Alan Govenar is a writer, folklorist, photographer and filmmaker. He is the director of Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization he founded in 1985 to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Govenar is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of twenty-nine books. Govenar’s film Stoney Knows How was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival. Govenar has also produced and directed numerous films in association with NOVA, PBS, and La Sept/ARTE. His documentaries, Extraordinary Ordinary People, The Beat Hotel, Master Qi and the Monkey King, and You Don't Need Feet to Dance are distributed by First Run Features. Other films include Serving Second Chances, Texas Style, and Black on White, White on Black.
Jason Johnson-Spinos has worked as an editor at Documentary Arts since 2011. He edited the feature films You Don't Need Feet to Dance and Serving Second Chances, was an additional editor on The Beat Hotel, and edited the short films Bridging Utopia, The Silent Witness Speaks, World's Fair Waffle, and One Man Band: Al Howard, in addition to working on numerous other Documentary Arts projects. With The Documentary Group in NYC, he assistant edited the documentaries Angle of Attack and Dreamland. He is also the co-founder and marketing director of Outcry Theatre.
Director of Photography
Didier Dorant is a French cinematographer who has worked with Documentary Arts on numerous projects. He was the cinematographer for the feature films Serving Second Chances, You Don't Need Feet to Dance, The Beat Hotel, and Master Qi and the Monkey King, for the short films Bridging Utopia, The Silent Witness Speaks, and The Poetry of Exactitude, and for video segments for The Franco-American Museum at the Chateau de Blérancourt. Dorant is a graduate of l'ESEC, Ecole Supèrieure d'Etudes Cinématographiques à Paris. For the last 28 years, he has been a Journalistes Reporter Caméraman and Grand Reporter Caméraman on documentaries, news magazines and news reports. In addition, he teaches at the CFPJ School of Journalism in Paris, France.
Director of Photography
As Director/DP, Robert Tullier has shot on oil platforms in the Arabian Gulf, documented missionaries in Samoa and directed major Fortune 500 executives along with prominent individuals in the arts and business community. His work has aired both nationally and internationally. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Broadcast Film Arts, he has won numerous national awards. Work with Documentary Arts includes Serving Second Chances, The Beat Hotel, Voyage of Doom, Dreams of Conquest, The Devil’s Swing, Jaber, Sacred Steel, and The Hard Ride.