Chip Duncan

Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer
photo of Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and President of The Duncan Group, Inc., a documentary production company formed in 1984.

Duncan and his team recently completed the three-part public television series The Reagan Presidency (broadcast internationally in 2013). Interviews include Condoleezza Rice, Douglas Brinkley, Oscar Arias, Sandra Day O’Connor, Walter Mondale, George Shultz, Paul Volcker, Henry Cisneros, Robert Reich, Reza Aslan, Richard Reeves, Trita Parsi and Andrew Young... among others.

The classroom component of Duncan's climate change series The Life & Death of Glaciers was released to schools across North America in September, 2011 by Discovery Education. The feature documentary is currently in production with an estimated airdate of late 2014.

Other notable productions include the 2009 PBS Special Landslide: The Presidency of Herbert Hoover and the 2-part public television documentary A History of Prayer In America. The PBS Special In a Just World – Contraception, Abortion & World Religion aired nationwide in 2003. The national release of Cost of Freedom – Security, Civil Liberty & the USA Patriot Act premiered that same year. The Magic Never Ends – The Life & Work of C.S. Lewis aired nationwide on public television during 2002. Duncan’s production of the 13-part Discovery Networks series Mystic Lands was broadcast in more than 140 countries around the world during 1996.

During May, 2012 Duncan documented health care conditions in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma for Relief International. Later in 2012, Duncan documented several carbon-reducing development programs for Relief International in Ghana. During two trips to Afghanistan since the U.S. led invasion, Duncan has documented various parts of Afghanistan including the Bamyan and Panjshir provinces. During 2005, he drove more than 1800 kilometers of the Afghan countryside documenting the efforts of Save The Children. Duncan documented relief efforts in Darfur, Sudan during 2008 and he was part of the first response to the Haitian earthquake during 2010.

Duncan's photographic images appear in the book Enough To Go Around – Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur (Select Books, NYC, 2009). A photographic exhibition of Duncan's images from Afghanistan premiered during August, 2011 at the World Peace Festival in Berlin, Germany. A second photographic exhibition featuring images from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur, Sudan premiered during September at the O Street Museum in Washington D.C.

Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries. His documentary television specials and series have won more than 125 national and international awards. Broadcast networks include PBS, HBO, Discovery, TLC, Showtime, Lifetime and Sundance Channel... among others.

Current projects include a short documentary called The Sound Man featuring Kenyan audio journalist Abdul Ramadhan. The Duncan Group recently completed a 4-part series for Discovery Education called How to Study Culture and the team is currently working on a 6-part educational series based on significant historical events from the 1980s. Duncan is currently developing a feature film based on the life of acclaimed African photojournalist Mohamed Amin. His new book, Food, Water, Shelter will be released in 2014.

Other oddities:

* The Twilight Zone, 1985 – Duncan co-authored two stories for the 1985/86 remake of The Twilight Zone. One episode was on air (Kentucky Rye) and one episode was pronounced dead in development at the time the series was cancelled.

* Adventure Guide – Since 2000, Duncan has guided an annual pilgrimage on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Recent treks include crossing the 15,000 foot pass on the historic Salkantay Trail.

* Duncan is an avid skier. He spends as much time as he can in the Alaskan wilderness and the farm fields of Vernon County, Wisconsin. During January, 2006 Duncan reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of friends from the United Arab Emirates.

Chip Duncan can be contacted via e-mail at or by calling (USA) (414) 223.1060