About the Filmmakers

Patrick Creadon


Patrick Creadon was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in 1996.

Creadon began his career as a cameraman at PBS, shooting and producing cinéma vérité-style stories for the critically acclaimed series “The 90’s.” His feature-length directorial debut WORDPLAY was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. After an intense bidding war, the film was sold to IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. WORDPLAY went on to become one of the top 25 highest grossing documentaries of all time.

His follow-up film I.O.U.S.A., a non-partisan examination of America’s national debt, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and was shortlisted for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards. Critic Roger Ebert named I.O.U.S.A. one of the top five documentaries of the year.

IF YOU BUILD IT is Creadon’s third feature-length documentary and is a recipient of grants from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

Creadon has served on several film festival juries, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Ashland Film Festival, and the Cinema Eye Awards. In 2011, he made his television directing debut on NBC’s "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Creadon is married to and collaborates with producer Christine O’Malley. They are raising their three young children in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

Christine O’Malley


Christine O’Malley has been producing and writing documentaries for film and television for over 15 years. O’Malley served as associate producer on the Academy Award®-nominated documentary film ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (2004).

WORDPLAY, the first feature length film she produced and co-wrote through her production company O’Malley Creadon Productions, was nominated for both a Critics’ Choice Award and a National Board of Review Award for “Best Documentary of 2006.” O’Malley and Creadon’s second film I.O.U.S.A., an examination of the size and scope of America's national debt, had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Other credits include Harry Shearer’s documentary THE BIG UNEASY (2010), and Sundance Selects’ THESE AMAZING SHADOWS (2011). She executive produced SUPERHEROES (2011), an award-winning documentary that premiered at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival and aired on HBO as part of its summer documentary series.

IF YOU BUILD IT is O’Malley’s latest production and is a recipient of grants from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

Christine O’Malley is married to and collaborates with filmmaker Patrick Creadon. They have three young daughters and live in Los Angeles, CA.

Neal Baer, M.D.


Along with producing IF YOU BUILD IT, Dr. Neal Baer is currently an executive producer and showrunner for the CBS television series Under The Dome.

Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to present episodes that challenge the audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics.

Baer received his BA in Political Science from Colorado College, Masters Degrees in Education and Sociology from Harvard, as well as an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1996. Baer was Executive Producer of the NBC hit series “ER.” A member of the show’s original staff and a writer and producer on the series for seven seasons, he was nominated for five Emmy Awards as a producer. He also received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, along with two Writers’ Guild nominations.

After "ER," Baer became the Executive Producer of the hit NBC drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for eleven seasons. The show received six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for acting under his leadership. Baer is currently developing projects for CBS.

Baer also spends time in Africa teaching photography and filmmaking so that people can tell and share their own stories around the world. He recently taught a young Mozambican orphan how to make a documentary film to chronicle his search for a family after his parents died of AIDS. That film, MOZAMBIQUE, was chosen to screen at IDA’s DocuWeeks (2010) and has since screened in forty film festivals around the world.