Neff studied English at Lawrence University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts . In 1981 he received his Masters of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts . In 1983 he made his first feature film Running Mates and founded the production company Horizon Films for it. The film was later distributed by New World Pictures. Short documentaries followed, including Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse, for which he was nominated together with Medline Bell for the Oscar for best short documentary and for which he received his first Golden Eagle , a prize from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events . For Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days (1990) and Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada (1992) he received one more each. In 1993, he was the first American to win the Golden Panda of the Sichuan Television Festival.
In the 1990s he co-founded Wild Wolf productions with Diandra Douglas, a production company in Culver City that made documentaries. The works there include the aforementioned Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada and America's Music: The Roots of Country (1996). In 1998 he founded the television station DOC: The Documentary Channel . The station, which was the first American television station to exclusively broadcast documentaries, runs on the Dish Network and on DirecTV .
Neff produced and wrote a 30-minute documentary about the musician Herb Alpert , the IMAX film Country Music: The Spirit of America (2003) and the feature- length film Chances: The Women of Magdalene (2006).
Neff was and is active in various television organizations. He was on the board of the International Documentary Association , the Tennessee Governor's Film Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville. He was also the chairman of the Belcourt Theater finance committee and vice chairman of the Nashville Film Festival . He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences .
Neff taught music video production at the School of Cinematic Arts in the 1990s. His students created videos for country musicians like Radney Forster with financial support from Arista Nashville and other record labels .
- 1985: Running mates
- 1986: Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse
- 1988: No Magic Bullets
- 1989: A Lady as Game as That
- 1994: Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada
- 1996: America's Music: The Roots of Country
- 1999: Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Painting with Light
- 2002: Pat Kerr: Wrapped in Royalty
- 2003: Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes
- 2003: Our Country
- 2006: Chances: The Women of Magdalene
- 2010–2012: Doc Talk (TV series, screenwriter, producer)
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Neff, Thomas Linden|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American film director and producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1953|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Chicago , Illinois|