Samantha Buck’s directorial debut 21 BELOW earned critical acclaim and has aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. and YES in Israel. It was an official selection at Hot Docs in Toronto, AFI/Discovery SilverDOCS, Sheffield Doc Fest, Newport International Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Helsinki’s Docpoint, and the Woodstock Film Festival. As an actress Buck was a regular on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, opposite Vincent D’Onofrio and Stella opposite David Wain. Recent work includes What Maise Knew and the upcoming Lionsgate film Hellbenders. Other credits include: Golden Boy, Blue Bloods, Third Watch, David Milch’s Big Apple, Six Degrees and Z Rock, and Sex and the City. Film credits include Gayby, Searching for Paradise, Wirey Spindell, 24-Hour Woman and Woman in Burka. Samantha is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently a student at Columbia University School of the Arts M.F.A. Film Program.
Danielle DiGiacomo is the Senior Manager of Video Distribution at The Orchard, a pioneering, 16-year old independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 20 global markets. She is also an independent film producer and consultant. Previously, she worked as the Community Manager at IFP, the nation’s oldest and largest membership organization for independent filmmakers and as Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading successful multi-platform releases. She also developed and produced the first two annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film, and Associate Produced two documentary features, Jennifer Venditti’s Billy the Kid and Samantha Buck’s 21 Below. In 2010, she produced 3 short films, two of which premiered at Cannes’ Short Film Corner, and Associate Produced one feature, Andrew Semans’ Nancy Please, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012. Overall, the films she has produced have won a Peabody Award, Jury and Audience Awards at South by Southwest, L.A. Film Festival, and IFF Boston, received a Gotham Award nomination, have aired on HBO, Channel 4, and PBS, and have been NY Times’ Critics Picks.
DiGiacomo was one of 6 producers selected to attend the 2011 Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Lab, where she was the Mark Silverman Honoree.
Scott Mosier has produced, and co-edited, most all of the View Askew Universe’s motion picture projects beginning in 1994 with writer-director Kevin Smith’s “Clerks.” The films Mosier has produced for Smith include “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Jersey Girl,” “Clerks II,”and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” Mosier also co-executive produced, with Smith, the Academy Award winning film “Good Will Hunting”. Mosier’s editing credits include actor James Franco’s directorial debut “The Ape;” the documentary“Small Town Gay Bar,” a Sundance and film festival hit; and Smith’s “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Jersey Girl.” He Produced “Salim Baba”, a short documentary subject that was nominated for an Oscar and went on to also be nominated for an Emmy and is Executive Producing a slate of documentaries in various stages.
Daniella Kahane is an award-winning writer/director/producer of films such as One Per Cent, Columbia Unbecoming, Growing Up Barnard, and First Sight. She has worked for Academy-Award winning producer Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump, Stepmom, The Devil Wears Prada, P.S. I Love You), and is currently associate producing Academy Award nominated Edet Belzberg’s (Underground Children, The Recruiter) latest documentary about genocides, as well as executive producing Best Kept Secret. In 2004 Daniella founded an event consulting and planning group, Sensi6, which emerged out of the desire to create charity events that target a younger generation of givers. She has since produced events that have raised over one million dollars for organizations in need. Daniella graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Film Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts where she is developing a feature written by Mark Jude Poirier (Smart People, Goats) and producing a number of other short films.
Mark Nordlicht is the founder and chief investment officer at Platinum Partners, an investment firm based in New York. He is currently executive producing “Watchers Of The Sky,” a new feature documentary from Sundance award winning, and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Edet Belzberg, examining genocide throughout the ages and offering real examples of how the cycle of violence can be broken and future mass atrocities avoided. Mr Nordlicht is also the founder and chairman of the Affordable Jewish Education Project, a non-profit organization seeking to embrace and promote aggressive innovations in education.
Paul Bernon is a producer and investor. He produced the short film “Teacher of The Year” which co-stars Rachel Dratch, and is premiering at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. He also served as executive producer on the feature film “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty“, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Paul co-wrote and produced the 2010 Short film “12 Floors Up“, which played at the Boston Film Festival and Big Apple Film Festival.
Sean Curran is the principal associate of Waterville Consulting, a public affairs and government relations company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Among his past and present memberships are the Executive Board of BEST (Business and Education for Schools and Technology), the Mass NetDay Planning Council, and the Boston Link Technology Task Force. He also serves as an advisory board member of TechBoston and as Vice Chairman of College Bound Dorchester. He was one of the original thirty-five members of the New England Steering Committee for Obama for America. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of Finance for the Committee to Elect Deval Patrick. Mr. Curran attended Boston College High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts and holds a B.A. in political science from Boston College. He resides with his wife Kelly and sons Michael, John and Christopher in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Nara Garber is a documentary filmmaker who divides her time between directing, shooting, and editing, often wearing several hats on the same project. She currently directs and produces short-form documentaries for Carnegie Hall and has helmed projects for Sotheby’s, Citigroup, Altria, The Point Foundation and the political satirists, Billionaires for Bush. She is also co-director, producer, and director of photography ofFlat Daddy, a feature documentary about military families scheduled for completion in early 2010. As a DP, Nara has dragged gear across five continents in search of the perfect shot. Her camerawork has appeared on HBO (Making the Crooked Straight) and PBS (NOW with Bill Moyers), and her Best Cinematography award in the 2008 Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Film Shootout is a testament to her ability to frame a shot with no sleep. After Roberto, a feature filmed on location in Northern Italy, closed the 2005 Genova Film Festival, and About Face (Hot Docs, 2009), Survive and Thrive, and Striking a Chord (shot on military bases in Southern Iraq) are currently making the rounds of the domestic festival circuit.
Francisco Bello is an Academy Award® and three time Emmy Nominee. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, and has worked in the post-production of films by Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, and George Butler, among others. Francisco launched Ropa Vieja Films LLC in 2007 with Salim Baba, which has screened in over 100 festivals worldwide including Sundance, Telluride, IDFA, Woodstock and Tribeca. In 2008 Salim Baba was Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Short Documentary, followed by a News & Documentary Emmy Nomination in 2009. Francisco produced and edited War Don Don, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, and for which he was awarded the first Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. War Don Don was Nominated for two 2011 Emmys in the categories: Outstanding Coverage of a News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing.
Most recently, Francisco completed his work as writer, producer, editor of Code of the West (directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen), which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Francisco has been awarded the 2011 NALIP Estela Award, fellowships from the PBS/WGBH Producer’s Academy, the Latino Producer’s Academy, Tribeca All Access, and grants from the Tribeca Film Institute, Urban Artists Initiative, and Queens Council on the Arts. He has reviewed proposals for the Tribeca Film Institute and has mentored filmmakers for the NALIP and CineReach fellowships.
Zeke Farrow has written and or produced films that have played over 150 film festivals, including Sundance, Telluride, Slamdance, SXSW, LA Film Fest, BAM, Austin Film Festival, Silverdocs, and Hot Docs. His work has received numerous awards, both Audience and Jury, including a Peabody Award, a Writers Guild of America Nomination, an Indie Spirit Award Nomination, A Gotham Award Nomination, and a Sundance Grant. His films have played theatrically and on HBO, Sundance Channel, and Channel 4. Films: Best Kept Secret(Peabody Award), 21 Below, Gayby (Feature), Gaby (short), Woman in Burka, and Slo-mo.
Tom DiGiacomo and Nancy Wunk DiGiacomo, Dr. Steven Dworetz, and Adam J. Ely.