The Filmmakers

David Donnenfield, Producer/Director/WriterDavid_Donnenfield_and_Kevin_White

David Donnenfield received his bachelor’s degree in Film from UCLA where he graduated cum laude. In 1991, he was awarded a master’s degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University where he was selected as the department’s outstanding graduate. He has extensive experience producing films on educational topics, having worked as a producer for the California State Department of Education for six years. Beginning in 1980, David worked on numerous programs for the syndicated TV magazine programs, PM Magazine and Evening Magazine. He also served as assistant producer for the Academy Award–nominated documentary Eight Minutes to Midnight. He has produced numerous educational and environmental programs for government agencies including Guardian of the Golden Gate, A Clean Exit and On Track to Reuse. His Secrets in Stone for the U.S. Geological Survey recounts the critical scientific discovery that led to the geologic model of plate tectonics. It aired on local PBS stations and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, a Finalist Award at the New York Festival, and Honorable Mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. His documentary on an austere meditation practice introduced into a U.S. jail, Changing from Inside, won the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Pass Award. It has aired on domestic cable stations as well as Dutch and Spanish TV, and enjoys worldwide distribution. Kevin and David’s 2006 production, Fair Fight in the Marketplace, won CINE Golden Eagle and Silver Telly awards and continues to be broadcast nationally on PBS. In addition to corporate assignments for leading technology companies, David has produced programs for environmental organizations such as the Audubon Society, the CA Native Grass Association, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He was commissioned by the New York Museum of Modern to produce a film on the Golden Gate National Recreational Area’s restored Crissy Field for its 2005 landscape architecture installation, “Groundswell”.  He recently completed a two-DVD set that trains parents and caregivers of autistic children in novel techniques to enhance the children’s social and educational development. Between production assignments he acts as the Director of the The Video Project, a leading educational distributor of independent documentaries.

Kevin White, Producer/Director/Writer

A television producer and director since 1980, Kevin White’s work includes Not All Parents Are Straight, which was shown at the San Francisco Film Festival, Film Arts Foundation Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBS, winning top awards from the National Educational Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the American Film Festival. He co-produced and directed Partnerships for Change, a series on education and the workforce for California Public Television. He was co-director/cameraman for We Bring a Quilt, narrated by Robert Wagner, which aired on PBS and Bravo and was nominated for a national ACE Award. He was Co-Producer for The Women Next Door, which was in the Berlin Film Festival and aired nationally on the PBS documentary series POV, receiving many awards. His documentary on the history of the stagecoach, Delivering the American West, has toured in many museums and festivals, and aired on the History Channel. His documentary From the Ground Up on managing the Salmon River Basin in California was broadcast nationally on PBS and received a CINE Golden Eagle Award and a Telly Award.  His film, Restoring Balance, narrated by John Cleese, premiered on select PBS stations in summer of 2004 and has participated in many film festivals, including Hazel Wolf and the Wild and Scenic Film Festivals. His hour long documentary on the history of the San Joaquin Valley, A Land Between Rivers, will premier at the Sacramento Film Festival in March of 2007, and has already been broadcast by KVPT and ABC affiliate, KFSN. His documentary Returning Home was broadcast on the national PBS series “Natural Heroes” in Summer of 2006.  It also received a Special Merit Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival, and is now participating in several film festivals. His recent documentary, Fair Fight in the Marketplace, produced and directed with David Donnenfield, received a national feed on PBS in Spring of 2007. It received both a CINE Golden Eagle and a Silver Telly award.

In 1984, he started Full Frame Productions, a film and video production company; and in 1988 he and filmmaker Michal Aviad created Filmmakers Collaborative, a nonprofit organization to produce educational media addressing social and environmental issues.