Documentary Films

National Emmy Award nomination, 2012: Marijuana Gold Rush
National Emmy Award nomination, 2007: Exposé: Charity Begins at Home
National Emmy Award nomination, 2001: Critical Condition
Association for International Broadcasting AIB Award
Gold World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards
Silver World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards
Royal Television Society Award nominee
Seven Cine Golden Eagle Awards
Cine Special Jury Award
Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award
Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit for environmental reporting
Association of Health Care Journalists Award First Place
Writers Guild of America Award nominee
Monte Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award nominee
Investigative Reporters and Editors IRE Medal finalist
Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival Special Jury Award
Houston FilmFest Gold Medal
Three-time winner of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Award
National Mental Health Association Media Award
International Labor Communications Association Media Award
Columbus International Film and Video Festival Honorable Mention
Southern California Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting
Education Writers Association National Award for Education Reporting
U.S. International Film and Video Festival Silver Screen Award
Columbus International Film and Video Festival Bronze Plaque
U.S. International Film and Video Festival Award for Creative Excellence
Worldfest Flagstaff Bronze Award
Recipient of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism
Recipient of The Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health


American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco

“One of the ten best films of 2013.  This movie could have gone on for another two or three hours, and I would never have been bored.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

Remaking American Medicine

“Provides an eye-opening and at times heartrending introduction to just a few of the many difficulties—actually failures—of US health care delivery today. . .The public is owed programming such as this.”

—Journal of American Medical Association

Rollover: The hidden history of the SUV

“One of the most compelling reports on SUV safety ever to air on American television.”

—Detroit Free Press

“The definitive program on SUVs and rollovers.”

—Kansas City Star

Bigger than Enron

“Grade A: A must-see for anyone interested in the business pages and the prospects of happier days ahead.”

—Houston Chronicle

Critical Condition

“One of the top ten television programs of 2000.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

“A journalistic gem. . . medicine well worth taking”


Marijuana Gold Rush

“It’s not easy being legally green in the United States, we learn from Shaffer’s film. Like any other business, there are taxes, workers’ comp, payroll taxes, insurance and all kinds of other things the illegal pot trade doesn’t have to deal with.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

Gang War USA

“Marc Shaffer and his crew detail the disturbing story of how. . . Uncle Sam’s deportation of MS-13 members to El Salvador ironically has been making the gang even stronger and more globalized than before.”

—Los Angeles Times

Blueprint America: Road to the Future

“This show made the questions and precedents of transportation planning feel local and approachable and immediate. . .Cheers to our friends at PBS.”

—The Infrastructurist


“Marc Shaffer is an excellent producer and director, that rare combination of first-rate journalist and stylish filmmaker who excels at all manner of subjects he tackles.”

—Tom Casciato, Executive Producer, Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports

“Marc Shaffer is an extremely talented creator of documentary television—a reporter with a keen sense of where and how he can pry open sudden disclosures, news breaks and exclusives that will break a story and change how viewers see the world, and a producer who has the craft and savvy to generate visuals that grab and hold viewers and tell a compelling story that sticks in people’s minds. As an experienced reporter, I always liked working with Marc because of the visual added value that he brought to the game. As an executive producer, I always liked having Marc on my team because he came back with a story that beat his competitors.”

—Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy Award-winning producer,
and author of Who Stole the American Dream?

“No one I know works harder or is more thorough than Marc Shaffer.  He is a superb journalist and storyteller, and he has a terrific eye.  He is also a good man and a pleasure to work with.”

—David Winton, Owner, Winton-duPont Films; President, San Francisco Film Society

“As an organization dedicated to accelerating research in a complex field, we needed a way to clearly communicate who we are. We turned to Marc for a corporate video, and he produced a magnificent short film that tells our story powerfully and effectively. Today, the debut of Marc’s newest NYSCF video has become an eagerly anticipated event at our annual gala, and our staff looks forward to collaborating with him each year.”

—Susan Solomon, CEO, The New York Stem Cell Foundation