become a victim of Mao Zedong’s brutal cultural revolution. Filmed on location in China in 1980.

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insidemerck

Editor - Inside Merck Sharp & Dohme

A cinema vérité look at a day in the life of one the world’s largest pharmaceuticals companies.

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Additional Credits:

Senior Editor/Writer – “Politicos 2020” The sequel to the Peabody, duPont-Columbia, and Emmy Award winning series for PBS “Vote for Me: Politics in America.” An in-depth examination of how people actually get elected at a grassroots level, and how voting remains the fundamental force for social change. A work in progress.  Produced by Center for New American Media. (2020)

Producer/Writer – “Last Defense,” a four hour in-depth examination of the trial of Darlie Routier, who has been on death row for more than 20 years for the murder of two of her children. ABC Television Network (2018)

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