Micah Smith

Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker whose films have been featured on Netflix, and have been screened at international film festivals, the UN, British Parliament, and US Congress. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Art

Nina Paley

Nina Paley is the creator of the critically acclaimed animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. Seder-Masochism is her second feature.

Lucile Smith

Lucile Smith’s previous credits include the BAFTA-winning centennial anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and over seventy Holocaust testimonies from Britain’s last living Holocaust survivors, interviews which will be housed for posterity in a new Holocaust Learning Center in the United Kingdom. Forgotten Soldier is Lucile’s feature directing debut.

Lex Gillespie

Lex Gillespie is a Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning public radio producer turned film director. For the past 25 years, he’s produced documentaries on music, history and culture. My credits include The Science Sisters, the story of four Latina students who competed in Chicago’s Science Fair; A Kind and Just Parent, about the creation of the…

Ryan Porush

Ryan Porush is a documentary filmmaker and journalist based in LA. He’s produced, filmed and edited documentaries and short films around the world, with an emphasis on telling dynamic, character-driven stories that give voice to marginalized communities. He received a BA from UCSB, and an MA in documentary journalism from NYU, where he learned from…

Michelle Paymar

Michelle Paymar produced, directed, and filmed From Cairo to the Cloud. Her independent work has screened at festivals around the world and she has extensive credits as a director and writer of documentary and non-fiction television programs for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CBC, MTV, CTV, Travel, Discovery, History, and other major broadcasters. Her production company,…

Dan Shadur

Dan Shadur is an Israeli filmmaker and writer, a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. His debut documentary “Before The Revolution” was funded by Yes Docu and ITVS, premiered in Hotdocs 2013 and featured in dozens of other international festivals. It was the first ever Israeli documentary to…

Celia Lowenstein

Celia Lowenstein is a director, writer, and producer of over 50 films whose subjects range from science, religion, art, philosophy, and music. She has been commissioned and made films for the BBC, ARTE, CBS, NBC, PBS, Discovery, NOVA, National Geographic, and Animal Planet.

Zack Bernbaum

Zack Bernbaum is a Canadian director and producer from Toronto, whose work captures rich aesthetics, authentic performances and unique tones. Bernbaum’s first two features, And Now A Word From Our Sponsor – starring Bruce Greenwood and Parker Posey, and Cold Deck – starring Paul Sorvino and Robert Knepper, have been sold and released internationally, including…

Jamie Elman

Jamie Elman is an actor, writer, director, producer and musician.  He has appeared on some of television’s most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and House M.D. and for three seasons of NBC’s critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV teen sitcom Student Bodies. Along with Eli…