Abby Ginzberg, a Peabody award-winning director, has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. Her film, And Then They Came for Us (2017, featuring George Takei), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban won a Silver Gavel Award and has played in major cities, at film festivals across the country and in Japan. Throughout the course of the last year, she has presented the film to college audiences, community groups and in theaters.
Ginzberg co-produced and co-directed Agents of Change (2016; with Frank Dawson, featuring Danny Glover), which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it won the Jury and the Audience Awards for Best Feature Documentary and a Paul Robeson Award from the Newark Black Film Festival. It was supported by California Humanities and broadcast on America Reframed in 2018 and 2019. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (Executive Produced by Alfre Woodard, featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa) won a 2015 Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world, winning four audience awards. It was broadcast on public television in July, 2016. She was the Consulting Producer on The Barber of Birmingham, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Doc category in 2012. The film was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin.
Ginzberg has also produced and directed two award-winning films about little known judges from California. Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey (2005) profiled the life and career of one of the first African American judges on the federal bench in San Francisco. Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice documented the story of a son of farmworkers who went on to become the first Latino to be appointed to the California Supreme Court.
Ginzberg's film, Waging Change (featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) about the challenges faced by restaurant servers forced to live off tips, will premiere at DOC NYC in November, 2019.
Ginzberg is currently completing Stay Woke: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me (featuring Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. John Lewis), a documentary about Rep. Barbara Lee, who cast the lone NO vote in Congress against the blanket authorization of military force following 9/11 and who has spent the last 21 years in Congress as a consistent voice for peace and justice.
Marta Wohl is an editor and story consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 25 years experience editing documentary, broadcast and independent media. The films she has edited have won numerous awards, appeared on PBS, and have screened at Sundance and other festivals worldwide. Credits include Agents of Change, co-produced and co-directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers; Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial; and Stranger with a Camera. She worked for four years in the documentary unit at Lucasfilm, editing 25 of the 94 companion documentaries for The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones series. Recent credits also include several short films for Google Earth, and two hours of a four-part series, Standing on Sacred Ground, documenting the global struggle of indigenous peoples to save their sacred spaces.
Vicente Franco-Director of Photography (Bay Area)
Vicente Franco is one of the most accomplished Directors of Photography working in documentary films. He shot and produced Daughter from Danang which won the Grand Prize at Sundance and was nominated for an Oscar; The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers; a segment of Hard Earned, produced by Kartemquin Films; Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw; Havana Curveball; Standing on Sacred Ground: Fire and Ice and Finding the Gold Within.
Margaret Byrne-Director of Photography (Chicago)
Margaret Byrne received her BFA in film at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Margaret was a Creative Director at Universal Music and directed live concerts and music videos for artists such as Jay-Z and Mary J Blige. She produced and edited the television series that launched MTV across Africa in 2005 and directed a host of music videos for emerging African artists. She was a cinematographer and an editor for American Promise (2013) following the education of two African American boys from New York City. The film won the 2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize and 2013 Full Frame Documentary Jury Award.
Margaret is director and producer of feature documentary Raising Bertie and recently received a prestigious MacArthur grant. Raising Bertie is a co-production with Kartemquin Films following the lives of three young men after their alternative school is forced to close in rural North Carolina. Margaret is founder of Beti Films (betifilms.com) and Creative Vision Films (creativevisionfilms.com).
Todd Boekelheide composer
Having edited picture and sound, and having mixed numerous Oscar-winning films, Todd brings a wealth of filmmaking experience and sensitivity to his scoring work. Above all, he strives to make each score feel like it couldn't have been composed for any other film.
With an Oscar, an Emmy, and numerous other awards and nominations to his name, he has worked with a stellar list of filmmakers: David Fincher, Carroll Ballard, David Lynch, Jon Else, Milos Forman, Philip Kaufman, Peter Weir, James Redford, David Peoples, Bill Couturié, Kris Samuelson and John Haptas, Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, and Lourdes Portillo, among many others.
Archival Researchers: Jen Petrucelli and Rachel Antell
Jen Petrucelli & Rachel Antell each have over 20 years of experience in documentary film production. In 2014 they came together around their shared passion for historical storytelling and founded Sub-Basement Archival - a company dedicated to archival research and licensing for documentary films. As archival producers, they have worked on many nationally broadcast and award-winning documentaries, including Dolores, The Game Changers, Let it Fall, Saving Capitalism, Worlds of Ursula LeGuin, John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway, Moscone: A Legacy of Change, & Decade of Fire.
Daniel Gold (NYC) https://www.productionhub.com/profile/daniel-gold
Sekou Luke (NYC) http://sekoulukestudio.com/
Michael Moser (D.C.) https://www.productionhub.com/profile/michael-moser-media
Tom Kaufman (D.C.) http://thomaskaufman.com/dp/