Our Directors

Amir Bar-Lev

is the acclaimed documentary director of HAPPY VALLEY; 12.12.12: THE CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF; RE:GENERATION; THE TILLMAN STORY and MY KID COULD PAINT THAT; which have collectively garnered him some of the film industry’s highest honors and widespread critical praise. He also co-produced Academy Award nominated documentary Trouble the Water. Amir’s branded film Re:Generation was awarded a Bronze Lion at Cannes.

Amy Berg

is a critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, and went to direct BAFTA-nominated West of Memphis, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won numerous awards. Berg’s first narrative feature, Every Secret Thing, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014, and her 2015 documentary, Prophet’s Prey, premiered at Sundance.

 

Marshall Curry

is a two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker. He is the director of STREET FIGHT, RACING DREAMS, IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, POINT AND SHOOT, and executive producer of MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS. Curry’s first film, STREET FIGHT, won the Audience Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival. It also received the Jury Prize at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) Award. The film went on to be nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy.

Heidi Ewing

has been featured in Time Magazine, along with her filmmaking partner, Rachel Grady as an innovator of the documentary craft. Heidi and Rachel were nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for their film JESUS CAMP. Their 2012 film DETROPIA won an Emmy and their most recent film, NORMAN LEAR JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU premiere at Sundance. Their projects have been seen seen on a variety of networks including CBS, National Geographic, HBO, A&E, PBS, VH1, Al Jazeera, MTV and CNN.

Alison Klayman

is an award-winning director. Her debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, and earned Alison a Director’s Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. Alison is a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Emmy-nominated Op-Doc Series. She was a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” as well as a selected participant in both IFP’s Emerging Storytellers program and at Berlinale Talents.

Rachel Grady

has been featured in Time Magazine, along with her filmmaking partner, Heidi Ewing, as an innovator of the documentary craft. Heidi and Rachel were nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for their film JESUS CAMP. Their 2012 film DETROPIA won an Emmy and their most recent film NORMAN LEAR JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU premiered at Sundance. Their projects have been seen on a variety of networks including CBS, National Geographic, HBO, A&E, PBS, VH1, Al Jazeera, MTV and CNN.

 

Tyler Measom

is the co-director/producer of the documentary film SONS OF PERDITION, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, screened at over 45 festivals and was acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network. Measom is also the producer of the feature film, TAKE, starring Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner.  He has written, produced and directed over one hundred commercials, short documentaries and industrials for a wide range of national and international clients. He is currently working on a documentary about the cultural effects of MTV.

Lee Hirsch

is a Sundance  and Emmy-award winning filmmaker. His debut film AMANDLA! has won the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, won an Emmy, and earned five nominations. His latest film, BULLY won the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award from the PGA and earned two Emmy  nominations.

 

Kristi Jacobson

is an award-winning filmmaker. Jacobson’s 2006 film TOOTS premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before winning the National Board of Review’s Top Documentary Award. Jacobson’s film A Place at the Table premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival was nominated for Best Feature Documentary by the Producers Guild of America and won the IDA’s prestigious Pare Lorentz Award. Jacobson’s directorial debut was American Standoff, produced by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Her newest film, Solitary, will premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Gabriel London

is the director of the multi-award winning documentary THE MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST, which has received wide acclaim at film festivals, and went on help reduce the subject’s prison sentence by over 70 years. Gabriel’s earlier work on that subject, two short films entitled No Escape: Prison Rape in America, accompanied the Human Right Watch report of the same name, was honored with a Soros Criminal Justice Award. As a partner at Found Object, Gabriel’s short films for clients such as Timberland (KOMBIT: THE COOPERATIVE, 2015), Clinton Global Initiative, and the UN Foundation are connected to innovative social impact models and have shown at festivals including DocNYC, HotDocs and LA Film Fest.

Diana Whitten

first feature film, VESSEL (2015), premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition, as well as a Special Jury Award for Political Courage. Awards include the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest, an Honorable mention for the Moving Mountains Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award. Whitten founded Sovereignty Productions in 2008, following a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, and was the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program.