Documentary filmmaker Neal Broffman has spent his career filming, editing and producing stories around the world. Based abroad his early work covering international news stories led to a keen desire to tell stories that have, at their core, a foundation built upon human interaction – how we live in community.
Neal’s 2015 award-winning feature documentary Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi had its international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto and subsequently was screened in dozens of film festivals in the US and abroad. The film was broadcast in the United States on Al Jazeera, the CBC in Canada as well as in Israel, Denmark, France and other countries. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is available on Amazon, Apple TV, and other streaming services.
In 2020 Neal and Elisa completed the feature documentary Welcome to Pine Lake. Neal filmed and edited the documentary and received a Producer’s Guild of America designation for his work on the film as a producer. Welcome to Pine Lake was acquired by ViacomCBS and is available on Paramount+.
Wasteland, a four part documentary series completed in 2022, is available on Paramount+. The series takes a fresh look at the underlying systemic problems that have exacerbated this country’s collapsing sewage infrastructure. As a direct result of the series the City of Mount Vernon, NY received a $150 million grant from the State of New York to fix the crumbling sewage pipes beneath the streets.
Of the work Neal has done, he is most proud of his extensive experience filming, editing and producing global health stories across East Africa, Asia, and South America. Filming courageous front line health workers, and their patients, is a source of inspiration that informs the emotional aesthetic at the center of all of Neal’s work.