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Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones is a Tony and Emmy-winning American actress. Most recently, she appeared on Broadway in THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale. She made her West End debut in the triumphant revival of Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE, which garnered seven Olivier Award nominations, including a nomination for Cherry for Best Actress. She is a five-time Tony Award nominee for her work on Broadway, winning the Award for the 1995 revival of THE HEIRESS and for the 2005 original production of DOUBT, for which she also won the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards. Cherry is a founding member of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Recently, Cherry won an Emmy for her portrayal of ‘Nan Pierce’ in SUCCESSION. She has also received Emmy awards for her portrayal of ‘Holly Maddox’ in THE HANDMAID’S TALE and for playing ‘U.S. President Allison Taylor’ on the Fox series 24. She also had a recurring role on the Primetime Emmy Award-winning Amazon comedy-drama series TRANSPARENT, for which she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series in 2015. She can also be seen in Channel 4’s CHIMERICA opposite F. Murray Abraham and DEFENDING JACOB opposite Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery. Cherry’s film appearances include THE HORSE WHISPERER, ERIN BROCKOVICH, SIGNS, OCEAN’S TWELVE, I SAW THE LIGHT, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, THE PARTY, WINE COUNTRY, BOY ERASED, A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, and SKY IS EVERYWHERE. Most recently, Cherry can be seen in the Apple TV limited series FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL.

The Filmmakers
The Filmmakers

Sabine Krayenbühl

Sabine Krayenbühl is an award-winning filmmaker with over twenty theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit. She co-directed and edited the NEH-supported documentary Letters from Baghdad, which showed in the US in over 70 venues and was broadcast on PBS, ARTE and the BBC. Her editing work includes Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated My Architect for which she received an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award nomination and the Emmy-winning The Hunt for Planet B. Additional credits include Mad Hot Ballroom, one of the top twenty highest grossing documentaries, The Bridge produced by IFC, Picasso and Braque go to the Movies, produced by Martin Scorsese, Virgin Tales, Ahead of Time, Jennifer Fox’s Emmy nominated My Reincarnation, Salinger on which she consulted and HBO’s The Price of Everything. Krayenbühl has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a  member of NYWIFT and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Zeva Oelbaum

Zeva Oelbaum is an award winning filmmaker. She co-directed and produced the NEH- supported documentary Letters from Baghdad, which showed theatrically in over 125 theaters in the U.S. and U.K. and premiered on PBS in 2018. The film is voiced and exec. produced by Tilda Swinton. Oelbaum also produced Ahead of Time, a feature length documentary about journalist Ruth Gruber, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering six Best Documentary awards. She comes to film from a career in still photography and her work has been published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine and collected in public collections such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Brooklyn Museum. Two monographs of Oelbaum’s photographs have been published by Rizzoli International Publishers. She is a  magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in anthropology and a member of the Producers Guild.

The Filmmakers
The Filmmakers
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Jody Sperling

Jody Sperling is the Founder/Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. She has created over 40 works including many furthering the legacy of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller. The filmmakers commissioned Sperling to choreograph Fractal Memories, a contemporary homage to Loïe Fuller that utilizes cutting-edge 21st century technologies to illuminate and expand upon Fuller's process. Especially noteworthy is Sperling's reimagining of Fuller's famous Fire Dance, in which the dancer appeared to self- immolate. Conceived by Fuller at the dawn of the fossil fuel age, the Fire Dance finds enormous resonance today, as reanimated by Sperling.    


Christian Popp


After earning a Masters Degree in History and Arts, Christian was a commissioning editor for ARTE from 1998 to 2005.  From 2005 to 2010, he worked as a producer in Berlin for interscience film. In 2012, he co-founded YUZU Productions in Paris which produced 50 documentaries in 10 years. At the end of 2022, Christian joined the French company TAG FILM. The films Christian produced have screened at Festival de Cannes, IDFA, Sundance, Berlinale and more. In addition, for more than 20 years Christian has been a  consultant and mentor at various documentary events including IDFAcademy, EAVE and Documentary Campus. He was also Head of Industry at FIPADOC for both the 2020 and 2021 editions and a jury member at IDFA in 2017 and the ARTE-Jury at the Duisburger Filmwoche 2019-2021. Christian was an associate producer on Letters from Baghdad


Denise Benmosche

Executive Producer

Denise Benmosche is a noted philanthropist, collector, and patron of the arts with a special focus on women in the visual and performing arts. She was Executive Producer of Ahead of Time, a documentary feature about centenarian journalist Ruth Gruber, and Letters From Baghdad. With the Benmosche family, Denise saved the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY from demolition and fully restored it. She sponsors an annual Jewish film festival at the theater. Denise is also dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism and the advancement of human rights involving tolerance and social acceptance. She has worked internationally to support these missions as a Board member of The Tolerance Project, as well as, numerous other non-profits. Denise is Chair of the 92nd Street Y Committee for the Endowment of the Jewelry Department.


Elizabeth Rodriguez Chandler

Executive Producer

Elizabeth Chandler is the founder of Crescent River Productions, producing films with social impact. She was Executive Producer of Letters From Baghdad, advising on the film’s financing and market strategy and execution. Currently, Elizabeth is in production on a documentary film entitled Femme, Family, Farm, about a remarkable woman growing a small farm, family and community in northwest Connecticut. Elizabeth comes to film from a 25 year career in investment banking during which time she advised sovereigns, cultural institutions and corporations throughout the world. 


