For more than 20 years, PatchWorks Films has been creating award-winning documentaries exploring contemporary social issues through intimate character stories, and building innovative partnerships for their strategic use with organizations and educators. Their films have broadcast worldwide and shown at museums, libraries, schools, universities, community centers, conferences, and film festivals. Their most recent feature, Havana Curveball has screened in six countries to date, winning Best Documentary awards at the Boston and Seattle Children’s Film Festival, a special juror award at the Olympia Festival in Greece and a spot on School Library Journal’s “Best of 2014” list. Their previous film, Speaking In Tongues, funded by ITVS, LPB and CAAM, aired on PBS, won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and is a catalyst for changing language education worldwide. Previous films include the ITVS-funded Born in the U.S.A., which aired on Independent Lens and was hailed as the “best film on childbirth” by the former director of maternal health at the World Health Organization, and several shorts.


Ken Schneider | Producer/Director/Editor
Ken is a Peabody-winning producer who has also edited over 35 feature length documentaries for PBS, HBO and Al-Jazeera. Films he edited have been nominated for an Oscar and multiple Emmys, and won prime-time and documentary Emmys, a Columbia-Dupont, two Peabodys, an Indie Spirit award and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He was editor on the Oscar-nominated Regret to Inform, a film The New York Times described as“unforgettable ... exquisitely filmed, edited and scored.” Other projects include: Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (Peabody, 2015), Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Emmy winning series), In Football We Trust (Sundance, 2015), The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight ItOrozco: Man of FireRalph Ellison: An American Journey (American Masters), Store WarsSchool Colors (Sundance 2002, Frontline), Bolinao 52 and Ancestors in the Americas (all featured on PBS). (See www.kenschneidereditor.net for details.)


Marcia Jarmel | Producer/Director/Writer/Impact Producer
Consulting producer on HBO’s Emmy-nominated 50 Children, producing consultant to Last Day of Freedom—short-listed for the Academy Award—and IFP Mentor to festival favorite, The Last Season, Marcia works with other filmmakers in addition to her work with PatchWorks. Other credits include co-editing the Academy Award nominee, For Better or For Worse, and assistant producing the Academy Award nominees, Berkeley in the Sixties and Freedom on my Mind. Prior to founding PatchWorks, Marcia directed and produced The Return of Sarah’s Daughters (Women in the Director’s Chair, DocuWeek, Cinequest, APT) and The F Word (Living Room Festival, AFI's VideoFest and the Judy Chicago film series at the Brooklyn Museum of Art). She was a resident at Working Films’ Content+Intent at MASS MoCA, Fledgling Fund’s Reel Education and Reel Impact, San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse, Kopkind Colony, and twice a BAVC Media Maker.  She consults on documentary outreach and engagement and has guest lectured at Stanford, NYU and the San Francisco Art Institute. 


Andy Black
Vicente Franco
Roberto Chile

Writing Consultant
Laurie Coyle

Editing Consultant
Nathaniel Dorsky

Arnow Foundation
Center for Asian American Media
California Humanities Council
Center for Cultural Innovation
Film Arts Foundation
Fledgling Fund
Gerbode Foundation
Latino Public Broadcasting
Lawrence Choy Lowe Memorial Fund
Lenore and Howard Klein Foundation
Levinson Family Foundation
Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund
National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Pacific Pioneer Fund
The San Francisco Foundation
The Sarnoff Raymond Foundation
Book Keeping
Denise Donovan

Distribution Consultant
Andy Moore

Distribution Coordinator / Administrative Support
Laura McCormick

Fundraising Consultants
Morrie Warshawski
Julie Mackaman

Outreach and Engagement Consultants
Working Films

Sage Brucia

Fiscal Agents
Center for Independent Documentary
San Francisco Film Society