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

World Premiere: Mill Valley Film Festival
Sunday, October 9, 2pm at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley
Saturday, October 15, noon at the Century Larkspur in Larkspur

For Tickets: http://bit.ly/2c4Gexj

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.

“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

“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: www.bullfrogfilms.com
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