DIRECTOR • PRODUCER • CINEMATOGRAPHER
Lucia Small is an award-winning 25-year veteran independent filmmaker best known for her daring, boundary-pushing first person non-fiction work — My Father, The Genius (2002), The Axe in the Attic (2007) and One Cut, One Life (2014). Embracing the notion of personal as political, artist as responsible participant, Lucia tackles complex political and social issue themes on gender, race, class, and the environment with unique intimacy, nuance, and humor. Girl Talk (work in progress) is her first longitudinal verite study. (Full bio here.)
DIA SOKOL SAVAGE
Dia Sokol Savage is the creator and executive producer of MTV’s hit series 16 and Pregnant and the Teen Mom franchise, one of the longest running documentary series on television. She directed and produced Welcome Strangers, a short documentary following asylum seekers in the moments after they are released from detention. She also directed the feature film Sorry, Thanks, which premiered at the SXSW film festival and was distributed by IFC. She began her career working for acclaimed director Errol Morris on The Fog of War, Mr. Death and his television series, “First Person.” Dia also produced acclaimed writer/ director Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation and Beeswax, for which she was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award, and is producing his current feature. She has produced Greta Gerwig’s first film Nights and Weekends, co-directed by Joe Swanberg, as well as Alex Karpovsky’s hybrid documentary/ fiction film Woodpecker. Most recently, she directed and produced the short documentary Welcome, Strangers. She runs 11th Street Productions with her producing partner Morgan J. Freeman.
Jennifer Pearce has been working on documentaries for more than 20 years. Her credits include Typhoid Mary (NOVA), Louisa May Alcott, The Woman Behind Little Women and Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (American Masters), We Shall Remain (American Experience) and most recently, Jim Allison: Breakthrough (Independent Lens).
Rachel Clark is a documentary video editor currently residing in Boston. Born in Scotland and raised in England, she has been editing for the past twenty years, both in London, UK and Boston, MA. Past clients include the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, Errol Morris, PBS, the National Geographic Channel, and Cinemax. Her work has received multiple Emmy-nominations. She edited the documentary Family Affair (OWN), premiering in competition at Sundance, HBO’s Have You Seen Andy, and The Amish: Shunned for PBS’s American Experience. More recently, she cut East of Salinas for the PBS documentary series Independent Lens, and several feature length documentaries, including Eat Up, which won the ‘2019 Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing’ at IFF Boston.
Co-Director and Co-Producer on Girl Talk 2015-2017
Ilisa (Lisa) Barbash co-directed and produced Sweetgrass (2009) and In and Out of Africa (1992). Sweetgrass was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and was selected as part of the US State Department and UCS’s American Documentary Showcase in 2012. Lisa wrote Where the Roads All End: Photography and Anthropology in the Kalahari (2017), co-wrote Cross-Cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Video (1997), and co-edited The Cinema of Robert Gardner (2007). For nearly twenty years, she has served as Curator of Visual Anthropology at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology where she makes films and writes books, and has curated sixteen exhibitions about photography.
Grammy Award-winning Juilliard-trained composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (born New York City) collaborates with radical filmmakers and ingenious musicians on scores that include Bird Karma (Dreamworks), Grand-Daddy Day Care (Universal), Champaign ILL (Sony, featuring Sam Richardson, Jay Pharaoh, Adam Pally), Stockholm Pennsylvania (Sundance, featuring Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs), Lenny (HBO), Powerless (Berlin), After Fire (DocNYC), Remember Me (featuring Rita Moreno), Joburg (Telluride), Regarding Susan Sontag (HBO), The Cinema Travelers (Cannes), Every Act of Life (Tribeca), Code (Tribeca), Netizens (Tribeca), and Half The Picture (Sundance).
She has received commissions from the London Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and fellowships from the Sundance Composers Labs. Nora is an advisor to the Sundance Institute and serves on the board of The Alliance for Women Film Composers.