Scott Anger

Journalist + Filmmaker + Entrepreneur

Scott Anger

Scott is a multimedia storyteller and entrepreneur. He is the founder and creative director of Pandau, an organization that connects people through powerful storytelling and the celebration of food.

About

For 30 years, Scott Anger has worked as an independent visual journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker.  Before launching Pandau in 2010, he was the Director of Video at The Los Angeles Times where he led a department of full-time video journalists and developed editorial video strategy for the organization. Most recently, he served as the managing director of The Lost Bird Project, an art-focused, environmental non-profit organization based in New York City.

Scott started his career as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer working on assignment for a number of publications, including TIME, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveller, US News & World Report and The Washington Post. In 1996, he began producing audio stories for National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation both in the U.S. and while based in Southeast Asia.

From 1998 to 2000, Scott was the Voice of America radio bureau chief based in Islamabad from where he covered Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.  He established and staffed one of only five foreign news bureaus that operated full-time under the strict Taliban regime in Kabul.

After the attacks on the United States in 2001, Scott began reporting, field producing and shooting films for the documentary program FRONTLINE on PBS.  Since then, he has helped produce seven films for the program including two that have been awarded the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism, television’s highest journalism award.

In addition to his current affairs work, Scott has helped produce six feature-length documentary films: Home Front (SHOWTIME), Greensboro; Closer to the Truth(PBS/theatrical),Witnesses to a Secret War (PBS), Life in Limbo (independent/theatrical), The Lost Bird Project (independent/theatrical) and The Return (independent/theatrical). He has also directed, produced, shot and edited non-fiction work for clients such as The International Rescue Committee, Starbucks Coffee and the Open Society Foundations.

Scott teaches storytelling and documentary production techniques at workshops organized by the National Press Photographers Association, Western Kentucky University, Syracuse University and University of California, Los Angeles. He is on the advisory board for the Brooks Institute School of Visual Journalism and consults with a broad range of organizations on media strategy, audience engagement and content distribution. Scott has been a panelist and lecturer at a number of industry gatherings including the TriBeca Film Festival, NPPA’s annual Convergence conferences and the BBC’s annual corporate gathering in London.

Scott is a “Studio Artist” in residence at the Angels Gate Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Contact Scott

scott(at)scottanger.com

Filmography

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  • Hunger in the Valley of Plenty (2013) Producer and cinematographer. Reported by Sasha Khokha and Natasha Del Toro. California's San Joaquin Valley is the country's most productive farm belt: its fertile orchards and fields generate most of the nation's fresh fruit and nuts. Yet for the people who work and live near these farms, access to healthy and fresh food can be a daily struggle. (KQED)

    The Return (2013) Director of Photography.  Directed by Adam Zucker.  A film about young Poles discovering their Jewish ancestry in Poland against the backdrop of decades of anti-semitism and near total decimation of the Jewish community during World War II.

    Lost Bird Project (2011) Co-Producer/Director of Photography.  Directed by Deborah Dickson.  A story of artist Todd McGrain's quest to memorialize the extinction of five North American birds by placing large bronze sculptures in the locations where the birds were last see alive in the wild. - Best Cinematography, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Chagrin, Ohio

    Obama's War (2009)  Additional Photography.  Produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith.  Correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how the president's new strategy is taking shape, delivering vivid, on-the-ground reporting from this eight-year-old war's many fronts. (PBS FRONTLINE) - Overseas Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Award, Best TV Documentary on International Affairs

    Life in Limbo (2009) Co-Producer/Director of Photography.  Directed by Sakae Ishikawa.  A film about the residents of a two thousand year-old village that is threatened by floodwaters from the last major dam to be constructed on the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. - Jury Award for Cinematography, Archaeological Film Festival, 2010

    Witness to a Secret War (2008) Co-Producer/Director of Photography.  Directed by Deborah Dickson. Edited by Sakae Ishikawa.  The story of the secret war in Laos told by the Hmong soldiers and their families who were recruited by the CIA to fight America’s proxy war in the 60’s and 70’s until the Communist takeover. (PBS)

    Budapest to Berlin: on the road with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2007) Director of Photography.  Directed and produced by Emily Goldberg. The film looks behind the scenes of Minnesota’s famed orchestra on its European tour.  (PBS)

    Greensboro: Closer to the Truth (2007) Director of Photography.  Directed and produced by Adam Zucker. The documentary film chronicles the murders of five members of the Communist Workers Party by the Ku Klux Klan in 1979 and the struggle of Greensboro to reconcile after the first-ever Truth and Reconciliation Commission is convened in the United States.  (PBS)

    Return of the Taliban (2006) Co-producer and Director of Photography. Produced by Martin Smith. After the fall of the Taliban, experts warned of a scenario in which the movement would escape Afghanistan and set up new command centers in neighboring Pakistan. The film is a rare look inside the secret sanctuary that is off limits to U.S. troops. (PBS FRONTLINE)

    Home Front (2006) Director of Photography. Directed by Richard Hankin. A feature documentary film about how a U.S. soldier blinded in the Iraq war tries to adjust to his wounds after returning home.  (SHOWTIME)

    Private Warriors (2005) Cinematographer. Produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith. A critical look at private contractors, the second largest force in Iraq, servicing U.S. military bases, protecting U.S. diplomats and providing needed logistics that historically were provided by the military. (PBS FRONTLINE)

    Beyond Baghdad (2004) Director of Photography and Field Producer.  Produced by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria.  During a five-week journey from the Kurdish north through the Sunni Triangle to the Shiite south, the film takes a hard look at the social and political reality beyond the political corridors of Baghdad. (PBS FRONTLINE)

    Truth, War and Consequences (2003) Reporter, Field Producer and Director of Photography. The 90-minute documentary film examines what went wrong in the planning for the postwar occupation of Iraq and what is at stake for both the U.S. and for Iraqis. (PBS FRONTLINE) - Silver Baton, Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism

    Iraq War (2003) Reporter, Producer, Director of Photography and Editor.  Produced a series of reports leading up to the invasion of Iraq and from the battlefield as U.S. forces advanced toward Baghdad. (PBS Lehrer Newshour / The New York Times)

    In Search of Al Qaeda (2002) Field Producer, Reporter, Director of Photography and Second Editor. An hour-long documentary film that follows the trail of the terrorist organization through the Middle East and South Asia. (PBS FRONTLINE)

    Behind Enemy Lines (2002) Field producer and Cinematographer.  An hour-long documentary film about the most dangerous missions conducted during World War II. (BBC) - Award of Excellence, Royal Television Society, London

    Women of Courage (2002) Producer and Director of Photography. First in a series of stories about women of outstanding achievement around the world such as Jamila Mujahed, the first woman to re-appear on television after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul. (Oxygen Television)

    Saudi Time Bomb? (2001) Field Producer and Cinematographer. A documentary film about the growing tensions between America and its Arabian ally after Sept. 11, 2001.  (PBS FRONTLINE) - Gold Baton, Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism