Talent Guide

Cullen Hoback

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2015, Grants and Awards 2015


In 2007, director Cullen Hoback was given a small budget to direct the LARPing documentary Monster Camp, which showed social outcasts banding together to create a community where magic is real, and identity is limited only by one’s imagination. Monster Camp received awards around the world, and was heralded by Variety as both “endearing and amusing.” In 2010, he made the narrative micro-budget feature FrICTION, a film about people at a summer camp who play out a scripted tale as the line between fantasy and reality blurs. In 2011, Hoback, joining producer John Ramos, was able to return to documentary filmmaking when he was given adequate resources to create Terms And Conditions May Apply, a film about online privacy, data mining, and the hidden and scary consequences of clicking “I Agree.” Terms And Conditions May Apply played in over 40 US cities and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick; it also received praise from Variety, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. Currently Hoback is working on two new social-action documentaries and a docu-educational television program, as well as developing Monster Camp into a TV show.

Current Project

What Lies Upstream


What starts as a simple investigation into a chemical spill unravels into a massive mystery, ultimately showing, with unprecedented access, why the American political system is fundamentally broken.