Peter Swanson

Producer, Director – President | Global Visions & Associates, Inc.

peter_swansonOver the last 10 years Peter Swanson has travelled the world producing a variety of projects related to the world of water. Chief among these is his work as series director on “Water – the Drop of Life.”  This six-hour series is a global look at the world’s fresh water supply.  Shot in super 16mm film in 31 countries, the series features interviews with notable personalities such as former President Jimmy Carter, the Dahli Lama, Michail Gorbachev, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Shimon Peres and Queen Noor of Jordan. It explores a range of issues from water in agriculture and industry to water in religion to the possibility of armed conflicts of water. The series has been broadcast in over 50 countries.

He also co-produced a six-part series on global poverty issues called, “A Dollar A Day.”   This series was filmed in 8 countries and explores issues of access to things like markets, capital, water and healthcare.

For the United Nations in 2003, Peter produced a video and travelling exhibit for the yearlong celebration “International Year of Fresh Water.” The exhibit was represented the UN at the World Water Forum in Johannesburg and was displayed in the lobby of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the UN headquarters in New York.

For Rotary International, Swanson produced a video that highlights Rotary’s efforts to solve some of the monumental water problems in the developing world. This program demonstrates low-cost, but highly effective ideas for bringing clean water to the poorest of the poor.  It is being used to encourage Rotary clubs around the world to adopt water projects.

Most recently, Peter has just finished producing and directing a short program on water recycling that will be the centerpiece of the new Water Corporation visitors centre at their advanced water treatment pilot project.  This program presents water recycling within the larger frame of the water cycle and Western Australia’s need to develop a plan to meet the challenges of climate change.

For CH2M Hill Swanson produced short video that presented voices of people from Toowoomba as the city was debating the water recycling issues.

For the series “Water – The Drop of Life” a segment was produced in Alice Springs that explores how a cattle rancher is adopting lessons from Aboriginal peoples in order to secure and adequate water supply for his cattle.

Swanson has received a Cine Golden Eagle and two national Golden Slate awards from the ITVA, seven regional Golden Slates award from the ITVA, two Silver Telly awards, a Best Show Reel from the International Monitor Awards, and a Blue Ribbon from the American Film & Video Festival for numerous documentary video and educational film productions.

Summary of Additional Credits:
Producer/Director “Let There Be Light”- This work in progress is a feature length documentary about the stained glass at Washington National Cathedral

Producer/Creative Director for a web site entitled “60 Ways The UN Has Made A Difference”

Producer/Editor – “You Gotta Eat”, TV pilot for food and cooking show with a twist.

Producer/Editor – “The battle of Lake Erie” A theatrical experience for the Erie Maritime Museum

Director/Editor – “Sam’s Most Electrifying Account” Children’s television special on electricity.

Producer/Editor – “Freewheeling”, pilot for broadcast magazine series for the disabled.

Editor – “Bangin’” A documentary on youth violence for Public Television

Producer/Director/Editor – “Up From The Shadows” A documentary about the revival of the nearly lost art of Cambodian shadow puppets. (work in progress)

Producer – Entertainment for the annual meeting of the President’s Committee on Employees with Disabilities in Wahsington, D.C.

Editor – “Seeing Daylight” – A documentary about the Tlingit people of South East Alaska.

Editor – “Planning the War, the D-Day Invasion” interactive videos for the Eisenhower Museum

Editor -“Going Home” an exhibit documentary on President John F. Kennedy’s Hyannis port, Massachusetts retreat.

Editor – “Power of People”, a 36 part interactive multi laser disc exhibit presentation for Center at High Falls in Rochester, NY.