Citizen Film

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Citizen Film
Type Nonprofit
Industry Documentary, Film, New Media, Storytelling
Founded San Francisco, California (2002)

San Francisco, CA

United States
Key people Sam Ball, Sophie Constantinou, Kate Stilley Steiner

Citizen Film is a San Francisco-based documentary company founded in 2002 by Sam Ball, Sophie Constantinou and Kate Stilley Steiner.


They produce long-form documentary programs such as Joann Sfar Draws from Memory and Green Streets (in progress), and they have produced more than 100 short films.[1] In addition, they provide key production and/or post-production services for independent producers such as Nancy Kates (Regarding Susan Sontag); Vicki Abeles (Race to Nowhere); Tiffany Shlain (The Tribe); and Jenni Olson (575 Castro St.).[2][3][4][5] They have produced several films with Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff (A Foot in the Door and The Respect for All Project), promoting equity in education "at the earliest age possible and on an ongoing basis."[6][7][8]

New Media[edit]

Citizen Film also produces new media projects such as Lunch Love Community, co-directed by Constantinou and Helen DeMichiel; and Half-Remembered Stories, a collaboration with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.[9][10]


Clients include San Francisco Symphony, The National Center for Victims of Crime (Links in the Chain),[11] The National Yiddish Book Center[12] and the San Francisco Foundation. (Since 2002, Citizen Film as been producing videos about the foundation's grantees: healthcare providers like Dr. Washington Burns, artists like Anna Halprin, and economic development leaders such as Sylvia Rosales-Fike.)[13]

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