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Oren Rudavsky

Director/Writer/Producer

Oren Rudavsky is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grants. Rudavsky produced the NEH funded American Masters documentary: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, broadcast date April, 2019. The film was chosen to premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival and at the Hot Springs Documentary Festival. He produced Witness Theater a film chronicling a Selfhelp organized workshop between holocaust survivors and high-school students which will premiere in 2019. His films Colliding Dreams co-directed with Joseph Dorman, and The Ruins of Lifta co-directed with Menachem Daum, were released theatrically in 2016. Colliding Dreams was broadcast on PBS in May 2018.  

His film A Life Apart: Hasidism in America was short-listed for the Academy Awards and broadcast on PBS and his  ITVS funded film Hiding and Seeking was nominated for an Independent Spirit award and was chosen for the PBS POV series. Both were co-directed with Menachem Daum. Rudavsky was the producer of media for the small and large screen permanent installations at the Russian Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow which opened in 2013. In 2011, Rudavsky produced a series of profile documentaries for Bloomberg television called Risk Takers. These included profiles of Michael Burry and Michelle Rhee.  In 2009 Rudavsky was Producer/Writer of the two part series Time for School 3, a twelve-year longitudinal study examining the education of seven children in the developing world for the PBS series Wide Angle. In 2006, Oren completed The Treatment, his fiction feature as Producer/Writer/Director, starring Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm and Famke Janssen. The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it was awarded Best Film, Made in New York. Other work by Rudavsky includes And Baby Makes Two, funded by ITVS and presented on PBS Independent Lens (co-directed with Judy Katz), Spark Among the Ashes, At the Crossroads, Theater of the Palms, Dreams So Real and A Film About My Home. He was director of photography on most of his films as well as on the PBS POV film Twitch and Shout.

Rudavsky’s work includes writing and producing segments for the ABC national series PrimeTime Live, the PBS series Media Matters, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and other national programming. He has also worked as a post-production supervisor on the film unit of Saturday Night Live and the syndicated series Tales From the Darkside in the 1980’s.

 
 
 

Robert Seidman

Writer/Producer

Robert J. Seidman is a novelist, Emmy-winning screenwriter and literary critic. His latest novel, Moments Captured was published by The Overlook Press in 2012 and in England by Duckworth Press in 2014. The work is based loosely on the work and life of the pioneering 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Seidman’s One Smart Indian, a novel about a Northern Cheyenne set in mid-nineteenth century America, was published by the Overlook Press in 1980. The book has never been out of print.

Seidman’s screenwriting credits include the Emmy-nominated A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, a 90-minute documentary (directed by Oren Rudavsky). He has written PBS documentary films about Wallace Stevens, Margaret Mead, and Samuel Beckett. He also wrote several films about art, including In Our Time, the final program of the nine-part series ambitiously titled Art of the Western World. Seidman was co-writer of Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life. This film won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Documentary, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Emmy for Best Documentary, 2007.

He is currently finishing a feature documentary film about Joseph Pulitzer, one of the America’s most dynamic and innovative newspaper publishers. The film is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and “American Masters,” WNET-Channel 13.

With Don Gifford, Robert Seidman is co-author of Ulysses Annotated: An Annotation of James Joyce's, Ulysses, University of California Press, 1988.

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Andrea Miller

Producer

Andrea Miller, Folium Films LLC, is an independent producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment business. Folium Films provides services in all phases of production from development through outreach and is dedicated to producing feature-length documentaries and films that address meaningful historical, social and ethical issues. Ms. Miller is a former partner in the company Anthos Media which she founded with Carla Solomon and in Saltmill which she founded with Mary Salter.

Ms. Miller’s credits with Anthos Media 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 THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (consulting producer – Sundance 2018), THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICELETTERS FROM BAGHDAD, THE NEW PUBLICand COLLIDING DREAMS. With Mary Salter, she produced the fictional feature, DARK MATTER .

Ms. Miller is currently in post-production on JOSPEH PULITZER; VOICE OF THE PEOPLE for American Masters and HOW TO HANDLE A SPOON, directed by Jerret Engle. TAKE MY NOSE, PLEASE directed by Joan Kron, is in current release on Hulu and her feature Savage Youth just premiered at Slamdance.

Ms. Miller’s primary experience is in television where she produced PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE, SHINING TIME STATION, and the original INDECISION ’92, as well as pilots for ABC, HBO, and We.  She was formerly Vice President of International Co-Production and Sales at Sony Wonder and Vice President of Programming at Turner Networks Asia, responsible for channel launches of TNT and Cartoon Network throughout the region and General Manager of Cartoon Network Japan. 

