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educational media on the critical issues of our times


Founded in 1983, our mission is to provide the best media programming available on critical social and global issues to classrooms and communities to help advance awareness and encourage action on the most important concerns of our times.

The Video Project collection features programs for all ages from over 200 independent filmmakers, including Oscar and Emmy winners, as well as films that aired on Showtime, HBO and PBS. Our films are regularly honored with top festival awards and with critical praise from major review publications.

Most Video Project films are offered with limited public performance rights for public, noncommercial screenings. Educational/institutional streaming options are also available.


The Video Project was founded in 1983 by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Vivienne Verdon-Roe (Women for America, For the World) and Oscar nominee Ian Thiermann (In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can the Children Tell Us). View Vivienne's Oscar Acceptance Speech.

In 2007, The Video Project was acquired by San Mateo-based media company Specialty Studios, helmed by Steve Michelson, a leader in film production and distribution in Northern California for over 30 years, and a pioneer in media authoring, technology and impact.

Video Project Staff

Steve Michelson

Craig Malina
Director of Business Affairs

Kathy Douglas
Chief Operating Officer

Salman Ali
Finance Manager

Michael Kuehnert
Director of Acquisitions & Sales

Arlin Golden
Director of Operations

Bernadette McVerry
Senior Designer

Ashley Fakava
Outreach Coordinator

Eric DeBoer
Website / Applications Developer

145 9th St., Suite 230
San Francisco, CA 94103

1-800-4-PLANET (800-475-2638)
Phone: 1-415-981-9710
Fax: 1-415-692-6223