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Rat Beach, California

I am a professional documentary filmmaker with more than 40 years of experience. 

I am always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with others on educational projects as Producer, Writer, Researcher, or Editor. I also can work as a Project Advisor on your documentary project(s).  Send me an email with a description of your project and we can discuss.

I have received international acclaim for more than 20 films, videos, and digital media productions. My professional and creative works have been exhibited, broadcast, and distributed in more than 10 countries.

Notable achievements in filmmaking include grants from the Ford Foundation (1998, 1999), Fulbright Comission (1998, 2013, 2017, 2022), National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (1986), Al Larvick Community Fund (2021), Missouri State University (2021 & 2022), Library of Congress (2022), and many others.

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Afghanistan, 2006
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Cañon de Guadalupe, Mexico

As a professional filmmaker I have collaborated creatively with many community-based groups (NGOs) in various countries for higher education, environmental and social justice, and the alleviation of poverty. These countries include the Philippines, Thailand, India, Oman, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Puerto Rico.

I was producer, director/camera, writer, and/or editor of the film, video, and digital multi-media projects that are listed below.  I am an auteur filmmaker in style, doing most of the technical, writing, and production work myself (sometimes in collaboration with others).  As I have gotten older and wiser, I now seek collaboration with others and am grateful to be part of a creative team.

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Rub al Khali, Oman

Current Multimedia Project

MAIL-ORDER BRIDES? Marriage by Correspondence

An Ethnographic and Feminist feature documentary about pen-pal courtships and marriages between women in the Philippines and men from the USA.

The project is intended for educational purposes.

This documentary is a work in progress. 


  ECHOES OF THE OZARKS                 A Day in the life of             in Ava, Missouri, USA

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This is a 2K restoration of a 30-minute 16mm documentary film about daily life, old time music and dance, and social change for a community in the southern Missouri Ozarks. The project was funded by National Endowment ...

BENDUM In the Heart of Mindanao, Philippines

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This 30-minute documentary observes a tribal community in the uplands of Mindanao, Philippines. The tribal people in Bendum are successfully regaining their identity in the destructive aftermath of commercialized logging. Funded by Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, Philippine Airlines and others..

RIO DE LA PASION Homesteaders in Peten, Guatemala

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(The Passion River) is a 16mm documentary film about a family of homesteaders in the jungle forestlands of Peten, Guatemala. produced in 1984 Digital remaster 2021. 20 Minutes.

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“A Diamond in the Rough” will take us inside homes and into personal lives of four ambitious and hard-working young Pakistanis. We see the impact of baseball on their individual lives. This documentary is conveying a positive message about Pakistan and its warm, sharp-focused and humble people—in direct contrast to previous, highly-negative media portrayals of daily life of Pakistanis.

I am writing a screenplay for a feature-length motion picture about Richard Byrd's expedition in 1934 to Antarctica. Byrd spent 5-months while alone in Antarctica. Richard Byrd was one of the world's foremost aviators and displayed extraordinary gifts in organizing successful expeditions to Antarctica. His major achievement was to apply the airplane, radio, camera, and other modern technical resources to these polar explorations. This is a story of friendship, sacrifice, and commitment to a cause.

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In September-October 2022 I received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach and consult in Documentary Filmmaking at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.  Please see the creative work from the Workshop.

"Granny, Will Your Dog Bite?" Old time fiddle music in Southwest Missouri 2022.

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"Granny, Will Your Dog Bite" is a short video about old time fiddle music in SW Missouri in 2022.  Funded by Library of Congress, Missouri State University Ozarks Studies Institute and

The video documentary includes performances and conversations with key person in the history and culture of Missouri fiddle music including Prof Howard Marshall, Prof Tom Peters, Gordon McCann, and many others.

RL Bob Morgan and I produced the audio recordings and analog photographs in the Missouri Fiddlin' Digital Mutlimedia Archive during our trip to Missouri in 1980.  I produced the videos and 16mm film in 1981-84. In 2022 I began the process of digitizing the collection of work and website building.

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This digital multimedia archive is a collection of 200 + old time church hymns. These tunes were performed by Lonnie, Thelma, and Jarret Robertson in churches throughout the Ozarks and beyond as the toured throughout the country.

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This Demo Reel is a 20-minute portfolio of the wide range of my previous work

  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Writer, Researcher, and Grant Writer
  • Camera Director (film and video)
  • Editor (film and digital media)
  • Voice over artist
  • Teacher and Educational Facilitator
  • Motion graphics producer
  • Musicologist

EMANUEL WOOD’s WORLD A View from Ozark, Missouri

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The 30-minute video is a discussion with Emanuel Wood talking about life as he plays the fiddle and the banjo while sitting outside in his cabbage patch.

DUBAI Where the Future Begins

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This is an 8-minute video that promotes Dubai as a world-class destination for business, recreation, leisure, and family activities. Produced by for the Dubai Department of Economic Development in 2009.

CYRIL STINNETT Left-handed fiddle champion

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This 61-minute video is a one-on-one conversation with Cyril and his fiddle in his farmhouse in the prairielands of NW Missouri.

Before and Today in Bendum, Philippines

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This is a 2-minute documentary about changes in daily life for two Lumad women in Mindanao, Philippines. Funded by Ford Foundation and Fulbright grants. Produced in Mindanao, 1998-2000.

A Lumad Prayer in Bendum, Philippines

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This is a 3-minute video that examines the meaning of “progress” from the perspective of Lumad people in the uplands of Mindanao. Funded by Ford Foundation and Fulbright grants.

What is Local Community Resource Management?

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This is a 4-minute video documentary that questions “what is local community resource management?” by showing examples of daily life in Bendum, located in the upland forests of Mindanao, Philippines. Funded by Ford Foundation and Fulbright grants.

VOICES OF WOMEN: Metro Manila, Philippines (1999)

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This 16-minute video was produced by Fr. Vinny Busch with the Missionary Society of St. Columban, Philippines. I was videographer of the video and it was shot in Metro Manila in 1999.

VOICES OF EARTH: Midsilip, Mindanao, Philippines (1999)

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Voices of Earth is a 15-minute produced by Fr Vinny Busch with the Missionary Society of St. Columban, Philippines. I was videographer of the video and it was shot in Mindanao in 1999.

EMANUEL WOOD and FAMILY: Green Valley Waltz

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This short video is a performance of Green Valley Waltz.


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This 30-minute video shows the Emanuel Wood family practicing music-making at home.

EMANUEL WOOD and FAMILY: Streak o’Fat and a Streak o’Lean

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This short video is a performance of Streak o'Fat and a Streak 0'Lean

A Family School: Sharjah English School, United Arab Emirates

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This 10-minute promotional video describes the benefits of Sharjah English School for those seeking a high-quality British education in Sharjah in the northern United Arab Emirates.

Action Learning in Architecture: Cairo, Egypt (in progress)

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University faculty and students study Architecture in the streets of Old Cairo, Egypt. WORK IN PROGRESS. 2001. (29 mins)

Mines to Vines: Shomali Plains, Afghanistan (work in progress)

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Mines To Vines is a work in progress video documentary about the transformation of land mine areas to verdant vineyards, uplifting the daily life of local farmers. Produced in Shomali Plains, Afghanistan. Produced in 2006.

Beethoven in the Age of Napoleon (1984)

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This is a lecture-performance by The Sequoia String Quartet and Dr. Robert Winter (UCLA, 1982) of the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 #2, movements 1 and 2

Student Animation from UCLA Days (1986)

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This is a sample reel I did in the 1980s as a student at UCLA School of Film and TV.