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Poetry & Medicine – Producers

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David Watts, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and is a well-known television host and producer. He has appeared regularly on PBS, Lifetime Network and KTVU’s Channel 2 News, and has received thirty-five local and national awards for excellence in television programming. Dr. Watts is also a poet, published in a wide range of national literary magazines, and he lectures to first-year medical students at UCSF on the subject of the personal impact of illness and the importance of a good doctor-patient relationship.

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Joan Baranow, PhD, teaches English and Creative Writing at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Western Journal of Medicine, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere.   In 2006 her poems about her struggle with infertility will appear in the anthology, Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies, to be published by Kent State University Press.  She has received an Individual Artists Grant in Poetry from the Marin Arts Council.  She has also published a book of poems, Living Apart, two chapbooks, and a poetry and jazz CD collaboration with her husband David Watts, called Powerful Seeds.

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Victoria Chaban is an experienced producer.She has worked for many production companies in the Bay Area creating corporate commercials and documentary style television. She was the producer for a project with Sun Microsystems which won a Crystal award.

Victoria began her documentary career working on a behind the Scenes Documentary for the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Eric Jones Productions in 1994. Prior to production she was involved in set design. She has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Whitman College. She is a painter and poetry enthusiast.

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James Cavenaugh has since 1981 written, directed, and produced hundreds of video programs for broadcast, training, and promotion.  INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS for the American Red Cross, Kodak, NOVA Interactive, United Farm Workers. DOCUMENTARY's  include the Apple Multi-Media Lab, A Report from Childhood, Chernobyl: The Secret Cloud, Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary,

A Tribute to Bill Graham, and Tupac: Resurrection.  CORPORATE COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS for American Airlines, Autodesk, BART, Engineering Automation, Ingres, Lincoln-Mercury, Pacific Bell, PG&E, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, and Wells Fargo Bank. PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGNS include American Heart Association, Big Brothers of America, Clean Water Action, Family Service Agency, Marin Treatment Center, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, New Orleans Zoo, ODC Dance Theater, San Francisco Zoo, Stanford Children's Hospital, Waldorf Schools. PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS for Auberge Du Soleil, Sonoma Mission Inn, YMCA, and the Zen Hospice Project.

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