Leah Wolchok, Director / ProducerLeah Wolchok is a director and producer currently based in Paris. She recently completed the IFP Documentary Lab, San Francisco Film Society Film House Residency and BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship. She co-produced the Independent Lens documentary ASK NOT and directed four award-winning short films. She received a BA in English from Yale and an MA in Documentary Production from Stanford. And despite all that name-dropping, she really does like to laugh.
Davina Pardo, ProducerDavina Pardo is a filmmaker in Brooklyn whose most recent film MINKA was nominated for both IDA and Cinema Eye Honors awards in the documentary short category. Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide, including Toronto International Film Festival, True/False, DOC NYC, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs ShortFest, and Silverdocs. Davina previously worked as assistant to David Cronenberg and associate produced the Academy Award-winning documentary FREEHELD. A native of Canada, she has an MA in Documentary Production from Stanford University, where she met her friend and collaborator Leah Wolchok.
Deborah Shaffer, Executive ProducerDeborah Shaffer has been making social issue documentaries since the early 1970’s. In the 1980s, she directed WITNESS TO WAR, which won an Academy Award and aired on PBS; FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN, which received an Emmy nomination, was shown at the New York and Sundance film festivals, and aired on the PBS; and DANCE OF HOPE, which received the Prix d'Or--FIPA and was screened at Sundance. She directed and wrote SECRETS UNDERGROUND for the WGBH series “Discovering Women” in 1994. In 2001 she directed two shows for the PBS series “Art 21: Art in the 21st Century” which was nominated for an Emmy. RWANDA: LADIES FIRST which she co-directed and wrote for WNET’s “Wide Angle” was awarded an Emmy in 2004. Her most recent film, TO BE HEARD, won awards at numerous festivals and aired on PBS in 2012.
Regina K. Scully, Executive ProducerRegina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting media, education and healing projects that transform our culture. She is an Academy award nominated executive producer, most recently for the documentaries INVISIBLE WAR, FED UP, ALIVE INSIDE, MISS REPRESENTAITON and ANITA: TRUTH TO POWER.
Bruce Sinofsky, Executive ProducerBruce Sinofsky is the Academy Award nominated director best known for the PARADISE LOST trilogy. He got his start with Maysles Films, which he joined in 1977 while still a student at NYU. At Maysles he met Joe Berlinger, and the two eventually left to jointly produce, direct and edit BROTHER'S KEEPER, which—after a slow start—became the most successful self-distributed documentary to date. In 2005, Sinofsky won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary for METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER.
We are grateful to Bruce for believing in this project from the beginning, and we are deeply saddened by his untimely passing.