Achieving Balance chronicles the removal of the Black Rat from Anacapa Island and reveals the profound results of recovery that follow on the island ecosystem.

Produced for web/YouTube and the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, the video documents the restoration of Anacapa Island after the removal of the black rat, which was predating on threatened seabirds. A group of non-profit, government, and educational organizations came together to remove these non-native predators in 2002.  The film reveals some of the surprising, positive results ten years after the removal of the rats.

Written, Producer & Directed by Kevin White
Narration by Peter Coyote                                                                                                                                                               Edited by John Dutton & Susan Utell

To view the entire film click here


A Land Between Rivers tells the story of central California between the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers, which has played a critical role in determining the destiny of both California and the West. It is a story of transformation; where the nexus of land, water, and people seeking a better future have created the most productive agricultural region on earth. The program reveals the human and environmental sacrifices in the shadow of this success, and shows how issues of concern in times past remain relevant today as central California faces the future.

Directed by Kevin White
Written by Stephen Most & Kevin White
Edited by Gina Leibrecht


A Simple Question follows a 4th grade class, partnered with ranchers, scientists, and government agencies, on their remarkable journey to answer one simple question: what can we do to save endangered species?

In 1992, Laurette Rogers’ 4th grade class asked what they could do save endangered species. It was a simple question that would change their lives. Partnering with ranchers, scientists, and government agencies, this remarkable project has led to the restoration of 21 miles of riparian habitat for the endangered California freshwater shrimp. In the process, it has catalyzed significant educational innovations by connecting kids with their local watershed – and classrooms with community. The STRAW program serves as testimony to the importance of empowering children to better their world, which in turn transforms us all.

Produced, Written & Directed by Kevin White & David Donnenfield
Narration by Peter Coyote
Edited by Greg O’Toole

“STARRED REVIEW. Top 25 Videos for Students…..” A welcome addition to school and public libraries, this well produced, tightly edited program is just the thing for spurring similar hands–on activities and for encouraging kids to get involved.”

“A model of one of the most successful school-initiated conservation programs. This multi-award winning video would be excellent for classes who are thinking of or are starting major projects with fairly long timelines. It is also excellent viewing for school administrators as it deals with some of the administrative logistics of the project.”
– Green Teacher Magazine

Highly recommended. A must for all teachers who are thinking about organizing a project with students and the community. This documentary is a true testament to the fact that every person, young or old, and with the help of others, can work in a positive and constructive manner to become good stewards of the environment in an effort to create a better tomorrow.”
—Educational Media Reviews Online

Inspiring. Recommended for students and adults seeking ways actively to make a difference in their local environments.”
- Library Journal

“This story shows that dreams can have long term success, and life can take unexpected paths. The facts that students can work hard, can get adults to listen and cooperate, and can have a great and lasting impact on their world are emphasized, and could be used to spark new ideas and action in other schools and communities. This DVD can be used in any classroom to encourage students to ask questions, and teachers to take action.”
– NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)

Recommended. A well-crafted and inspiring example of young people developing both eco-awareness and leadership skills. DVD extras include extended conversations with ecologists and authors.”
—Video Librarian

“The most compelling example that I’ve seen of students being productively involved in ecological restoration. I use the film as an integral part of presentations I do now to engage students in hopeful environmentalism.”
—Dr. David Sobel, Director, Teacher Certification Programs, Education Department, Antioch New England Graduate School

“‘A Simple Question’ portrays a hope grounded in the ability of the natural world to re-grow itself when people – in this instance, school children – make it the object of their care and attention.  My hope is that this film will inspire more educators across the U.S. and world to take similar actions within their own watersheds.”
— Greg Smith, Ed.D., Professor of Teacher Education, Lewis and Clark College

Nomination, Northern California Emmy Awards
Spirit of Activism Award, Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Best Educational Documentary, Mammoth Mountain Film Festival
Best Educational Value in the Classroom, andConservation Hero of the Festival, Laurette Rogers, International Wildlife Film Festival
Best Short Film, Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand 


This documentary explores Israeli male culture from a woman’s point of view.

The video was part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Feminale, the Liepzig Film Festival, INPUT ’96, London Jewish Film Festival, Washington Jewish Film Festival, Flaherty Film Seminar and many others. It was aired in Canada, Israel, Holland, Denmark, Russia and other countries.

