Chuck Braverman is one of the few successful dramatic film directors who also has extensive experience producing and directing documentary films. Chuck has been nominated four times by the Directors Guild of America and won the coveted award in 2001 for “High School Boot Camp.” Also in 2001 Chuck was nominated for an Academy Award® for his documentary “Curtain Call” about the Actors Fund retirement home. In addition Chuck’s directing credits include a feature film and several two hour movies for television with Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, and more. Among his many episodic directing credits are “Northern Exposure,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Sledge Hammer,” and “St. Elsewhere.”
In the mid 90’s Chuck was the Senior Vice President at Sony New Technologies and supervised the first dramatic 3-D Imax films and an interactive theatrical feature film. In the last couple years Braverman has produced and or directed projects for The Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Health, The History Channel, Animal Planet, HBO, and A&E. Recenlty Chuck produced and directed a pilot for Animal Planet and with his wife Marilyn filmed “Abused” for A&E. Chuck is currently the Executive Producer and his production company is producing the new Discovery series “Weed Wars” premiering December 1st.
Chuck is the co-founder and managing director of the annual Westdoc Conference for documentary and reality filmmakers.
Chuck has a degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California where he has taught documentary production and directing. Braverman is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Marilyn Braverman has been a professional still photographer for over 15 years. She became a location sound person on several award winning documentaries featured on this web site. She has produced, directed, and photographed her own films starting with “A Pugs Life – The Dogumentary,” and produced “Homeless In Paradise” sold to the Discovery Times Channel. Marilyn also produced “Abused” for A&E and also with her husband produced “A Revolving Door” for HBO. “Twisted Sisters” was for MSNBC as she completed filming another documentary “American Pit Bulls.” Currently Marilyn is shooting a doc about people bonding with their pets.
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Alex Braverman is a New York based documentary producer, director, and cameraman. At an age when many of his schoolmates were taking ski trips or studying for SAT’s, he was exploited as cheap labor on his father documentary projects. With boom in hand, he shadowed Chuck and slowly learned the trade. 15 years later, Alex has a long list of producing and shooting credits which include A&E’s “The First 48”, PBS’s Emmy-nominated “Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth”, and ABC’s Peabody award-winning medical documentary series “Hopkins” and “Boston Med”. He is currently the Director and Co-Executive Producer of Braverman Productions’ upcoming Discovery Channel Series, “Weed Wars”.
Alex’s work has taken him to China, New Zealand, Laos, Brazil and all across Europe… but he usually winds up in surprisingly delightful places such as Cincinnati, Baltimore, Dallas, and the American South. His interests include Bicycles, Korean Food, Hiking, Dogs, Traveling, Movies, Drums, Mountains…. And people.
Max Braverman is a musician who plays guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards.
While finishing his Bachelors at Berklee College of Music, Max was busy writing and recording what would become his debut album “Skopic”. Shortly after graduating, Lunaticworks (Sony/BMG) released the record and licensed selections to numerous shows including CSI:NY.
In 2006, Max toured as lead guitar player for RCA recording artist “Landon Pigg”, playing in various settings including live radio performances, CMJ Music Marathon, Susan G. Komen fundraiser for breast cancer, and a Rolling Stone Magazine private event.
Over the summer of 2008, Max played guitar for Interscope Records “Street Drum Corps” while on the “Projekt Revolution” tour with Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, and The Bravery. He also performed with SDC at KROQ’s “Spare the Air” festival, an MTV VMA pre-party, and an Alternative Press Magazine in-studio acoustic performance.
Max is currently writing for television and commercials. Max’s music has been heard on HBO, A&E, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, MTV, Spike, & E! Network.
Max is also in charge of post audio mixing and creative music services at Braverman Productions in Culver City where he is working on the new Discovery series, “Weed Wars.”
