Wise Oak Productions offers documentary film production, legacy interviews, and filmmaking workshops and mentorships. These offerings represent a culmination of founder Kevin Peer’s extensive life experience as an award-winning international documentary filmmaker, college lecturer, graduate school film program director, and workshop leader.
Kevin filming among the nomadic Wodaabe tribe of Niger, Africa. Photo by Leslie Clark
Kevin’s films have embodied a wide range of genres within the documentary medium including wilderness and wildlife, social issue, cultural, anthropological, environmental, artist portrait, religious-spiritual, and organization promotional films.
Hiring Kevin to make a film is a participatory process, which begins with a careful investigation into the driving force behind the desire to have a film made. This process of inquiry facilitates the emergence of the vital heart of the film's story and acts as a catalyst to crystallizing the individual’s or organization’s mission and direction. In addition, the process contributes to laying the foundation for a compelling and effective film.
Interviewing Acharya Shunya Mathur for the film, "The Spirit of Vedika." Photo by Ananta Ripa Ajmera
Wise Oak Productions works with individuals and organizations whose passions and activities further humankind’s capacities for compassion, societal enrichment, spiritual evolution, and living sustainably with planet Earth.
One of Kevin's favorite activities of documentary filmmaking is conducting interviews with individuals. Through his compassionate and highly individualized approach these in-depth interviews become an enriching process of discovery for both interviewee and those who view the resulting work. Thus he offers what he calls "Living Wisdom" or "Legacy Interviews" for individuals who want to make a visual record of their personal reflections on their life journey for family, friends and future generations.
Doing a "paper edit" - a simple and efficient way to explore a film's initial structure
Kevin also teaches workshops and offers mentorships in the technical and creative processes of making documentary films. A highly experienced and passionate teacher, he takes great joy in assisting others to effectively and efficiently gain the same skills and perceptual tools he has used to create a body of work that has been seen worldwide and has garnered dozens of major national and international film festival awards.