about us

SWEET FERN PRODUCTIONS is the multimedia production company of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck. We tell unique, playful and informative stories about science.  We’re based in Brooklyn, New York. (Sweet Fern, Comptonia peregrina, is a plant that grows near the Northern shores of Lake Michigan, where Sharon grew up.)


FLORA LICHTMAN is a freelance video and radio producer based in New York City.  For the past eight years she was the multimedia editor at National Public Radio’s Science Friday, where she made videos for the web and chatted about them on the radio. For awhile she then produced science videos for the New York Times, and she’s now a producer for Dean Olsher’s new PRI show ‘The Really Big Questions.’ She’s also the co-author of Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011), writes regularly for Popular Science magazine, and enjoys fishing.

Photo by Michael Granacki

SHARON SHATTUCK is a documentary filmmaker, animator, and former botanist. She has worked on several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, THE CITY DARK, which aired on PBS’s POV series in 2012, and THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.  Her short video and animation work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, ProPublica, and Radiolab, she’s a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post and The Advocate, and she’s currently working on her first feature documentary, WHERE THE MARSH MEETS THE LAKE, a story about her unconventional family.  She has degrees in environmental science and journalism.


Emma Wiseman is our talented assistant artist and head puppeteer. She is a multidisciplinary performer and theater-maker originally from Weston, CT and now based in Brooklyn.  Over the last few years she has been acting, singing, dancing, and puppeteering at Dixon Place, the Detroit Institute of Art, Triskelion Arts, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Bushwick Starr, Incubator Arts Project, Theatre for the New City, on film, in a field in Cold Spring, NY, and many other exciting venues.  Emma has been fascinated by science and medicine from an early age and explores these subjects through live performance.  She is currently a member of the dance-music troupe THE SPACE WE MAKE, and a 2014 Resident Artist with Mabou Mines.

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  1. WOW. I really loved the wale video. The sidebar lists the equipment and software that you use. I’d love to know how you blend it all together to create the final product. do you have a video highlighting your tips and techniques?

  2. Saw your videos on vimeo, I loved them, I caught the whale fall one and then just went through the rest.
    Thanks for your time.

  3. I MUST applaud you for Whale Fall, a more elegant and effective piece of animation (&heartfelt handmade animation at that!) I’ve not seen all year so far. My 5 year old God Daughter and 2 year old nephew as well as my friend’s 5 and 3 year olds are simply smitten, to say nothing of the grown ups I’ve shared it with… Brava! :)

  4. George Matsumoto says: -#1

    like the whale fall video – but you forgot the whale worms :-)


  5. i love your work and your laugh flora lichtman, and i dearly miss your presence on Science Friday. i hope you are well.

    much good fortune, avi

  6. John Berry says: -#1

    When is your Project Dad film going to be released? Thank you

  7. We anticipate an early 2015 film festival release for Project Dad. Any updates will appear on our website, http://www.projectdadfilm.com, and our Facebook page. Thanks for asking!

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