about the filmmakers


John Beck is a multi-media journalist who has worked for numerous Bay Area outlets over the past 15 years.

He got his start covering breaking news for Bay City News wire service where he met a rag-tag band of late-night video freelancers who became the subject of the 12-minute documentary “Stringers.”

After posting video interviews on the Press Democrat website back in the late ’90s (the dark ages of the Internet), he eventually began producing a weekly video called “60-Second Weekend” that was the most watched web series in the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group.

A graduate of Florida State University, he earned his M.A. in creative writing at the University of New Mexico. He has won multiple Peninsula Press Club awards and the 2002 American Association for Sunday and Features Editors award for best A&E feature.


Don R. Lewis got his start in film as a volunteer at the Sundance Film
Festival. This experience ignited his love of film and sent him on a
journey that included over ten years as a writer/editor at Film Threat
as well as AA degrees in screenwriting and film production from
College of Marin, a BA in screenwriting from Cal State Northridge and
a Masters in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State. Aside from
producing two award-winning short documentaries (“Stringers” in 2006
and “Drag King” in 2008) Don was Co-Producer on “The Violent Kind,” a
sci-fi/horror film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film festival.

Don was born in Napa, CA but raised in Petaluma where he still lives
today with his wife, daughter and dog Igby.


Don Lewis met John Beck at a beer soaked concert in Nor Cal and the
two decided to team up to start making documentaries about unique and
quirky people. First they made “Stingers,” a 10 minute short following
4 freelance videographers who troll the streets of San Francisco. That
film went on to play Cinequest, Sonoma Valley International Film
Festival, Chicago’s Reel Shorts and the Austin Film Festival where it
took home the audience award for best short documentary.

They followed this up with “Drag King,” the dirty tale of a group of
Lake County rebels who, after the weekly local car races are over,
attach boats designated for destruction to the back of their cars and
drag them around the track in front of hundreds of screamin’ fans.
“Drag King” had a successful festival run as well playing CInequest,
Austin Film Festival, Sidewalk, Beverly Hills Shorts Fest and the Big
Easy Shorts Fest where it was awarded a special programmers award.

“Worst in Show” is Don and John’s first feature and it’s already
garnered rave reviews from the Huffington Post and SF Weekly. It
Co-Premiered in 2011 at the SF Indie Fest and Oxford Film Festival in
Oxford, Mississippi.