Vulcan Productions is an independent film production company founded by Paul Allen to originate, develop and finance innovative film projects. Under the direction of president and executive producer Jody Patton, the company aspires to the highest level of achievement in both feature and documentary filmmaking.
The Feature Films Group is dedicated to financing and producing films noted for their great storytelling, artistic merit, and long-term commercial success. Vulcan Productions' films include award winners such as Far From Heaven (2002), Hard Candy (2005) and Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006), and Where God Left His Shoes (2006).
The Documentary Productions Group is committed to disseminating knowledge through the powerful medium of documentary filmmaking. Film subjects range from the latest advances in science, medicine and technology to explorations of culture. The group's mission is to produce documentaries with substantive value and enduring significance, inspiring audiences to understand the world around them, respond to its challenges, and effect lasting change.
Award-winning films and series from the documentary group include This Emotional Life (2010); Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007); Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge (2005); No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005); Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005); Black Sky: The Race For Space, and Black Sky: Winning the X Prize (2004); Lightning in a Bottle (2004); The Blues (2003) and Evolution (2001).
Through its vision of establishing projects of enduring significance, Vulcan Productions has developed social action campaigns that accompany its media projects. They include the impact campaign for This Emotional Life, Early Moments Matter and A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members—outreach toolkits dedicated to early attachment and support of military families. In the field of education, Vulcan Productions developed Success at the Core (SAC), the web-based education initiative designed to use media to help Leadership Teams in middle schools enhance quality instruction in science, math, and literacy.