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Susi Walsh

Strategic Advisor Regarding Susan Sontag was produced in association with the Center for Independent Documentary. Susi is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Independent Documentary, an award-winning nonprofit organization. The Center was founded in 1981 to collaborate with independent producers to create films and videos on issues of contemporary social and cultural concern. These films have been broadcast nationally on public and cable television, won numerous awards, and continue to be distributed nationwide. Walsh works to support filmmaker education and networking by organizing professional workshops, meetings and an annual retreat for documentary makers. She is a leader in inter-organization organizing in the film community in greater Boston, and helped craft recent legislation creating new tax incentives for filmmakers shooting in Massachusetts, which resulted in significant…

Veronica Selver

Creative Consultant Veronica has been an award-winning editor and producer for the last 30 years. She co-produced and directed KPFA On the Air. Her co-directing credits include You Got to Move and Columbia Dupont award-winner Word is Out, the first feature documentary on growing up gay. Selver recently produced and directed the 30th anniversary DVD release of Word is Out. She edited the award-winning films On Company Business; Academy Award-nominated Berkeley in the Sixties, Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union; Absolutely Positive; Coming Out Under Fire; Blacks and Jews, and Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin.

Arwen Curry

Associate Producer Arwen is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  Her documentary film Stuffed screened at the 2006 Mill Valley Film Festival, the New England Film & Video Festival, and other festivals. Her current documentary project is a biography of writer Ursula K. Le Guin, supported by Cal Humanities and other documentary funders.

Susannah Patrice Morse

Associate Producer Susannah is an independent filmmaker and writer. She received a Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship and a media grant from the Jerome Foundation for her work-in-progress Haunted by the Light, an experimental 16mm film studying children’s fantasy writer Susan Cooper. She also co-directed Elwood Snock & the Land of Lo-Fi, an experimental documentary feature exploring the life of outsider folk musician Michael Hurley. Susannah has taught video production courses with Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti and Gina Kim in Harvard University’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies, after receiving her A.B. there in 2004. She is currently pursuing an M.A. at Cambridge University.  

Tom Dolby

Executive Producer Tom is an American producer, director, novelist, and editor. His novels include The Trouble Boy, The Sixth Form, and his Secret Society series. He also served as co-editor of he anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, which became a Sundance Channel reality television series, for which he was a consulting producer. In 2012, Dolby wrote and co-directed (with Tom Williams) the film Last Weekend, starring Patricia Clarkson. He pursues film and television projects through his film company, Water’s End Productions.

Rachel Antell

Co-Producer Rachel is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in the Bay Area. Among the films she’s produced are Fremont, USA which looks at one city’s response to its growing religious pluralism; Acting on Faith which profiles American women activists from the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faiths; and Death on a Friendly Border about the rising numbers of migrants who die crossing the US-Mexico border since its militarization. Rachel has also edited several documentaries, including Why We Sing, about GLBT choruses, which aired nationally on PBS; and Occupied Minds which followed a US-Israeli and US-Palestinian’s joint journey to their homeland and was broadcast on Link-TV. Antell received her M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.  

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Composer Nora leads a diverse musical life, writing music for film, television, video games, theater and the concert hall. She recently completed Quotes, a large commission for the 40th Anniversary of The London Symphony Chorus with string orchestra; her choral work A Simple Oath, commissioned by Essential Voices USA, premiered on National Public Radio. Her concert commissions include The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, The London Symphony Chorus, The Seattle, Detroit and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. As a co-founder of VisionIntoArt, she created numerous interdisciplinary multimedia productions. She studied composition with Samuel Adler and Milton Babbitt at Julliard.

Laura Karpman

Composer Laura brings to her music feverish imagination, impeccable musicianship, complexity, versatility, unbridled joy, and fearlessness. In the words of George Manahan, music director of New York City Opera, Karpman’s work exhibits “a rare combination of heart and groin.” Having scored numerous television and film productions, Karpman has won four Emmys, and been nominated for seven more. Her acclaimed musical extravaganza “Ask Your Mama,” co-created with renowned soprano Jessye Norman, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2009, and was reprised in 2013. Karpman was named one of the most important women in Hollywood by VARIETY, and teaches music and film composition at UCLA and the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.

David Tecson

Motion Graphic Designer David is a Creative Director and User Experience designer in the fields of film, television, and online media. He has served as president of Edgeworx, making graphics and visual effects for projects such as Operation Homecoming, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Kid Stays in the Picture, D.E.B.S., and Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Creative Director at CoSA, The Company of Science & Art where he helped develop the software After Effects. He is a board member of the downtown theater company Clubbed Thumb.

John Haptas

Editor John practiced law in Oakland, California before meeting his wife, Kristine Samuelson, and turning to film. He became a documentary editor after several decades of work as a location sound mixer. His editing credits include Soundtrack to a Riot for Frontline World (Emmy Nomination), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, a program on fractal geometry for PBS Nova (“Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” Prize), and Inside Guantanamo Bay, a two-hour National Geographic Explorer special (editor/co-writer; Emmy nominations for Best Documentary and for Writing). With Samuelson, he made the recent Tokyo Waka, a meditation on the crows of Tokyo, and a number of earlier films.

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