Ruedi Gerber

Executive Producer

Ruedi Gerber has produced and directed award winning shorts and documentaries including Living With the Spill and Meta-Mecano (Best Architecture Documentary, Paris,1998). His first narrative feature Heartbreak Hospital starred Patricia Clarkson. His trilogy about the life and work of Anna Halprin, include Breath Made Visible, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Seniors Rocking and newly released Journey in Sensuality—Anna Halprin & Rodin. He is a producer of the Italian feature Girl in Flight (La Fuga) and Basmati Blues with Donald Sutherland and Brie Larsen. In 2015, he became a partner in the culture and gastronomy project KOSMOS in Zürich.


Susan Margolin

Executive Producer

Susan Margolin has built a reputation as a pioneer of home entertainment and digital distribution. Her company, New Video featured programming from brands including A+E, History Channel, Sundance Institute, Tribeca films and Scholastic. Through Docurama Films, a subsidiary of New Video, Margolin championed more than 400 award-winning non-fiction films. She launched St. Marks Productions LLC and produced the feature documentaries The Rape of Recy Taylor and Generation Startup. Margolin serves on the Board of Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Hamptons Documentary Film Festival and the Advisery Board of New York Women In Film and Television. The Producers Guild of America honored Margolin as one of the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment.” 


Kevin Brownlow

Consulting Producer

Kevin Brownlow is a British filmmaker, film historian, television documentary- maker and author. In 2010, he received an Honorary Academy Award for his role in film and cinema history preservation. He has written nearly a dozen books on the silent era and produced several documentaries. 


Cynthia Kane

Consulting Producer

Cynthia Kane, a former commissioning editor for documentary, helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on American television. She created DOCday on Sundance Channel, shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media at ITVS, and at Al Jazeera America oversaw Kartemquin’s series Hard Earned (2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award). She currently works with East Village Entertainment and Women Make Movies. 


Katharina Otto-Bernstein

Consulting Producer

Katharina Otto-Bernstein is an Emmy award nominated director and producer whose credits include The Price of Everything, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Absolute Wilson and Beautopia. She serves as the president of Film Manufacturers Inc. where she develops and produces independent films, documentaries, and television series. Otto-Bernstein won a Silver Hugo award from the Chicago International Film Festival and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Critics’ Choice Award, GLAAD Award, Cinema Eye Honors, Grierson Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Women in Film and Television and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Carla Solomon 

Consulting Producer 

Carla Solomon is a documentary film  producer and one of the founding principals of Anthos Media LLC. Her producing credits include Particle Fever, The New Public, Colliding Dreams (executive producer), and most recently the HBO documentary The Price of Everything. Currently, Solomon is participating in Creative Chaos’ Post-Truth (in production), about the birth of the “fake news” phenomenon, and developing a film about the college mental health crisis. A clinical  psychologist and psychoanalyst by training, Solomon is on the board of  trustees of the NYU Langone Medical Center and founding chair of KiDS of NYU Langone Medical Center. She is also on the board of directors of the Hamptons International Film Festival.


Judy Aley

Archival Producer

Judy Aley is an expert archival researcher and producer for documentary and feature films. Credits include the Showtime series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, Shola Lynch’s Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko, Amir Bar Lev’s The Tillman Story, along with many projects with Spike Lee including When the Levees Broke


Bob Richman

Director of Photography

Bob Richman began his film career working with vérité pioneers Albert and David Maysles, and was director of photography on the Maysles’ Umbrellas, which chronicled artist Christo’s installation of three thousand umbrellas north of Los Angeles and Tokyo. Today, Richman is an Emmy-nominated and Sundance award-winning cinematographer on almost 100 documentaries including: Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, Nathaniel Kahn’s My Architect and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s HBO films Paradise Lost 1, 2 & 3


Claudia Raschke

Director of Photography

Claudia Raschke is a world renown cinematographer, best known for her ability to bring rich tones of the motion picture to a diverse spectrum of films, from purely commercial ventures, through feature-length documentaries, to lower-budget works of art. Among her many notable award-winning films are: Oscar-nominated and Emmy winning RBG, Oscar-nominated God Is The Bigger Elvis, Oscar shot-listed Julia and Mad Hot Ballroom, Critics Choice nominated Fauci and House of Hammer, Peabody winning and NAACP Image Award nominated My Name is Pauli Murray, Oscar short-listed and Emmy winning Boys State, as well as documentary series for National Geographic, Discovery, Showtime, and CNN.


Massimo Piovesana

Creative Consultant

Creative Consultant Massimo Piovesana is a Paris based filmmaker, theatrical lighting designer and expert on Loïe Fuller’s own films such as Le Lys de la Vie, which he researched and reconstructed from primary sources.  He got his degree in Cinema at the University of Bologna with a thesis about Loïe Fuller which examined, among other things, her influence on cinema and he worked as a critic for Cineteca di Bologna and for Cinémathèque de la Dance in Paris. Massimo worked as assistant director on films such as Triste Valentine (2010) and La Poste Lente (2011) and as director for a 16mm film Sdrvg’t (2013). In 2010 he made a video-dance performance called “L‘éphémère Fuller”


Andrea Miller

Creative Consultant

Andrea Miller, Folium Films LLC, is an independent producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment business. Ms. Miller’s credits include the prize-winning documentary Particle Fever (National Academy of Science, Du Pont Columbia, Grierson and Hawking Prizes, PGA nomination for best documentary, 2014) as well as Take My Nose, Please, The Price of Everything (Sundance 2018), Thank You For Your ServiceLetters From BaghdadThe New PublicColliding Dreams and most recently, Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People. She produced the fictional feature, Dark Matter, with Mary Salter.


Lucy Jane Santos

Creative Consultant

Lucy Jane Santos is an expert in the history of 20th century health, beauty and popular culture with a particular interest in (some might say obsession with) the cultural history of radioactivity. Based in London, she has appeared as an occasional contributor on TV and radio, and her historical research has been featured in History Today, The Telegraph, The Scotsman and the Daily Express. Lucy’s debut book Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium was published by Icon Books in July 2020. 

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