Joseph Applebaum is a television broadcast producer and documentary filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in the national entertainment industry covering most formats of the unscripted genre.


Clients have included Pluto TV, Here TV, Buena Vista Entertainment (Disney), Merv Griffin Entertainment, Comedy Central, MTV, LOGO, BET, FX, Lifetime, NBC, CBS and FOX networks.


Applebaum is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and is a native of Mill Valley, California.



Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of non-fiction media with international credits including Pluto TV, Here TV, PBS, Showtime, TLC, VH1, Spike, Logo, CMT, and BBC.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, and NPR’s Morning Edition and exhibited at film festivals around the world. 


His honors include seven regional Emmy Awards. as well as awards from film festivals on five continents.  


Maddux has spoken and shown our films at conferences internationally including Out & Equal, Creating Change, The American Psychological Association, and The American Society on Aging. 


He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  

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Associate Producer


Mason spearheads our social impact work with organizations and communities that wish to use our films.

Raised in rural Nevada, Mason only saw LGBTQ representation in television and film.  He knows firsthand how powerful media visibility can be for under-represented groups.

Formally the Director of Logistics at MMG Agriculture, he made the transition to our team having been inspired by social impact filmmaking and his drive to make a difference.

As Associate Producer, Mason helps shape our response to COVID-19 by designing and producing our live screening events.

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Associate Producer/ Co-Presenter


Suzanne Ford is a fierce activist working toward equal rights for the Trans community.


She is a board member of SF Pride, Trans Heartline, an organization that provides post-op care to the trans community.  


She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her wife Beverly and son, Daniel.


In her capacity with The Clowder Group, Suzanne provides a lens for us to capture the lives experiences of a variety of gender expressions.


During screenings, she shares her personal story and allows questions in a way that nurtures conversations among diverse groups of people.



Assistant Editor


Helping shape our new documentary, All The Lonely People (as well as our other projects) has proved a perfect fit for Danka's experience- professionally but also personally. 

Born and raised in the Slovak Republic, she spent her early professional years helping create regional television programs. 

Danka has put her visual storytelling to use on a variety of productions including work with The San Francisco Film Society and at Pixar Animation Studios.

She now focuses on the post-production side of film and our viewers get to see many of our projects through her eyes.  


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Assistant Editor


Avery is relatively new to the world of filmmaking with five years of experience proudly working on a mix of high and low-budget productions for Chickadee Entertainment, Lagunitas Films, Jessen Productions, and 32Ten Studios.


His curiosity and can-do attitude makes him a jack-of-all-trades but his passion is editing.


Avery attended The College of Marin but he considers himself a student of film.

How do our social impact projects get made and seen? 

The Clowder Group is a social entrepreneurship. We fund our work in two ways:

1. Tax-deductible donations from individuals and organizations pay for the creation of our independent documentaries.  Donated funds are managed through our fiscal sponsor, the non-profit arts organization, Center for Independent Documentary, a 501c3 in Boston, MA.  Disbursements are made on an as-needed basis corresponding to the film's budget. 


2. Upon completion of certain projects, The Clowder Group, LLC acts as distributor accepting screening and appearance fees as well as charging end-user licenses in order to pass on the on-going expense of outreach as well as seed future social impact documentaries.