Peter Kurie

Cultural anthropologist
and creative producer.


Peter Kurie is an L.A.-based cultural anthropologist and creative producer in the entertainment industry. He applies expertise in fieldwork, narrative, and interviewing to unlock storytelling for film and television. Peter is currently Senior Creative Strategist at Wondros, the media production company founded by Jesse Dylan whose clients include Open Society Foundations, National Institutes of Health, and XPRIZE. Previously, he worked at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. His UCLA seminar "Business and Culture of Documentary Film" gives students the opportunity to pitch a film to industry leaders. Peter is author of In Chocolate We Trust: The Hershey Company Town Unwrapped (University of Pennsylvania Press), which explores the rise of the “entrepreneur-philanthropist” a century before Buffett, Gates, and Zuckerberg. He earned his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Princeton University and B.A. at Hampshire College.





Professional Experience

Senior Creative Strategist (2016-present)

Concordia Studio
Consulting Producer to Artists-in-Residence (2019-present)

International Documentary Association
Creative Consultant (2015-present)

Altimeter Films
Creative Consultant (2015-present)

Visiting Professor in Anthropology (2016)
”Business & Culture of Documentary Film”

Sundance Institute
Film Screener & Intern, Documentary Film Fund (2015-2016)

Brian Graden Media
Manager, Unscripted Development (2015)

Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson Fellow & Assistant Instructor (2009-2014)


Independent Projects

Film. Creative Producer of Old Faithful (current)

  • Vérité-style documentary exploring the hidden lives of seasonal workers in one of America’s most legendary landscapes.

Book. Author of In Chocolate We Trust: The Hershey Company Town Unwrapped (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

  • Inside look at the rise and legacy of the “entrepreneur-philanthropist” a century before Buffett, Gates, and Zuckerberg.

Music. Creative Producer and Performer of Bakersfield Resounds (2019), Songs for Hillary (2016), Housman Revisited (2014)

  • Ongoing music project that reinterprets classic songs and poems for modern times.





Film still from  Old Faithful  (in production), a collaboration with director Jeff Taylor of Lonely Leap.

Old Faithful (in production), a documentary collaboration with director Jeff Taylor.



Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study

David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy


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