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MEET GOING THE DISTANCE: JOURNEYS OF RECOVERY’S RICHOCHET & IAN TODAY!

Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery is Going the Distance a Film by David L. Brown is featured by a "Dodo Reunited" videoan award-winning hour-long documentary. The film describes the harrowing but inspirational journeys of four survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Recently The Dodo published a video featuring Ian, the film’s youngest TBI survivor reuniting with his surfing partner. Richochet helped Ian through the toughest parts of his recovery.  “This golden retriever loves to surf — and when she met a little boy named Ian who’d been in a terrible accident, Ricochet helped him get back on a surfboard and start to enjoy the world again. Today on Reunited, it’s been ten years since the accident, and Ian can’t wait to see the dog who changed his life.”

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Recently Completed Documentary Films

Going the Distance: Journeys of RecoveryGoing the Distance: Journeys of Recovery, an hour-long documentary on the daunting, courageous and inspiring journeys of recovery of four survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Going the Distance won the Most Inspirational Film Award at its world premiere at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival in Portland, November 11, 2017. It was an award winner at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, 2018, and preselected at the Toronto Independent International Film Festival, 2018.

Bob Woodruff, former ABC News anchor, TBI survivor: “The best documentary on traumatic brain injury I’ve seen yet. It’s a great piece of work.”


Runner-Up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival.Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Drumming Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming won the Runner-Up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival.

It will air nationally on PBS starting in March, 2018.

Running for Jim won Best Documentary at the 2013 Soho International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2013 Tiburon International Film Festival and 11 other international festival awards.

Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown received an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary, the Inspiration Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride and the Audience Award at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. It aired on PBS Hawaii as a pledge special and received a national PBS broadcast in 2008.

In Production

Brown's 2005 documentary, The Bridge So Far – A Suspense Story, a comedic documentary on the 16-year history of the new S.F. The Emmys were for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary and Outstanding Graphics and Animation in a Program. Animation by Charlie Canfield.Setting the Word on Fire is an hour-long documentary-in-progress exploring the life and work of activist poet Alejandro Murguia, a writer passionately involved with the social justice struggles of his times.

Films

Emmy Award-winning

emmy awardtwo Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences The Bridge So Far – A Suspense Story, won two Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – San Francisco, Northern California Chapter. The Emmys were for Outstanding Achievement in  Documentary and Outstanding Graphics and Animation in a Program. Animation by Charlie Canfield.

His documentary A Span in Time won an Emmy for  Outstanding Graphics and Animation in a Program  in 2009. Animation by Charlie Canfield.

Bio

Documentary Producer / Director / Writer / Cameraman / Editor

Bay Area Documentary Film Production, David L. Brown Productions, award-winning television documentaries and educational productions.Bay Area Documentary Film Production, David L. Brown Productions, award-winning television documentaries and educational productions.David L. Brown is a three-time Emmy Award-winning San Francisco documentary filmmaker who has produced, written and directed over 80 productions and 16 broadcast documentaries on social, nuclear, health, technology, peace and environmental issues. His documentaries have received over 80 international awards and have been broadcast on PBS and in 15 countries.

Recent Documentaries

His recent work includes KEEPER OF THE BEAT: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF DRUMMING, an hour-long documentary on the life and music of acclaimed and pioneering drummer, Barbara Borden, that was awarded the Runner-Up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival.

GOING THE DISTANCE: JOURNEYS OF RECOVERY, an hour-long documentary on survivors of traumatic brain injury, was awarded “Most Inspirational Film” at the 2017 Oregon Documentary Film Festival.

RUNNING FOR JIM, a feature-length documentary on a legendary cross country coach who contracts ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The film won Best Documentary, Soho International Film Festival, Audience Award, Tiburon Film Festival.

A SPAN IN TIME, a half-hour documentary that tells the dramatic and entertaining story of the 2007 Labor Day weekend construction project on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, with the now-legendary C.C. Myers at the contractor. Hilarious Emmy-winning cartoon animation (Emmy for Outstanding Graphics and Animation in a Program) introduces the soon-to-be-legendary TV anchor, Max Tabloid, who reports on the story as it unfolds on the screen.

AMAZING: THE REBUILDING OF THE MACARTHUR MAZE, another recent project, is a Emmy-nominated, half-hour documentary on the collapse and speedy rebuilding of Oakland’s MacArthur Maze.

Past Documentaries

Other films include THE BRIDGE SO FAR – A SUSPENSE STORY, a 55-minute comedic documentary on the wild and troubled 16-year history of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which won two Emmy Awards in 2007, (Best Documentary and Best Graphics and Animation).

OF WIND AND WAVES: THE LIFE OF WOODY BROWN, a feature-length documentary on 94-year old surfing, sailing and soaring legend Woody Brown, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary.  

DIGITAL DEMOCRACY COMES OF AGE, a 30-minute documentary on progressive blogging produced Bay Area Documentary Film Production, David L. Brown Productions, award-winning television documentaries and educational productions.and aired by LinkTV.

SENIORS FOR PEACE, a 26-minute portrait of an articulate and impassioned group of senior peace activists that aired on PBS in 2004.

SURFING FOR LIFE (1999), an inspirational documentary (68- and 57-min. versions) on older surfers as models of healthy and successful aging. SURFING FOR LIFE screened theatrically in 40 cities, was broadcast on over 130 PBS stations, won 15 international awards and was profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Parade Magazine, on National Public Radio and ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter JenningsThe San Francisco Chronicle called it “a treasure, perhaps the most intelligent treatment of surfing ever captured on film.”

Before discovering older surfers, Brown produced BOUND BY THE WIND (1993), a moving documentary (88-, 58- and 40-min. versions) on the global human and environmental legacy of nuclear weapons testing and the plight of the world’s “downwinders.” It has won 20 international awards including a CINE Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival and a Golden Gate Award for Best Environmental Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It has been broadcast on PBS, in Canada (CBC), Japan (NHK), France (Canal+), Spain and several other countries. The Boston Globe called it “far and away the best film on the nuclear legacy.” BOUND BY THE WIND was the culmination of Brown’s 13 years of filmmaking with a primary focus on nuclear and environmental issues.

Productions

Brown’s other recent productions include:

  • COMPUTER CLASSES (narrated by singer/actor Queen Latifah) and CROSSING THE DIVIDE (1998), two 56-minute PBS documentaries on teens and digital technology, episodes in the DIGITAL DIVIDE series which aired on over 150 PBS stations and in Canada, Japan and the Netherlands;
  • A QUESTION OF POWER (1986), a 58-minute documentary narrated by Peter Coyote addressing the nuclear power controversy which received 16 awards including a Blue Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival and was broadcast twice on public television; and
  • FREE ZONE (1989), a 58-minute documentary on the international nuclear free zone movement which received 13 awards and was broadcast on public television and in several countries.

Bay Area Documentary Film Production, David L. Brown Productions, award-winning television documentaries and educational productions.Additional productions include:

Bay Area Documentary Film Production, David L. Brown Productions, award-winning television documentaries and educational productions.

  • Brown also produced and directed three social issue documentary film festivals: THE NUCLEAR FILM FORUM (1981); THE DISARMAMENT FILM FESTIVAL (1983); and THE PEACE IMAGE FESTIVAL (1984, 60 peace and environmental films were screened during the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco)Brown works in the film and television industry as a freelance producer, director, editor, cameraman, assistant director and production manager. He has over 100 credits on features, commercials, music videos and documentaries. He has shot television news for CBS, NBC, the BBC and others, and has produced and directed several multicam projects for Greenpeace U.S.A.  He teaches Documentary Filmmaking at CCSF and has taught at U.C. Berkeley Extension, and San Francisco Film Society.See Teaching Resume.

Current projects in production include SETTING THE WORD ON FIRE, an hour-long documentary-in-progress exploring the life and work of activist poet Alejandro Murguia, a writer passionately involved with the social justice struggles of his times.