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 edited over 35 feature length documentaries for PBS, HBO, Showtime 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), Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Emmy winning series), The Judge (TIFF), In Football We Trust (Emmy, Sundance), Orozco: Man of FireRalph Ellison: An American Journey (PBS' American Masters), MankillerStore WarsSchool Colors (PBS' Frontline), Bolinao 52 and Ancestors in the Americas. Ken directs and edits in both English and Spanish.

Visit www.kenschneidereditor.net for more details about Ken's editing work.


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. 


Erendira Olivera | Associate Producer
Erendira Olivera is a Mexican video and film editor and producer based in the Bay Area. She has been working in film and television since 2007. Graduating with a Bachelor´s degree in Media and Communication from ITESM CCM in Mexico City. Erendira began her career as an independent filmmaker making videos for nonprofits organizations like Oxfam Mexico, Oxfam GBS and Save the Children. In 2014 she moved to California where she has produced and edit award-winning short films and web series for rLoop, TE Connectivity, and Stanford SEED. She is associate producing Los Hermanos/The Brothers for PatchWorks Films.


Daniel Chavez Ontiveros | Assistant Editor
Daniel Chavez Ontiveros was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied Media & Communication Science at the ITESM-CCM. Later, he was accepted at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC-UNAM), where he studied an intensive program in Filmmaking. In 2016, with grants from FONCA/CONACYT for studies abroad and from the Jumex Foundation, he graduated from an M.F.A. program in Documentary Film & Video at Stanford University. During the program, he directed four documentary short films: Born Fighter (2015), I am Ayotzinapa (2015), Still Life (2015), and his thesis film El Cisne (2016). In 2013, he started his own audiovisual production company, Think Films, dedicated to creating documentary series for several international organizations such as Oxfam, TE Connectivity, and the Stanford Business School. These documentaries are focused on topics such as worldwide migration, protection of human rights, wilderness preservation, science, and technology. Dani is assistant editing Los Hermanos/The Brothers for PatchWorks.


Andy Black
Roberto Chile
Vicente Franco
Rafael Solis
Dave Sperling

Writing Consultant
Laurie Coyle

Editing Consultant
Nathaniel Dorsky

Associate Producer
Erendira Olivera

Assistant Editor
Daniel Chavez Ontiveros

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

Distribution Consultant
Andy Moore

Fundraising Consultants
Morrie Warshawski
Julie Mackaman

Outreach and Engagement Consultants
Working Films

Sage Brucia

Fiscal Agents
Center for Independent Documentary