Sam Ball’s documentaries have been widely exhibited at museums, cinematheques and film festivals around the world, including some of America’s most prestigious venues for independent film, ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art – New York.
ABOUT CITIZEN FILM
Citizen Film is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to crafting documentaries with care and dignity. We collaborate with cultural institutions, community organizations and independent producers to create films and online media that foster active engagement in cultural and civic life.
Sophie Constantinou has earned international acclaim for tackling difficult topics with artistry and sensitivity. With over 20 years of cinematography experience, her work is guided by the belief that participatory documentary storytelling is a powerful tool for catalyzing place-based change and creating healthy, sustainable communities. For the past five years, she has partnered with Green Streets, a San Francisco-based social enterprise, on an ongoing series of documentary films about waste management, job creation and violence prevention in low-income housing. This ongoing collaboration was the first new media project to receive a prestigious ArtPlace America grant for creative placemaking. In the same vein, Constantinou co-created “Lunch Love Community” with director Helen De Michiel, a mosaic of sharable web-based short films that support the movement to change the way our children eat. In addition to her current work in new media, Constantinou continues to shoot high-profile, visually stunning documentaries for PBS and HBO, including the recent “The Royal Road,” “Regarding Susan Sontag” and “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.”
Kate Stilley Steiner
Kate Stilley Steiner heads the editorial arm of Citizen Film. An editor for 17 years, her credits include the feature-length documentaries Wired for What for PBS, End of a Legend for The Learning Channel; Throwing Curves, about industrial designer Eva Zeisel, the first artist honored with a one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; That’s a Family! and Let’s Get Real for Groundspark – a pair of acclaimed documentaries shown to hundreds of thousands of teens across the country to spark straight-talking classroom discussions about bullying. Kate’s editing work on other award-winning documentaries includes The Story of Mother’s and Daughters for ABC Television; Fox Television’s Emmy-winning Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story Of The American Mob; and the Academy Award nominated Freedom on my Mind. Kate has co-produced and edited many documentaries designed to engage communities and mobilize change, including One Wedding and a Revolution, about the first gay wedding at San Francisco’s City Hall.
Citizen Film interns are involved in all stages of documentary film production, from development through distribution. Upon completion of the program, interns are equipped with a broader understanding of how each task fits into an efficient, high quality documentary film production process.