About KARIL DANIELS:

I am a film and video writer/ producer/ director/ cinematographer/ editor. Working through my production company, Point of View Productions, I have made various films and tapes which together have won over 30 festival awards.

I have a special interest in programs about democracy and freedom, health and wellness, ecology and environment, education, sustainable business and social responsibility, peace, anti-nuclear issues, international topics, social justice, the arts, and subjects of importance to women.

Based in San Francisco
Free to travel anywhere!

Karil Daniels
Point of View Productions
Tel: (415) 821-0435
Fax: (415) 821-0434

Overview:

Over 15 years experience producing, directing, shooting, lighting and editing for film and video, using a wide variety of formats and equipment. Before working with moving images I was a still photographer. Then I moved into 16mm filmmaking, and after that, video. I continue to do still photography, but making films and videos is the primary focus of my work.

My programs have been shown in a wide variety of venues in the USA and abroad, on public and commercial TV, in theatres, and in many festivals and special events. In Russia, WATER BABY was seen by an audience of over 30 million TV viewers. I have been an interview guest on many TV and radio shows, to discuss my films. My photography has been included in a diverse assortment of popular and corporate publications, books and gallery shows. The following is a partial list of credits.

EDUCATIONAL & DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMS

VOICES OF DISSENT: ACTIVISM & AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
Documentary about defending our American heritage of civil liberties against the current administration's attempts to repress authentic democracy and our freedom to dissent.

Featuring Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson, Al Franken, Arianna Huffington, Daniel Ellsberg, Jim Hightower, Paul Krugman, Michael Franti, Medea Benjamin, Norman Solomon, and many more progressive voices.
Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Co-Editor.

VOICES OF DISSENT was selected for these film festivals:
Houston International Film Festival (Bronze Award for Editing & Graphics)
San Francisco Women's Film Festival (Best Activism Film)
Starving Artist Film Festival (Award for Excellence).
Vermont International Film Festival
Oakland International Film Festival
Dallas Video Festival
Take Back Democracy Film Festival
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cine Festival
Pyxix Online Film Festival

WATER BABY: Experiences of Water Birth
Feature documentary on gentle childbirth in water. Winner of 14 festival awards.
Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor.


Karil at the Waterbirth Mural in Balmy Alley, San Francisco.

WELL & STRONG: A True Story
Half-hour documentary on holistic alternatives to drugs and surgery. Winner of two festival awards.
Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor.

WAKE UP!: The Hazards of Radioactive Waste Dumping
Short documentary alert and activist tool. Winner of 5 festival awards.
Director/Co-producer/Principal Cinematographer/Co-Editor.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
An Appeal to Corporate Leaders To Save Our Rainforests

Short documentary made for the Rainforrest Action Network, to inspire corporate responsibility and sustainability on environmental issues.
Cinematographer/Director/Co-Producer/Co-Editor.

LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES
Half-hour documentary on the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women/NGO Forum in Beijing. Made for the U.S. Ecumenical Women's Network and the National Council of Churches, it focuses on the spiritual aspects of this gathering of 35,000 women from all over the world.
Director/Field Producer/Cinematographer.

ECO - CITIES CONFERENCE
Documentary for the 3rd International Eco-Cities Conference, held in Yoff, Senegal, which brought together an international group of environmentalists, architects, city planners and educators to share information on improving the ecology of urban areas.
Field Producer/Director/Cinematographer.

THE WORLD WHEEL
Documentary on the work of a unique sculptor/ painter/ performer, Vijali Hamilton, who traveled around the globe in a wheel-shaped pattern, creating large sculptures in natural stone, as gifts for each of 12 communities she visited. These unusual pieces of art reflect the issues and concerns of local people. For three months Vijali and I traveled together in Asia as I videotaped her artistic creations and activities in India, Tibet and China.
Co-Director/Co-Cinematographer.

THE GREATEST GAMBLE: WOMEN & AIDS
For Peregrine Productions. Documentary about four heterosexual women with AIDS, and how the disease effects every aspect of their lives.
Co-Director/Co-Cinematographer.

GREEN DIALOGUES
For the Elmwood Institute. A series of documentaries of public events which explore visions for an alternative future and their applications to current social and environmental problems. Done in association with Mother Jones Magazine and the 3220 Gallery.
Director of Photography/Co-Cinematographer.

CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE
of the CLINTON ADMINISTRATION
For GMMB & Associates. Segment on past gang member and current community leader Sherman Spears, for the president's 1994 forum on conflict resolution.
Field Producer/Director/Cinematographer.

THE POWER PLACES OF ANCIENT EGYPT
For Power Places Tours. Educational program on the power places of Ancient Egypt, for armchair travelers. Shot on location at various sites in Egypt.
Cinematographer/Director/Field Producer.

