Three Cities Productions

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Three Cities Productions is non-profit documentary film production group founded in 2006 to facilitate the production of their first feature-length documentary, Lone Soldiers. This project is sponsored in part by the International Documentary Association. [1]

Documentary film nonfictional motion picture

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were originally called 'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational, observational, and even 'docufiction'. Documentaries are also educational and often used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information.

International Documentary Association (IDA), founded in 1982, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Their major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.



Three Cities was founded by David Alexander and Tamir Elterman in 2006. The name of the company refers to the hometowns of the two founders, Los Angeles (Alexander) and Berkeley (Elterman), and a third referring to "all the places in the world that they have not yet explored."


Three Cities Productions has won several awards for their work, including the Oregon Student Film Festival - 1st Place, Music Video (2006) for their "Bombs Away" music video. For this video they also won the Berkeley Video & Film Festival - Best of Festival (2006) award. [2]

Press coverage

The Jerusalem Post reported on December 23, 2007 about Three Cities' Lone Soldiers project, [3] describing the production process, the artists' perspectives on their work, and their financial situation (including two buyout offers and their fundraising difficulties).

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  1. Letter of Support from International Documentary Association
  2. Berkeley Video & Film Festival 2006 Official Selections
  3. "Serving Solitary" - Jerusalem Post