KIRBY DICK, DIRECTOR
Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. His most recent film, OUTRAGE, which was nominated for an Emmy and released by Magnolia Pictures, is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them. In 2006 he directed THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, released by IFC Films. A breakthrough investigation of the highly secretive MPAA film ratings system, the film compelled the MPAA to make long overdue changes in the way it rates films.
Dick's prior film, TWIST OF FAITH, is the powerful story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest. Produced for HBO, TWIST OF FAITH received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Dick's other films include, DERRIDA, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida, which won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the internationally acclaimed SICK: THE LIFE & DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
AMY ZIERING, PRODUCER
AMY ZIERING is an award winning Academy award and Emmy nominated documentary director and producer. Her most recent film, The Invisible War, is a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, won the Independent Spirit Award for best documentary, and was nominated for an Oscar. Released by Cinedigm/Documara, the film helped influence Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to announce significant policy changes. Her previous film, Outrage, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the institutions that protect them. It was distributed by Magnolia Pictures and had its television premiere on HBO. Ziering also produced The Memory Thief, which stars Mark Webber, Rachel Miner, and Jerry Adler and is a thought-provoking examination of the relationship between empathy, narcissism and trauma. It was a New York Times critics’ pick and won several festival awards. Prior to this Ziering co-directed and produced Derrida, a documentary about the world-renowned French philosopher and the philosophical movement known as deconstruction. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won the Golden Gate award at the San Francisco Film Festival, was released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films and features an original score by Oscar winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Ziering’s first film, Richard Cohen's critically acclaimed Taylor’s Campaign, was a documentary about Ron Taylor, a homeless person who ran for a seat on the Santa Monica City Council. She is the 2012 recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for Courage and Filmmaking, the 2013 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, and the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer - News/Non-Fiction. Ziering is currently in production on a new project for HBO.
TANNER KING BARKLOW, PRODUCER
Tanner Barklow is an Emmy-nominated producer. He was co-producer on Emmy-nominated Outrage, a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them. He was also the English assistant director on the 2011 Chinese film production Case Sensitive, directed by Gil Kofman. He studied at Harvard University, Bennington College in Vermont and Hollins University in Virginia.
DOUG BLUSH, EDITOR, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Doug Blush has been a documentary filmmaker for over fifteen years, as a director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer. His previous feature documentary editing credits include the crossword-culture hit WORDPLAY, the Academy Award-shortlisted national debt primer I.O.U.S.A., the film adaptation of FREAKONOMICS, and Chain Camera's previous feature documentary OUTRAGE. Screening on PBS's Independent Lens series in December 2011 is THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, an wide-ranging appreciation of the National Film Registry, and seen recently on HBO and theatrically is SUPERHEROES, an on-the-street documentary tracking the adventures of real life crime-fighters. Along with editorial, Doug also co-wrote THESE AMAZING SHADOWS and is an executive producer of SUPERHEROES. Doug is co-owner of MadPix, Inc, a production and post production company based in Los Angeles. He has recently completed co-directing, shooting and editing a documentary feature on new understandings of bipolar disorder entitled OF TWO MINDS, with his wife Lisa.
DEREK BOONSTRA, EDITOR
Derek grew up in Colorado and has been making documentaries in various capacities since he graduated from USC with his MFA in film in 2007. His previous work includes BAKER BOYS, a 4-part documentary miniseries about American soldiers in Iraq, and SUPERHEROES, an award winning feature documentary about the real life superhero community, which won theatrical distribution at 2011's Slamdance Film festival and was acquired by HBO. In his down time, he volunteers at the Bicycle Kitchen, an LA-based non-profit.
BIL WHITE, ANIMATION AND GRAPHICS
Bil White is a director and designer specializing in mixed media animation. He has designed the titles and animations for Kirby Dick's last two films, This Film is Not Yet Rated, and Outrage. He lives in Santa Monica, CA, with his wife and daughter.
THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
REGINA KULIK SCULLY
Regina Kulik Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting media, education and healing projects that transform our culture. Ms Kulik Scully also is the Founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications, a premier Public Relations Agency, NYC, specializing in exclusive consumer products and brands. Ms Kulik Scully is a social entrepreneur, education activist, and documentary Filmmaker. She is one of the leading communications and media consultants in the county, speaking at schools, conferences, and companies around the world. A 30-year veteran in the fields of Journalism, Public Relations, Brand Marketing and Filmmaking, Ms Scully has a successful track record of building and producing successful premier brands, projects, and films, that integrate cause-related issues, social media, and outreach campaigns.
