Illumine Productions

Welcome to Illumine Productions, dedicated to developing and producing elevating documentary content. We focus on finding and telling untold stories that celebrate the diversity of life. We are also committed to exploring key intersections of policy, history and modern philosophy in the documentary genre.

We are currently in post production on a feature length documentary on farm labor. Eva Longoria is serving as an Executive Producer.

Our most recent film, Challenging Impossibility, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured in the New York Times Blog. Challenging Impossibility is currently traveling the film festival circuit and is playing in about 7 festivals per month. (As of December 2012, it has been accepted into over 75 festivals)

Our previous short, Ocean Monk, has also been traveling the film festival circuit. After its premiere at the NY Surf Film Festival, it screened at the Big Apple Film Festival and the St. Louis International Film Festival, where it picked up an award in the short documentary category. It also won an Official Best of Fest Award, given to films that won awards at top festivals worldwide.

We are in pre-production on a feature-length documentary that explores the use of forensic science in historiography. Part CSI, part PBS, this revelatory doc will showcase the cutting edge techniques used to solve or prove some of the greatest historical mysteries. From the DNA analysis that finally revealed the fate of Anastasia Romanov to the use of technology in deep sea treasure hunts, advances in science have been critical to the advancement of important historical theories. We will explore such cases as Mary Todd Lincoln’s alleged cloak and the Thomas Jefferson / Sally Hemings relationship, the use of satellite imagery to find dig sites and sonar technology’s use in finding shipwrecks.

  • New Film on Farm Labor to Premiere at Berlinale

    Food Chains, directed by Sanjay Rawal and Executive Produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser will have its world premiere at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. Read the article in the Hollywood Reporter.
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  • Latest Short Doc Finishes Festival Circuit.

    Challenging Impossibility, our latest short documentary was selected for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to play at 75 more festivals, winning best short documentary awards at 7 of them. Visit the film’s page for more information.
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  • Ocean Monk wins Best Short Doc

    Ocean Monk wins Best Short Documentary at the St. Louis Film Festival, FestivalsOnline competition!
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  • Sanjay Rawal on MSNBC

    On Monday November 29th, Illumine Founder appeared on MSNBC with Richard Dreyfuss to discuss the state of civics education in the US. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
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    Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss recorded the audio book version of Sri Chinmoy’s America the Beautiful. It was released to rave reviews on November 29th. Richard appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the Dreyfuss Initiative. PR contact: Weiman Seid. Purchase the audiobook on [...]
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