Producer / Director / Editor
The Telling Takes Me Home
DV, Color / Sound, 28 minutes, Documentary, 2005
Music and memory tell the story of Guy and Candie Carawan, activists and folk singers who have carried their work from the deep south of the Civil Rights Movement through to today. Interweaving past and present, the filmmaker integrates her own reflections on growing up in a rich musical and political landscape with her parents’ views on race relations, community organizing, and the sustaining power of song.
DVD also available for purchase from Highlander Research and Education Center.
Co-Producer / Story Editor
HDV, Color / Sound, Documentary, 10 minutes, 2011
Designed to increase community awareness around the educational barriers facing youth transitioning out of detention and long-term incarceration, this video captures the experiences of youth, including those recently released from incarceration, and their educational goals and challenges.
Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey Into the Heart of Drumming
DV, Color / Sound, 56 minutes, Documentary, 2014
Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming is an hour-long documentary filmed on four continents about the life and music of Barbara Borden, an acclaimed drummer, composer, teacher and peacemaker. The film tells the story, in eloquent words and toe-tapping music, of a woman whose love of drumming has given her courage and inspiration. Borden’s identity unfolds as she grows from a little girl in love with drumming to a world-class percussionist practicing “drumbeat diplomacy.”
Produced and Directed by David L. Brown.
Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front
DV, Color / Sound, 57 minutes, Documentary, 2009
Narrated by Paul Newman, the film tells the colorful life story of Pete McCloskey, a true American character. A war hero during the Korean War, he was one of the nation’s first environmental lawyers and one of the first lawyers to integrate his practice during the Civil Rights movement. He represented CA’s 11th District in Congress from 1967 to 1983. After being one of the first Congressmen to oppose the war in Vietnam, he ran against Richard Nixon for the Republican presidential nomination in 1972 in an attempt to end the Vietnam War. Produced and Directed by Rob Caughlan.
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
DV, Color / Sound, 57 minutes, Documentary, 2006
Once “California’s Riviera,” the Salton Sea is now America’s worst ecological disaster. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang onto hope, including a roadside nudist and a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint. Hair-raising and hilarious, this is the American Dream stinky as a dead carp. Narrated by John Waters with music by Friends of Dean Martinez. Produced and Directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer.
The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story
DV, Color / Sound, 57 minutes, Documentary, 2005
A comedic documentary on the 16-year history of the new S.F. – Oakland Bay Bridge, the film won two Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – San Francisco, Northern California Chapter. Produced and Directed by David L. Brown.