Welcome to Thelen Creative, a digital audio and visual collective passionately devoted to the artistic intersection of music and history. Thelen has led the successful execution of a multitude of audio and visual projects, including as host of a 2x regional EMMY award-winning educational TV series, Project Manager & Curator for one of the pioneering museum-only smartphone apps, and the Writer/Producer of a CreaTV Citizen Journalist Award-winning PBS-aired television documentary. Thelen's diverse experience crosses many mediums including print, radio, TV, film, social, metaverse, theater, and music.

        Thelen Creative's work has garnered recognition from esteemed creative and historical organizations and has been featured on various media outlets such as The History Channel, Music Origins Project, All About Jazz Magazine, Marin Magazine, Ultra Swank Magazine, Encyclopedia.com, local network television, and the nation's largest PBS affiliate.

       Thelen is a professional member and district advocate of the Recording Academy (Grammy's) San Francisco, California chapter, BMI, SoundExchange, and The Mechanical Licensing Collective.

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recent Projects

Thelen Creative Quickview

Half-doz Recent Projects
Pepperland: The Untold Story of the Infamous Psychedelic Rock Venuehttps://psychedelicscene.com/2024/02/04/pepperland-rock-venue/ - Psychedelic Scene Magazine, Feb. 2024
“7 Must Have Christmas Albums of the 1950s” - Ultra Swank Mag. - Author, 2023
"Pave Paradise | Jazz at the Blackhawk - All About Jazz - Author, 2023
"Vince Guaraldi - In Person" - Blackbird News - Author, 2023
"Sly's Last Epic Album" - Jukebox Mind- Author, 2023
"Who's Watching Them?" - Tech News - Author, 2022
“Lace Skull” Single - Co-Producer (2021 Grammy Ballot: Best Choral) 
“Shade On Me” LoFi Music Video - Writer / Producer, 2021 
“Top 5 Music Sites” Marin Magazine article - Author, 2020 
“Get It Down” Baby & The Luvies Music EP - Drums & Percussion, 2020 
“Record Plant, Sausalito” Short Doc - Writer / Director / Music Bed Producer, 2020 

6 Random Credits
83rd Annual Stern Grove Music Festival San Francisco, CA - Performer 2019 
“Spooky” Single - Producer / Performer 2020 
Marin History Museum Podcast Series - Writer / Producer 
“Porchlight” Variety Special KRON 4 TV, San Francisco - Associate Producer 
“Color of War” The History Channel - Reoccurring Voice Talent 
KNST News/Talk Radio  Tucson, AZ - Hourly News & Sports Announcer / Copywriter 

5 Project Acknowledgements
Best Music Video “Shade On Me” Art Film Awards - April, 2021 
Best Short Documentary “Record Plant, Sausalito” Int’l Music Video Underground - Jan. 2021 
Citizen Journalist Award “The San Agustin” Best Historical Doc - CreaTV San Jose, 2014 
Excellence in Innovation “MHM Smartphone App” California Council for Promotion of History, 2012 
2x Broadcast EMMY-Award “What’s Up” Best Educational Series (HOST)  1999 & 2000 

LIVE Performance
Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco, CA
The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
"Your Little Fool" Music Video
In The Studio

5 EDU’s
NYU Music Industry Essentials / Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, 2020 
Oakland Recording Academy / ProTools Cert., 2019 
San Francisco State University / Broadcast Electronic Communications B.A.
The Groundlings, Hollywood / Improv Conservatory Program
The Second City, Los Angeles / Improv Conservatory Program

Friends In Low Places
The Recording Academy (Grammys) - District Advocate & Member 
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) - Member 
Association of Independent Music Publishers - Member 
The Mechanical Licensing Collective - Member 
Guild of Music Supervisors - Friend 
Sound Exchange - Member

 A Few Recent Media Mentions
Jukebox California June, 2024
Jukebox Mind December, 2023
Film Daily August, 2023
RedX Magazine August, 2023
Lyrics & Threads August, 2023
Music For Everyone Music Blog March, 2022
44faced Music Feb. 2022
Current Music Thoughts Feb. 2022
Ratings Game Music  Nov. 2021
Local News Matters Bay Area Sept. 2021
VINTAGE Media June, 2021
A&R Factory May, 2021
Lyrics & Threads April, 2021
Subrok Records Blog April, 2021
Marin Independent Journal 2019

   Writing Credits
Ultra Swank Mag. - “7 Must-Have Christmas Albums of the 1950s”
The Untold Story of Infamous Rock Hall Pepperland : Woodstock West - Feature Author
All About Jazz - "Pave Paradise | Jazz at the Blackhawk"
The Polk County News - "Far Reaching Consequences : Role of Physicist John Dunning in Manhattan Project"
Blackbird News - "Vince Guaraldi - In Person" LIVE @ The Trident
Jukebox Mind - "Sly's Last Epic Album"
The Further - Underground Generation Music Blog
"Who's Watching Them? Follow The Data Science: Platform Bias, Disinformation, Twitter & Other Buzz
Various Music News Blog Articles Archive 
Music Video Shade On Me - Writer Song  Lyrics
 Marin Magazine - Lifestyle Mag "5 of Marin's Top Musical History Sties"
Music Origins Project - Music Blog "Record Plant, Sausalito : Historic Nor-Cal Studio"
Music Blog - Post & Video "iMpressions of Vince Guaraldi: aka The Original Joe Cool"
Music History Documentary Script Writer - The Record Plant : Historic Nor-Cal Music Studio
PBS & Local Broadcast - TV Documentary "San Agustin : California Shipwreck"
Museum Rebranding Campaign - Wrote & Produced Podcast / Short Docs / Developed App Content
The Bulletin: Marin History Museum - Feature Article Writer
KNST News Talk Radio, Tucson, AZ - Writer / Announcer Top of Hour News & Sports Casts


shout outs

This type of innovation and technology will set the standard for institutions throughout California.” - Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

