The Team

The Doug Sahm Story is being directed by Joe Nick Patoski with help from Alan Berg and is being produced by Dawn Johnson. Arts+Labor will manage the production. Background information is below:

Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski has authored and co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Dallas Cowboys, in addition to collaborations with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park.

His 2008 book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by The Friends of the TCU Library with the 2009 Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas, and The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America was cited as one of the ten best football books of the twenty-first century by Kirkus Reviews.

A staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine for eighteen years, and a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, he has managed rock and roll bands, run record stores, appeared on a compilation album curated by Carl Finch of Brave Combo, and worked in radio in Dallas-Fort Worth and in Austin. In 2011, he curated the exhibit Texas High School Football: More Than the Game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, authoring a book of the same name.

He also recorded the oral histories of B.B. King, Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, Tejano superstar Little Joe Hernandez, and fifteen other subjects for the Voice of Civil Rights oral history project sponsored by AARP and the Library of Congress, some of which appeared in the book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Juan Williams. He hosts a weekly radio program about Texas Music for Marfa Public Radio.

Patoski first interviewed Doug Sahm in 1973 and their friendship endured until Sahm’s death. From 1996 to 1999, Sahm and Patoski served as announcers for the South By Southwest softball tournament championship game, which traditionally closes the annual music/film/technology gathering.

Alan Berg

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and native Texan, Alan co-founded Arts+Labor in 2004. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, and he’s had two documentaries nationally distributed by PBS. He has won more than twenty state and national awards for his reporting and worked on the PBS Best Practices in Journalism project. Alan has also taught reporting and long-form narrative storytelling at the University of Texas.

Dawn Johnson

Dawn Johnson grew up in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas with a double major in Government and Philosophy, she stumbled into filmmaking when a friend asked her to help with a documentary he was making with Rick Linklater. After that she knew she’d found her calling in life. Her second feature documentary was an ITVS funded documentary called Nuclear Family which aired on numerous PBS stations nation wide. After a short stint in Los Angeles production managing for television series, she knew she had to get back to her hometown of Austin. (There is no such thing as queso in LA!) Since then she has been producing and directing feature and short documentaries, television series, and commercials. Her work as Producer/Director on the KLRU series Downtown earned her three Lone Star Emmys. She was the production manager for Margaret Brown’s award winning film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt. She was the lead Field Producer for the A&E series Heavy, and recently produced a pilot for The National Geographic Channel about Tourette’s Syndrome. She worked with Arts+Labor as the producer of their film Outside Industry about the history of the South By Southwest music conference.

Most importantly, Dawn is a huge Doug Sahm fan.

Arts+Labor

Arts+Labor is a creative content community based in Austin, Texas. Our production studio is home to writers, directors, producers, designers, animators, editors, musicians, sound designers, and developers with a passion for storytelling in every medium … from branded content, commercial campaigns, websites and apps to documentaries, features, and short films that have gone to the Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, and Venice film festivals.