Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and President of The Duncan Group, Inc., a documentary production company formed in 1984.
Duncan and his team recently completed the three-part public television series THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY (broadcast internationally during 2013). Interviews include Douglas Brinkley, Oscar Arias, Walter Mondale, Paul Volcker, Sandra Day O’Connor, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Reich, George Shultz, Reza Aslan, and Andrew Young ... among others.
Duncan is currently in production on a feature documentary called THE NEGOTIATOR. Paced like a thriller, the film chronicles former Senator George Mitchell’s historic struggle to bring peace to Northern Ireland. Interviews with Senator Mitchell, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have already been completed.
During January, 2015, Duncan completed the short documentary THE SOUND MAN featuring Nairobi-based sound engineer Abdul Ramadhan. The film tells the story of Abdul’s 35-year career documenting news and crisis throughout East Africa including the genocide in Rwanda and the civil war in Sudan. Duncan’s production of A QUEST FOR MEANING – Myth, Imagination & Faith in the Lives & Literature of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien is currently in post-production will air nationwide on public television during 2015.
The classroom component of Duncan’s series on global warming - THE LIFE & DEATH OF GLACIERS - was released to schools across North America in September, 2011 by Discovery Education. The feature documentary – MELTDOWN – WORLD WITHOUT ICE is currently in production with an estimated completion during 2016.
Other notable documentary productions include the 2009 PBS Special LANDSLIDE: THE PRESIDENCY OF HERBERT HOOVER. The PBS Special IN A JUST WORLD – CONTRACEPTION, ABORTION & WORLD RELIGION aired nationwide in 2003. The national release of THE COST OF FREEDOM – SECURITY, CIVIL LIBERTY & THE USA PATRIOT ACT premiered on public television that same year. Duncan’s production of the 13-part Discovery Network series MYSTIC LANDS was broadcast in more than 140 countries around the world during 1996. That same year, Duncan produced the feature film EDEN which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
During October, 2013, Duncan completed his third journey to war-torn Afghanistan. His work includes still photo documentation of humanitarian and educational projects in Kabul, Bamyan, Panjshir and several northern provinces. During May, 2012 Duncan documented health care conditions in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma (Myanmar). Later in 2012, Duncan documented several carbon- reducing development programs in Ghana. During October, 2011, Duncan collaborated with Nairobi- based Camerapix to create three short films on food security for One.org. Duncan documented humanitarian projects in Darfur, Sudan during 2008 and he was part of the first response to the Haitian earthquake during January, 2010. Duncan also documented post-earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan during early 2006.
Duncan’s photographic images appear in the book ENOUGH TO GO AROUND – SEARCHING FOR HOPE IN AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN & DARFUR (Select Books, NYC, 2009). A photographic exhibition of Duncan’s images from Afghanistan premiered during August, 2011 at the World Peace Festival in Berlin, Germany. A second photographic exhibition featuring images from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur, Sudan premiered during September at the O Street Museum in Washington D.C. Duncan’s images are on display at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City through fall, 2014.
Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries. His documentary television specials and series have won more than 125 national and international awards and appeared on networks around the world. Duncan’s work in theater includes helping raise financing for numerous Broadway productions such as Frost Nixon, High Fidelity The Musical, Shockheaded Peter, West Side Story (current) and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Duncan will be directing Michael Dresher’s 18 ARRESTS, NO CONVICTIONS off-Broadway during the spring of 2015.
Current projects include the book FOOD, WATER, SHELTER (slated for release in 2015). The book includes stories and images featuring humanitarian projects in Haiti, Burma, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
* The Twilight Zone, 1985 – Duncan co-authored two stories for the 1985/86 remake of The Twilight Zone. One episode was on air (Kentucky Rye) and one episode was pronounced dead in development at the time the series was cancelled.
* Adventure Guide – Since 2000, Duncan has guided an annual pilgrimage on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Recent treks include crossing the15,000 foot pass on the historic Salkantay Trail.
* Duncan is an avid skier. He spends as much time as he can in the Alaskan wilderness and the farm fields of Vernon County, Wisconsin. During January, 2006 Duncan reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of friends from the United Arab Emirates.
Chip Duncan can be contacted via e-mail through The Duncan Group web site at
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