Breaking Into Documentary Filmmaking – Full Film Courage Interview with Patrick Creadon

Breaking Into Documentary Filmmaking – Full Film Courage Interview with Documentarian Patrick Creadon



PATRICK CREADON was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. He began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90s. In 2006, his directorial debut, Wordplay was the breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, I.O.U.S.A., also premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Patrick has served on several film festival juries including Sudance Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival. In 2011, he debuted as a television director on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

At this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, received the “Bright Future Award” presented by Unilever Project Sunlight, for his inspirational film, “If You Build It,” a documentary that exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. As part of the “Bright Future Award,” which recognizes a filmmaker whose work motivates people to take action to create a better world, Unilever presented Creadon with a grant to continue to motivate positive changes that support a brighter future through the power of film. With these funds, Creadon plans to bring “If You Build it” to an even wider audience, as well as to support his upcoming project,  “Ocean Stories,” a new PBS series that will feature 100 ocean related stories from 100 people from diverse walks of life focused on preserving the world’s most precious resource.