Juliane Dressner is a director, producer and cinematographer who makes character based films that often focus on young people who are overcoming challenging circumstances. Her films have shed light on economic and racial justice issues in education and the criminal justice system (one example is THE SCARS OF STOP-AND-FRISK, which was published as an Op-Doc by The New York Times). She won the National Magazine Award for video for her short film, AN EDUCATION, which was published by The New York Times magazine. Her other short films have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, New York magazine, and Buzzfeed. PERSONAL STATEMENT is her first feature-length documentary.
Beth Levison is a seasoned independent producer/director and the recipient of two national Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. As producer, she recently completed 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE (Hot Docs, 2017), a raw, personal portrait of grief, which broadcast on HBO in 2018. Prior to that, she produced THE TRIALS OF SPRING (Human Rights Watch Int’l Film Festival, 2015), a cross-media project including a feature-length documentary and six shorts about women human rights activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen that will premiere on PBS stations in 2018. Her independent documentary directorial debut LEMON (DOC NYC, 2011) about Brooklyn-born poet and performer Lemon Andersen was executive produced by Impact Partners and Russell Simmons, shown at some 40 festivals around the world, and broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. Levison is producing faculty with the MFA program in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts (SVA).
Edwin Martinez is a Bronx-born filmmaker whose work has screened theatrically, nationally, internationally and on major television and news outlets including PBS, ESPN, Fox, CBS, and the New York Times. His first feature documentary, TO BE HEARD, was named by the New York Times a “critics pick” and “one of the best documentaries of the year.” The film went on to win awards at DOC NYC, Seattle International, Nantucket, San Diego Latino, and Sarasota film festivals among others. Martinez also co-developed and produced THE CLEMENTE EFFECT (dir. Mario Diaz), edited CITY OF TREES (dir. Brandon Kramer), and shot RACHEL IS (dir. Charlotte Glynn), LEAVE NO SOLDIER (dir. Donna Bassin), LAS MARTHAS (dir. Cristina Ibarra) and WHAT ALICE FOUND (dir. A. Dean Bell, Special Grand Jury Prize winner, 2003 Sundance Film Festival). Martinez has recently returned to his alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Film in the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory.
Madeleine Gavin works in both narrative and documentary film, primarily as an editor. Madeleine recently completed work on LUCE starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer. Madeleine's work on Rebecca Cammisa's Academy Award-nominated documentary, WHICH WAY HOME earned her an Emmy nomination. Their most recent collaboration was on Cammisa’s HBO documentary, ATOMIC HOMEFRONT. Madeleine directed and edited the Netflix Original Documentary, CITY OF JOY, which follows the first class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She is now in production on two documentaries. Madeleine teaches in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University.
T. Griffin is a composer, producer and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. He has composed music for over 30 feature-length films with at least one represented at Sundance every year since 2009. Notable titles include award winners LIFE, ANIMATED (dir. Roger Ross Williams), THE OVERNIGHTERS (dir. Jesse Moss), and WELCOME TO LEITH (dirs. Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker). He composed and performed music for live cinema events with Sam Green, with Jem Cohen and with Esther Robinson that have toured internationally and been presented by BAM's Next Wave Festival, The Barbican, and festivals from Chile to Istanbul including David Byrne's 2015 Meltdown in London. In 2004 he created the score and songs for theater director Anne Bogart's avant-garde reimagining of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, which toured nationally. As a player and producer he has worked with such luminaries as Patti Smith, Vic Chesnutt, Tom Verlaine and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fugazi and The Ex. He was selected as a fellow at the Sundance Composer's lab in 2008 and has been nominated twice for CinemaEye Honors for original music score.
Steven LaMorte is the founder and chief creative at Moniker NY. Moniker NY is a cross disciplinary design studio whose focus is to engage socially and environmentally conscious projects. With 15+ years of experience in feature narrative and documentary motion design and print design, Moniker NY prides itself on its ability to effectively digest content and build and deploy a visual language that is both functional and beautiful for that content. His recent films include GIGI GORGEOUS: THIS IS EVERYTHING (dir. Barbara Kopple), ELVIS PRESLEY THE SEARCHER (dir. Thom Zimny), THE TRIALS OF SPRING (dir. Gini Reticker), DETROPIA (dirs.. Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady), WATCHERS OF THE SKY (dir. Edet Belzberg), BULLY (dir. Lee Hirsch), and others.
Martha Shane is an Emmy Award-winning director, producer, and editor of documentaries. Her film, AFTER TILLER, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, was theatrically released, and won an Emmy for Best Documentary. Most recently, she co-wrote and produced the documentary, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, which was broadcast on POV.
Kent Bassett is an Emmy-nominated editor. He directed a feature documentary, BEYOND LIMITS, and his narrative short film, THE LINE, won the ASC Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography and the Brooklyn Film Festival’s Spirit Award.