Projects

Bodycam image from officer involved in the case examined in Doctor's Orders.

Doctor's Orders

This three-part documentary with animation by Yoni Goodman (Waltz with Bashir) features a leader of the Pagan's outlaw motorcycle gang who seeks redemption after snitching on his Pagan brothers. Now streaming on discovery+.

Kenny Stills taking a knee.

Paid Patriotism

In this short film featured by the Washington Post, wide receiver Kenny Stills and broadcaster Bob Costas defend the choice to take a knee during the national anthem. Winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Still image from Trump Bites depicting a massive titan of industry shaking a tiny Trump's hand.

Trump Bites

Short animated films based on actual Donald Trump audio clips, hand-drawn by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton and Leah Shore. This Webby Award-winning viral series premiered on the New York Times web site, was broadcast on ARTE, shown at New York's IFC Center, and chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Dancing Voice, Singing Body

A documentary feature about composer-singer-choreographer Meredith Monk, one of the great artistic pioneers of our time. Featuring Björk and David Byrne.

Bill Burns meets Bashar al-Assad

The Back Channel

The appointment of Bill Burns as CIA Director caps a lifetime of foreign service that earned him the moniker “America’s secret diplomatic weapon.” In this documentary, Burns reflects on the power and purpose of American diplomacy at a pivotal moment in world politics.

Photo of refugee face with eye graphic.

Trust

A character-driven series about blockchain (the technology behind bitcoin), which promises to tackle global problems from human trafficking to electoral fraud. With Executive Producer Dan Rather.

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Ted and Aaron

An animated feature about technology and freedom, based on the writings and tragic life stories of two child prodigies. A collaboration with animator Paul Barritt.

Filmmakers

Photograph of Billy Shebar speaking at a Tribeca Film Festival event.

Billy Shebar

Billy Shebar is an Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer of TV series and independent films. Recent credits include DarkNet for Showtime, and Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio (with Joe Berlinger) for Spike. His feature-length screenplay for Dark Matter, starring Meryl Streep, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance.

Illustration of David C. Roberts by Yoni Goodman.

David C. Roberts

David Roberts is a former US diplomat and physicist, turned writer/filmmaker. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. After bouncing between five continents, he and his wife have finally settled in New York City.

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