New York, NY - March 11, 2015 Tsunami Worldwide Media signs Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff as his agency of record. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the film industry Tom Neff an MFA graduate of USC School of Cinema/Television, his films have garnered over 25 national and international awards, including an Oscar nomination, an Emmy win and an Emmy nomination.
A pioneer in High Definition production, Tom produced and directed the nation’s first HDTV art documentary production with the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the famed western artist Frederic Remington: Frederic Remington: “The Truth of Other Days”, which featured Gregory Peck and Ned Beatty. Many of Tom’s films revolve around artists, from a visually stunning approach to Dada artist and ceramicist Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada, to a 35mm documentary on the artistry of musical legend Herb Alpert, Music For Your Eyes. Tom is an expert in late 19th and early 20th century American art and history, with films such as the IMAX production “Our Country,” which traced 20th Century American history through country music songs of that era. His 6 hour series with TBS, America’s Music: The Roots of Country was the most extensive history of country music every undertaken, and featured over 250 interviews and over 225 songs. His recent feature-length documentary, Chances: The Women of Magdalene, won the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival, the Tennessee Spirit Award for the best film of the year by a Tennessean, and a Prism Award Nomination.
“It truly was a natural fit for our firm” states CEO Melissa K. McComas; “Tom has always been and will remain on the cutting edge of everything entertainment, truly creating projects that leave an enriching legacy. From our first conversation of many years past during his Documentary Channel™ days – and now as his agency, he continues to build projects that are entertaining, informative and visually captivating. Currently we are focused with Tom this spring on his Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield project as we broad span into all other areas of his vast portfolio”.
Neff founded the Documentary Channel™ (DOC; www.documentarychannel.com), the nation’s first 24/7 channel dedicated exclusively to showing independent documentaries and which launched on DISH Network in January 2006. The network today airs on DISH and DirecTV to over 25 million viewers nationally. As CEO and Chief Creative Officer at DOC, Neff created the DOC brand, the original programming schedule, and the Channel’s six signature ongoing series DocTalk, Treasures of the Academy, Oscar’s Picks, Black Filmmakers and Doc-U. Neff Executive Produced all of the documentaries produced by DOC, including the feature film TVA: Built For the People, the award-winning Speed Dreams, and emPOWERed for the EPA. Tom worked with the Academy of Motion Pictures in restoration, helping to restore John Huston’s three signature WWII documentaries, Let There Be Light, Battle of San Pietro, and Report from the Aleutians. As well as the seminal 1968 documentary on race relations, A Time For Burning and others.
Mr. Neff directed, wrote, and produced an independent, 35mm feature film Running Mates distributed by New World Pictures. His early documentary Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. Neff’s documentary Shake Hands with the Devil won the Emmy Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Currently Neff teaches documentary film, writing and media at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University). At MTSU, Neff created the unique Travel Abroad program the MTSU Signature Documentary Program Abroad, where he takes a small group of highly skilled students abroad to shoot and create short documentaries. Prof. Neff has taken students to Florence, Italy and Paris, France in the past two years, where the six short docs have won many student film festival awards, including Best of the Fest at the prestigious BEA Film Festival. Prof. Neff also created “First Look,” an industry screening for students to introduce them to working professionals in the region.
Mr. Neff founded The Documentary Film Foundation, a not-for-profit (www.documentaryfilmfoundation.org) to help promote and expand the documentary genre. He was President of FilmNashville, an organization representing Nashville and dedicated to bringing film and television to the city. Neff serves on the Nominating Committees for the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Oscars, and is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television, and has served on many panels, including Sundance, University of Southern California, WestDoc, HotDocs, Nashville Film Festival, Paley Media Center Doc Pitches, RealScreen, and is regular speaker at universities, festivals, and conventions -- including recent keynote speaker at the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival.
Agent for Tom Neff: Melissa Mc Comas
Tsunami Worldwide Media
Tel: (410) 472-2123