The WORK series is a cycle of independent films that seek to create an ongoing document of the American worker. Taking inspiration from Studs Terkel and Frederick Wiseman, the WORK films are entertaining and empowering, spectacular and mundane, amusing and redemptive.
Today documentary cameras are everywhere. Yet no one is capturing how we spend the majority of our lives, year after year, day after day, hour after hour – in other words, the record of how we work.
Using a timeless cinéma vérité aesthetic, independent filmmaker Daniel Kraus captures the sights, sounds, and textures of different American jobs, without the accompaniment of interviews or a musical score. Each chapter reveals the surprising, engaging, even redemptive routines of hard-working men and women across the country.
Although each film is humble in its approach, seen as a whole the WORK series is epic in scope, creating a significant historical document of modern American life.
Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett keeps the peace in Brunswick County, North Carolina…
Chicago reed player Ken Vandermark has released over 100 albums with nearly 40 bands, and he shows no sign of slowing…
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM DIRECTOR DANIEL KRAUS: "The Work Series is on indefinite hiatus while I work to complete various writing projects. I look forward to returning to these documentaries in a few years to profile a number of fascinating women. In the meantime, the store is closed. Thank you so much for your enthusiam for this series."
CLICK HERE to download Preacher, Professor, Musician, and Sheriff.
Looking for information on Daniel Kraus's novels Rotters and The Monster Variations? Head on over to the author site.
BIG NEWS: All four Work Series films (including the TV premieres of Professor and Preacher) began airing in September 2011 on the Documentary Channel, available for all those with Dish and Direct TV.
Box Office Magazine gives Professor 4/5 STARS: "However ordinary working as a professor may be, this Professor is anything but."
Work Series retrospective at Chicago's Siskel Center, May 15-20, including Professor on May 15 with DK and Jay Holstein live.
Chicago Reader gets in-depth about DK's films, books, and life.
Musician had its TV premiere on the Ovation Network. Watch the TV promo.
Millions of viewers saw Sheriff premiere in January 2006 on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
International sales of Sheriff now being handled by Films Transit.