THE LAST OF THE LIBERTIES
For Gibbous Productions. BBC documentary about American Liberty ships. Partial cinematography.

SIGNS OUT OF TIME: THE STORY OF ARCHAEOLOGIST MARIJA GIMBUTAS
For Belili Productions. Hour long documentary on the importance of Gimbutas' ground-breaking and little-know work. Partial Cinematography.

NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE AWARD event, 2003
For David L. Brown Productions and the Seventh Generation Fund. Presentation ceremony honoring Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone spiritual leader. Co-Cinematographer.

INTEGRITY DAY
For the Friends of Buckminster Fuller Foundation. Documentary on Bucky's last personal appearance; a day long presentation about the power of personal integrity and options for positive global evolution. Co-Cinematographer.

KEEPING THE FAITH
For the MS. Foundation. Documentation of a day long celebration of music, ritual, and dance, including an exclusive interview with Gloria Steinem.
Director of Photography/Co-Cinematographer.

GROWING OLD IN AMERICA
For Deer Communications. Documentary pilot film on the plight of the elderly in America.
Co-Cinematographer/Co-Director/Co-Producer.

A GUIDE TO WALKING MEDITATION
For Parallax Productions. Documentary on the teachings of Vietnamese Zen master, artist and author Thich Nhat Hanh.
Cinematographer/Field Producer/Editor.

QUEST FOR PEACE
For UC Irvine. A series that explores ideas and strategies for peace through interviews with leading thinkers worldwide. Director/ Cinematographer for two segments, featuring Japanese ambassador Ryukichi Imai and the Reverend Robert Hammerton-Kelly.

SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND -
CHERNOBYL & THREE MILE ISLAND: A SPACEBRIDGE
For Internews. PBS Documentary about a groundbreaking satellite spacebridge that linked scientists in 5 American cities and 5 Soviet cities through a live teleconference, to discuss safer approaches to future energy needs. Co-Cinematographer for San Francisco segment.

SAN FRANCISCO/MOSCOW TELEPORT
Documentation of various photophone citizen diplomacy exchanges in the 80's between groups of individuals and organizations in the USA and the USSR, over a four year period. Included the first Soviet/American Cartoon Art Exchange at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, which featured a live photophone exchange with Moscow and a panel discussion with Soviet and American cartoonists. DP/ Cinematographer.

SAN FRANCISCO/MOSCOW: FACE TO FACE
For the Ark Foundation. An inspirational short that documented a photophone exchange connecting Soviet computer students with their San Francisco counterparts in Gorbachev's USSR. Cinematographer.

SAN FRANCISCO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
Documentation of a special "Hunger Banquet" event created to dramatize the inequity of food resources worldwide, and to teach affluent students about issues of hunger in the Third World by bringing them into direct personal contact with the problem. Cinematographer.

WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL?
For Concentric Media. Documentary on alternative education and the innovative methods that stimulate a true love of learning in students. Partial cinematography.

SAN FRANCISCO WALDORF SCHOOL
Documentation of various special presentations by educators Henry Barnes, Rene Querido, Robert McDermott and others. Cinematographer.

GREENPEACE and the BAY AREA PEACE NAVY
Documentary on civil disobedience actions by Greenpeace and Peace Navy activists during fleet week, to focus attention on anti-nuclear issues. Co-Cinematographer for this 7 camera shoot.

SURF FOR LIFE
For Energon Productions. Documentary on healthy aging, which focuses on surfers over age 50. Shows how the sport they love has helped them stay strong, vital and healthy. Partial cinematography.

HISTORY REVEALED:
INSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
For Moon Produtions. An hour-long documentary that looks at the DNC's treatment of women and minority issues. Partial cinematography.

FATE OF THE EARTH CONFERENCE
For Envisage Productions. Documentary on a three day anti-nuclear event held at the Church of St. John The Devine, in New York City. Co-Cinematographer.

WOMEN'S SAC CARAVAN
For Helene Aylon Productions. Documentary on the anti-nuclear work of a group of women, which included rituals and demonstrations at Lawrence Berkeley and Livermore Laboratories. Partial cinematography.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEAUM OF ART
Documentary on the "Artists' Soap Box Derby." Co-Cinematographer.


FEATURE FILM & DRAMATIC PRODUCTIONS

THE LAST INNOCENT SUMMER
For Ran Cochran Films. 16mm feature film about a friendship between an older black jazz musician and a white teenage boy, set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60's. Within the framework of a dramatic story this film deals with racism, social justice, ethics and values formation.
DP/Cinematographer.

