Welcome to Coalwood

My documentary about a dying coal camp in West Virginia.  Coalwood is the boyhood home of Homer Hickam, author of the memoir, Rocket Boys, which was made into the movie, October Sky in 1999.

My film tells the story of Coalwood and the October Sky Festival through the voices of those who’ve lived there.

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See to Sea Productions, LLC  

Documentary films

Video journalism

Promotional videos

by Steve Date

Copyright 2012 © See to Sea Productions, LLC

Reluctant Dissent:

The James P. Shannon Story

A film by

Steve Date & Rich Cornell

Rich Cornell and I received Honorable Mention in the 2009 Minnesota Historical Society’s “1968 Project” for this 10-minute film about Bishop James P. Shannon, who resigned his position in 1968 because his conscience wouldn’t allow him to follow the decision by the Vatican to ban birth control.


I do freelance writing, photo and video journalism for MinnPost.com, an online news website in the Twin Cities .


Susana De Leon’s Learning Community

This is a short film about Susan De Leon and the Ketzal Coatlicue Aztec Dance group she leads.

Click HERE to view it.

Short Documentary Films

Promotional Videos

I’ve produced videos for several organizations, including:

  1. -The Minnesota Zoo

  2. -Minneapolis & St. Paul Federation

     of Teachers

- Minnesota Council of Churches

  1. -MinnPost.com

  2. -Twin Cities Media Alliance

     I also have a  BLOG


         Trying to Pay Attention


See to Sea Productions
Documentary Films
Video Journalism
Promotional Videos
 by Steve Date


Public access cable TV show in St. Paul is produced by, for, and about the homeless.

Click HERE to view it.

The Letter

Casey Gauntt, a lawyer in San Diego, received a phone call in November of 2008 from a woman he knew 40 years earlier.  That call would change his life forever.  To see this 10-minute film and read more about how it all came about, CLICK HERE.

An Actor’s Life: Bob Davishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaBDN2GIVQ&feature=channel_video_titlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UntfLQBv_M&feature=channel_video_titleshapeimage_13_link_0
See all 3 parts re-edited as a 20-minute film HEREhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaBDN2GIVQ&feature=channel_video_titlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaBDN2GIVQ&feature=channel_video_titlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaBDN2GIVQ&feature=channel_video_titleshapeimage_14_link_0shapeimage_14_link_1

This film originally ran in MinnPost as a 3-part series in the spring of 2010.

The Letter won “Honorable Mention - Short Film” at the 2011 Big Water Film Festival

View Finder

A weekly photo blog for MinnPost

I did a a weekly photo-driven blog for MinnPost from September, 2011 to June, 2012. 

See all my View Finder posts HERE.

The Letter won “Best film -Amateur” at the 2012 Shamrock Film Festival