Snitow-Kaufman Productions was formed in 1993 to produce film, video and educational media for the general public on social issues from race relations to globalization. We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Berkeley, California.
"Snitow and Kaufman bring a fair-minded skepticism to everything they film." – Michael Sragow, The New Yorker
"Never ones to flinch from controversy, the two hit all the pressure points." - B. Ruby Rich, SF360
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New Release

Company Town

On public television stations in October. Check local listings.
See below for Oct. 18-28

The once free-spirited city of San Francisco is now a “Company Town,” a playground for tech moguls of the “sharing economy.” Airbnb is the biggest hotel. Uber privatizes transit. And now these companies want political power as well. Meanwhile, middle class and ethnic communities are driven out by skyrocketing rents and evictions–sparking a grassroots backlash that challenges the oligarchy of tech. Is this the future of cities around the world? The feature-length documentary, “Company Town,” is the story of an intense election campaign to determine the fate of the city at the epicenter of the digital revolution. Produced and directed by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow. Edited by Manuel Tsingaris. 2016, 77 minutes

Highlights for Oct. 18-28:

Oct 21 (Sat) 10:30pm         Philadelphia, PA                                 WYBE

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Atlanta, GA                                       WGTV

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Georgia (entire state)                       GPB “Knowledge”

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Jacksonville, GA                                  WXGA

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Chattanooga, GA                                WNGH

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Savannah, SC                                     WVAN

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Augusta, SC                                        WCES

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Macon, GA                                          WMUM

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Columbus, GA                                      WJSP

Oct 22 (Sun) 10:00pm         Albany, GA                                          WABW

Oct 23 (Mon) 8:30am          Washington DC/Frederick, MD               WHUT

Oct 23 (Mon) 9:00pm         Santa Rosa, CA                                 KRCB (22)

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Jacksonville, GA                                  WXGA

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Atlanta, GA                                         WGTV

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Chattanooga, GA                                 WVAN

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Savannah, SC                                     WVAN

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Georgia (entire state)                       GPB “Knowledge”

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Augusta, SC                                        WCES

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Macon, GA                                          WMUM

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Columbus, GA                                      WJSP

Oct 24 (Tues) 7:00pm         Albany, GA                                          WABW

Oct 25 (Wed) 10:00pm       South Bend, IN                                   WNIT-2

Oct 27 (Fri) 10am               San Francisco/San Jose, CA          KQED PLUS/KQEH

Oct 27 (Fri) 10am                 Monterey/Salinas, CA                       KQET-2

Oct 28 (Sat) 11:00pm          Washington DC/Hagerstown, MD        WFPT (MPT)

Oct 28 (Sat) 11:00pm          Washington DC                                 WWPB (MPT)

Oct 28 (Sat) 11:00pm          Pittsburgh/Oakland, MD                  WGPT (MPT)

Oct 28 (Sat) 11:00pm          Baltimore/Annapolis, MD                 WMPT (MPT)

Oct 28 (Sat) 11:00pm          Salisbury, MD                                  WCPB (MPT)

Now Available from Bullfrog Films
To preview or purchase the film:
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available

Mill Valley Film Festival
Sonoma International Film Festival
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
Elmwood Theater, Berkeley
Stranger Than Fiction–IFC Center, New York City

“It may just be the finest political film of the year.” –Film Critic Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

“Catnip for political junkies.” — Film Critic Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

“Fascinating, wonderful, and lively.” — Tim Redmond, 48 Hills

“Company Town” is a shot of political energy, just when we need it most — a valentine to the weird and wild hurly-burly of the electoral process at the grassroots level, from where true democracy springs.” — David Talbot, founder of Salon and bestselling author of  “Season of the Witch” and “The Devil’s Chessboard”

“I was thrilled by Company Town‘s virtuoso storytelling, its compassion, and the message that democracy can actually win the fight (sometimes!) against our corporate overlords.”  — Josh Kornbluth, Monologuist & Filmmaker

“Riveting…This high minded film lets the personal stories it has uncovered speak the truth to us in a way that “disrupts the disrupters…the best kind of story-telling.” — Steven Hill, Huffington Post review by the author of “Raw Deal: How the Uber Economy is Screwing American Workers”

“Drones in my Backyard”

2013, 13 minutes

Drones in My Backyard is a funny and scary video mash-up about the coming of aerial drones to the United States. One day a drone appears in the filmmaker’s backyard, hovering over his head. It’s the catalyst for an extended meditation and free association on the presence of drones in war-making, the role of drones in surveillance, and the thrill of flying when you put on goggles to see what the drone sees. Whether it’s the Predator, The Argus, or cute little Hummingbirds, drones of all shapes and sizes are flying to a rock and roll beat. We see them following us… and listen to the incessant buzzing of cameras overhead.

World Premiere: Mill Valley Film Festival, 2013
Silver Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Science Books & Films Best Video of 2014

“Does a spectacular job of exploring the implications of drones entering our domestic air space…[A]sks all the right questions.” Ken Rinaldo, Director, Art and Technology Program, Ohio State University

To preview or purchase the film:
Institutional, community group, and home video rates available

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