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IVY MEEROPOL
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

 

Ivy Meeropol is currently producing two stories for the second season of the Emmy-Award winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously airing on The National Geographic Channel in Fall 2016.

Her most recent film, Indian Point, premiered in the Documentary Competition at The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has since been screened at Hot Docs, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Festival de Rio in Brazil and more. Indian Point recently won Best Documentary at the Key West Film Festival and The Frontline Excellence in Journalism Award and will be released theatrically in early Summer 2016.

In 2014 she directed and produced an episode for CNN’s docu-series Death Row Stories, Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford.

Meeropol was a 2013 Sundance Institute Fellow, was invited to attend the Creative Producers’ Summit and was recently awarded grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, The NY State Council for the Arts, and The MacArthur Foundation.

Meeropol’s 6-part documentary series The Hill, about Congressman Robert Wexler and his young staff, aired on The Sundance Channel in 2006 and received an IDA (International Documentary Association) nomination for best series of 2007.

In 2007, Meeropol directed the feature length documentary All About Abe, the story of Abe Pollin – sports impresario extraordinaire – and a companion short film about his greatest creation, the Verizon Center Arena in Washington, DC.

From 2001-2003, Meeropol produced and directed the documentary film Heir to An Execution, which explored the legacy of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Heir to An Execution had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, had it’s broadcast premiere on HBO and is presently in wide distribution on HBO Home Video/DVD.

 


 

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JULIE GOLDMAN
PRODUCER

Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-­winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films.

 

Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and Audience Awards at several festivals and has just been released by The Orchard. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was released by IFC Films. She is executive producer of 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was theatrically released by First Run Features, and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which was released by The Orchard. She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which was released in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda. She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-­winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio.

 

Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better This World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry.

 


 

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CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS
CO-PRODUCER

Christopher Clements is a partner at Motto Pictures.  Christopher is executive producer of Weiner and co-producer of Life, Animated, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and was be released by The Orchard.  Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime. He is the executive producer of the CNN Films feature Enlighten Me, directed by Jenny Carchman, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. He was the creative consultant for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival hit Best of Enemies, which was released by Magnolia Pictures and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award, and co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s documentary Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released by First Run Features in summer 2016. Christopher is co-executive producer of The Yes Men Are Revolting directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by The Orchard in 2015, and Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show, which debuted at Hot Docs. He executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher is currently co-producing The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann as well as El Gran Fellove, a documentary directed by Matt Dillon.  Christopher’s camera work was featured in Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience award.  He was production/ editorial consultant for Gideon’s Army, directed by Dawn Porter, which won the US Documentary Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and 1971, directed by Johanna Hamilton, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and screened on PBS Independent Lens.  Christopher is a writer/director of award-winning animated short subject, documentary and narrative films.


 

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CAROLYN HEPBURN
CO-PRODUCER

Carolyn Hepburn is executive producer of Weiner and co-producer of Life, Animated, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and will be theatrically released by The Orchard.  Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime. Carolyn produced 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, directed by Marc Silver, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize for Social Impact, was released by Participant Media, acquired by HBO for US broadcast and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award®. In 2015, she co-produced Indian Point, directed by Ivy Meeropol which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released by First Run Features in summer 2016, and co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s short film The 100 Years Show. Carolyn executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. In 2013, Carolyn was the line producer for two films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: God Loves Uganda, shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, and Gideon’s Army, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Editing Award. Carolyn is currently co-producing The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann as well as producing Matt Dillon’s El Gran Fellove.

 



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STEPHEN HEFFNER
EDITOR

Steve is an award-winning picture and sound editor whose credits include the Emmy-nominated Brothers in War  for NatGeo, the Diginext independent release The American Nurse (Carolyn Jones Productions), and the Emmy-nominated WWII in HD and Vietnam in HD, both for the History Channel. Steve has over ten years of experience and has received three Cine Golden Eagle awards for his educational work and two for broadcast.

 

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TOBY SHIMIN
SUPERVISING EDITOR

Toby Shimin began her film career as a sound editor, and switched to picture editing in 1988 when she cut The Children’s Storefront, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she has cut numerous films that have premiered at Sundance, including Martha and Ethel, A Leap of Faith, Miss America, Out of the Past, which won the Audience Award, Everything’s Cool, Buck which also won the Audience Award, and most recently, How to Dance in Ohio which premiered on HBO last fall, and Man Without A Mask for The New Yorker Presents series.  She has edited several diverse projects for PBS, including AIDS Warriors, Seabiscuit, for which she received an Emmy nomination, Emmy-nominated Reporting America at War and Little White Lie. Three of Hearts: A Post-Modern Family, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Indian Point premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Toby is a principal of Dovetail Films. She has taught workshops and master classes at Hampshire College, Michigan State University and the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley where she is co-curator of the film series, Depot Docs.

