Sawbuck Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organization 501(c3) that creates and distributes multiple media geared toward documenting the people, places, and things that operate on the fringes.
Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Sawbuck has enjoyed a storied history to date. We've been involved in the production of several dozen short documentaries and a half-dozen feature-length pictures. Public radio documentaries helped us grow from a small, indie enterprise to an award-winning national production company. Our "Brickyard" series in particular has garnered several national and local awards for journalism. Visit our "Audio" page and then listen, please!
But our most prominent successes have happened on the cable channel scene. Our work with National Geographic's "Drugs, Inc." series (three seasons) has stemmed from the fact that very few other production companies are as embedded in the drug economy as Sawbuck is. We believe that our contributions to the Drugs, Inc. series underscore the value we bring to mass media representations of drugs and addiction.
Most of Sawbuck's non-fiction films deal directly or indirectly with the lives of heroin users, crack smokers, sex workers, drug dealers, unhoused persons, and others who operate on the margins.
Most of Sawbuck's narrative film work is experimental, weird, and focused on the peripheries ... we make these movies out on the backroads of the rural American midwest.
All Sawbuck staff work full-time jobs elsewhere. We have no payroll, we generate no monetary profit. For us, the work is the pay; and the profits come in many different, more substantial and lasting forms.
Greg on the set of Sawbuck's film "Hody's Masterpiece"
Joe Shriner, a devoted Sawbuckian, a wanderer at heart
"I Ain't Got Nobody"
Composed and performed by Stumps Duh Clown
Recorded live July 7, 2012 in New Orleans