Ms Kulik Scully is an Academy award nominated executive producer, most recently for the 2013 powerful documentary called the "Invisible War" - a film about the epidemic rapes of women and men in the military. The "Invisible War" won the 2012 Sundance Audience Award, and will be distributed by PBS May 2013. Ms Scully also executive produced "MissRepresentation", a compelling documentary exposing the gender bias that still exists in our country based on the limited portrayals of women and young girls in our Media, Politics and Entertainment. Ms Kulik Scully is a co-founder of www.MissRepresentation.org. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network bought “MissRepresentation” in the Fall 2011. Ms Kulik Scully helped spearhead the development and distribution of its critically acclaimed corresponding national curriculum.
In addition, Ms Kulik Scully has exec-produced a spate of benchmark, issue-focused documentaries, such as: “Anita: Truth to Power”, a film about the importance of the 20 year anniversary of the Anita Hill hearings; “Alice: Beauty in Truth”, a poignant film about the life of author/activist Alice Walker; “Boyhood Shadows”, a compelling film about the devastating effects, and triumphant stories of male adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (BoyhoodShadowsProject.org). “Boyhood Shadows” was distributed by Oprah producers to her studio audience members during her groundbreaking shows in October 2010 featuring successful Film Maker and Director Tyler Perry, along with 200fellow male survivors; “Half the Sky”, the heart-wrenching and compassionate series, which aired on PBS in the Fall of 2012, based on best-selling novel, uncovering the untenable violence against women across six countries; and “Essence Road”, Playwright/activist Eve Ensler’s upcoming riveting documentary about the violence toward women in the Congo.
In addition to filmmaking, Ms Kulik Scully is deeply passionate about Education reform, and has helped launch some of the most successful inner city charter schools in the country: the Success Academy Schools, in NY (www.successacademies.org); and the Making Waves Academy Schools in Northern California (www.makingwaves.org)
Ms. Kulik Scully is the Founding Sponsor of the following initiatives:
* Athena Film Festival, affiliated with Barnard College, NYC - the first women’s film festival focused on supporting women Film Makers
* CBS radio show 'Live with Robin Morgan', produced by the Women’s Media Center, NYC
* Artemis Rising Invisible War Recovery Program, CA – developed for Vets suffering from MST and PTSD. Donations can be made to this program at: www.partnershipsforchange.org
Ms Kulik Scully is on the following Boards: The Horace Mann School, NYC; Georgetown University Board of Regents; Stanford University Board of Philanthropy and Civil Society, CA; Project ALS, NYC; Harvard Women’s Leadership Board; VDay Board; MissRepresentation.org; and the Women’s Media Center, NYC.
Ms Kulik Scully has a BS in Foreign Languages and Theology from Georgetown University. She lives with her husband John in San Francisco, CA. and NYC.
JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, and advocate for women and girls. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary MISS REPRESENTATION, which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential. Newsom is an Executive Producer of the 2012 Sundance documentary THE INVISIBLE WAR and is currently in pre-production on her next documentary film. Newsom is also the founder and CEO of Girls Club Entertainment, LLC, which develops and produces independent films that empower women. As an actress, Newsom appeared in films and television shows including In the VALLEY OF ELAH, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, RENT, LIFE, MAD MEN, TRAUMA, and NUMB3RS. Newsom currently serves as a member of the Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, an advisory board member of Emerge America, and an honorary board member of the International Museum of Women. Newsom graduated with honors both from Stanford University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their two young children.
Geralyn has a wide background in the arts and philanthropy. She founded the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities, and co-taught documentary writing at Harvard University. Geralyn's executive producing and producing credits include Academy Award winning BORN INTO BROTHELS; Emmy nominated THE DAY MY GOD DIED; and multiple film festivals winners such as KICK LIKE A GIRL, IN A DREAM, DHAMMA BROTHERS, PROJECT KASHMIR, MISS REPRESENTATION, and CONNECTED. Her works in production include: WAIT FOR ME, YEAR OF THE AMBASSADOR, ONE IN A BILLION, IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, and SUGAR BABIES.
She is the Founder/ Chair of the Utah Film Center and a charter member of the Utah Coalition for Film and Media. In 2007, she co-founded Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. Impact Partners is a film fund and advisory service committed to financing independent cinema that addresses pressing social issues. It brings together financiers and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception less than four years ago, IP has been involved in the financing of over 25 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; FREEHELD, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; and THE GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, which won the 2007 Emmy Award for Best Documentary Special.
