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Director (feature film)

1.
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008)
Tracks the creation of Peter Sellars' and John Adams' 2005 opera about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, while also exploring the complex birth of nuclear weapons.
2.
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (1999) as Director
Documentary about the stagehands who work at the San Francisco opera as it puts on Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle. While the divas sing on stage, we see the work of the guys who move the scenery, manipulate the dragon, pour on the dry ice.
3.
Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989) as Director
The conquest of the unspoiled Yosemite Valley in 1851, and what it looks like today.
4.
Day After Trinity, The (1980) as Director
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex

Cinematography (feature film)

5.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Oscar Grant was filled with resolve on New Year's Eve, but killed the next day by BART officers. His shooting was caught on video and shook the Bay Area, and the nation, to the core.
6.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Oscar Grant was filled with resolve on New Year's Eve, but killed the next day by BART officers. His shooting was caught on video and shook the Bay Area, and the nation, to the core.
7.
Last Call at the Oasis (2012)
The urgency of the global water crisis and methods to alleviate it are examined.
8.
Soundtrack From A Revolution (2009)
About the American civil rights movement told through music. Singers and musicians include Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Joss Stone, The Roots plus others.
9.
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008)
Tracks the creation of Peter Sellars' and John Adams' 2005 opera about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, while also exploring the complex birth of nuclear weapons.
10.
Shut Up & Sing (2006)
On stage at a 2003 London concert, Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on
11.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) as Additional Camera
The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room by Fortune reporters Bethany
12.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) as Additional Cinematography
The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room by Fortune reporters Bethany
13.
Tupac: Resurrection (2003) as Cinematographer
Celebrates the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the top-selling hip-hop artists of all time, viscerally and dramatically through his own words and music, as well as vivid images of the world as he experienced it. Through his own words, a variety of interviews, journal readings, poetry performances, priv
14.
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (1999) as Cinematographer
Documentary about the stagehands who work at the San Francisco opera as it puts on Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle. While the divas sing on stage, we see the work of the guys who move the scenery, manipulate the dragon, pour on the dry ice.
15.
Bird By Bird With Annie (1999) as Cinematographer
A portrait of the best-selling author Anne Lamott ("Traveling Mercies," "Bird by Bird," "Operating Instructions" "Crooked Little Heart). It is the story of a survivor--a recovering addict and alcoholic and a single mother who is both a born again Christian and a liberal activist.
16.
Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994) as Additional Cinematography
A documentary chronicling the lives of various freshman inhabitants of Trancos Hall, a co-ed dorm on the campus of Stanford University.
17.
Empire of the Moon (1991) as Cinematographer
An impressionistic excursion into one of the most widespread activities on earth: being a tourist.
18.
Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989) as Director Of Photography
The conquest of the unspoiled Yosemite Valley in 1851, and what it looks like today.
19.
Big Time (1988) as Camera Operator
Filmed version of Tom Waits' recent concert tour of America.
20.
Monster in the Closet (1987) as Camera Operator (San Francisco)
Be afraid, be very afraid. The proverbial monster in the closet is out and causing terror in California in this horror comedy. No home, nor even office buildings, with a closet is safe.
21.
Top Gun (1986) as Photography Assistant (Usfx Crew)
A hotheaded pilot struggles to survive an exclusive training program.
22.
Killing of America, The (1982) as Cinematographer
Based on the premise that a lack of gun control was a primary cause of rising violence in the United States, statistics of gun owndership and violent crime are compared to those of other countries. Actual acts of violence are seen in film footage and still photographs.
23.
Journeys From Berlin/1971 (1980) as Camera (Berkeley Man)
American avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainer explores the ramifications of terrorism, a subject which dominated Berlin in the early 1980s.
24.
Caught on a Train (1980) as Cinematographer
25.
Song of the Canary (1979) as Cinematographer
During filming at a the Occidental Chemical Company in California, it is learned that every employee who worked in the production of the pesticide DBCP has become sterile due to their exposure to it. The filmmakers also went to textile plants in the South and highlighted unsatisfactory conditions fo
26.
Rust Never Sleeps (1979) as Cinematographer
A concert film shot on Neil Young's 1978 U.S. tour. divided into two segments, acoustic and electric, the film is Young at his best, shown just why the grunge generation holds him in such high esteem, and that not all 60's heros were burnt out by the mid-70's.
27.
Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?) (1977) as Cinematographer
In addition to raising their six children, California couple Robert and Dorothy DeBolt adopted or were legal wards for thirteen more. The family included children of different races and many with physical challenges. The adjustments of these special children and the daily life of the family are show
28.
Grateful Dead, The (1977) as Cinematographer
The Grateful Dead is seen in performance at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco in 1974.
29.
Off the Wall (1976) as Cinematographer
This mockumentary follows a man who is "the last of the hippies" living in the area that will soon be known as Silicon Valley, California.

