INDEPENDENT FILMS

INVISIBLE BARS

Documentary feature following Bay Area families caught in generational cycles of incarceration and the people trying to help them break those cycles. Filmed inside San Quentin and Solano state prisons and at an annual summer camp hosted by Project Avary, a Marin County nonprofit (founded by the Grateful Dead's Rex Foundation) that looks out for kids growing up with parents in prison. 

Premiered on KQED and PBS stations around the country in March 2019.

THE MONKS OF VINA

A brotherhood of Trappist monks attempts to revive the age-old craft of winemaking in the hot, dusty town of Vina, California, a region known more for olives and prunes than wine grapes. Coming to their aid are a female, fifth-generation winemaker and the spirit of Leland Stanford, who once ran the largest vineyard in the world on the same property.

Premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2014. Picked up by American Public Television, making its TV premiere on KQED and PBS stations around the country in May 2016.

HARVEST

Shot on location in Sonoma County, this documentary feature follows a rare all-female grape-picking crew, an amateur home winemaker and five family wineries through what many would call “the toughest harvest” in their lifetime.

Premiering at the Sonoma International Film Festival in 2012, Harvest was released by distributor Seventh Art Releasing and chosen to tour the Southern Circuit, a multi-state film series funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

WORST IN SHOW

Every summer, proud dog owners bring their canine companions to Petaluma, California, to compete for the title of "World's Ugliest Dog." But this year, Rascal (the veteran), Icky (the rookie) and Pabst (the reigning champ) are blindsided by a deformed, abandoned mutt who comes out of nowhere to give them a run for their money.

Premiering at the 2011 SF IndieFest, the 90-min documentary "Worst in Show" toured the festival circuit (and rescue dog fundraisers in between) before being released by distributor Breaking Glass Pictures, making its cable TV premiere on Viacom's LOGO TV in 2013.