MARIA CUOMO COLE
Maria Cuomo Cole was inspired to make the documentary LIVING FOR 32 after hearing gun violence survivor Colin Goddard share his story of tragedy and fortitude. Throughout her career in the private and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Cuomo Cole has produced and directed films and public service announcements to raise awareness for social issues including homelessness, domestic violence, at-risk youth, and gun violence. She has captured numerous intimate first person stories of hardship and perseverance on film, video, and in print, which have been broadcast and published in a variety of media. Current film projects include documentaries on female veterans and reflections by prominent Americans on their personal mentors.
Ms. Cuomo Cole has served as a Director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March since 2005, participating in the strategic leadership of the organization. Since 1992 she has led the nonprofit agency, HELP USA as Executive Chairman. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded nationally to become one of the largest providers of homes, jobs and services for the homeless in the United States. Today the organization operates twenty-nine supportive service residences for homeless and low income populations including victims of domestic violence, veterans, and people living with HIV/Aids.
Ms. Cuomo Cole is an appointee of the New York State Advisory Committee on the Welfare of Children and Families and the Mayor's Task Force to Combat Domestic Violence of New York City. This year she was honored with the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award and the Newark Now Award. Past awards include:The National Alliance to End Homelessness Private Sector Award, The Public Service Leadership Award from St. Bonaventure University, The Humanitarian Award from Iona College and The Public Service Award from Manhattanville College.
ABIGAIL E. DISNEY
Abigail E. Disney is an executive producer of WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, producer of the film PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL and writer on PEACE UNVEILED, the third film in the series about Afghanistan. Her longtime passion for women's issues and peacebuilding led her to producing films. She has executive produced films that address various social issues, including FAMILY AFFAIR, PLAYGROUND, SUN COME UP (Academy Award® Nominee 2011, Best Documentary Short) and RETURN, and is involved in several more films in various stages of development and production.
Disney, also, along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work in philanthropy, women's engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized through the Epic Award from the White House Project, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School's Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
In addition, Disney holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the advisory board of ITVS's groundbreaking initiative, Women and Girls Lead, and is a sought-after public speaker. She frequently travels around the country and across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, commencement speeches and lectures, and has participated in panels in diverse locations such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and at dozens of universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
SARAH JOHNSON REDLICH
A former Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton, Ms. Redlich left the financial services firm to launch Spike & Annie, a children's clothing company. Educated at St. Lawrence University and the University of San Francisco, Ms. Redlich has dedicated herself to education, science, and conservation. She recently spearheaded the drive to build a $40M state-of-the-art science facility for St. Lawrence. A Trustee of St. Lawrence, she has also served as Vice-Chair of the Capital Campaign, and served as Vice-Chair of the Architecture and Physical Plant. Ms. Redlich advances science-based environmental legislation as the Chair, National Affairs and Legislation, for the Hillsborough Chapter of the Garden Club of America. At Conservation International, she is a member of the Chairman's Council. Ms. Redlich also serves in an advisory capacity at the board level for other non-profit organizations.
Nicole Boxer's keen narrative storytelling ability springs from her deep experience with socially conscious non-fiction television and film programming, ranging from immigration and sex trafficking to weapons proliferation and climate change. Recent documentary projects include serving as producer of 14 WOMEN, an inside portrait of female senators that premiered at the AFI/Silverdocs Festival in 2007 and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Ms. Boxer was subsequently a co-producer of CLIMATE REFUGEES, which examined mass migration caused by climate change, and which screened at Sundance in 2009. Most recently, Nicole has worked as an executive producer on THE INVISIBLE WAR, Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick's investigation of rape and sexual assault in the US Armed Forces, which has been accepted into the feature documentary competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
For the television screen, Ms. Boxer has helped LA-based production companies navigate Washington's politically charged waters as a consulting producer for JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION and TOP CHEF DC, both of which won Emmy awards. Her 20-year career includes experience in producing dramatic features and television documentaries, as well. Nicole holds a BFA in Film, Television, and Radio from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Teddy Leifer founded RISE Films in 2007 and has since produced or executive produced all of its films and television programmes including WE ARE TOGETHER, ROUGH AUNTIES, COWBOYS IN INDIA, MUSLIM SCHOOL, ROAD TO LAS VEGAS, KNUCKLE and THE INTERRUPTERS directed by Oscar Nominee, Steve James. He also produced the BBC THREE sitcom pilot, BRAVE YOUNG MEN. Teddy has produced films for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4 and HBO which have gone on to win awards at Sundance including Oscar Nominee, Kirby Dick's, THE INVISIBLE WAR. He is now developing a romantic comedy feature, 12 MEALS WITH MANDY MOON with the BFI, Executive Producing a drama series at HBO which is being written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and producing the ITV2 sitcom, PLEBS.