 


 

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DANIEL B. GOLD
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Daniel B Gold won the 2002 Sundance “Excellence in Cinematography Award” for his work on Blue Vinyl. That film also garnered Emmy Nominations for Research and Best Documentary.

Gold subsequently co-directed, produced, and shot Everything’s Cool, about global warming.  It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2007, and won the Audience Award at the Eckerd Film Festival.

Gold is currently Director of Photography for a 6 part Netflix series, a PBS special, and an HBO documentary as well as several other feature documentaries including:

Untouchables, 6 part Netflix series, Dir. Vanessa Roth (American Teacher), Love and Stuff, Dir. Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl), GI-Jews, Dir. Lisa Ades (Miss America), Blowback, Dir. Cynthia Wade (Freeheld), The Amichai Film Project, Dir. Sandi Dubowski (Trembling Before God), Rules to Live By, Dir. Hope Litoff. Darrell Hammond Story, Dir. Michelle Esrick (Saint Misbehavin’Mass Moca Project(Co-DP) Dir. Ivy Meeropol (Indian Point).

Gold’s previous work includes: Life in Pictures and Frontline Medicine, BBC television. American Teacher. The Greater Good which Gold also co-produced. Born Sweet (shared credit). Coma for HBO. New Orleans for PBS. Colonial House for PBS. Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives. Saint Misbehavin’: The Life and Times of Wavy Gravy for Showtime. Toots Shore: Bigger than Life for The Sundance channel and A Nazi Officer’s Wife for A&E.

Prior to concentrating on feature documentaries, Gold’s camerawork was frequently seen on Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, and the Hallmark Channel.

Gold was an Artist in Residence at Vassar College, and taught Digital Cinematography at the New School in NYC – a hands on course to advance camerawork and lighting skills through an appreciation of art history and the aesthetics of story telling.

He is the very proud dad of his 7 yr. old son Oliver which is his best production to date, now playing (and laughing) in Maplewood, NJ.  Oliver was co-produced with his funny beautiful wife Jennifer Ostrega-Gold.

 


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BRETT WILEY
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Brett Wiley is a Director of Photography based in Washington, DC. Brett is a second generation documentary cameraman who spent his summers loading film magazines on documentaries, while earning a BFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, on HBO, Showtime, PBS, Al Jazeera America, as well as the National Geographic, Discovery, A&E, and History Channel networks.

 


 

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ROB FEATHERSTONE
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Rob Featherstone has shot commercials for Target, Macy’s, Garnier and Nexxus. He has served as DP for several shows on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Rob was a cinematographer for Election Day, an official selection of SXSW film festival. Brotherhood, a Portrait of the FDNY, and Seamless were both official selections of the Tribecca Film Festival. Rob also photographed vignettes for The Devil in Daniel Johnston, which won the directing award at Sundance. The Artificial Leaf just won 2nd place in the Focus Forward Film Festival.

 


 

 

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NATHAN HALPERN
COMPOSER

Nathan Halpern is a composer and songwriter based out of New York City. His film scores include Rich Hill, winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (HBO Films), winner of the Emmy Award & The George Foster Peabody Award. Other film scores include Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars & winner of the 2014 South by Southwest Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short, and Robert Redford’s All the President’s Men Revisited, Primetime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. He was recently commissioned to create 1913,’ a music installation piece commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the first International Exhibition of Modern Art, which he presented and performed at New York City’s Lexington Armory. Current/forthcoming film scores include One and Two (Directed Andrew Droz Palermo, starring Kiernan Shipka, premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW 2015), Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play (Directed by Jerome Thelia, premiering at SXSW 2015), and Indian Point (Directed by Ivy Meeropol, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015).

 


 

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CHRIS RUGGIERO
COMPOSER

Ruggiero studied Media and Electronic Music at Brown University, and since 1998 he has worked as a composer and music producer. His music currently appears in dozens of televisions series including The Voice, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers. Ruggiero has composed music for documentaries including PBS’ Makers: Women Who Made America, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy Of Grace, and Discovery’s All The President’s Men Revisited. His commercial credits include work for brands such as Diet Coke, HSN, Imodium, Dewars, and Liberty Mutual. Ruggiero is a partner in Gold Coast Recorders, a recording studio located in Bridgeport Connecticut, and he lectures on semiotics, visual studies, and sound at the University of Bridgeport.