Editor, Rachel J. Clark: www.racheljclark.comRachel is an Emmy award winning video editor currently residing in Boston. Born in Scotland, and raised mostly in Yorkshire and Bristol, she moved to the States as a teenager. She received her BFA in painting and print-making from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she graduated with honors. For the past 10 years, she has been employed as a professional video editor both in London, UK and Boston, MA. She has worked for such notable clients as the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, Errol Morris, PBS, Avid Technologies, and Cinemax. A 3-time Emmy nominee, she recently edited the award winning HBO documentary 'Have You Seen Andy?'
Producer, Liz Garbus: www.moxiefirecracker.comLiz Garbus co-founded Moxie Firecracker, Inc., an independent documentary production company, with filmmaker Rory Kennedy in 1998. Her directorial credits include “The Farm: Angola, USA,” which was nominated for an Academy Award®, and won two Emmys® and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize; “The Execution Of Wanda Jean” (HBO); “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” (A&E); “Girlhood” (Wellspring/TLC); and “Xiara’s Song” (HBO). Most recently she produced “Yo Soy Boricua!, Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas” for IFC, a film about Puerto Rican culture, directed by Rosie Perez. Last year, Garbus and Rory Kennedy executive produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Street Fight.” She recently completed a documentary for HBO, “Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech."
Composer, Miriam Cutler: www.miriamcutler.comLos Angeles-based film composer Miriam Cutler has an extensive background in scoring for independent film & TV projects, as well as two circuses. Her passion for documentary film has led to a focus in non-fiction with credits including award winning and festival favorites: FAMILY AFFAIR (Sundance, Oprah Winfrey Network), SHOUTING FIRE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF FREE SPEECH (Sundance, HBO); GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB (Sundance, Emmy, HBO); THIN (Sundance, HBO, Emmy Nom), CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY (Telluride, Theatrical); CHINA BLUE (Toronto, IDFA, Independent Lens); ABSOLUTE WILSON (Berlin); LOST IN LA MANCHA (Telluride, Berlin, BAFTA nom); SCOUTS HONOR (PBS, 2 Sundance awards); PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS (HBO); LICENSED TO KILL (Berlin, 2 Sundance awards) and more. Miriam has served as lab advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, as well as on documentary juries for the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute's Film Festival Awards and is a Society of Composers and Lyricists Board member.
Executive Producer, Dan Cogan: www.impactpartnersfilm.comDan is the co-founder of Impact Partners. He is also the founder of DMC Films, a film production company based in New York. DMC Films is devoted to discovering emerging voices in documentary and fiction film and to exploring new models of independent film finance. DMC Films currently has projects in development with Universal Studios, New Line Cinema and Casey Silver Productions. In 2006, Mr. Cogan launched the Chrysler Film Project. This screenwriting and directing competition, underwritten by Chrysler, sought to identify an important new voice in American independent film and finance their feature film. In launching the program, Mr. Cogan oversaw the screenplay and directing competition and secured co-financing for Chrysler for the winning film. The winning project, Derek Cianfrance's BLUE VALENTINE, goes into Production in August 2008, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Mr. Cogan's credits include The Lifestyle, a feature-length documentary about middle-American swingers directed by David Schisgall and executive produced by Ted Hope and James Schamus; and Torte Bluma, a short film based on the true story of Nazi death camp commandant Franz Stengl. Torte Bluma was directed by Benjamin Ross (RKO 281, The Young Poisonner's Handbook) and stars Stellan Skarsgard and Simon McBurney. Before entering the film business, Mr. Cogan worked as a speechwriter for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and as a journalist, writing for The New Republic, The New York Observer and The Washington Monthly. Mr. Cogan received his B.A. from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, and attended the Film Division at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts.
Executive Producer, Abigail Disney: www.praythedevilbacktohell.comAbigail Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her first film, a feature-length documentary called Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the inspirational story of the women of Liberia and their efforts to bring peace to their broken nation after decades of destructive civil war. It won the 2008 Tribeca Best Documentary award and is currently playing in theaters. She is also involved in producing a number of other documentaries with social themes, and is developing a four-hour project for WNET/Wide Angle called Women, War & Peace.
Along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, Abigail is also co-Founder and co-President of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive, social change foundation that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. Since 1991, the Daphne Foundation has made millions of dollars in grants in areas ranging from women’s rights to AIDS advocacy, children’s health, labor conditions, incarceration, and community organizing.
Over the years Abigail has played a critical role in a number of different social and political organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the Roy Disney Family Foundation, the White House Project, the Global Fund for Women, and the Fund for the City of New York, as well as the advisory boards of a broad range of organizations working in the areas of poverty, women’s issues, education and environment.
Abigail received her Bachelors degree from Yale University, her Masters degree from Stanford University, and her Doctorate from Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.