So there I was, a Midwest kid at the movies with my parents, sitting in the 10th row, devouring buttered popcorn and being blown away by the magnificence of Lawrence of Arabia. The scope of the story, the script, the acting, the direction, everything about it was as close to perfection as I could imagine. I remember sitting there and thinking, “I have to be in this business.”
Later, I was influenced by the work of Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, John Ford and so many others to tell stories using a visual medium. Later, when I moved west to take my first job in Hollywood, I learned so many lessons by watching directors, and writer-producers who were making some of the best TV on TV. All oif these influences displayed a consistent level of quality and excellence to whch I aspire.
As a documentary filmmaker, I have the best job. I get to go interesting places and talk to interesting people about interesting things. Directing, writing and producing are, in equal measure, exasperating and exhilarating, stressful and stimulating, irritating and inspiring. But I’m incredibly fortunate to be doing as an adult what I dreamt about as a kid.
In fact, this is the message that I impart when I speak to students across the country (especially during repeated visits to my alma maters, Oberlin and Northwestern) -- chase your dreams, do your best work and never allow anyone to tell you it can’t be done. A simple message, to be sure, but it’s a critical message. It has informed my life and the projects that I choose to take on.
- John Scheinfeld
Based in Los Angeles, John Scheinfeld launched Crew Neck Productions as an outlet for his creative endeavors. Why "Crew Neck?" The answer harkens back to John's midwestern roots when he would often be seen gallivanting around town in one of his many crew neck sweaters. He still loves wearing a good crew neck when the California climate allows.
JOHN SCHEINFELD President
Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and Telly Award-winner John Scheinfeld is a respected documentary filmmaker who brings a broad spectrum of experiences and interests to pop culture, music, historical and spiritual projects for theatrical exhibition, cable and broadcast television.
He is currently directing, writing and producing a theatrical documentary, I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song, the first theatrical film about how one extraordinary song has transformed people’s lives. It is set for national release in 2013.
Previously, his film, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary about one of the most talented and un compromising singer-songwriters in pop music history, played in theaters across the country. This film, for which Scheinfeld was nominated for a prestigious Writers Guild Award…and for which USA Today named him one of the Top 100 Pop Culture People of 2010…was subsequently released internationally.
That same year a second Scheinfeld documentary film was released. We Believe is an exuberant celebration of hope, loyalty, faith and the extraordinary love affair between a great city, Chicago, and its baseball team, the Cubs.
Prior to that, Scheinfeld directed, wrote and produced the theatrical documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon. It was an official selection of the Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival and was subsequently released in theaters worldwide and on DVD. It was also the recipient of the FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Archival Footage in a Feature/Factual Production)
On the heels of a Grammy® nomination for producing Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE, Scheinfeld wrote, produced and directed Electric Youth: Teen Stars in the Music Business, a 2-hour special for A&E for which he received an Emmy® nomination as writer.
Previously, he directed, wrote and produced No Fighting in the War Room... or... Dr. Strangelove and The Nuclear Threat as well critically-acclaimed documentaries for National Geographic, Tomb of Jesus and In The Name of Heaven.
During his career Scheinfeld has written, produced or directed numerous documentaries and retrospectives for cable and public television about show business legends such as the Bee Gees, Rosemary Clooney, Nat “King” Cole, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, the Marx Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Jack Paar, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, The Sphinx, Stonehenge, Andy Williams and Jonathan Winters.
He has also created and written pilot scripts for drama series for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, UPN and Nickelodeon.
A complete filmography is available at IMDB.
PETER S. LYNCH, II Editor and Co-Producer
Peter Lynch came to Crew Neck Productions in November 2000 as a production assistant during the making of the A&E special, Bee Gees: This Is Where I Came In. It was his first practical experience in production out of Ithaca College. Scheinfeld found him to be incredibly organized, dependable, even-tempered, grounded and vowed never to let him go. For the next 9 years, Lynch worked on projects for Crew Neck and those of associated companies, LSL Productions and Authorized Pictures.
After serving as researcher and associate producer on various productions, he expressed an interest in editing and was made an assistant editor. In 2003 he was promoted to lead editor and worked with David Leaf and John Scheinfeld on numerous specials for PBS and American Public Television on such entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jack Paar, Rosemary Clooney, Nat “King” Cole and Ricky Nelson. He went on to edit two-hour installments of A&E’s famed BIOGRAPHY series chronicling the lives of Bette Midler and Andy Williams, as well as the Emmy® nominated special Child Stars III: Teen Rockers – also for A&E. He also lent his talents to Bravo’s critically acclaimed 5-part series, The 100 Greatest TV Characters.
As an editor, Lynch thinks like a producer and began assuming additional production responsibilities in addition to editing the feature documentaries Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and The Story of SMiLE (nominated for a Grammy®), The U.S. vs. John Lennon (recipient of a FOCAL International Award for best use of footage in a feature/factual production) and The Norman Lear Collection.
Most recently Lynch co-produced and edited The Legendary Bing Crosby and produced and edited Andy Williams: Moon River and Me, both currently airing on public television stations across the country.
Lynch and John Scheinfeld marked their 10th year working together by completing production on the documentary film, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, which opened theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and other cities in September 2010. In addition, he edited the 90-plus minutes of deleted scenes, extended sequences and other bonus material included on the DVD release of Who Is Harry Nilsson....
John hopes never to do another documentary production without Peter Lynch.
Peter S. Lynch II's complete filmograpy is available at IMDB.