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 is an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ aging and LGBTQ history movements. He has spoken at national conferences including the 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.  

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.

A small staff is paid through both parts of this process.  Our 2019 budget was less than $250,000

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