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IVY MEEROPOL - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

Ivy Meeropol directed and produced the HBO documentary Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, which will have its world premiere at the 2019 New York Film Festival. She was senior story producer for the 2017 CNN Films feature-length documentary The End: The Final Days Inside the Obama White House. In 2016, Meeropol produced and directed two short films for the Emmy Award-winning climate change documentary series Years of Living Dangerously, which aired on The National Geographic Channel. Meeropol directed and produced the feature-length documentary Indian Point, which premiered at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Key West Film Festival, and received the 2016 Frontline Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film. Other television credits include directing and producing an hour-long episode for CNN’s docu-series Death Row Stories; and The Hill, a six-part series she created, directed and produced which aired on The Sundance Channel and was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Best Series Award. Meeropol’s documentary feature debut was Heir To An Execution, which explored the legacy of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and aired on HBO. Meeropol is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was a 2013 Sundance Institute Fellow.

JULIE GOLDMAN - PRODUCER

Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films and series. She recently produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner One Child Nation directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang which was acquired by Amazon Studios and Ringside directed by André Hörmann which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Julie executive produced The Apollo directed by Roger Ross Williams which was the opening night film at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is in production on Untitled Velvet Underground Documentary directed by Todd Haynes, and films by Maite Alberdi, Ramona Diaz and Ivy Meeropol. She produced Steve James’ Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, and The Final Year, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was released by Magnolia Pictures and broadcast on HBO.

 

Julie is the producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award, was nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and won three Emmys, including the award for Best Documentary in 2018. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Julie executive produced the Emmy-nominated Facebook series Humans of New York, Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-shortlisted Best of Enemies, and several Emmy-nominated films: 31⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, The Kill Team, Art and Craft and 1971. Julie also produced and executive produced: Emmy Award-winning The Music of Strangers, Emmy Award-winning Solitary, Enlighten Us, Southwest of Salem, Indian Point, Gideon’s Army, Manhunt, God Loves Uganda, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Buck. Julie received the Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producer’s Award.

CHRISTOPHER CLEMENTS - PRODUCER

Christopher Clements is an Emmy Award-winning and Peabody Award-winning producer and partner at Motto Pictures. He recently produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner One Child Nation directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang which was acquired by Amazon Studios and Ringside directed by André Hörmann which just had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Chris is in production on Untitled Velvet Underground Documentary directed by Todd Haynes, and films by Maite Alberdi, Ramona Diaz and Ivy Meeropol. Chris executive produced Steve James’ Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail; Weiner, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award; and two Sundance 2018 premieres, Inventing Tomorrow and The Cleaners.  Chris co-produced Life, Animated, which won the US Documentary Directing Award at Sundance, was nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and won three Emmys, including the award for Best Documentary in 2018.  He executive produced Shadowman, When God Sleeps, The Family I Had, Kristi Jacobson’s Emmy Award-winning Solitary, Deborah Esquenazi’s Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Southwest Of Salem and the CNN Films feature, Enlighten Us. Christopher produced Chicken People, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films, co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point, and co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show and The Yes Men Are Revolting. He also executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

CAROLYN HEPBURN - PRODUCER

Carolyn Hepburn is an Emmy winning producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2010. She recently produced 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner One Child Nation directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang which was acquired by Amazon Studios and executive produced Ringside directed by André Hörmann which had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. Carolyn is currently in production on the Untitled Velvet Underground Documentary directed by Todd Haynes; the HBO documentary Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, directed by Ivy Meeropol which will have its world premiere at the 2019 New York Film Festival; and the Showtime docu-series Murder in the Bayou directed by Matthew Galkin. In 2018, she produced Take Your Pills for Netflix which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and Discovery Channel’s Take Back the Harbor. She co-produced Life, Animated, which won three News & Documentary Emmys, the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at Sundance, and was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Carolyn executive produced Weiner, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. She produced 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact, nominated for an Emmy Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Carolyn executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and Emmy nominated. Other recent projects include the Emmy-nominated Humans of New York: The Series; Shadowman; and Indian Point. Carolyn is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Producers Guild of America; British Academy of Film and Television Arts; and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

ANNE ALVERGUE - EDITOR

Anne Alvergue is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor. Her short films have screened internationally at film festivals and galleries, including the Pacific Film Archive, Galapagos, San Francisco Art Institute, Arsenal Berlin, Black Maria, Mill Valley and Centro De La Imagen. Her editing credits include Love, Gilda; That Way Madness Lies, Museum Town, Being Elmo, Life After Hoop Dreams, Tibet in Song, My Kid Could Paint That, and Married in America.  Anne received a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Documentary Film from Stanford University. 

