Healed is Sam's feature film directorial debut. He began his career at Ken Burns's production company, Florentine Films, working on Frank Lloyd Wright and Jazz. Sam joined Discovery Communications, Inc. as a producer/editor where he had the opportunity to work on a wide range of non-fiction programming for all of Discovery's networks. He received his Master of Fine Arts in film & video production at USC School of Cinematic Arts where he was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fellowship. Since then, he has produced and/or edited productions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. for cable, broadcast, film and web. Sam grew up primarily in the Washington, D.C. area and studied music and comparative literature at Brown University.
In spring 2014, award-winning writer and producer Aaron Zarrow added the nationally televised Healed to his slate of broadcast and feature documentary credits. He was producer of Sir! No Sir! which premiered in 2005at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Other projects under the banner of his nonprofit Pangea Productions includeSenior Year, a 13-part PBS series and Funny Old Guys, an HBO special presentation. His big break arrived in 1996 when he became Associate Producer of The Last Days, which was Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Lynn began her career in San Francisco as a film and video editor. She joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild and moved to Los Angeles where she and/or produced theatrical trailers for Roger Corman, Hammer Creative and Disney/Buena Vista Marketing. She transitioned to long-form programming, working on a variety of theatrical features, television series, pilots and movies for HBO, Paramount, Warner Brothers, NBC/Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony, MGM, KCET, New Line Cinema, Alliance-Atlantis, Citadel, Landscape, GRB and others. As staff producer for the Los Angeles office of Delta Entertainment, she produced and directed nine documentary, biography and non-fiction films. As a theatre director, she has worked with Theatre Neo, West Coast Ensemble, Company of Angels, Sacred Fools and others. Lynn studied Theatre Arts at UCLA, radio announcing and performance at the KiiS Radio Workshop, and film and television at San Francisco State University, where she received her B.A. in Broadcasting. Lynn grew up in Mill Valley, California.
Mark Jonathan Harris
Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, and film professor. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are Huelga!, an award-winning film about the first year of the Delano grape strike that was broadcast on PBS (1967); The Redwoods, a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood national park that won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary (1968); The Foreigners, a film made for the Peace Corps about a group of volunteers doing community development work in Colombia (1968); The Homefront, a NEH-funded documentary about the social and economic impact of World War II on this country (1985); The Long Way Home, a film made for the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the period immediately following the Holocaust that won the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (1997); and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, produced for Warner Bros. that also won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (2000). Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, a documentary that he wrote on slavery in America, premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO in February 2003. It was nominated for an Emmy for a Nonfiction Special and Harris was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. He also wrote The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a documentary about editing produced by BBC-TV, NHK, and STARZ, featuring Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Jodie Foster, Walter Murch, Dede Allen and many others. For several years a contributing editor to New West magazine, he has also published articles, essays, and reviews in a number of national newspapers and magazines including TV Guide, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. For over 20 years Harris has taught filmmaking, first at California Institute of the Arts, and since 1983 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. From 1990-96 he was the Chair of Film and TV Production. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a Distinguished Professor at USC.
Different by Design (Matt Radecki, Greg Lanesey)
Different By Design is a LA based post production company that specializes in independent documentaries. Recent films include the Academy Award winning "20 Feet From Stardom," the Academy Award nominated "The Invisible War" and the Independent Spirit Award nominated "Marwencol."
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Paul mixes and edits sound for broadcasters including Discovery, PBS, History, National Geographic, and Animal Planet. He also collaborates with indie filmmakers and documentarians - with films showing on Netflix and at festivals such as Sundance and LA Film Fest.
Paul wears many hats within the world of sound and audio production. A musician for most of his life, Paul and his college band-mates began tinkering in the studio while at Brown University. While playing in bands as a signed recording artist and freelance jazz musician, he became drawn to the world of music production, sound engineering and mixing.
As a freelance engineer and mixer, Paul has worked on countless feature films, shorts and documentaries of all types. Such projects include Welcome Nowhere (narrated by Ethan Hawke) and Pablo The Movie (narrated by Jeff Bridges). His latest feature, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, aired at Sundance and will stream on Netflix as part of their Original Series. Paul continues to work in the world of music, producing and mixing for bands and singer-songwriters. He has works out of two studios: The Dub Room in West Hollywood and Fancy Film Post in Silver Lake.
Emily Topper began her work in film as a set electrician, eventually working her way up to gaffer on several features. In 2005, Emily began working as a cinematographer. Her most recent work was the feature documentary After Tiller, The Currency of Depair, the music video, Happy Birthday Guadalupe for The Killers, and a feature documentary, Baltimore in Black and White, about racially charged murder in America in the 1970s. Emily was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and was educated at Swarthmore College and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She also studied and worked in Xiamen, China for several years. Emily now lives in Los Angeles.
Jay has worked as an animator on 25 films since he moved from Kansas City to Los Angeles in 1979. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, he became a fan of animation after seeing Disney’s Pinocchio. He studied painting and photography at the Kansas City Art Institute and began to experiment with animation. After reading in a magazine that the aging Disney animators were looking for young artists, he moved to Los Angeles and began training under Eric Larsen, one of Disney’s Nine Old Men. His first film at Disney was The Fox and The Hound.
In the 15 years he worked at Disney, his favorite assignments were animating scenes of Sebastian the crab and the dance sequence “Under da Sea” in The Little Mermaid, and supervising the Ape Family in Tarzan. After learning computer animation, Jay moved to Sony Imageworks. He worked on the airplane dogfight sequence in The Aviator and provided character animation for Open Season and Monster House. Other projects include The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios, The Secrets of the Furious Five for the Kung Fu Panda DVD, and numerous educational films for Disney. He directed and animated the opening sequence for a live-action film, Wild About Harry. Jay has also animated numerous television commercials for EmergenC, McDonald’s, and Von’s/Safeway.
He also enjoys teaching online at Animation Mentor and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Chris lives in Los Angeles where he works as a production sound mixer and boom operator. A Texas native, Chris also has a professional background in music performance and studio recording. Most of Chris' sound experience has been in features and short films. He trained under Oscar-winning sound mixer, Mark Ulano and his crew; boom operator, Tom Hartig; and sound utility, Adam Blantz.
Brenda, a native of Los Angeles, began her artistic career as a painter and photographer. She earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Fine Arts and Literature, where she continued her work in photography and developed a new interest in video installation and film. Brenda has since completed her Masters degree at the USC School of Cinema-Television. Her photography has been displayed in Los Angeles group shows and published in UCLA and Public Art Review magazines. While she loves all aspects of filmmaking, Brenda feels most comfortable behind the camera. In the past few years she has shot several short films, documentaries, and music videos in various formats. Her most recent projects include her USC thesis film project, Santa Teresa, which she wrote and directed. A music video, in which Brenda served as cinematographer, is currently in exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
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