Category:American documentary film producers
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1. Zak Bagans – Zachary Alexander Zak Bagans is an American paranormal investigator, actor, television personality, and author. He is the principal host of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures, Bagans was born on April 5,1977, in Washington, D. C. He graduated Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Bagans attended the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan. Following graduation from MPI, he moved to Las Vegas, aspiring to film documentaries, after arriving in Las Vegas, he found work as a wedding disc jockey. In 2004, Bagans teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produce a film called Ghost Adventures. In a June 2009 interview with Paranormal Underground magazine, he responded, I dont want the public perceiving us as the taunting and we do that only to the bad spirits who we know are attacking the living. In 2011, Bagans hosted Paranormal Challenge, a concurrent spin-off program also on the Travel Channel, in 2011, Zak Bagans narrated and hosted a Travel Channel special called Ultimate Travel, Legends of the Park, a show about Americas National Parks and how they are haunted. Bagans co-wrote a book with author Kelly Crigger titled Dark World, on September 23,2011, the book debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at No.18. In 2012, Bagans appeared in two collaborations with Lords of Acid on the song Paranormal Energy and on an album called Necrofusion with Praga Khan. Bagans produced Paranormal Paparazzi, a reality show that premiered on September 28,2012, in March 2014, Bagans announced a spin-off series titled Ghost Adventures Aftershocks, which premiered in April 2014. It focuses on the changes of people affected at haunted places before. On April 2,2016, Bagans premiered his new show on the Travel Channel Deadly Possessions featuring his museum located in Las Vegas, official website Zak Bagans at the Internet Movie DatabaseZak Bagans – Zachary Alexander Bagans
2. Katie Couric – Katherine Anne Katie Couric is an American journalist and author. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three television networks in the United States and she worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. In addition to her television roles, she hosted Katie. Some of her most important notable roles include co-host of Today, anchor of the CBS Evening News and she also reported for nearly every television news broadcast across ABC, CBS and NBC. Courics first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller, in 2004, Couric earned induction into the Television Hall of Fame. C. Although her mother was Jewish, Couric was raised as a Presbyterian, in a report for Today, she traced her patrilineal ancestry back to a French orphan who immigrated to the U. S. in the 19th century and became a broker in the cotton business. Couric attended Arlington Public Schools, Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle School, as a high school student, she was an intern at Washington, D. C. all-news radio station WAVA. She enrolled at her fathers alma mater, the University of Virginia, Couric served in several positions at UVAs award-winning daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. During her fourth year at UVA, Couric was chosen to live as Senior Resident of The Lawn and she graduated in 1979 with a bachelors degree in American Studies. Courics first job in 1979 was at the ABC News bureau in Washington, between 1984 and 1986, she worked as a general-assignment reporter for the then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami, Florida. During the following two years, she reported for WRC-TV, the NBC owned- and -operated station in Washington, D. C. work which earned her an Associated Press award, Couric joined NBC News in 1989 as Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. From 1989 to 1991, Couric was an anchor substitute and she also subbed for Daniels, Norville, and John Palmer as the news anchor on Today. In 1989, Couric joined Today as national political correspondent, becoming a substitute co-host in February 1991 when Norville had to leave, Norville did not return and Couric became permanent co-anchor on April 5,1991. While at NBC, Katie Couric occasionally filled in for Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News, from 1989–1993, Couric also filled in for Maria Shriver on the Sunday Edition of NBC Nightly News and for Garrick Utley on the Saturday Edition of NBC Nightly News. In addition, during her time on Today she served as a host of the annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade for 15 years from 1991-2005, Couric hosted or worked on a number of news specials, like Everybodys Business, Americas Children in 1995. Similar entertainment specials were Legend to Legend Night, A Celebrity Cavalcade in 1993, Couric has also co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. She has broadcast with Bob Costas, beginning with the 2000 Summer Olympics, John F. Kennedy, Jr. gave Couric his first and last interviews. Couric has won multiple television reporting awards through her career, including the prestigious Peabody Award for her series Confronting Colon Cancer, Couric has also interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Potter author J. KKatie Couric – Couric at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
3. Jenna Dewan – Jenna Dewan Tatum is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott. She is known for her role as Nora in the 2006 film Step Up and she has also starred on the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story, Asylum. She was Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End, Dewan has been married to actor Channing Tatum since 2009. Dewan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Smith and Darryll Dewan and her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. She has three siblings, brothers, Dawson Dewan, Dayne Dewan, and Daniel Dewan and her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. As a child, Dewan-Tatum moved frequently, she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade, while attending high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, Dewan was a varsity cheerleader. She transferred to Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas and she was also a varsity cheerleader there and graduated in 1999 from Grapevine High School and was voted prom queen during her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, Dewan first appeared in Janet Jacksons Doesnt Really Matter video, and later in All for You and the All for You Tour. Dewan credits working with Jackson for aiding her career, allowing her to work with many other artists. In 2016, Dewan-Tatum modeled as the face of Danskin in a campaign, in 2006, Dewan co-starred with Channing Tatum in Step Up, as well as starring in Take the Lead that same year. In August 