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  • Director

    Sam Green is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker. His film The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, broadcast nationally on PBS, and included in the Whitney Biennial. Green’s most recent documentary Utopia in Four Movements premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is currently screening widely. His other films include Utopia Part 3: the World’s Largest Shopping Mall, lot 63, grave c, The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, N-Judah 5:30, and Pie Fight ’69. Green received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. He has received grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Producer

    Carrie Lozano is a Bay-Area based documentary filmmaker and journalist. Among other work, she produced and directed the award-winning film Reporter Zero, about journalist Randy Shilts, and produced the Academy-Award nominee The Weather Underground. Lozano is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and completed a post-graduate fellowship with the school’s Investigative Reporting Program in 2009. She is currently directing an innovative project focused on multiplatform, collaborative investigative journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, and is producing and directing a documentary film about jazz pianist Fred Hersch with collaborator Charlotte Lagarde.

  • Cinematographer

    Andrew Black is a Director of Photography whose work includes documentary and feature films. His work has been for theatrical and broadcast distribution and shown in festivals worldwide. Black worked with Michael Moore on Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko. He shot the Academy Award nominated The Weather Underground by Sam Green and Bill Siegel. His work airs widely, most recently on a national PBS broadcast of Mustang: Journey of Transformation, which was shot in a remote area of Nepal. He annually shoots the Emmy Award winning Global Focus, a PBS show featuring environmentalists from around the world. Based in San Francisco, California, Black travels extensively for work and has visited over 35 countries.

  • Music

    Brooklyn band The Quavers are T. Griffin, Catherine McRae and Dennis Cronin. They coax a luminous sound out of decayed samplers, walkmans, vibraphonette, footpedal loopers, tape echo violin and homespun harmonies. Like a space-age Carter Family, they weave low-tech electronics around songs sturdy enough to stand up even if the power goes out. They call it "porch techno".
    Together and separately they’ve collaborated with musical luminaries including Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, Yo La Tengo, members of The Ex, Fugazi, and godspeed you! black emperor. They have created live soundtrack projects with filmmakers such as Jem Cohen and Brent Green, and theater directors Anne Bogart and Richard Maxwell. More on The Quavers at:

  • Editor

    Shannon Kennedy is a documentary film editor, whose credits include A Walk into the Sea, which won, amongst other awards, a Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and The Trials of Daryl Hunt, which won a DuPont Award. She also edited, along with director Kimberly Reed, Prodigal Sons, which has won numerous awards. Her latest films are VLAST (POWER) and The Canal Street Madam. VLAST (POWER) was picked up by broadcasters in 2011, including Al Jazeera Global and ZDF Germany.


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