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clow·der /ˈkloudər/  noun: a group of cats.




Joseph Applebaum is a television broadcast producer and documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of experience in the national entertainment industry covering all formats of non fiction media.

Clients have included NBC, CBS and FOX networks, Disney, Merv Griffin Entertainment, Comedy Central, MTV, LOGO, BET Entertainment, FX Network, Lifetime Entertainment, Pluto TV, Here TV, as well as many independent production companies.

He is an outspoken activist for animal welfare and the environment and is engaged in the local community to promote change.

Since 2010 he and his partner have focused on creating independent documentary films to promote social awareness and change through their production company, The Clowder Group. Their films have been screened worldwide and received numerous awards and acclaim.

Applebaum is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a native of Mill Valley, California and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. 



Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of non-fiction media with international credits including PBS, Showtime and BBC.


His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, and NPR’s Morning Edition. Maddux has exhibited his film at festivals around the world. His honors include seven Emmy Awards as well as awards from film festivals worldwide..  


In his role as a social impact content creator, Maddux has spoken with his documentaries at conferences internationally including The American Psychological Association, and The American Society on Aging. 


He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and in his spare time creates ruins photography and videography.

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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.



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.  


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.

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