My main documentary focus has been VH1 ROCK DOCS: high-end feature-length docs revealing untold stories in rock and hip-hop. We combined rare footage with unique and unconventional narrative approaches, allowing filmmakers distinctive voices.
In 2009, I project I helped acquire Anvil! The Story of Anvil! won an Emmy Award for outstanding arts and culture programming. In 2007, I had won another for DMC: My Adoption Journey.
I helped commission original films and then supervised all aspects of production. At film festivals, I looked for promising directors and other talent and also shopped for existing films that would interest the VH1 audience.
Other documentary properties I managed include INSIDE/OUT, which featured celebrities undergoing life transitions as well as public affairs specials such as Tracking the Monster.
ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL
Premiere: October 3, 2009
In the summer of 1984, the band Anvil toured with some of the world’s hottest acts like Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Today, those bands are legends and Anvil is just the opposite. While fame eluded them, Anvil never stopped rocking. Childhood friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, both fiftysomething, are still toiling away at their dream, trying to make Anvil one of the world’s biggest bands. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” has been one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2009. Filmmaker Michael Moore praised it as “the best documentary I’ve seen in years.” Anthony Lane of the New Yorker called it “the most stirring release of the year.”
VH1 ROCK DOC: NY77: THE COOLEST YEAR IN HELL
Premiere: August 11, 2007
This two-hour doc tells the story of one of the most astonishing pop culture years in American history. New York City had fallen in decay and chaos. There were not enough jobs, not enough money, not enough police, not enough schools, and not enough social services. There was a city wide black out with major looting, there was a serial killer on the loose, and the Bronx was burning. Yet out of the chaos, emerged one of the most creative times any city has ever encountered.