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Filmmakers


Sari Gilman
Director/Producer

Sari Gilman has been a documentary film editor for 15 years. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, which aired on HBO and was directed by Rory Kennedy. She has worked on such award-winning films as Regret to Inform (Barbara Sonneborn, Janet Cole), which won Best Director at Sundance in 1999 and aired nationally on PBS, and Paragraph 175 (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman), which won Best Director at Sundance in 2000, and aired on HBO. The first feature film she edited was Emmy Award Winning Judith Helfand's Blue Vinyl, which aired on HBO's America Undercover series in May, 2002.

Other programs she has edited have appeared on HBO, AMC, A&E and PBS, including a history of Las Vegas and a history of New Orleans, both for PBS' American Experience. Ms. Gilman also produced and directed two radio documentaries, which aired on NPR's All Things Considered.


Jedd and Todd Wider / Wider
Film Projects
Producers

The Emmy Award winning team of Jedd and Todd Wider formed Wider Film Projects to develop projects that have social and political resonance. In the past nine years, they have produced numerous critically and commercially successful feature documentary films including the 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary and 2009 Emmy Award Winner for Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) directed by Alex Gibney, the current Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) directed by Alex Gibney, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) directed by Alex Gibney, the critically acclaimed Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011) directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy? (2007), the 2008 Sundance film Kicking It (2007) broadcast by ESPN, about the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament, the POV film A Dream in Doubt (2007), the critically acclaimed Beyond Conviction (2006) broadcast on MSNBC, Paul Cronin’s A Time to Stir about the Columbia University student uprisings in 1968, and many other films including two documentary projects currently in post-production.


Susannah Ludwig
Co-Producer

Susannah Ludwig is a visionary independent producer who engages deeply and personally with her subject matter.  Her nurturing yet direct style of collaboration has led her filmmaker partners toward greater discoveries and creative breakthroughs in their storytelling. When the Sundance Institute awarded Susannah Ludwig the Mark Silverman Fellowship, it was in recognition of these special and unusual qualities.

The search for truth has inspired all of Ludwig's work, and she has chosen her projects by looking for stories that really matter—from the immigrant experience to a daughter coping with her mother's mental illness to creative minds at work. Most recently, she co-created and executive produced the docu-series Boomtown, about the effects of oil discovery on a small town in North Dakota. Boomtown is currently airing on Discovery/Planet Green; the Associated Press called it  "brilliant," adding "it's impossible not to get swept up in this saga of haves and have-nots, and not to root for them all." In 2011, Boomtown received the prestigious Best Limited Series award from the International Documentary Association.


Jeffrey Friedman
Editor

Jeffrey Friedman is an award-winning film director, editor and producer. Since 1987 he has produced and directed feature films with Rob Epstein, including Paragraph 175 (Sundance directing award, 2000), The Celluloid Closet (Emmy for non-fiction directing, 1995), and Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature, 1989), the latter two of which he also co-edited. Friedman and Epstein have also directed the dramatic narrative features Howl (2010), starring James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, and Jeff Daniels, and Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, and Sharon Stone, currently in post-production.

Friedman received his film training in the editing rooms of such films as Marjoe (Academy Award, Documentary Feature, 1972); The Exorcist (1973); and Raging Bull (Academy Award, Editing, 1980). His editing credits include the feature Never Cry Wolf (1983) and numerous documentaries for national broadcast. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America, and has taught film in the Stanford graduate program.


Daniel B. Gold
Gabriel Miller
Toby Oppenheimer
Cinematographers

Daniel B. Gold won the 2002 Sundance “Excellence in Cinematography Award” for his work on Blue Vinyl. That film also garnered Emmy Nominations for Research and Best Documentary. Gold co-directed, produced, and shot Everything’s Cool, about global warming. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2007, and won the Audience Award at the Eckerd Film Festival. Gold is currently shooting: Indian Point Dir. Ivy Meeropol (Heir to an Execution), The Amichai Film Project, Dir. Sandi Dubowski (Trembling Before God), Untouchables, Dir.Vanessa Roth (American Teacher), Fallout, Dir. Susan Kaplan (Three of Hearts).

Gold’s previous work includes: Life In Pictures and Frontline Medicine, BBC television. American Teacher. The Greater Good which Gold also co-produced. Born Sweet (shared credit). Coma for HBO. New Orleans for PBS. Colonial House for PBS. Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives. Saint Misbehavin’: The Life and Times of Wavy Gravy for Showtime. Toots Shore: Bigger Than Life for The Sundance channel and A Nazi Officer’s Wife for A&E. Prior to concentrating on feature documentaries, Gold’s camerawork was frequently seen on Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, and the Hallmark Channel. Gold was an Artist in Residence at Vassar College in the Spring of 2007, and has taught several semesters of Digital Cinematography at the New School in NYC—a hands on course to advance camerawork and lighting skills through an appreciation of art history and the aesthetics of story telling.

