Principal | Producer | Director | Editor
Two time Emmy® Award winning—Northern California and Los Angeles Area—documentary filmmaker and television producer/director/editor for programs that aired primetime on multiple PBS stations.
Working with like minded clients and wonderful teams, Patsy has produced, directed, and/or edited films and videos on green building, Journey of the Universe, our ecological footprint, empowering girls and women, social & criminal justice, coral reef preservation, Drawdown climate solutions, enhancing mindfulness, reducing species extinction, the right to clean water, teen pregnancy prevention, environmental justice, inspiring alternative transportation, Sheng Zhen Meditation, InnerYoga and more.
To tell engaging stories that inspire a healthy, sustainable and just future.
• 25 years of experience creating films that speak to the heart of audiences and achieve intended results.
• 200+ Wrote, produced, directed, shot and/or edited over two hundred films, videos and animations.
• Produced on location across the United States and in over a half dozen countries—and work remotely and hire local crew when possible.
Northcutt builds custom teams for each project—fabulous storytellers, creative artists and technicians she’s worked with many times, and talented young filmmakers. Patsy also has extensive experience joining existing teams, projects and organizations in a freelance capacity, which she very much enjoys and is why she keeps the structure of Northcutt Productions lean and flexible.
• 2021 Los Angeles Emmy® Award—Education/Information (Global Mosaic: Young Women Rising)
• 2012 Northern California Emmy® Award—Best Documentary (Journey of the Universe)
• Global Award—Montana CINE International Festival (Journey of the Universe)
• Gold Cindy-Interactive Marketing—Siemens Semiconductors (Siemens Marketing)
CONCEPT TO COMPLETION FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
Northcutt Productions was the production or co-production company behind most of the work on this site. Patsy Northcutt (Principal) co-produced Global Mosaic, a four-episode half-hour TV mini-series that aired primetime in 2021 on Link TV, KCET (PBS in L.A.) and TV UNAM throughout Mexico. Patsy and her teams bring decades of experience working from early needs assessment stages, to creative and story development, to all aspects of production, editing and post-production.
VIDEO EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Patsy is a Northern California Emmy® winning documentary editor and has deep roots as an editor and storyteller. The Northcutt edit suite is near downtown Mill Valley, just north of San Francisco, CA and offers beautiful outdoor seating options and a nearby waterfall nestled in redwoods. We can also handle the entire post production workflow remotely.
FREELANCE PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | DOCUMENTARY EDITOR
Very much enjoys freelance collaborations as producer, director and/or documentary or narrative film editor. She can also write and shoot as needed. Clients include broadcasters, documentary filmmakers, non-profits, creative agencies, corporate in-house teams and independent production companies.
Can help identify if film & video storytelling is the appropriate medium, brainstorm ways to leverage a project for maximum results, up level existing work, and offer business and storytelling guidance. With the breath and depth of her experience, she can add value in a myriad of ways.
SUSTAINABILITY AND CULTURE SHIFTING
Patsy has over two decades of experience communicating sustainability, social justice, purpose, and consciousness raising ideas to inspire audience engagement and culture shifts in-line with a goal, internally and externally.
PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH
“Storytelling to inspire a healthy, sustainable and just future.”
Our teams have long been aware of the costs to our environment from filmmaking, so we tread lightly where possible—from working lean, hiring local crews and using remote workflows; to eating responsibly and shipping and receiving things slowly rather than overnight; to making sure that our stuff gets a new home as soon as we no longer need it so it can be reused before it’s obsolete, donating equipment to ewastecollective.org and paying GreenDisk.com to recycle our Technotrash, and more.
Impeccable is the word I would use to describe Patsy Northcutt’s standard and quality of work. She is a master at what she does, and is unstoppable in her commitment to produce flawless, effective, brilliant videos. The added gift is that she and her team are a total joy to work with.
The beauty and artistry of Patsy Northcutt’s filmmaking is soul stirring. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of creativity in my life. I was burning with passion to bring forth something beautiful, but did not know how to do it. Patsy and her team worked with me until they intuited what we were after. And then she made it happen — with the pacing, the visuals, the plot, the music. Day by day, she worked her magic and it was mesmerizing to be a part of it. Patsy Northcutt insists on excellence and she knows how to make it happen.
Patsy Northcutt’s strategic thinking and creative spirit enabled us to turn an initial small-scale shoot into an international production, leading to a wide use of our video. I’ve known Patsy for over 17 years. Every production that we’ve done with her, she has supported professionally from soup to nuts, with care for detail and quality, always on the lookout for synergies with other organizations. Working with her vastly amplified our ability to promote our message.
Patsy Northcutt has rare skills that make her an outstanding film producer for the business world. She consistently translated the gist of the messages that our teams at Apple, AT&T, IBM and Siemens wanted to convey and converted them into stories that exceeded all expectations in terms of clarity, impact, incisiveness, and entertainment value. I highly recommend her and her extraordinary team.
Patsy worked with us at Bioneers for 10 years, and she is a joy to collaborate with. The teams she assembled are skillful, mature and gifted team players, and she adapted styles and approaches that improved our media products year after year. Our team loved working with her, and found her to be consistently creative, professional and responsive to suggestions. If you’re considering working with Northcutt Productions, I’d say go for it!
Working with Patsy Northcutt on EARTH FOCUS: Vanishing Coral reminded me of the top editors when I was at ABC News Primetime–who were some of the best in the business. She has mastery of the technology, a natural sensibility for how to make a powerful sequence without a lot of experimenting, and a great sense for the story arc. Director Stephen Olsson and I felt like we were part of a creative family at her studio. Patsy brings out the best in people, and the high level of respect that she has with her team greatly benefited our project.
Patsy Northcutt (director/producer) has two strengths that make her unusually good: First, she knows when to power drive a project with considerable strength and when to have a light hand on the tiller, letting people do their thing but keeping the ship on the right tack just the same. Second, she gets different kinds of people from very different and normally incompatible backgrounds to work together by providing a communication link among them, through her.
Patsy is the best film producer I have ever worked with! Her ability to bring together and manage a diverse team of very creative and energetic people made the impossible become possible. The impact of the films she has worked on have touched millions, changing minds, hearts and lives in the process. If you are doing a film with a purpose, hire Patsy.
Patsy Northcutt created a marketing video that beautifully told the story of how our tutoring program positively impacted both the end user (students) and our institutional customers (school districts). Patsy took initiative to do matrixed research across our teams to deeply understand our offerings and their impacts. Then she and her team crafted a powerful video that resonated well with both our English and Spanish speaking clients and our new employees, and helped us continue to grow rapidly. Patsy is friendly, positive, passionate and unstoppable.
The Northcutt edit suite is based in walking distance from downtown Mill Valley, California located in the San Francisco Bay Area just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Much of our work can be done remotely.