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ABOUT US

Stone Lantern Films is an independent, non-profit production company founded in 1986 by sisters-in-law Sarah Mondale and Sarah Patton. Most of our award-winning documentaries have been broadcast nationally on public television.  Our films weave together striking imagery with compelling, fact-based stories. We explore issues crucial to our democracy in our best-known work, which includes: BACKPACK FULL OF CASH narrated by Matt Damon, SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education, a 4-hour PBS series narrated by Meryl Streep, and the Emmy-nominated ASYLUM.

Sarah Mondale

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, STONE LANTERN FILMS

Sarah Mondale has been making documentary films for over 30 years. Most recently, she directed, co-produced and co-wrote the feature documentary BACKPACK FULL OF CASH (2017) narrated by Matt Damon. She directed and co-produced the award-winning 4-hour series SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education, narrated by Meryl Streep, as well as MARCEL PROUST and ASYLUM. All aired on national primetime PBS. Mondale earned an Emmy nomination (Director – ASYLUM). She co-directed and co-produced MEGAMALL (2010), an 80-minute verité film (Social Justice Award nomination, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.) Currently, she is co-directing a new documentary HAVERSTRAW, about the impact of a huge riverfront development on a tiny, multi-ethnic Hudson River community. Previously, she wrote and directed a 35mm dramatic short film called OLD ACQUAINTANCES (HBO-Cinemax, WETA, French TV-3) and was Assistant Director on documentary series and feature films in Europe where she lived for over a decade. Ms. Mondale is President of Stone Lantern Films with Sarah B. Patton. She has also worked as a teacher.

Sarah Patton

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, STONE LANTERN FILMS

In 1986, Sarah Patton co-founded Stone Lantern Films with her sister-in-law Sarah Mondale. She served as Executive Producer on the 2017 feature-length documentary BACKPACK FULL OF CASH, narrated by Matt Damon. She co-produced SPEED SKATE (2013) a 30-minute documentary that aired on local PBS stations, about the hyper-competitive world of young speed skaters and the toll taken on two former speed-skating Olympians who now coach these kids for a living. Previously, she was Co-Producer of the 2001 PBS series SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education for which she supervised fundraising involving over a dozen foundations and public entities as well as the promotional campaign. She coordinated the production and program management for this highly acclaimed award-winning series, and helped to supervise the nationwide public engagement campaign. With Sarah Mondale, she co-produced MARCEL PROUST: A Writer’s Life and ASYLUM.

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