Roger Ross Williams
director & producer
Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film. He has produced and directed dozens of hours of non-fiction programming for major television networks and cable channels. Williams has won numerous awards for his work. Currently Williams has several projects in development, including a feature narrative film about the African American Baptist church titled Black Sheep.
editor & supervising editor
Richard Hankin has worked on documentaries for both theatrical distribution and for HBO, PBS, NBC, ABC, and Showtime. “Home Front,” which Hankin directed, produced, wrote and edited, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. “Capturing the Friedmans,” which Hankin co-produced and edited, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and an Emmy for Hankin’s editing, and was recently honored by the International Documentary Association as one of the best documentaries of all time. Hankin has twice served as a Creative Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab.
Benjamin Gray received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College, and an M.F.A. in Film from the Columbia University School of the Arts. His graduate thesis film, THE HUNTER, won numerous awards, and in 2008 was one of forty Academy Award qualifying films for Best Live Action Short. Documentary editing credits include the HBO Documentary Films series The Black List; About Face (HBO, 2012 Sundance Film Festival); and Inventing David Geffen (PBS/American Masters, 2012 Toronto Film Festival); as well as the narrative feature Francine (starring Melissa Leo, 2012 Berlin Film Festival, 2012 SXSW). Ben wrote the screenplay for The Wanderers, which goes into production next summer in Berlin, produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay van Hoy.
Casper de Boer
Casper de Boer creates web media and documentaries. His current directing projects include the documentary Mr. Woodley Moves to Holland. After studying drama at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands, Casper made his film debut as an actor in The Assault, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Within a few years he played leading roles in a number of Dutch movies, working with internationally renowned film directors like Theo van Gogh. Casper then moved behind the scenes, starting as assistant-director, and building a career in casting children in movies, script writing, editing, and movie marketing and distribution. He worked as Director of Publicity at Cinemien, a European pioneer in independent film distribution.
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. Producer of a wide range of award winning documentaries, she’s worked with a line-up of talented and acclaimed filmmakers. Her documentaries have been featured at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Berlin.
In January 2013, three of Julie’s productions will premiere in US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival: GOD LOVES UGANDA directed by Roger Ross Williams, MANHUNT directed by Greg Barker and GIDEON’S ARMY directed by Dawn Porter.
Julie premiered two films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media’s A PLACE AT THE TABLE directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures in March 2013, and AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY directed by Alison Klayman, which was released theatrically by Sundance Selects earlier this year.
In 2011, Julie produced BUCK, directed by Cindy Meehl, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the US Documentary Audience Award. Sundance Selects/IFC Films released BUCK in June 2011 to critical and popular acclaim. Since played on over 500 screens across the country, it is one of the top 5 grossing documentaries of that year. BUCK was shortlisted for an Academy Award, chosen as one of the top 5 documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and cited on many of the Best of 2011 lists, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Her 2011 slate of releases also includes triple Emmy nominated BETTER THIS WORLD directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, which premiered on POV, won the WGA Award and Gotham Award for Best Documentary. And both the praised HBO documentary KORAN BY HEART, directed by Greg Barker and Silverdocs Best US Feature award winner OUR SCHOOL, directed by Mona Nicoara.
Julie’s previous producing credits include SERGIO, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power and directed by Greg Barker. SERGIO was shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, nominated for a Primetime Emmy award and won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award. For SERGIO Julie was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Producer of the Year Award.
She was Executive Producer of Sundance Audience Award winner IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, which was released by THINKFilm, and Producer of SONS OF PERDITION, which launched the Oprah Winfrey Documentary Club on OWN. Julie was a consultant on the Academy Award winning THE COVE and Matt Tyrnauer’s acclaimed VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR.
Some of Julie’s earlier films include: EASY RIDERS RAGING BULLS, SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLACK SUN, WHAT REMAINS, ONCE IN A LIFETIME and CAT DANCERS.
She has several films that are currently in production: 1971 directed by Johanna Hamilton; Steve James and Raj Patel’s GENERATION FOOD; THE GREAT INVISIBLE directed by Margaret Brown; REVOLUTION directed by Greg Barker and THE KILL TEAM directed by Dan Krauss.
Director of Photography
Derek Wiesehahn is a New York based director of photography with over 20 years of experience in film and television. Recent documentary DP credits have included the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary short film Music By Prudence and the 2012 Sundance selected documentary feature How To Survive A Plague, as well as a camera operating credit on the 2011 Sundance winner, and Academy Award nominated documentary, Restrepo.
Derek has also shot over 100 music videos, as well as numerous commercials and promos for such clients as HBO, Showtime, McDonalds, Adidas, Fedex, Napa, Haagan-dazs, Columbia Records, AOL, MTV, and Nickelodeon. His work has also won several New York Festivals Awards as well as BDA, Addy and headliner awards. Narrative credits also include several feature films, shorts, which have been well received at Sundance, the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
Mark De Gli Antoni
Mark De Gli Antoni is a Los Angeles based film composer and performer. His selection of scores for film and television include Into The Abyss (Werner Herzog), Cherish (Finn Taylor) and Marie & Bruce (Tom Cairns), Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired (Marina Zenovich) and the 2011 Academy Award nominee Killing in the Name (Jed Rothstein). He is a founding member of the internationally renowned band Soul Coughing. He has also collaborated with musical artists from wide-ranging musical styles including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Low, John Scofield and John Zorn. Mark has provided designed sound for visual artists including William Wegman, Richard Prince, Julia Scher, Christian Marclay, Spalding Gray, Nam Joon Pike and Werner Herzog.
God Loves Uganda’s film score is now available on iTunes.
Carolyn Hepburn has worked as a producer on a wide range of projects in film, video, and radio. She began her career as an associate producer working on documentaries for WNET, the United Nations, Poets House, The Cooper Union, and National Public Radio as well as corporate videos and meetings for companies such as Pepsi, J.P. Morgan Chase, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Carolyn then went on to work as a producer at Spark Productions where she produced experiential media (museums, retail spaces, trade shows, and entertainment destinations) for clients as diverse as 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Time Warner Center, Nissan, Canon, Pfizer, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, and Estée Lauder. Carolyn has also produced a number of award-winning short and feature-length independent films. She is the line producer for the documentaries Gideon’s Army, directed by Dawn Porter, and God Loves Uganda, directed by Roger Ross Williams. Carolyn is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and pursued a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies at the New School University.
Paige Ruane has written and produced documentaries on alternative medicine in Africa, an outgrowth of her work as president and founder of the Integrative Medicine Foundation (2005-2010), a New York based non-profit focused on creating sustainable communities through the research, development and protection of ancient medicine in East Africa. Prior to her film and non-profit work, Paige was a psychotherapist in private practice and an art therapist in the New York public school system. She holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is the recipient of the Kenyon College Humanitarian Award for her work in Africa.