Hidden Cabinet Films

big ideas in unexpected places


Hidden Cabinet Films, Co. is a nonprofit video production company founded in June 2016 and based in Hamden, Connecticut. Our name is meant to suggest a mystery revealed. It’s also a reference to “Hidden Fortress” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”—and to an actual hidden cabinet found during a home renovation project just below the Hidden Cabinet office.

We produce humanistic documentary video essays and podcasts for educational, scientific, and literary purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary subjects of our small-scale, micro-budget films are rare books, historical and humanistic legal topics, and issues of broad historical and humanistic significance that foster individual learning and community instruction on subjects of public intellectual benefit. Our films stand gently outside traditional documentary formats, and are all available at no cost online.

Our EIN is 81-2657895.

Hidden Cabinet’s Board of Directors includes Brooklyn-based attorney Matthew Milford, Secretary; Courtney Weiss Smith, Treasurerprofessor of English at Wesleyan University and author of Empiricist Devotions: Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England (University of Virginia, 2016), winner of the 2015 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize; Andrew Curran, William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan and author of Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (Other Press, 2019), Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year 2019, among other works; and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at Yale Law School, co-author of Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collectionwinner of the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

The founder and president of Hidden Cabinet Films is award-winning non-fiction writer Mark S. Weiner. Mark is the author of The Rule of the Clan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order; Black Trials (Knopf, 2004), winner of the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association; and Americans without Law (NYU, 2007), winner of the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association; and he is the co-author of Law’s Picture Books, a rare book exhibition catalogue that received the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. He is a professor on leave from Rutgers Law School, and has been a Fulbright scholar in Akuryeri, Iceland, Salzburg, Austria, and Uppsala, Sweden. You can contact him through his website.

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