Directed by Michal Aviad (1995)


Fair Fight In The Marketplace is a half-hour documentary that provides an engaging look at the antitrust laws that give protection to both American consumers and businesses. The program looks at three case studies, while also considering a more fundamental question: can a set of regulations created by the Sherman Act at the end of the 19th century be relevant in today’s era of digital technology and high-speed communications?

Produced, Written & Directed by Kevin White & David Donnenfield
Edited by Theron Yeager
Original Music by Tom Disher

 28 minutes, stereo, closed captioned

Broadcast nationally on PBS via KQED/NETA.
CINE Golden Eagle Award & Telly Award.

Topic areas: Economics, History, Civic Education, Consumer Rights, Economic History, Law, Corporate Reform.


For My Children examines the impact of the conflict in Israel on the filmmaker’s family. It is a personal film about the history and events in the life of one family of immigrants and refugees as seen through the prism of the first days of the new Intifada.

It was shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Berlin Cinematheque, Boston Jewish Film Festival, and many others.

Distributed by First Hand Films.
A film by Michal Aviad  (2002)


Over 20 years after two women were raped by the same serial rapist, they randomly meet. The encounter leads one to obsessively delve into the rape, and the other to struggle against the surfacing of the trauma. Eventually they embark together on a journey to release the anguish that unwillingly connected them. The film refers to an actual serial rapist who was operating in Tel Aviv. In the film, factual content and documentary footage is woven into the fictional story. Winner of the Ecumenical Prize, Panorama, Berlin International Film Festival, Best Israeli Film and Best Actress, Haifa International Film Festival, Grand Prize the 34ème Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, and MOMA NY selection for theatrical run. A feature length fiction film by Michal Aviad with Ronit Elkabetz and Evegenia Dodina. (2011)


Not All Parents Are Straight examines the dynamics of the parent-child relationship, the emotional conflicts, legal issues, and social discrimination that families with gay and lesbian parents face.

A feature-length documentary that chronicles the experiences of six families in which children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents. The program examines the dynamics of the parent-child relationship, the emotional conflicts for the children, legal custody problems, and the social discrimination that these families face.

Produced, Written & Directed by Kevin White

58 mins, stereo, close-captioned


Broadcast nationally on PBS via common carriage
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Berlin Film Festival
American Film Festival
Golden Apple Award, National Educational Film & Video Festival
Blue Ribbon, National Council on Family Relations Film Festival

“…should provide hope and encouragement for families in similar situations…[and] gives heterosexual audiences an insight into the life of a gay couple as parents and dispels the myth that gay couples raise gay children.”
Library Journal

“…provocative (in the best sense)…Viewing this should be reassuring to other children of gay parents, and may enlighten some of their friends.”
School Library Journal

Topic Areas:  Family Relations, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Family Law, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology.

©1986 Filmmakers Collaborative, SF


Once Was Water

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Some solutions to the looming global water crisis might be found in sharing the lessons learned by one city in the desert — the driest city in America, faced with depleted groundwater, constant expansion and only three inches of rain per year

Once Was Water seeks to bring a fundamental understanding of the global water crisis to diverse audiences. Our goal is to build an awareness to some of the efforts -- technological, physical and political -- that are being made to better prepare us to live with the escalating water scarcity.

As a follow-up to our previous film Racing to Zero, and in the same style of investigation, Once Was Water will focus on solutions to global water issues by turning a lens on Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas is a locale that people everywhere in the world know about. It is also the thirstiest city in the driest state in the U.S., so it has had to be proactive in developing solutions that conserve and redistribute water, their most precious resource. Currently the city is faced with only 2.6 inches of rain per annum, a seventeen-year drought, a constantly expanding population and competition for shared resources. As the drought that the water bosses were predicting in 2005 drags on into its 17th year, scientists now recognize it as one of the worst in

1,200 years. As a result, the city has become a unique example of what one desert region has accomplished in its search for solutions. They are now at a fine point in their efforts towards sustainability. They have no choice.

Directed by: Christopher Beaver.

Produced by: Diana Fuller.

Learn more:

The film is completed and is currently seeking $8000 for outreach and distribution.


Return Flight

Return Flight chronicles the restoration of the bald eagle to the Channel Islands in the face of pervasive DDT contamination.

The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60¹s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. Return Flight chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands, leading to some amazing results.

