Director - DP - Documentary Films

Praise for On Coal River

“A new masterpiece.” - West Virginia Gazette
“Compelling and transcendent.” - Huffington Post
"Respectful, thorough, and relevant.” - Variet
Nominee, IFP/Gotham Awards
“Best Documentary” Appalachian Film Festival
Winner, "Koronisfest Award", Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival


Directed by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams WoodON COAL RIVER tells the story of a former coal miner and his neighbors in a David-and-Goliath struggle to save their mountains, their valley, and life as they know it. ON COAL RIVER premiered at AFI/SILVERDOCS in June 2010, aired on Outside Television, and screened in over 70 cities across the US as part of the Whole Foods "Do Something Reel" Film Festival.


Profile of French Broad Chocolates, an award-winning chocolate maker from Asheville, North Carolina. Filmed and edited by Rod Murphy and Adams Wood, produced by Industrious Productions for American Express OPEN Forum for Small Business Saturday.


A selection of videos I filmed and edited on board the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior during an investigation of Pacific tuna fisheries in the period of July - September 2015. This material was also part of the series Ocean Warriors (Animal Planet) which won a Genesis Award for Best Documentary Television Series. 

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior crew discovers and boards an illegal Taiwanese longline fishing operation. The vessel was found on the high seas in waters near Papua New Guinea. An alternate version of this piece ran on The Guardian website.

Paul Hilton is a Bali-based conservation photographer who sailed with us on the Rainbow Warrior. He was featured in the film Racing Extinction.

Part of a series of videos we did with Lauren Reid, food writer based in the US. In the video, we see the onboard working conditions and fishing practices through Lauren's eyes. This video was originally distributed through

Matt Stoios, Australian helicopter pilot on the Rainbow Warrior. 

A brief profile of Angelo Muscos, second mate of the Rainbow Warrior. 



A text-based teaser introducing the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's Pacific tuna investigation. 

This video was meant to convey the incredible difficulty of finding outlaw fishing vessels amidst the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, AND all the tools Greenpeace used to accomplish just that. Expedition leader Karli Thomas and oceans campaigner Langi Toribau are featured. 

Profile of the multi-talented Adhon Canarila.

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In 2012, I spent two weeks on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Chukchi Sea and in Point Hope, Alaska. Here, the mayor and other residents of Point Hope share their concerns about Shell's offshore drilling plans in the Arctic. Residents of this town, also known as "Tikigaq," have survived for generations off the bounty of the Chukchi Sea, which is now threatened by pollution, noise, and the risk of an oil spill that would come with offshore drilling. Filmed and edited by Adams Wood.

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In early 2014 I spent a week filming at high Tech High School in North Bergen, NJ for the George Lucas Educational Foundation / Edutopia. 

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In late 2014 I spent time with 3 Greenpeace student organizers making change in their home towns. Filmed and Field Directed by Adams Wood, edited by Melissa Thompson.

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A short profile of Appalachian Voices and their work with Google Earth to expose the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. Directors of Photography: Mickey Freeman and Adams Wood.

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"The Journey: Buchi Kombucha" is a three-part web series following the ups and downs of Buchi, a women-owned beverage company based near Asheville, North Carolina. Filmed and edited by Adams Wood and Rod Murphy, and produced by Industrious Productions. Created for American Express OPEN Forum. Music by Jason Smith Transmedia site:

March 22, 2012 was World Water Day. See how North Carolina citizens came together to protect their waters from coal ash. Filmed by Adams Wood and Rod Murphy, edited by Adams Wood.

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