Macky Alston - www.mackyalston.comMacky Alston is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, an educator on issues of media and religion, an organizer within the worlds of philanthropy and media-making, and a regular writer and reviewer on film and religion. Macky’s award-winning films include “The Killer Within” (premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, aired on the Discovery Times Channel 2007), “Questioning Faith” (premiered Full Frame Film Festival and the Hot Docs International Film Festival and aired on HBO/Cinemax 2002) and “Family Name” (premiered Sundance Film Festival 1997 and aired on PBS’ P.O.V. 1998). His awards include the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and the Gotham Open Palm Award. He has appeared in press around the world including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times. He also directed “Hard Road Home,” a feature documentary that recently aired on Independent Lens.
Stanley Nelson - www.firelightmedia.orgStanley Nelson, a 2002 MacArthur “genius” Fellow, is an award-winning filmmaker best known for his groundbreaking historical documentaries that illuminate critical but overlooked history. For his 2003 film, “The Murder of Emmett Till,” which aired nationally on PBS’s American Experience, Nelson won the Primetime Emmy for Best Directing for Nonfiction, the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, an International Documentary Association award, and the George Foster Peabody Award. His 2004 film, “A Place of Our Own,” a semi-autobiographical look at the African-American middle class, screened at the Sundance Film Festival and nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens. In 2005, PBS’s American Masters debuted “Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice,” which went on to become a top-selling concert film. Nelson is executive producer of Firelight Media, a non-profit documentary production company based in Oakland, California, and New York City, dedicated to giving a voice to people and issues that are marginalized in popular culture. His latest film, “Freedom Riders,” will premiere in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Tina DiFeliciantonio - www.nakedeyeproductions.comTina DiFeliciantonio is a partner with Jane C. Wagner at Naked Eye Productions. She has produced, directed, edited and shot numerous award-winning documentary films for HBO, USA Networks, MTV and ITVS/PBS. Her critically acclaimed work has been screened at museums, film festivals, educational institutions and broadcast in countries throughout the world. Some of her past credits include “Gay Youth,” “Family Values,” and “The Return of Sarah's Daughters.” Most recently, DiFeliciantonio directed and produced “Two or Three Things, But Nothing for Sure,” which was nominated for a National Emmy and broadcast on POV. Her ITVS production, “Girls Like Us,” received an Emmy and a top award at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Stanford University, an educator and was recently awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship for her upcoming historical documentary “Silent Voices,” on the marginalization of women and independent filmmakers during cinema’s silent era. DiFeliciantonio and her partner Jane C. Wagner are currently in development with a new project for HBO.
Steven ShainbergSteven's first feature, HIT ME, based upon a novel by Jim Thompson, starred William H. Macy and Laure Marsac, a Cesar Award-winning actress in France. The film screened at numerous festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, and the Stockholm International Film Festival. SECRETARY, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, was nominated for a Golden Globe and was his second feature-length film. His third film, FUR, starred Nicole Kidman, who portrayed Diane Arbus. In addition to his feature work, Steven is a principal director at one of advertising's fastest growing production companies, Lunch. Over the last several years, he has directed over twenty television commercials, including spots for Time Warner, Chanel Perfume, and Miller Beer. Steven also has been a guest lecturer at the USC School of Film and Television, Columbia School of Cinema, and the American Film Institute.
Robb Moss - www.ves.fas.harvard.edu/moss.htmlRobb Moss has taught filmmaking at Harvard for more than 20 years and is considered one of the pioneers of documentary filmmaking. Beginning with his 1978 documentary, Riverdogs, Moss’s films have premiered at Sundance, the Telluride Film Festival, shown at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at numerous venues around the world including in Holland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Munich, Paris, Israel, Australia, and Brazil. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader listed The Same River Twice as the Best Documentary (and Cinematography) of 2003. As a cinematographer, he has shot films in Japan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Liberia, The Gambia, and Mexico on such topics as famine and the large-scale structure of the universe. He was on the documentary jury at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the 2005 Denver and Chicago International Film Festivals, and has thrice served as a creative adviser for the Sundance Institute Documentary Labs.
Sam PollardSam Pollard's professional accomplishments as a feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director span more than thirty-five years. He produced for Henry Hampton's Blackside production Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crosswords. For one of his episodes in this series, he received an Emmy. Eight years later, he returned to Blackside as Co-Executive Producer/Producer of Hampton's last documentary series I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. For the series, Mr. Pollard received The George Peabody Award. Between 1990 and 2006, Mr. Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee's films: Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, Bamboozled. As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a couple of documentary productions for the small and big screen: Spike Lee Presents When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and Mike Tyson, a biographical HBO sketch, for which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy, and Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1965 Birmingham church bombings, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His current projects include: By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)(Completed) and Gerrymandering (2010). Sam is also a Professor at NYU’s Tish Undergraduate Film & TV program.