Big Tent Productions believes in the power of storytelling – through film, television and new media – as a catalyst to transform. With a primary focus on social justice issues, our work is dedicated to bringing people together to foster dialogue as a catalyst for tangible change.
In a world of ever-increasing complexity, our values and storytelling reflect the simple ideal of honoring an openness to diverse points of view and belief structures, with the goal of bringing people together under the big tent in support of a society that values fairness, inclusion and tolerance.
PETER HUTCHISON, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Peter Hutchison is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, NY Times Bestselling author, educator and activist. Based in Brooklyn, his experience in film and TV production – as a documentary director, producer, writer and NYU Faculty member - spans nearly two decades.
He recently produced & directed Requiem for the American Dream: Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power – an exploration of wealth inequity in American, grounded in an intimate, long- form interview with Noam Chomsky (Netflix). A NY Times Critics Pick and #1 top-selling doc on iTunes, the book version of the film debuted at #6 on the NY Times Bestseller list (Seven Stories Press).
He is currently in post production on a triad of films exploring hate in America, including the feature Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation, which examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of "Life After Hate" – an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis now engaged in de- radicalizing violent extremists, and transforming attitudes of intolerance on the front lines. The companion pieces Angry White Men: American Masculinity in the Age of Trump, based upon the groundbreaking work of sociologist Michael Kimmel (Media Education Foundation, Fall 2018 release); and Auschwitz: Journey into Reconciliation, which follows ex neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Tony McAleer on a personal journey of atonement through the Polish death camps (2019 release), complete the trilogy.
His numerous documentaries include What Would Jesus Buy? (Sundance Channel) with producing partner Morgan Spurlock; the award-winning SPLIT: A Divided America (IFC Choice Indie) and follow-up SPLIT: A Deeper Divide (Documentary Channel); and Awake Zion, the Jerusalem IFF closing night event (Film Buff). He holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
DAVID KUHN, WRITER/PRODUCER
David has extensive experience in documentary film production, television, journalism, photography and law. He is currently producing Life After Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation which examines the root causes and conditions that foster racism and xenophobia among the radicalized Alt Right (2019), Visible Man on elevating the black experience in America for boys and men of color (in production), Give or Take a feature on one man’s journey to accept his father, and change his life (in post-production) and Recovering West Virginia on the beauty and struggle of this state of despair (in production). He recently produced a documentary feature The King on the life of Elvis Presley as a metaphor for the rise and fall of the American empire. He produced a short film in Cuba The Cyclist (Una Cyclista) for “The New Yorker Presents...” series on Amazon (2016).
Before his current position as Senior Producer for The Nantucket Project, he has served as legal counsel and/or producer for documentaries such as: Denial (2016), (T)error (2015), Requiem for the American Dream (2015), The House I Live In (2012), Beyond the Boardroom (2006), and Capturing the Friedmans (2003). In prior work, he was a public defender litigating in Manhattan criminal courts for nearly a decade, embedded with US troops in northern Afghanistan, and was published in Vogue, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other publications for writing and photography. His films have appeared at Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and many others. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019 for his work in film and music and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
LUCAS SABEAN, PRODUCER/EDITOR
Lucas Sabean is a professional video editor, producer and filmmaker with 20 years of experience. His work has played at the Telluride film festival, Seattle International film festival, Chicago International film festival, Slamdance film festival among many others. He has extensive experience in the commercial field having produced and edited thousands of videos, a large body of experiential work, and feature-length independent narrative and documentary films.
Lucas is a co-founder of Big Tent Productions where he has Produced/Edited Healing From Hate (DOCNYC Film Festival, Submarine Entertainment Sales), Directed/Edited Angry White Men (Grasshopper Films) and is currently Producing/Directing/Editing a film about West Virginia.
He was named a "Filmmaker of Tomorrow" at the 1999 Telluride Film Festival for his short film Relievio (2000), Associate Produced the feature-length Sundance Film Festival's Roof to Roof (2001). His film End of Era (2003) was selected as part of the Underground Zero film program, screening at more than a dozen International film festivals. The Last Stand (2008) won best feature film by a local filmmaker at the Backseat Film Festival. Choreographer Paul Taylor has called his films "superb - like poems made visible." He has an MFA from Boston University in Film Production.