National PBS broadcast via Natural Heroes  Official Selection of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the Waimea Film Festival, the DC Environmental Film Festival, the SF Ocean Film Festival, and many other screenings and festivals.

Produced, Writen & Directed by Kevin White

Narration by Peter Coyote

Executive Producers: Jennifer Boyce, Annie Little, and Gabrielle Dorr

Edited by Theron Yeager & Gina Liebrecht

Camera: Richard Neil, Don Starnes, Christopher Blum, David Donnefield & Kevin White

Sound Mix: Leroy Clark & Shane Watson – Sirius Sound

Motion Graphics: Sean Dana

Color Correction/Finishing: David Santamaria

Full 12 minute version click here

Classroom Study Guide can be downloaded here.


Using innovative restoration techniques in a challenging location over the span of ten years, dedicated scientists worked with local schools and government agencies to restore Common Murres to their ancestral home off the coast of San Francisco.

In1986, a breeding colony of Common Murres on Devil’s Slide Rock off the coast of San Francisco was devastated by an oil spill. Using innovative restoration techniques in a challenging location over the span of ten years, dedicated scientists worked with local schools and government agencies to restore these diving seabirds to their ancestral home. Part of the How On Earth Video Series.

Produced, Written & Directed by Kevin White
Narration by Terri Orth Pallavicini
Edited by Theron Yeager & Marnie Berringer

26 minutes

Updated in 2005 with new footage showing the removal of social attraction equipment from the rock as the project progressed.


Broadcast on the Emmy-winning PBS series Natural Heroes, 2006
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Film Festival
SF Ocean Film Festival
International Wildlife Film Festival, Merit Award for Storytelling
Marin Environmental Film Festival
EarthVision Film Festival
Society for Ecological Restoration Special Presentation
Telly Award
Aurora Award

Topic areas: Ecosystem Management, Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology, Oceanography

©2000 – 2006 Filmmakers Collaborative, SF


Secrets In Stone is a 35-minute documentary depicting the classic scientific investigation confirming the then revolutionary notion of plate tectonics. The program was produced for the U.S. Geological Survey as a cultural mitigation measure and serves as the flagship outreach tool for the Survey’s Paleomagnetic Lab. A discovery that revolutionized our ideas on how the planet works, it’s a fascinating tale of intellectual cleverness, an obsession with knowledge, and unbridled curiosity rewarded.

Produced, Written & Directed by David Donnenfield


Speaking Up is a 28-minute documentary that examines the dynamics of domestic violence and what neighbors, friends, and family members can do to stop it.

Sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention Fund as part of a comprehensive public awareness campaign, Speaking Up examines the dynamics of domestic violence and what neighbors, friends, and family members can do to stop it. Hosted by Carla-Maria Sorey, the program uses interviews and re-enactments to provide viewers with solutions to address domestic violence at a community level. This program was broadcast nationally on PBS via KTEH/APT

Produced, Written & Directed by Kevin White


An 80-minute film with curriculum materials documenting how the Occupation affects women in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Produced and directed by Michal Aviad, this film was broadcast nationally on PBS in the Point of View series and received awards from the Berlin Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and several others.

Distributed by Women Make Movies.  (1992)


A hundred years ago, women pioneers came from Europe to Palestine, to realize the dream of creating a new woman in a new world, a woman who is as independent as men are. The women pioneers have left diaries and texts which tell their stories. Their writings shed new light on the archival footage of the time.

The Women Pioneers uncovers the course of their passionate battles and painful disappointments, until they were defeated, and gave up their own liberation for the national struggle.

Premiered at DocAviv 2013.
A documentary by Michal Aviad.


This educational documentary, commissioned by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, conveys the vibrancy of classical music, exploring the unique instruments used to create the “historically informed” sound. The 34-minute program is divided into four parts that examine the dynamism of music, the period instruments, rehearsals, and performances. The full program will be used in the Orchestra’s outreach to schools.

Produced, Written & Directed by David Donnenfield

To view the 34 minute version click here


We Bring A Quilt is a half hour documentary profiling individual stories of those attending the AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Washington DC. Narrated by Robert Wagner, the program aired nationally on PBS and on Bravo. It received an ACE nomination among many other awards.

Produced by David Thompson
Directed by Kevin White & David Thompson
Narration by Robert Wagner