The Filmmakers

Julia Haslett   Director/Editor/Producer
Julia Haslett makes expressionistic documentaries about contemporary and historical subjects. She is producer/director of the highly acclaimed Worlds Apart (2003) series about cross-cultural medicine, and producer of the companion hour-long documentary Hold Your Breath (2005), which broadcast on PBS in 2007. Her documentary shorts Hurt & Save (2001), Flooded (2003), Eclipsed (2007), and Pure & Simple(2008) have screened at numerous festivals and galleries. She has worked at WGBH-Boston, the Discovery Channel, and as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Julia was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship to advance her work on An Encounter with Simone Weil, which is her first feature-length film.

Jonathan Oppenheim   Editing and Story Consultant
Jonathan Oppenheim’s editing credits include Sister Helen, which won the documentary directing award at Sundance and Children Underground, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Sundance Special Jury Prize, Gotham, and IDA awards. He edited the classic documentary feature Paris Is Burning, awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and recipient of the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and IDA Awards. Recently, Oppenheim edited and co-produced Laura Poitras’ The Oath.

Thomas Torres Cordova   Director of Photography
Thomas Torres Cordova is a filmmaker and installation artist. He shot the award-winning PBS-broadcast documentary Strange Fruit (2002) directed by Joel Katz. His films/videos have aired on the Sundance Channel and screened at numerous festivals. He was director of photography on David Zuckerman’s Phoebe Zeitgeist in the city of the white wolfUntitled by Glen Fogel, and Whiteness by Joel Katz. His latest film, Everybody loves the sunshine (2007), was featured last January in a solo show at the Amie and Tony James Gallery in NYC.

Soraya Broukhim   Actress
An actress born and raised in New York City with both Persian and European background, Soraya Broukhim is a graduate of Fordham University LC, British American Academy of Dramatic Arts, National Theatre Institute, and St. Petersburg State Arts Theatre Academy. Among her recent New York City theatre credits are SMOPSM & Korach by Judith Malina (Living Theatre) Red Tent Fabrik (Joyce Soho, ALATetc) Fire Throw & Betrothed (Ripe Time Co.), Gut Girls, Woyzeck (Culture Project), Innocent Erendira(Here), Logic of the Birds (Lincoln Center, Shirin Neshat), Regional CreditsIn the Heart of America(Interact Co. PA), Wintertime (San Jose Rep.), Afghan Women by William Mastrosimone (Passage Theatre, NJ), Sodom & Gomorrah (O’Neill National PLaywrights Conference) dir. and written by David Esbjornson, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (CT), & Blue Demon (WTF) dir. Darko Tresnjak. Film: Push & Love in 3 Minutes. She is an active company member of the Living Theatre dedicating her life to art for social change. (SAG &AEA;)

Fabrizia Galvagno   Producer
Fabrizia Galvagno has worked as a Project Development Manager and Producer with Arte, National Geographic, PBS, and TV Ontario. She developed Leonardo da Vinci: The Man behind the Turin Shroud?(2002) for National Geographic;  Rice Girls (2003, Venice Film Festival) recently broadcast on Al Jazeera International; The Prime Minister and the Press (2003) for PBS; and Gelato: An Endless Passion (2005), which aired on the Sundance Channel.

Enrico Rossini Cullen   Producer
Enrico Rossini Cullen has been a consulting producer on several of Arts Engine’s Big Mouth films, including Election Day (POV 2008), Arctic Son (POV 2007), and Pushing the Elephant (2010), which premiered in June at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC and will be broadcast on Independent Lens in March 2011. He was also the Director of Development and External Affairs at Arts Engine. Currently he is directing a film titled Salt in the Air (in production) about asthma treatment in old salt mine set in a small Ukrainian village deep in the Carpthian Mountains.

Klara Grunning-Harris   Consulting Producer
Klara Grunning-Harris is an Emmy award-winning producer. Her background includes Vice President of KUDOS Family and ten years as Coordinating Producer at ITVS International. Currently, she is Documentary and Shorts Commissioner for the Danish Film Institute.

Daniel Thomas Davis   Composer
Daniel Thomas Davis has enjoyed performances and commissions from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, Lontano at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Daniel completed a cello concerto for Lynn Harrell. Recipient of multiple awards from BMI and ASCAP, Daniel has held fellowships from the British Government (Marshall Fellow), Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo Colony, and Center for World Performance Studies.

Alex Engels   Director of Outreach and Distribution
Alex Engels is a marketing and distribution expert who specializes in grassroots outreach, social media marketing, and educational distribution. He works with independent filmmakers on developing and implementing their distribution and marketing strategies. Alex is also a film editor who has worked on such projects as Now Forager and The New Public.

David Menschel   Executive Producer
David Menschel is a criminal defense lawyer and a director of the Vital Projects Fund, a charitable foundation interested in human rights and criminal justice reform. Through the Vital Projects Fund, Menschel has helped to fund several documentary films that advance progressive messages including: No Impact Man (2009) about a New York City family’s year-long experiment in carbon neutral living; The Oath (2010) Laura Poitras’ intimate portrait of a cab-driving Yemeni jihadist and his Guantanamo-imprisoned brother-in-law; and War Don Don (2010), a nuanced depiction of international efforts to punish a war criminal in Sierra Leone.

Adam Haslett   Executive Producer
Adam Haslett, brother of director Julia Haslett, is a writer and former professional fundraiser, who has worked with large non-profits as well as individuals to generate financial support for progressive causes and projects.  He is the author of two books of fiction, You Are Not a Stranger Here and Union Atlantic, the first of which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.  His work has been translated into twenty languages and his journalism has appeared in The Financial Times, The New Yorker, Democracy, The Nation, and Esquire.