THE DEVIL'S GIFT
For Windridge Productions. 16mm feature film about a haunted toy that terrorizes an unsuspecting family. Shown on HBO, released theatrically in foreign markets, and in video in the USA.
DP/Cinematographer.

WRITER'S DAY
For Fault Line Films. TV suspense drama.
DP/Cinematotgrapher.

CHALK
For Pacific Rim Productions. Rob Nilssen's independent video feature about pool hustlers and the disadvantaged urban poor. Partial cinematography.


COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE PRODUCTIONS

BRADLEY VIDEO STORE
For DreamWeaver Productions - Sylvia Binsfeld, Producer/Director
TV commercial. DP/Cinematographer.

PAPERLESS PO BOX
Online corporate video for a new product launch. This innovative business has developed a method that eliminates lots of paper from our lives. Director/Cinematograper. To view the
Paperless PO Box video (5 minutes), click here
(Note: The Windows Media Player may not be working. REAL Media Player (for PC) and Quicktime Player (for Mac) are the best choices.

CLOROX - OXYGEN ACTION STAIN REMOVER
For Xenovista Productions and DDB Advertising.
CD-ROM sales tool. Made to persuade retail store managers to give extra shelf space to this new cleaning product. Director/Cinematographer.

ADOBE SYSTEMS
For Full Spectrum Productions. Two comedy video vignettes for an Adobe product launch presentation that introduced a new GPS in-car navigation system and a new hardware/ software combination that facilitates corporate presentations which require a variety of source materials and formats.
Director/Field Producer/Cinematograper/Editor.

ICE CREAMATION:
THE MAKING OF A CARVEL COMMERCIAL
For TBWA Advertising, NYC. Corporate image piece about making a TV commercial for Carvel Ice Cream Bakery for a national franchisers' meeting. Shot at Industrial Light & Magic, which produced the vast range of special effects used in the spot.
Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor.

ZYCON
For V.I. Productions. Corporate image film about the country's third largest printed circuit board manufacturer.
DP/Cinematographer.

DOW JONES REPORT ONLINE
For Assignment Desk. Interview with the CEO of Genentech on the financial prospects for biotech companies in the Clinton administration.
Field Producer/Director/Lighting/Cinematographer.

ADVANCED EMAIL
For American President Company. Explains the more advanced aspects of an email softwear program used by APC divisions in the USA and the Far East.
Cinematographer/Director/Editor.

NORDSTROM
Corporate program about the extraordinary Nordstrom pension plan, which sends long-term employees into retirement as millionaires. DP/ Cinematographer for San Francisco sequences.

STOREK & STOREK ARCHITECTS
Promotional piece documenting a major Victorian renovation project covering two square blocks of Oakland, CA. Included hand-held shooting from high scaffolding and other dangerous situations. Cinematographer.

DAVID ISH EXECUTIVE PRODUCTIONS
DP/Cinematographer for 3 corporate projects:

  • Informational program for Genentech on a genetically engineered product that kills cancer cells
  • Public service message for St. Francis Hospital
  • Confidential video memo on new data communications technology for senior officers of Pacific Bell

POSITIVE VIDEO
Cinematographer for Commercials/ Promos/ Animatics:
  • Del Monte Fruit Snacks (McCann-Erickson)
  • Chrysler/Plymouth (AIM)
  • California Tourism Board (Hal Riney & Partners)
  • Gallo (Hal Riney & Partners)
  • Promo for The Oakland Symphony, to benefit the Children's Health Council of Palo Alto

VIDEOTECH PRODUCTIONS
Promotional tape for Amerisoft Corporation's "Edit-Tool" software program. Cinematographer.

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC SURGEONS
For Pola Productions. Live satellite feed. Co-Cinematographer.

QUICKVIEW SYSTEMS
Promotional tape to introduce a new softwear package. DP/Cinematographer.


MUSIC, DANCE, ART & PERFORMANCE

THE BUBBLEMAN
Short performance piece that spotlights the unique art of Sterling Johnson, Bubble Artist, who uses only a soap mixture and his hands to create beautiful, fascinating, whimsical and totally original works of art made of bubbles.
Festivals: Houston International Film Festival (Gold Award), Orinda Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival/KidFest, Yale Women in Film Festival, Golden Wagon Film Festival, Kids First Film Festival, and more.
Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor.
Visit his website, STERLING JOHNSON, BUBBLESMITH for more about his unique art form.
I also made a promo/audition film for him - STERLING JOHNSON, BUBBLESMITH.

LOVE FOR PEACE FESTIVAL
For the Global Gardens Project. Kick-off concert event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Summer of Love.
Producer and Director of this 5 camera live switched show.

