Recent Projects

(Links here to most recent NGOFilms projects; earlier work is listed below these clips)

HELLO CUBA!

As a 60 year-long economic embargo slowly begins to lift in Cuba, we see life thru the eyes of neighbors living along a short street in Havana.  “A beautiful and thoughtful film about the spirit of the Cuban people.” Stuart Ashman, L.A. Museum of Latin American Art   (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

AMAZON GOLD

This film documents the rapid destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold.

Narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, the film has been honored at SXSW, the NY International Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.  Winner, Best Environmental Film of the Year at the GFN International Environmental Film Festival in Paris.   Winner BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM at 21st Annual ARPA International Film Festival, 2019. (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

STRANGERS IN TOWN

A film about a small town in Kansas where immigration and diversity is considered to be a good thing! Recipient of Kansas Humanities Grant.  Comments at film’s premier: “…a passionate, beautiful film that makes you beieve in the American dream again.”   (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

visit: strangersintownthefilm.com

ST. ANDREWS

Short promo video for Chilean-based mussel producing company exporting their products all over the world.  “A visual poem.”

WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY

A short documentary film focusing on severe water issues caused by an extended drought in Kansas and the ramifications for ranchers, farmers and townspeople. Recipient of Kansas Humanities Grant.  (Director, Cinematographer)

THE DRIVERS

Eleven thousand meals are delivered every week by THE DRIVERS for Project Angel Food, an LA-based organization providing medically tailored meals to the homes of people living with life-threatening illnesses.  (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH

Civil rights giant Judge Damon J. Keith has decided some of the most landmark rulings of the last 50 years. His fight for “equal justice under the law” reflects an unwavering belief in the highest aspirations of American democracy.  Winner, multiple awards including Audience Award, Best Documentary, Tallgrass International Film Festival and Anchorage International Film Festival. (Cinematographer)

(Selected Projects — Reuben Aaronson)

THE LAST FROG

For National Geographic Television,  exploring the beautiful and mysterious world of frogs. Winner, National Emmy Award for Cinematography. (Cinematographer)

THE GROUND TRUTH: After the Killing Ends

Explores the personal demons of returning Iraq War Veterans.  Kenneth Turan of the LA Times called it “thoughtful, sensitive, perhaps the most emotionally wrenching of all the Iraq documentaries.”  Sundance Film Festival.  Oscar short list for Best Documentary. (Cinematographer)

STRANGE DAYS ON PLANET EARTH (Series)

A four-part National Geographic Special about global environmental change hosted by actor Ed Norton.  For PBS. Winner Best Series, Wildscreen Film Festival.  (Cinematographer)

LORDS OF THE GARDEN, The Tree-top People of New Guinea

Anthropologist Paul Taylor journeys into the rainforest of Irian Jaya to study the Korowai, a semi-nomadic, virtually untouched tribe still using stone tools.  Winner, Gold Medal for Cinematography, Houston International Film Festival; Best of Festival, CINE Film Festival. (Co-director, Cinematographer)

IN PURSUIT OF THE SHROUD

Examines this mysterious ancient cloth bearing the  image of a crucified man some believe to be Jesus.    Winner, Silver Medal, New York Film Festival.  (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

THE GREAT INCA REBELLION

“Can a single 500-year-old skull change the way we think of the Spanish conquest?  Can a TV show make us care?  Yes and yes.  Tonight, the estimable PBS documentary series “Nova” revisits the 16th-centure siege of Lima, in which the Incas were decimated by Spanish conquistadors.”  The New York Times Television Review.  (Cinematographer)

ONLY IF YOU CAN ACT

Profile of one of America’s greatest actresses, Helen Hayes, the “First Lady of the American Theater”.   For PBS’ series, “American Masters”.  (Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

THE THIN RED LINE

Oscar-winning director Terrence Malick’s focus on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.  Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Cinematography.  (Anthropological Unit Director/Cameraman)

HOTEL TERMINUS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE

Director Marcel Ophuls’ focus on Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie.  Winner, International Critics Prize for Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival; Winner, Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. (Cinematographer)

INSIDE THE VATICAN

This National Geographic Special, reveals the mystery and spirit of the world’s oldest institution through the people and history that animate it today.  Narrated by Martin Sheen.  For PBS.  (Cinematographer)

PROMISES TO KEEP

Homelessness in America.  Narrated by Martin Sheen.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.  (Cinematographer)

FINE FOOD, FINE PASTRIES, OPEN 6 TO 9

Portrait of a 65-year-old family-run restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. (Cinematographer)

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

Recounts life in the first African-American township in America.  Stars Halle Barry.  (Director/DP for Second Unit photography.)  Nominated for multiple Emmys. ABC-TV.

CHILD SOLDIERS: Sierra Leone

Recounts the lives of kidnapped children forced to participate in the horrors of a ten-year-long civil war. With host Michael Douglas.  For Showtime. (Cinematographer)

KEEPERS OF THE WILD

A National Geographic Special that examines the complex relationship between captive wild animals and those who care for them.  Winner, National Emmy and Peabody Awards. (Cinematographer)

THE GAUCHOS  

For National Geographic Television, a film about the life and culture of the gauchos of Argentina.  Nominated for a National Emmy for Cinematography. (Cinematographer)

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