About the Producers
Rob Whittlesey, RCSR Productions
For nearly thirty years Rob Whittlesey has been making thought-provoking, award-winning documentary films, primarily for national broadcast on public television. First introduced to the joys of shooting and cutting 16mm film while an undergraduate at Princeton, Whittlesey spent the decade of the ‘70s honing his skills as a freelance cameraman and editor. Then, in the early 1980s, he began producing as well. Over the years, his tools have changed (16mm and Steenbecks giving way to Super 16mm and finally HiDef edited on an Avid or Final Cut Pro). What has not changed is his passion for well-crafted films that tell the stories of real people in a memorable way.
Dirty Secrets, episode six in National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth series, is Whittlesey’s most recent film. It weaves diverse stories from around the world into an engaging tale of how we unwittingly affect the global water system and ways we can do better. It is scheduled for PBS broadcast in the spring of 2008.
Dirty Secrets is a production of Sea Studios Foundation, for whom Whittlesey also recently produced and edited Ahead of the Curve: Business Responds to Climate Change. Intended for DVD and Internet distribution, this twelve-minute film looks at why leading corporations are taking seriously the challenge of climate change. Based on the film’s success, a companion piece about state climate initiatives is now in production.
Other recent films include How Safe are We? the final hour of Rx for Survival, a six part PBS series on Global Health broadcast in November 2005. It, and the rest of the series, was awarded a National News and Documentary Emmy.
Also broadcasted in 2005 was the Strange Days on Planet Earth episode entitled The One Degree Factor. Among the other accolades this film has won are Wildscreen 2004’s “One Planet Award,” the “Best in Scientific Exploration” award at the 2004 Explorer’s Club Film Festival, and Best Science Documentary at the Japan Wildlife Festival. This series was nominated for a National News and Documentary Emmy.
In prior years, Whittlesey has made ten films for the PBS series NOVA; individual episodes of two PBS science mini-series (Why Sex? part of the Evolution series and the recipient of two National News and Documentary Emmy nominations, and Mysteries of the Universe, a two hour look at twentieth century physics and astronomy for the series A Science Odyssey); numerous PBS specials including the critically acclaimed Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back (another National News and Documentary Emmy nominee); and films for series as diverse as Frontline and Adventure.
Whittlesey is married with two grown daughters.