|Surfing for Life: Production Credits|
Writer and Director: David L. Brown
Producers: David L. Brown, Roy Earnest
Narrator: Beau Bridges
Editors: David L. Brown, Shirley Thompson
Camera: David L. Brown, David Collier, Stephen Lighthill and others
Sound: Elizabeth Thompson, Steven Baigel, Rob Caughlan
Music Composition: Tom Disher; Sound Design: Paul Zahnley
Executive Producer: Seniority, Inc.
Presenting Station: KQED San Francisco
CO-PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR/ WRITER BIOGRAPHICAL INFO:
David L. Brown, co-producer, writer and director of Surfing for Life, is an award-winning San Francisco documentary filmmaker who -- over a 30-year career -- has produced, written and directed over 60 productions and 8 broadcast documentaries on social, nuclear, health and environmental issues. His documentaries have received over 60 international awards and have been broadcast on PBS and in several countries.
Recent work includes BOUND BY THE WIND, a moving documentary on the global legacy of nuclear weapons testing and the plight of the world's "downwinders" which 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;
Other recent productions includes: COMPUTER CLASSES (narrated by singer/actor Queen Latifah) and CROSSING THE DIVIDE, 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, 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; MAKE YOURSELF A PROMISE: EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY, a 28-minute video produced in ten languages which received several awards including a CINE Golden Eagle; and FREE ZONE, 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.
Brown works in the film and television industry as a freelance producer, director, editor, cameraman, assistant director and production manager. He has produced several films on the elderly and his recent credits include work as producer/ director or cameraman for Greenpeace USA, dozens of non-profits as well as the BBC, NBC and CBS News. He teaches two classes in documentary filmmaking at the City College of San Francisco. His interest in surfing began, curiously enough, during high school in Denver, where the surfing scene, music and lifestyle were enormously popular in 1963-’65.
Roy Earnest, MSW, co-producer of Surfing for Life, has been a dedicated gerontological social worker for 22 years and an avid surfer for 33 years. Currently Director of Family Service Agency of San Francisco's Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion Program, he is past President of the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly, past President of California Specialists on Aging and former Director of Catholic Charities' Aging Services in San Francisco. One of the co-founders of the Pedro Point Surf Club in Pacifica, he is the club's Surfari Coordinator for club-sponsored surf trips. In 1994, he was developing a series of consciousness-raising workshops on the human potential of later life when he met David L. Brown at the premiere of BOUND BY THE WIND and decided to collaborate on the production of Surfing For Life. This is his debut as a filmmaker.