Writer (feature film)

30.
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008)
Tracks the creation of Peter Sellars' and John Adams' 2005 opera about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, while also exploring the complex birth of nuclear weapons.
31.
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (1999) as Screenwriter
Documentary about the stagehands who work at the San Francisco opera as it puts on Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle. While the divas sing on stage, we see the work of the guys who move the scenery, manipulate the dragon, pour on the dry ice.
32.
Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989) as Screenwriter
The conquest of the unspoiled Yosemite Valley in 1851, and what it looks like today.
33.
Day After Trinity, The (1980) as Screenwriter
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex

Producer (feature film)

34.
Island President, The (2011)
A portrait of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, who confronts the survival of his low-lying country, which will vanish with the rising sea level unless dramatic changes take place.
35.
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008)
Tracks the creation of Peter Sellars' and John Adams' 2005 opera about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, while also exploring the complex birth of nuclear weapons.
36.
Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (1999) as Producer
Documentary about the stagehands who work at the San Francisco opera as it puts on Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle. While the divas sing on stage, we see the work of the guys who move the scenery, manipulate the dragon, pour on the dry ice.
37.
Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989) as Producer
The conquest of the unspoiled Yosemite Valley in 1851, and what it looks like today.
38.
Day After Trinity, The (1980) as Producer
A profile of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in producing the first atomic bomb. The film includes rare interviews with Manhattan Project scientists, and formerly classified footage of the first atomic detonation in the desert and of the atomic research facilities at Los Alamos, New Mex

Film Production - Main (feature film)

39.
Food, Inc. (2008)
The veil on our nation's food industry is lifted, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put pro
40.
Crumb (1994) as Additional Photography
Artwork and interviews trace the career of the pioneering underground comics creator.
41.
Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985) as Additional Photography
Five top women bodybuilders are followed as they train for the Ceasars Palace World Cup Championship.
42.
Times of Harvey Milk, The (1984) as Additional Photography
This documentary focuses on the successful career and assassination of San Francisco''s first elected gay councilor.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

43.
Atomic Cafe, The (1982) as Additional Archival Research (Los Alamos)
A compilation of films showing the US Government using "educational" propoganda to get Americans of the 1950's learn to stop worrying and love the bomb.

Director (special)

44.
Open Outcry (2001) as Director
Documentary about the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its denizens. The program looks at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the "Merc," which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own ccostume, means of communication ("open outcry"), rhythms, values

Cinematography (special)