ADAM KURNITZ - EDITOR

Adam Kurnitz is a Brooklyn-based film editor. His work includes the documentary feature Gimme Danger (Cannes, 2016) Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (TIFF, NYFF 2017) Missing People (Hot Docs, Doc NYC '15)  as well as the narrative short Touch (Palm Springs International Short Fest, NBCUniversal Short Film Festival '15). He's also worked on For Ahkeem (Berlin International Film Festival,Tribeca Film Festival 2017) and Death Metal Angola (Rotterdam Film Festival '13). He is currently cutting a feature length documentary for Todd Haynes.

DANIEL B. GOLD - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Daniel B. Gold won the 2002 Excellence in Cinematography Award for his work on BLUE VINYL which he also co-directed and produced. He has shot in over 20 countries and his work has been broadcast on HBO, A+E, Lifetime, Showtime, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, PBS, BBC, Discovery, NBC, CBS, and ABC.

Gold previously collaborated with Director Ivy Meeropol on INDIAN POINT.  Recent credits include LIBERATION HEROES on The Discovery Channel, DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY, a 4-part Original Netflix Documentary Series, 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE, on HBO and GI JEWS on PBS.  

Projects currently in post-production are Sandi DuBowski’s film RABBI and LOVE & STUFF, directed by Judith Helfand.

 

Gold has taught digital cinematography and visual literacy workshops at the New School, Vassar College, Sundance, and U. Of Wisconsin-Madison. He is passionate about collaborating with producers and directors to discover and create inventive ways to tell a story.

NATHAN HALPERN - COMPOSER

Nathan Halpern is an Emmy-nominated composer, named one of Indiewire's ‘Composers to Watch.’ He scored two films that were named to Barack Obama's list of the best films of 2018: The Cannes-winning narrative feature THE RIDER (Sony Pictures Classics) and the Oscar-nominated documentary feature MINDING THE GAP (HULU). Halpern’s score for THE RIDER was featured at #3 in Vulture/New York Magazine's 10 BEST MOVIE SCORES OF 2018. Other notable scores include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners ONE CHILD NATION (Amazon Studios) and RICH HILL (Orchard), the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (HBO Films); and the 2017 Oscar-shortlisted films HOOLIGAN SPARROW and THE WITNESS. Other Emmy-nominated films scored by Halpern include JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD (NETFLIX), THE FAMILY BUSINESS: TRUMP AND TAXES (Showtime), and ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL (HBO FILMS). He was nominated for a HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD for Best Original Song for “Calling to Me” from ONE PERCENT MORE HUMID (Sony Pictures / starring Julia Garner). Up next: award-winning psychological thriller SWALLOW, starring Haley Bennett, coming to theaters 2020 via IFC Films.

CHRIS RUGGIERO - COMPOSER

Chris Ruggiero is an Emmy-nominated composer and music producer. Recent film scores include One Child Nation (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner 2019, now in theaters), Minding the Gap (2018 Oscar nominated for Best Documentary Feature, now on HULU), I Am Another You (SXSW Film Festival 2017), Tribal Justice (Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2017), and Hooligan Sparrow (Sundance Film Festival 2016). His original compositions currently appear in over 170 television series including The Voice, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers. Commercial credits include music for brands including Taco Bell, Coke, HSN, Imodium, Dewars, Coppola Winery, and Liberty Mutual.  Ruggiero lectures on film, sound, and semiotics at the University of Bridgeport, and runs the popular audio-history website Preservation Sound.