WORKS INSIDE
For Azimuth Productions. Documentation of a dance performance by Zaccho SF, an award-winning interpretive dance company, performed and directed by Joanna Haigood. Cinematographer.

LET'S GET BUSY!
For RAH Productions. MTV type dance instructional home video about learning to dance hip-hop, the teen street dance sensation. DP/Co-Cinematographer.

ANN NADEL, ARTIST
Portrait of the artist and her varied work. Features her hugh painted scrolls, which resemble trees, that were exhibited at the San Francisco Jewish Museum. Cinematographer.

SAN FRANCISCO / LENINGRAD ECOLOGICAL ARTS COLLABORATION
Documentation of the group's San Francisco activities in which Russian and American ecologists and artists collaborated on a major art show, to bring attention to the ecological problems facing both cultures. Partial cinematography.

ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY
Documentation of Soviet folk singers and other musicians who participated in an Earthquake Relief concert, produced by Bill Graham. Cinematographer.

A SPECIAL EVENING WITH HOLLY NEAR
For Redwood Records. Documentation of a private fundraising concert. Cinematographer.

BREAD & ROSES
Live, switched feed of a star-studded Berkeley concert into San Quentin prison. Co-Cinematographer on this 5 camera shoot.

PEACE CHILD
Documentation of "music diplomacy" activities in which Soviet rock group STAS NAMIN played with American rock band THE DINOSAURS, during Peace Child's San Francisco Tour. Partial cinematography.

SONGS OF THE EARTH: PAUL WINTER, ODETTA & PETE SEEGER IN CONCERT
For Envisage Productions. Shot at the Concert For the Fate of the Earth, at the chapel of St. John The Devine, in NYC. Co-Cinematographer.

FOUR EXCHANGING DANCE CONCERT
Performance documentation. Cinematographer.


PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMS

VIBRATIONAL HEALING MASSAGE THERAPY
An educational video for their school on a new form of healing massage.
Producer/Director/DP/Co-cinematographer/Editor.

ENERGY ARTS WITH BRUCE FRANTZIS
For Invision Productions. Instructional tape on Taoist Meditation and Chi Gung. Co-cinematographer.

JANE HIRSCHMANN & CAROL MUNTER:
WHEN WOMEN STOP HATING THEIR BODIES -
FREEING YOURSELF FROM FOOD & WEIGHT
For the authors. A "Speak-Out" and lecture at Gaia Bookstore by Jane and Carol on their national book tour.
DP/Cinematographer/Lighting/Field Producer.

FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS OF PEACE
Program on the foundation's purposes and activities, for public service spots and fundraising. Cinematographer.

DR. ANDREW CLAY & THE ACCOMMOTRAC
Medical/ educational tape about a new method of vision improvement using biofeedback and eye muscle training.
Director/Producer/Cinematographer.


PUBLIC SERVICE SPOTS

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WOMEN'S BUILDING
For the Feminist Media Network. Series of public service announcements to publicize a fundraising event.
Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer.

ADVOCATES FOR WOMEN
Point of View Productions. Public service announcement for this non-profit group that assists women in the workplace. Widely seen on Bay Area TV stations.
Writer/Producer/Director/DP/Cinematographer/Editor.

COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN
Point of View Productions. Public service announcement spot and organizing tool.
Writer/Producer/Director/DP/Cinematographer/Editor.


LEGAL VIDEO

BASSETT PRODUCTIONS
"A Day in the Life" video for a BART accident victim, to document her injuries.
and
"The Flores Family" video for use in court, to show the impact of the auto accident death of a young mother on her surviving family.
Director/Lighting/Cinematographer.


DRAMATIC SHORTS

KINETIC LIFE
For RAH Productions. Dramatic short about a unique longtime friendship between two black men. DP/Cinematographer.

ECHOES
Point of View Productions. 16mm psychological drama about early sex-role conditioning. Prize at the Refocus Film Festival. Excerpted for KRON's "Sunday Times" magazine show. KQED public television broadcast. Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor.

HITCHIKE DARLING
For Pacific Media Exchange. Half hour dramatic farce. Partial cinematography.


VIDEO FOOTAGE provided to other productions:

BODYSONG - British feature film
ABC-TV's 20/20 segment on Psychics
GERALDO! Segment "Psychics or Frauds"
TOKYO BROADCASTING SYSTEM "From the Earth" on remote viewing
AT&T - Commercial for the Mexican market

MEMBER OF THESE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Film Arts Foundation
Bay Area Women In Film & Television (Board of Directors for 3 years)
Bay Area Video Coalition
Business for Social Responsibility
Women's Intercultural Network
Women of Vision & Action
San Francisco Women on the Web


Page Design:
Karil Daniels & Kerstin Sjoquist
Email: karil [at] karildaniels.com