45.
Nobel: Visions of Our Century, The (2001) as Camera
Documentary examining the history of the Nobel Prize. Nadine Gordimer, the South African novelist, and ten other Nobel laureates reflect on the Prize and the world's problems and hopes, exploring the sometimes contradictory notions of peace and science, scientific discovery and responsibility as the
46.
They Drew Fire (2000) as Cinematographer
In 1943, the War Department of the United States government selected a number of American artists to create a record of World War II in all its phases. The program features seven of those veteran artists and the works they created.
47.
I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts (1999) as Additional Camera
Documentary examining 20th century African-American art through the stories of African-American writers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers.
48.
Race For the Superbomb (1999) as Camera
At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top-secret program in New Mexico to build a weapon even more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. A world away, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. A web of spies and scientists, intrigue and deception marked the race to dev
49.
Hoover Dam (1999) as Cinematographer
The Hoover Dam, rising more than 700 feet above the waters of the Colorado River, was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Built during the Depression, men desperate for work struggled against the heat, dust and heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and
50.
Life Beyond Earth (1999) as Cinematographer
Special tells the story of humanity's search for extraterrestrials. The first hour investigates the origin and evolution of life on Earth and traces the search for life on other planets. Part 2 investigates the attempt to detect signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.
51.
Thomas Jefferson (1997) as Additional Cinematography
Portraits, paintings, drawings and excerpts from Jefferson's journals, letters, scientific papers and political writings help to outline many aspects of his life.
52.
Kennedys, The (1992) as Camera
A two-part documentary that traces the lives of Joe and Rose Kennedy and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward.
53.
Siskel & Ebert Special, The (1990) as Camera Operator
A special hosted by film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who examine the film industry through interviews with directors, actors, and other Hollywood personalities.
54.
Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (1987) as Director Of Photography
The story of a middle-aged British couple who have failed to make a go of a plantation on Samola (one of His Majesty's islands in the south Pacfic) and who, on the eve of World War II, are about to return to England. But Mr. Edgehill is asked by the government to represent the British Empire on an i
55.
Day in the Life of America, A (1986) as Camera (San Francisco)
A documentary portrait of one day in the life of the United States, lensed in numerous locations on the same day (5/2/86) throughout the country. The project took place during a 24-hour marathon with 23 documentary film crews and 100 professional still photographers at work. At the day's end, over 5
56.
Booker (1984) as Director Of Photography
The story of young Booker T. Washington prior to the Civil War, whose greatest dream is to learn how to read in the South where reading is a crime for blacks.

Producer (special)

57.
Open Outcry (2001) as Producer
Documentary about the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its denizens. The program looks at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the "Merc," which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own ccostume, means of communication ("open outcry"), rhythms, values
58.
Cadillac Desert (1997) as Segment Producer/ Segment Director/ Writer ("Mulholland'S Dream") ("An American Nile") ("The Mercy Of Nature")
Four-part documentary chronicling the epic struggle for water in the modern American West. The first three programs, based on Marc Reisner's book, "Cadillac Desert," are tales of astounding engineering feats, heroic determination, political machinations, and economic triumphs and disasters: how the
59.
Day in the Life of America, A (1986) as Segment Producer (San Francisco)
A documentary portrait of one day in the life of the United States, lensed in numerous locations on the same day (5/2/86) throughout the country. The project took place during a 24-hour marathon with 23 documentary film crews and 100 professional still photographers at work. At the day's end, over 5

Film Production - Main (special)

60.
Life Afterlife (1999) as Additional Photography
Documentary that explores the question: Is there life after death? And if so, can we communicate with the dead? Includes personal stories from everyday people who claim they have made contact with deceased friends and relatives, to self-proclaimed mediums, to philosophers and scientists who have ded
61.
America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Good-bye (1998) as Additional Photography
Documentary special follows still photographers Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager on their quest through each of the 50 states to take photographs of America's endangered species, many of which have never been photographed before.
62.
America's War on Poverty (1995) as Series Production Consultant
An examination of the U.S. poverty programs created during the 1960s.
63.
Reluctant Comrade (1991) as Photography
A special focusing on Robert Robinson, a black American car worker who was recruited to work in a Soviet factory. Through a series of circumstances he was prevented from returning to the United States for the next 49 years.
64.
Gift of Life, The (1986) as Photography
An "America Undercover" documentary about the courage and hope of the families of two chronically ill children, with visits to the children's ward at the Medical Center of the University of California.

Misc. Crew (special)

65.
Africans in America -- America's Journey Through Slavery (1998) as Series Advisor
Documentary examining the historical roots of today's social problems by exploring the history of slavery in America. From the nation's early days as an English settlement to the start of the Civil War, each part focuses on a different chapter in the struggle to define freedom. Combines first-person

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