ADAMS WOOD is an award-winning Director, DP, and Camera Operator with a focus on conservation and social justice filmmaking.

His feature documentary ON COAL RIVER (directed with Francine Cavanaugh, 2010) premiered at AFI/Silverdocs, and was official selection of over 30 film festivals including Hamptons International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and MountainFilm in Telluride. Nominated for an IFP/Gotham Award, the film aired on Outside Television, screened on Capitol Hill, and went on to screen at film venues in over 70 cities across the US.

His previous film, BOOM - THE SOUND OF EVICTION (directed with Francine Cavanaugh and A. Mark Liiv, 2002) followed the social repercussions of San Franciscoʼs original dot-com boom and bust.

His cinematography has appeared on, Discovery Life, Sundance Channel, Bill Moyers, ABC Australia, Channel 4 (UK), El Chivo (Rod Murphy, Big Sky Film Festival, 2016), Climate of Change (Brian Hill, Tribeca Film Festival, 2010) and Time to Choose (Charles Ferguson, Telluride Film Festival, 2015.)

Clients have included Greenpeace, Earthjustice, Rainforest Action Network, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Google Earth, American Express, and New Belgium Brewing.

Adams graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.


  • Best Documentary Television Series - Humane Society GENESIS AWARD

  • Nominee - IFP / Gotham Award

  • Best Documentary - Appalachian Film Festival

  • Winner, "Koronisfest Award", Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival

  • Best Feature - Lights, Camera Help Film Festival

  • Best International Feature Honorable Mention - Planet in Focus Film Festival.  

  • Winner - Jack Spadaro Award, Appalachian Studies Association

  • Silver Ace Award - Las Vegas Film Festival

  • Best of the Bay Documentary - San Francisco Bay Guardian

  • Shortlisted - Ridenhour Documentary Prize

  • Winner - Silver Telly Award

  • Winner - Addy Award


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