Though categorizing media these days may not be terribly useful or accurate, it may help you navigate some of what we've done to date (and a little of what's to come).
Green River Films is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based production company with a mission to create meaningful, impactful narratives for the digital age. Our work spans many platforms but whether we are crafting an online media campaign for a non-profit organization, editing a documentary series for cable television, creating micro-commercials for search engines or producing a film for the big screen, we believe that all good work should move the viewer.
We will work together to learn what your goals are and help you craft the stories to achieve results. We will help determine the appropriate outlet and structure the films to best suit that medium.
We can provide all necessary aspects to make your production run smoothly. From locations, to crews, studio space to talent and we can do it anywhere in the world.
Our in-house editing team is involved at the beginning of the process not just the end to make post-production run smoothly.
Green River Films is easy and fun to work with, always completing projects within budget and deadline. But most importantly, the Green River team has always quickly and effortlessly grasped the vibe we were seeking and translated it brilliantly to film.
Columbia College Chicago
Executive Director of Admissions
We love the way Green River integrates film and graphics to tell stories that are dynamic, engaging and always fun. Wonderfully inventive, easy to work with—a real pleasure.
I have had the pleasure to work with Green River numerous times. John is one of the few editors I trust to create a thoughtful and engaging story. Not only is he a pleasure to work with, I have found that whatever idea I have John always makes it better. If I win the lottery John will be the person I ask to edit the film I bankroll. No lie.
Adam E. Wadsworth
Samantha began her career in film by working for filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Barbara Kopple and producer Jean Doumanian. Her own films have played in festivals throughout the world and have won awards internationally including a CINE Eagle and two Chicago/Midwest regional Emmys. She has written/directed documentary programs that have been broadcast on television networks including National Geographic, A&E, MSNBC and PBS. Additionally, she teaches courses in the film department at Columbia College Chicago.
John Farbrother editor/producer
John Farbrother’s editing work has aired on Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic and CNBC. John edited the feature documentary, Louder Than a Bomb, which received the 2011 Humanitas Prize and has garnered a total of 17 film festival prizes, 10 of them audience awards. The film traveled the world as part of the U.S. State Department’s 2011 American Documentary Showcase. Roger Ebert named Louder Than a Bomb one of the ten best documentaries of 2011. As a producer/director, John has received two Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmys for work he also edited.
Alicia Sams has extensive production experience in both documentary and feature films. She has produced documentaries for theatrical release and for broadcasters including IFC, the Sundance Channel, AMC, PBS, Bravo, and TBS. Currently, she is producing and directing White House Ghosts, about presidential speechwriters. Other recent films include: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, airing on American Masters in January 2015; The Battle for Kansas, a series of short films for Al Jazeera’s America Tonight; Arab American Stories, a 13-episode public television which she conceived, produced and directed for presenter Detroit Public Television. She produced and directed (with Amy Rice) the Emmy-Award winning film By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, which premiered on HBO in 2009. Also in 2009, Sams was executive producer of Cherien Dabis' award-winning debut feature Amreeka, which premiered at Sundance and won the Critics Prize at the Director's Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. Past films include: Toots, Wanderlust, Grateful Dawg, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s, and the series Keeping Time: New Music from America’s Roots.