PARADISE COVE, a California sub S Corporation, is a full production and post production facility with two award-winning features and several short films and documentaries to its credit. Founded in 1989 as 'GHOST DANCE PRODUCTIONS,' we are currently headquartered in San Francisco's SOMA district. Our recently upgraded editing room boasts an Avid Media Composer Adrenaline workstation. In addition to producing our own media, we offer a variety of services for filmmakers, and we strive to provide prompt, high-quality work for competitive prices. Our goal is to produce films and media with artistry, honesty, social awareness and true entertainment value.
Robert Clapsadle- Writer/Director
Studied film, video, painting and theater at
the Albright Art Institute at the University of
Buffalo, the Art Student's League and the
New York School for Social Research.
In 1968 he founded The Company, an Off
Broadway repertory group producing and
directing a variety of plays, including several of his own works. His Promises to Keep was called "One of the year's ten best" by The Village Voice. The Company also produced original works by such Innovative playwrights as Marge Mahle, Joe Chaiken, and Sam Shepard.
Mr. Clapsadle has worked as an actor, production manager, film editor, and set designer. For the past ten years he has headed up Paradise Cove Productions, Inc. (formerly Ghost Dance Productions), an independent film company specializing in film noir, documentaries on political activism, and sensitive themes relating to Native Americans: The Ride to Wounded Knee won "Best Feature Documentary" at the Philadelphia Film Festival, opened the 1991 American Indian Film Festival, and received excellent reviews.
The recently completed Paradise Cove is a major motion picture intended for theatrical release, and currently attending festivals in the United States and Europe. Paradise Cove is a film noir starring Ben Gazzara, Karen Black, and Jacob Nathanial. Mr. Clapsadle is now in Pre-production with Hollywood Sunset, a theatrical drama set in Hollywood of the 50's. In addition to Hollywood Sunset, Paradise Cove Productions is developing The Ancient Child, based on the novel by Pulitzer-prize winning author, N. Scot Momaday.
Carol Wolman- Producer/Musician
Dr. Wolman is a practicing psychiatrist, a musicologist,
and has been in the business of motion picture
production for over 20 years. Working for the US
Public Health Service in New Mexico, she gradually
developed a strong interest in film making as a result of
her intense concern for the Native American community.
In the late 1980s she co-founded Ghost Dance
Productions, which later grew into Paradise Cove
Productions. She had developed a number of
documentary and feature projects- Ghost Dance,
Survivor Stories, The Ride to Wounded Knee,
and most recently Paradise Cove.
She studied musical composition at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and sang with the prestigious Singing City Choir. Carol has applied her musical background to the field of filmmaking. She was the musicologist for The Ride to Wounded Knee, assembling a beautiful sound track of rare native recordings and other archival music. She also composed five songs for the original score of Paradise Cove.
With an equally strong talent for business, Carol has consulted with the native American Health Center, founded the California chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, started the Mendocino Center for Peace and Justice, and was the executive producer for The Ride to Wounded Knee and Paradise Cove.
In addition to her extensive work in the entertainment industry, she has always been a humanitarian and political activist, organizing fundraisers for disaster relief and lobbying the government for reform and nuclear disarmamaent.
Producer / Editor / Actor
Jacob Clapsadle has distinguished himself as an independent filmmaker, producer, and political activist. Over the past ten years, he has developed skills ranging from writing, acting and graphic design, to producing and directing films and videos in both theatrical and documentary venue.
He has contributed to Paradise Cove Productions as the company's main editor and technician with experience in 35mm film cutting as well as DV editing. Proficient in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Photoshop, his credits include:
Editor and post -production supervisor:
Carnival of Horrors
Free Speech at UC Berkeley
Carol For Congress!
and the acclaimed High Crimes and Atrocities
Trailers and digital remastering:
The Ride to Wounded Knee
Graphic Design Coordinator:
Witness a Peace Movement
Break the Siege
His theatre acting includes the title role in Thomas Paine, and Oresties in the greek tragedy Agamemnon. He is the star of the film Paradise Cove.