— Launch Letter to Marin History Museum & Smartphone App Project Manager George Thelen

Museum Magazine Thelen Creative Smartphone App Review

"A good example of how apps can deepen the museum experience for the public... does what a well-designed mobile app should do."

Museum Magazine review

Marin History Museum Mobile App

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George Thelen, Project Manager

Thank You!

Drake Navigators Guild

"The DNG has been extraordinarily pleased when collaborating with Thelen Creative."




🏅WINNER WILDsound Festival for Trailers - BEST PARODY FILM - April, 2024

OFFICIAL SELECTION Willlachen Comedy & Satire Filmprize BEST WORST ANIMATION - April, 2024

🏅 OFFICIAL NOMINEE Alternative Film Festival BEST ULTRA SHORT - March, 2024

OFFICIAL SELECTION Short To The Point Film Festival BEST TRAILER - November, 2023


🏅BEST COMMERCIAL / MAIN CATEGORY - Gothamite Film Awards New York - October, 2023

🏅 FINALIST Best Micro Film - The Strange Days Horror Fest - September, 2023

⏱ OFFICIAL SELECTION Life Screenings One Minute Film Festival - September, 2023

🏅OFFICIAL SELECTION Short Film Content - Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions Global Network - July, 2023

OFFICIAL SELECTION Two Dimensional Drawing & Graphics - International Art Exhibition Marin County Fair - June, 2023

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Short Film - The Amazing Stoner Film Festival - November, 2022

OFFICIAL SELECTION Animation Short Film - Monthly Indie Shorts Film Festival - December, 2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Bay Area Short - San Francisco Short Film Festival presented by SF IndieFest - September, 2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - Lost River Film Fest, San Marcos, Texas - September, 2021

NOMINEE Best Short Documentary - London Shorts Film Festival - August, 2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Short Video - Idaho Halloween & Horror Film Festival - August, 2021

FINALIST Best Documentary Short - Distributor Outreach Film Festival - August, 2021

HONORABLE MENTION Best SmartPhone Film - Macoproject Film Festival, NYC - July, 2021

FINALIST Best Music Video - 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival - July, 2021

HONORABLE MENTION  Animation Music Video - Rome Music Video Awards - May, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - 1st Annual Los Angeles Rocks Film Festival - May, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - Austin Lift-Off Film Festival - May, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - End of Days Film Festival - May, 2021 

WINNER Best Music Video - Art Film Awards - April, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - Venice Shorts Film Awards - April, 2021 

FINALIST Best Music Video - Prague International Monthly Film Festival - April, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION  Best Music Video - Direct Monthly Online Film Festival - April, 2021 

FINALIST  Best Animation Music Video - Int'l Music Video Awards - April, 2021 

WINNER  Music Video of the Month - Reale Film Festival - March, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION  Best Music Video - Sunny Side Up Film Festival - March, 2021 

FINALIST Best Mini Music Film - California Music Video & Film Awards - March, 2021 

SEMI-FINALIST Best Documentary Music Video - Munich Music Video Awards - March, 2021 

FINALIST Best Inspirational Video - California Music Video Awards - March, 2021 

FINALIST Best Doc Music Video - International Music Video Awards, London - February, 2021 

WINNER BEST MUSIC DOC OF THE MONTH - Tracks Music Awards, Los Angeles - January, 2021 

WINNER BEST SHORT MUSIC DOC - International Music Video Underground Paris - January, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Bay Area Short Film Festival / BASH - January, 2021 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - Vegas CineQuest Film Fest, Las Vegas - 2020/21 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Music Video - African Smartphone International Film Festival, Lagos, Africa - December, 2020 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Short Doc - Southeastern International Film & Music Festival, Nashville, TN - December, 2020 

OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Quarantine Video -The Thing In The Basement Horror Festival, Seattle, WA - November, 2020 

FINALIST Best Micro Film / Best Editing - Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Portland, OR - October, 2020 

WINNER Citizen Journalist Award, Best Historical Documentary, CreaTV San Jose, CA - 2014 

HONORABLE MENTION Best Short Documentary - Marin County International Short Film & Video Festival, Calif - 2014 

OFFICIAL NOMINEE - Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership Award Nominee, Marin County, Calif - 2013 

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD - Marin History Museum Outstanding Service Award, Calif. - 2012 

WINNER California Council for the Promotion of History Excellence in Innovation Award, California - 2012 

WINNER CCPH Certificate of Meritorious Performance and Promise : Excellence in Innovation, California - 2012 

WINNER Best Education TV Series (HOST) Broadcast EMMY-Award - 2000 

WINNER Best Educational TV Series (HOST) Broadcast EMMY-Award - 1999

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