Philip Shane

Brooklyn, New York, United States


Philip Shane is an award winning documentary filmmaker with over thirty years of experience who has become a regular speaker on the use of Artificial Intelligence in documentary filmmaking and beyond. His AI reports and analyses include appearances in the “Documentary Business / Pact” Webinars (DocumentaryTelevision.com), The D-Word (YouTube), The DOC NYC and DC/Dox Film Festivals and more. He’s also the Producer & Host of the long-running popular science podcast, WHAT THE IF?.

Shane is currently producing & directing a feature documentary about MYST, one of the most influential video games of all time, and one of the first to be inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as an example of exceptional design and lasting cultural impact.

Shane’s previous works include the beloved documentary film BEING ELMO (Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), and History Channel’s EINSTEIN (2008, LeftRight). As Editor of DANCING IN JAFFA, which had it's World Premiere at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival, he won the Best Editing Award at Israel's DocAviv Film Festival.

With Paul McCartney and his family, Shane edited the film WINGSPAN (2001), about the McCartney's life after The Beatles. Shane’s previous project, THE BEATLES REVOLUTION (ABC, 2000) told the story of the band through the memories of musicians, artists, politicians, writers, and other celebrities. Other artists he's worked with include CARLY SIMON (Lifetime), BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (Disney) and THE BOSTON SYMPHONY (NHK).

At ABC News for nearly a decade, Shane edited many distinguished long form programs including Ted Kopple's Iraq War documentary, TIP OF THE SPEAR, which won the 2004 DuPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism, and MARTIN LUTHER KING: Searching For The Promised Land (1999) which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program. A short film he made with Peter Jennings, WITNESS TO HISTORY, preserved Jennings' personal memories of 9/11 and has been placed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

He graduated "with outstanding honor" from the University of Maryland's Radio, Television & Film program in 1989 and, in 1992, received a Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts. He was trained in documentary filmmaking at Maysles Films, working with many of the field's most respected directors and editors, including Bob Eisenhardt, Kathy Dougherty, Susan Froemke, Larry Silk, Geoff Bartz, and Albert Maysles.