The Outcast of Beauregard Parish
When a Pentecostal preacher in a deeply religious small town in Louisiana comes out of the closet as an atheist, his life is turned upside down. The New York Times Op-Docs channel premiered a short (8 min) version of the film in 2015. The full version remains in production.
EAMES: The Architect and The Painter
This Peabody Award winning documentary premiered theatrically in NYC at the IFC Center and Los Angeles’ Laemmle Theatres on November 18, 2011. Broadcast premiere on PBS American Masters on Monday, December 19, 2011.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film that really endeavors to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA.Family members and design historians help guide the story, while interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery” paint a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is a co-production of Bread and Butter Films and Quest Productions. Major funding from IBM and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hans Hofmann Foundation, OXO and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco
Escaping persecution in Europe, Jews played a central role in transforming San Francisco from sleepy village to thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well, becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew—a San Francisco Jew.
The Secrets of J. Edgar Hoover / National Geographic Channel
As head of the FBI for 50 years he knew what everyone else wanted to keep hidden. But behind the public persona, his shocking private life nearly brought him down.
Sentenced Home / Independent Lens, PBS
Brought up as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian men each made a rash decision as a teenager that irrevocably shaped their destiny. Now years later, unwillingly being deported back to Cambodia, they find themselves caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn’t offer any second chances. The film was Emmy nominated and was co-directed by Nicole.
Soundtrack to a Riot / PBS Frontline World
Reporter Marco Werman explores the tensions that led to the Paris riots in 2005 through the eyes and songs of French rappers. The piece was nominated for an Emmy Award.
The Rape of Europa / Theatrical release
The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. This feature length documentary was critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated. An Actual Films production, it was co-produced and directed by Nicole and field produced by Camille.
The New Heroes: Coopa-Roca / PBS
A portrait of Maria Teresa Leal who founded Coopa-Roca, a sewing cooperative located in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The Slow Life / PBS Frontline World
Jason Cohn explores the hollowing out of rural Japan through the eyes of some young urbanites who have bucked a decades-long trend by fleeing to a remote village to take up rice farming.
Looking for Home / PBS Frontline World
Journalist Nguyen Qui Duc, returns to Vietnam, his homeland, more than 30 years after the war. During his journey he discovers bits of his past and a country that is changing fast.
Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution / American Masters, PBS
This hour long documentary is a biography of Alice Waters and looks at the huge impact she has had on American culture and how America eats. This American Masters production was field produced by Camille.
My Old Haunts / PBS Frontline World
Poet and radio personality Andrei Codrescu returns to his native Romania, where he discovers a nation still searching for its soul after decades under Communist dictatorship.
The Lawless Sea / PBS Frontline World
In November 2002, an aging oil tanker sank off the coast of Spain, causing one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters. The story investigates what went wrong and uncovers a largely unregulated maritime system that offers few safeguards against environmental disasters.
The Nobel: Visions of Our Century / PBS, KQED
Narrated by South African literature laureate Nadine Gordimer, this one-hour film examines the discoveries that shaped the moral, social, and technological fabric of the 20th century and notions of peace and science, scientific discovery, and responsibility that prevailed over the course of the last century. This production of Actual Films and KQED was co-produced by Camille.
Opening Nights / KQED
This half hour documentary chronicles how jazz singer Wesla Whitfield and her husband Mike Greensill put together a show. The film receives a Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Films Festival.
They Drew Fire
A fascinating documentary about the little known “combat artists” of World War II—the servicemen of artistic talent sent onto the battlefield armed with a paint brush and a rifle, ordered to capture the glory of the American forces on canvas. They Drew Fire paints a compelling portrait of the men who bravely created art in the most hostile of environments—capturing all of the exhilaration, horror, and raw emotions of the American combat experience. The film was co-produced and directed by Nicole.