Aleigh Lewis is a filmmaker and editor. Aleigh’s background ranges from documentary to fiction to music videos to theater. In 2010, she spent the summer as an artist-in residence at the CENTQUATRE in Paris, France. Her multi-projection theater piece created in collaboration with Cuban artists premiered at the Havana Film Festival in 2009 and in Miami in 2010. Past awards include the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences grant, LA Department of Cultural affairs grant, and scholarships from the Disney family and Hollywood Foreign Press Association. She holds a MFA from CalArts and BA from Oberlin College. Weed Wars is her first TV show where she is currently and editor and post production supervisor.
Singeli Agnew is a producer & cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. She began her career as a photojournalist for award-winning community newspapers, covering everything from environmental lawsuits to murder trials in the rural West. Singeli was the Associate Producer for the Academy-Award nominated documentary “The Conscience of Nhem En”, and she went on to work as a co-producer with director Steven Okazaki on two additional projects, on homelessness and oxycontin addiction. Her camera work has been featured in broadcasts for PBS, HBO, National Geographic and Al Jazeera English as well as numerous independent films. www.singeli.com
Clare Major is an award-winning filmmaker and videojournalist based in Oakland, California. As a producer, shooter, and editor, she has worked for the New York Times, the Discovery Channel, Wired Magazine, and Adobe Systems, among others. Clare’s short film “Feast & Sacrifice,” produced at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, was the first place documentary at the 2011 College Television Awards and a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards.
Charlotte Buchen has shot and produced independent documentaries and television news stories for outlets including the New York Times, Current TV, Newsweek.com and PBS FRONTLINE/World. She has followed slum redevelopment in Mumbai, Sufi musicians and suicide bombers in Pakistan, Egyptian entrepreneurs and marijuana moguls in Oakland, California. Her documentary “All the Way Home,” about the psychological wounds of war, broadcast on PBS in 2009. Charlotte holds a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and a Masters from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She originally hails from New York but is currently based in the Bay Area, where she works as a freelance producer and cinematographer and enjoys surfing the Pacific Ocean.
Rob King has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, specializing primarily in post-production. His experience ranges from visual effects supervision on feature films and television shows such as Batman Returns and Star Trek, to production and editorial roles on television documentaries such as Oscar® nominated Curtain Call and Rocky and Rolanda. Over the course of his career, he has been the recipient of two Emmy Awards.
With Chuck Braverman, King is dedicated to applying breakthrough post production tools and techniques to produce the highest quality documentaries.
Craig Leake produces, directs, and writes non-fiction television specials. His work has been honored with the most respected awards in broadcasting, including five Emmys, two Peabody Awards, the Writers Guild Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. Among Craig’s many outstanding documentaries are: THE GREATEST GENERATION, reported by Tom Brokaw; IN SEARCH OF AMERICA, reported by Peter Jennings; THE DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES, reported by Dan Rather; and AFTER THE DREAM COMES TRUE, reported by Charles Kuralt. Craig recently produced “Prison Medical” in HD for Braverman Productions on The Discovery Channel. He moved with his family to Memphis and is teaching at the University of Memphis.
Mark Krenzien, Writer, Director and Producer, has enjoyed a diverse film and television career. Beginning as a documentary and music-video cinematographer, Mark’s credits include Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller, as well as films for Bob Seger, Van Halen, ZZ Top, and many other pop stars. During the 1980’s, Krenzien wrote and directed documentaries for ABC, HBO, and Showtime. For over four years, he criss-crossed the US, field producing Showtime’s eclectic magazine show, What’s Up America for Braverman Productions. Later, Mark turned to screenwriting, which included scripts for Universal and Paramount as well as a drama The Letters From Moab. This film was honored at film festivals around the world including the Sundance Festival and also earned him an Ace nomination for Best Director.
More recently, Mark has written and/ produced, five large-format IMAX films, including the highly acclaimed Adventures in Wild California as well as the up-coming release Top Speed. Krenzien has worked on projects with Chuck Braverman for more than thirty years including the current Love Behind Bars documentary for Discovery.
Lowell Cauffiel, an award winning writer and producer, is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller, House of Secrets. His productions for Braverman include Prison Boot Camp and the forthcoming, Love Behind Bars. He is currently adapting his first book Masquerade into a feature film for Chuck Braverman to direct.