Peter Kurie
 

Cultural insights for film,
television, and philanthropy.

 
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Peter Kurie is an ethnographer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of In Chocolate We Trust: The Hershey Company Town Unwrapped, which explores the cultural legacy of Hershey's mega-philanthropy a century before Buffett, Gates, and Zuckerberg. Peter is currently Senior Creative Strategist at Wondros, the media production company founded by Jesse Dylan. Previously, he worked at the Sundance Institute, International Documentary Association, and Altimeter Films. His anthropology course "Business and Culture of Documentary Film" gives UCLA students the opportunity to pitch a film to industry leaders and esteemed documentarians. Peter earned his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Princeton University and is a graduate of Hampshire College.

 

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"VIVID AND SCRUPULOUS."
Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study

“A FASCINATING—AND CAUTIONARY—TALE."
David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy

“DEFINITIVE."
Steven Davidoff Solomon, New York Times "Deal Professor"

"NO BETTER OR MORE POIGNANT ACCOUNT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN OF HOW THE LEGAL INSTRUMENT OF THE TRUST...HAS SO THOROUGHLY CONSTITUTED CULTURES OF COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES."
George E. Marcus, Lives in Trust

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⁓ Ethnography is the study of everyday life in cultural context. An ethnographer meets and talks with people to understand different points of view on the world. 

 

 

Ethnographer in the Industry

Senior Creative Strategist
Wondros  

Film Screener & Documentary Film Fund Intern
Sundance Institute

Consultant & Writer
International Documentary Association

Consultant & Writer
Altimeter Films

(TV) Development Manager
Brian Graden Media

 

Ethnographer in Academia  

AuthorIn Chocolate We Trust
University of Pennsylvania Press   

Lecturer, "Business & Culture of Documentary Film" 
UCLA Department of Anthropology

Woodrow Wilson Scholar
Princeton University 

Assistant Instructor, Department of Anthropology
Princeton University 

 

Ethnographer in Music

Together Again
Cover album interpreting the country-rock genre known as the "Bakersfield sound." 

Songs for Hillary
Cover album interpreting the female singer-songwriters of Hillary's generation.  

Housman Revisited
Original songs interpreting the work of English poet A. E. Housman.  

“Both sophisticated and engagingly eclectic.”
- Peter Parker, Housman Country: Into the Heart of England (2016)
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