She serves on the board of the Flea Theater; and among numerous projects as a consultant, she is currently working on the first free-to-air children’s television channel in Kenya as well as an opera by famed author Colm Toibin and composer Alberto Caruso.

Ramón Rivera-Moret

Editor

Ramón Rivera-Moret’s practice engages an experimental approach to storytelling, bringing together a multiplicity of stories and situations through a mixture of narrative strategies. He is interested in ways to construct cinematic stories beyond traditional paradigms - including the abstract, the fragment and the small gesture - within an open ended, non-linear narrative.  

Ramón's works include THE ORDINAL DIRECTIONS, a four-channel video installation recorded over a period of a year in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY. The flow of time and space provide the piece’s forward momentum through a cascade of encounters with others.  ON CALLOWAY STREET, a feature non-fiction film, interweaves the stories of a group of immigrants from radically different cultures living in an ordinary building in Queens, NY.   Chishimo: A Lunda Story, shot on location in northwestern Zambia, follows the life of a traditional African doctor. Eyes Upside Down, multiple site-specific outdoor projections of the night sky, was installed at Amherst College. Ramón is currently in production documenting scientists probing questions about the fabric of space and matter at Brookhaven National Lab.

Ramón’s films and videos have been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives; Millennium Film Workshop; The Queens Museum Of Art; The Birmingham Museum Of Art; The American Museum Of Natural History; Amherst College; Hampshire College; Chicago Filmmakers; and the Ann Arbor, Athens, Chicago Latino, and San Francisco Art Institute Film Festivals.   Ramón has received grants and awards from The Independent Television Service (ITVS), The National Endowment for the Arts/American Film Institute Regional Fellowships; The Jerome Foundation; the New York State Council On The Arts; the Amherst Art Series Fund; the Institute Of Puerto Rican Culture; the Puerto Rican National Cultural Development Program; and the Puerto Rico Film Development Fund. 

Ramón Rivera-Moret is currently Assistant Professor in the Film/Animation/Video  Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to his appointment at RISD, Ramón was Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in New York, and Artist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor of Filmmaking at Amherst College. Ramón has lectured on his films at Hampshire College, Amherst College and the Queens Museum Of Art.   

Ramón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is now based in New York, NY. 

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Wolfgang Held

Director of Photography

Emmy Award winning director of photography Wolfgang Held has worked in New York City since the late 1990s. During his career, he has assembled an extensive filmography in both documentary and narrative genres. He has photographed feature films for directors Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen, Maggie Greenwald, Rob Morrow, Mitchell Lichtenstein, and the late Gary Winick, as well as feature documentaries for filmmakers Nanette Burstein, Susan Froemke, Joe Berlinger, Marilyn Agrelo, Dan Klores and MAdeleine Sackler and many others. Most recently Held has put his emphasis on photographing socially minded films and TV shows such as The Lottery, Escape Fire, Half the Sky, A Path Appears, Years of Living Dangerously and Far from the Tree.

 

Olivier & Clare Manchon

Composers

Based in Kingston NY (from Brooklyn/Paris), We come from a background of writing, recording and touring, sharing with live audiences. We had the band Clare and the Reasons for 3 studio albums, 2 live albums and several world tours. Olivier leads Orchestre de Chambre Miniature (currently dormant but will wake someday!). One of our main focuses when writing music for image is quality of sound. Since we have a human string orchestra, (Olivier) we're able to create all real strings and don't have to cave in to fake string sounds because of budget; something that has become all too common nowadays. We're thrilled by taking on projects and creating a palette that paints musical contours as boldly or subtle as the film calls for.

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Clare Redden

Archival Producer

Clare Redden graduated a year early from Vassar College, having majored in Theater and minored in Religion. She has worked in the documentary world in various capacities, including on films for PBS’ American Masters and American Experience, as well as on independent films.

 

Andrew Roberts

Graphics & Animation

Andrew Roberts is an illustrator and motion graphics animator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. 

As an illustrator working in a variety of styles, he is a frequent contributor to a wide range of publications including The New York Times, Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated for Kids, AARP The Magazine and more. 
 
Prior to receiving his M.F.A. in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Roberts was co-founder and partner of studio 209, a graphic design studio Portland, Oregon, for over 10 years. In his free time, he plays bass guitar, is an avid Man United fan and a lover of all things comic book-related.