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THE TEAM

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JESSAMYN ANSARY

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

 Jessamyn Ansary got her start working with acclaimed director Michael Apted on the second installment of his multi-year documentary film, Married in America. She has worked on five different HBO documentaries: Momentum in Science (2009), Real Sex (2009), Wartorn (2010), I Can't Do This But I Can Do That (2010) and Americans in Bed (2013). Jessamyn helped develop and pitch the Emmy-nominated documentary film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, which premiered at Sundance in 2012, was distributed by roadside attractions/Lionsgate and aired on CNN. Other credits include programs for National Geographic, Travel Channel, Food Network, Al Jazeera America, CNBC, PBS, Fusion, MTV, and Lifetime. Her favorite Lee Fields song is "Could Have Been," and she's thrilled to share Lee's music and story with the world.  

JOYCE MISHAAN

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

 Joyce Mishaan is a producer and director for TV and film and proud to be one of those rare Brooklyn natives. Joyce got her start in TV and film as a Production Assistant on MTV’s Making the Band (a gig that Jessamyn landed her!) and has gained over a decade of experience creating unscripted content for major TV networks since then. Her credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, IFC, Food Network, Animal Planet, A&E, OWN, Fusion, HGTV, MTV, and TLC. Joyce recently produced a series of short films about climate change for former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and is the Producer / Co-EP of Brooklynification, a digital scripted comedy series about gentrification in Brooklyn created for BRIC TV. She spent many years as a Producer for Food Network's hit show Chopped and was part of the producing team for the 2014 Emmy-nominated feature doc Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Her favorite Lee Fields song is Don’t Leave Me This Way, and co-creating the Lee Fields Film is, by far, the coolest thing she’s ever had the opportunity to do.

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CHRISTOPHER 
POINDEXTER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Christopher Poindexter is the co-creator, writer, and producer of BRIC TV’s Brooklynification; a Digital series The New York Times described as a “ sharper than most...well-acted and well-written...understated satire.” After graduating Columbia Law School, Chris has been practicing as a transactional media Attorney in New York City.  Chris has assisted many NYU students and other young filmmakers by investing, producing and providing legal advice to their projects.  In 2011, he wrote and produced his first short film, a scripted comedic look at black life at Princeton entitled, Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears. Chris is also a Board Member of the non-profit Reel Works, a one of a kind program in Brooklyn which gives underserved young filmmakers one-on-one mentoring with filmmaking professionals. In 2016, Chris was the Executive Producer of Reel Works’ first feature film, 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story.  Chris was selected by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture”. 

COURTNEY 
COLLINS

EDITOR
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CourTney Collins is a two-time New York Emmy award-winning editor, DP, and story producer. After receiving her masters degree, Collins relocated from Ohio to New York and has since worked on commercials, documentaries, and broadcast television programs for NBC, PBS, Nat Geo, Fox, COZI TV, and related digital platforms. Most recently, Collins was credited as editor and producer of the feature length documentary for Lionsgate with nationwide theatrical release in over 900 theaters. Collins organizes creative meet-ups in her Jersey City studio, “NLK Studio,” and uses her talent to promote local artists and advocate for underserved communities. She teaches editing for the film program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

AMANDA 
KATZ

EDITOR
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Amanda Katz received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College– City University of New York, and holds a BFA in Film & Television Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her films have received grants from institutions such as the New York State Council On The Arts and The Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. She works professionally as a film editor, and has taught film production courses at Fordham University, Hunter College and Rutgers University. Her work has screened at film festivals, museums, galleries and community spaces including The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, DOCNYC, Antimatter [Media Art], Encuentros del Otro Cine Festival Internacional, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Artists' Television Access, The Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, UnionDocs, The Carrack Modern Art, FRACTO, The Sunview Luncheonette, The Astoria Historical Society, and Microscope Gallery. As a film editor, Amanda works primarily on projects that are documentary in nature. Her latest editorial credits include Crooked Lines (directed by Monica Berra, Yoruba Richen & Jacqueline Olive for Field of Vision / 2018), The Washing Society (directed by Lynne Sachs & Lizzie Olesker / 2018 / Premiered at BAMcinemaFest) and An Empty Threat (directed by Josh Lewis / 2018 / Premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam).

LINDA SAFFIRE

CO-PRODUCER
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Linda Saffire has worked on numerous award-winning film and television productions. Among her feature documentary and film credits are A Conversation with Gregory Peck, which was invited as a special selection to the Cannes 2000 Film Festival; Wild Man Blues a feature-length film on Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band; Married In America, a multi-year documentary by acclaimed director Michael Apted; and Smash His Camera, a collaboration with Adam Schlesinger and Academy Award-winning director, Leon Gast, (When We Were Kings). Smash His Camera, a feature-length documentary about famed paparazzo, Ron Galella, won Best Director at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary by the 2011 Producers Guild Awards and the 2011 News & Television Emmys. Ms. Saffire has also worked in dramatic series television: for HBO, the pilot and the first season of Sex and The City; Disney Channel’s, The Speed of Life, CBS Television’s, Central Park West; Nickelodeon’s, The Adventures of Pete and Pete; and Jim Henson Productions’ CityKids. Ms. Saffire also creates films for The Emmys, The Oscars’ Red Carpet Pre-show, The Comedy Awards, Eddie Murphy: One Night Only and most recently ITVS’s Independent Lens.

TAYLOR

HALEY

CO-PRODUCER
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Since discovering her passion for meeting creative visions with pragmatic goals, Taylor has worked alongside various talented directors to make their dreams a reality. Currently, Taylor is a partner and executive producer at Sacral Creative, a production company specializing in high quality, short-form content.

JUSTIN
GIDDINGS

CO-PRODUCER
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Justin Giddings is an award-winning filmmaker who found creative freedom in crowdfunding over six figures for his own projects. After becoming the “go-to guy” for crowdfunding advice among his LA-based peers, Justin combined his background in marketing with his experience in crowdfunding and launched his international crowdfund coaching company TheKickstarterGuy.com. To date, he has coached dozens of campaigns, raised nearly 2 million dollars, and has a success rate of 98%.

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REBEKAH 
NELSON

CO-PRODUCER

Rebekah Nelson is a filmmaker hailing from Queens, NY. She produced the indie feature Living with the Dead (Lion Hearted Films), which is available on Amazon Prime worldwide. She frequently collaborates with The Sparrow Film Project, writing & directing several short films for their festival. Such shorts include Eurydice And..., The Drop, Cytokine Cascade, A Christmas Carol: Stave V and Mister Warren's Neighborhood. She is the Co-founder of FreeBox Films, short film credits include Dakota (producer) and The Shoulder (director/producer).

Nelson starred in the feature American Bomber, which was promoted by the NYC mayor's office as part of the MADE IN NY campaign. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Marymount Manhattan College & majored in drama at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC.

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BRITTANY DOUZIECH

MUSIC SUPERVISOR
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JILLIAN HEARON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

KENNEDY CORRIN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
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MADDIE RO

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
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SANDRA MANZANARES

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
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ASHLEY MARZULLA

 

PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

LINA CHAPPELLE

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Ashley Marzulla is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who is currently pursuing her second degree in film. She films videos for SexGenLab, where she assists in conducting interviews with scholars to disseminate knowledge about sexuality and gender to the public. Her personal project is photographing protests and events of activism. 

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