He is the very proud dad of his 4 yr. old son Oliver which is his best production to date, now playing (and laughing) in Maplewood, NJ. Oliver was co-produced with his funny, beautiful wife Jennifer Ostrega-Gold.




Gabriel Miller is a cinematographer, director and producer. He studied film at Bard College and began his professional career in NYC. Gabriel has worked with a number of the great documentary directors of our time, including Academy Award winners Barbara Kopple and Cynthia Wade, Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Emmy winners Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus, and acclaimed director Judith Helfand. Productions he has worked on have been broadcast on HBO, CBS, ABC, the BBC, the Sundance Channel, MTV, Discovery, A&E, and Arte. Gabriel won an Emmy for his portrait of artist Pearl Nelson in the Seattle Channel series, Verve, which he co-created and was DP for. The series was a featured selection at iTunes for the month it premiered.

Recent work includes shooting and producing for MTV’s True Life series, producing and shooting multiple pieces for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and as Director of Photography for Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines, which will air on PBS in 2013.




Toby Oppenheimer is a documentary director, producer, and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He co-directed/produced and shot The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, a feature length documentary about the infamous politician that appeared on HBO and played Closing Night at the 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival. He directed two documentaries in 2011 for MSNBC Films: The McVeigh Tapes and The Assassination of Dr. Tiller, and co-produced Devil’s Playground, the Emmy-nominated film about Amish teenagers that premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He has directed, produced and shot on a wide range of subjects for PBS, BBC, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, VH1, The Sundance Channel, Bravo and many others.  He is currently directing/shooting/producing 2 feature-length documentaries: Righteous Life, about the mixed-race family of anti-abortion extremist Randall Terry, and Check It, a film about a gay African-American gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods.


Miriam Cutler
Original Music

Composer Miriam Cutler has an extensive background in scoring for independent film & TV projects, as well as two circuses.  She recently completed the score for VITO which premiered at the 2012 NY Film Festival and Ethel, Rory Kennedy’s new documentary about her parents, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, which premiered at Sundance 2012.  Miriam’s passion for documentary film has led to a focus in non-fiction with credits including award winning and festival favorites: Academy Award nominated Poster Girl (IDFA,Telluride, HBO); One Lucky Elephant (LAFF, IDFA, OWN); Family Affair (Sundance, OWN); The Fence (Sundance/HBO); Paul Goodman Changed My Life (Film Forum), Desert of Forbidden Art (PBS Independent Lens, Cine Eagle Award); Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (Sundance, HBO); Emmy Award winner Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Sundance, HBO); Thin (Sundance, HBO, Emmy Nom); Chris and Don: A Love Story(Telluride, Theatrical); China Blue (Toronto, IDFA, Independent Lens Audience Award); Absolute Wilson (CineMax, Berlin); Lost in La Mancha (Telluride, Berlin, BAFTA nom); Scouts Honor (PBS, 2 Sundance awards); Pandemic: Facing AIDS (HBO); Licenced to Kill (Berlin, 2 Sundance awards) and more. 

Miriam Co-Produced as well as scored One Lucky Elephant.  She has served three times as lab advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, as well as on documentary juries for the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute’s Film Festival Awards and is a Society of Composers and Lyricists Board member. She has also co-produced live jazz albums on PolyGram/Verve for Joe Williams (two Grammy nominated albums), Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Marlena Shaw as well as independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks.


Richard Beggs
Sound Design

Richard Beggs, a sound designer and mixer on 65 feature films since 1976, has worked with Francis Coppola, Barry Levinson, Sophia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron and other major directors. He won an Academy Award for sound for Apocalypse Now and a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Film Sound, and has received seven Golden Reel sound nominations.

Beginning in 1988, in addition to his work on films, he created scores for three contemporary ballets, winning an Isadora Duncan Award for the ballet score of “The Awakening.”

Trained as a painter, Beggs received a B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts). He exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of Art and collaborated with the now-defunct S.F. Museum of Conceptual Art.

Beggs continues to paint. He also teaches film sound as an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts and master classes with the San Francisco Film Society. He is an associate fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and sits on the board of directors of the San Francisco Arts Education Project.

A native San Franciscan, Beggs has his sound studio at the San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio of San Francisco.