I am a writer and filmmaker whose book on documentary filmmaking, Get Close: Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking is available from Oxford University Press. 

My debut novel, Hard Times in Babylon, is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon. Read a sample here and see reader reviews here.

Along with my wife and filmmaking partner, writer Ann Hedreen, we own White Noise Productions, where we’ve made more than 200 short documentaries for non-profit organizations.

I have two films in production:  Died Without Issue and The Last Picture Shows, both in collaboration with Foghorn Features. My previous film was Slow Revolution,

My other feature length films include My Mother Was Here , which won the Audience Award at the Tacoma Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2019 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, now available on Vimeo-on-Demand. Other films include 30 Frames A Second: The WTO in Seattle (2000), which won several Best Documentary awards, was named one of the Top Ten films of the year by the American Library Association, and one of the Best Undistributed Films of 2001 by The Village Voice. In the last 20+ years Ann and I have also produced Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer’s StoryThe Church on Dauphine Street (set in post-Katrina New Orleans), Zona Intangible, set in a squatter city near Lima, Peru, False Promises, produced in tandem with the Wenatchi tribe of the Colville Reservation in Eastern Washington, and a profile of the making of the Olympic Sculpture Park, Art Without Walls.

All of our documentaries can be rented or purchased from Vimeo On Demand.

I’m also a volunteer deejay for KBCS 91.3FM in Seattle, where I host Road Songs and the world music show, Night Train.

Ann and I live in Seattle.