2008, Dewan starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film Fab Five and she portrayed the role of disciplinarian Coach Emma Carr. In November 2009, she appeared in the straight-to-DVD comedy American Virgin alongside Rob Schneider, in March 2011, Dewan was cast in the NBC pilot of The Playboy Club. In May 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full season and she portrayed the role of Bunny Janie, a provocative Playboy bunny who works at a Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. The series premiered on September 19 to 5.2 million viewers with mixed reviews from critics, due to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after just three episodes in October 2011. In November 2011, Dewan starred in the film The Jerk Theory and this was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the US in November 2011, Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14,2012 and that same year, she appeared in American Horror Story, Asylum, the second season of the horror television series, as Teresa MorrisonJenna Dewan – Dewan at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International
4. Abigail Disney – Abigail E. Disney, PhD is an American documentary filmmaker, scholar, philanthropist, and activist known for her documentary films focused on social themes. She is the Executive Producer and Director of the film The Armor of Light, abigail Disney was raised in North Hollywood, California, and was educated at Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She is the daughter of Patricia Ann and Roy E. Disney and granddaughter of Roy O. Disney and she turned to the family business of filmmaking with a documentary film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Gini Reticker. Pray the Devil Back to Hell brought to light the work of Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee by telling the story about the role women played in bringing peace to war torn Liberia. Pray the Devil Back to Hell won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, in 2007, she and Gini Reticker founded Fork Films, a New York-based production company that seeks to shed light, evoke compassion, stir action and build peace. She is the President and CEO, and Reticker is the Chief Creative Officer, in total, the tour brought the film to 31 foreign countries,45 U. S. states and 235 U. S. cities. The film is credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, a Television Academy Honor, also in 2011, Disney received an Athena Film Festival Award for her extraordinary use of film for social change. Abigail Disney made her debut with The Armor of Light. Rob Schenck and Lucy McBath, the mother of teenager Jordan Davis, Davis was unarmed at the time of his death, and his story has cast a spotlight on Stand Your Ground laws in the United States. The film follows Rev. Schenck as he meets McBath, a pro-choice Christian, the Armor of Light premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 before opening theatrically on October 30,2015. Disney and her husband Pierre Hauser created The Daphne Foundation in 1991 in order to fund programs that confront the causes and consequences of poverty in the five boroughs of New York City. In 2008, Disney launched Peace is Loud, a organization that inspires action through media. The organization’s mission is to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace, Disney serves as the Founder and President. Disney has made overseas trips with fellow peace activists, including Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. The two traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 to spend a week working with peace activists. The following year, they visited Sri Lanka, where women activists launched the Sri Lankan Womens Agenda on Peace, Security and Development, inspired by Gbowees legacy. In 2012 she renounced her share of the profits from the Disney family investment in the Ahava cosmetics company whose factory is located in a West Bank settlement and she stated I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the plunder or pillage of occupied natural resourcesAbigail Disney
5. Gail Dolgin – Gail Dolgin was an American filmmaker. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Daughter from Danang, Daughter from Danang also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Dolgin was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn the daughter of Israel and she had three brothers, Kalmon Dolgin, Neil Dolgin, and Stuart Dolgin. Her grandfather Kalmon Dolgin founded a New York-based real estate firm which her father. It is now known as Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. and she was raised in Great Neck, New York and earned a bachelors degree in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in education from the University of Oregon. Interested in photography, she joined Newsreel, an activist film collective in New York, in addition to Daughter From Danang, Dolgins notable credits include Cuba Va about Cuban youth after the revolution, and Summer of Love, about San Francisco in the summer of 1967. She also collaborated filmmaker Vicente Franco on films, the film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, three months after Dolgins death, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. Dolgin died in 2010, aged 65, following a 10-year battle with breast cancer and she had one daughter, Amelia Nardinelli. Gail Dolgin at the Internet Movie DatabaseGail Dolgin – Gail Dolgin
6. Lolis Eric Elie – Lolis Eric Elie is an American writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and food historian best known for his work as story editor of the HBO drama Treme and story editor of AMCs Hell on Wheels. Elie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and he is the son of Lolis Edward Elie, a civil rights attorney and Dr. Gerri Elie, a school principal and university professor. Elie is an alumnus of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and he went on to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1985 with a B. S. in Finance and Economics. In 1986 he received his M. S. from Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism, after graduating from Columbia University, Elie went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Virginia. Elie began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He then went on to become the Road Manager for Wynton Marsalis, in 1995 he became a columnist and reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. During this time he wrote books, including Smokestack Lightning, Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country. After leaving the Times Picayune in 2009, Elie became the editor at HBOs Treme. He wrote for the episode I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say, Shame, Shame, Shame and Santa Claus, in 2013, Elie moved to Los Angeles where he became the executive story editor for AMCs Hell on Wheels. His work is included in Best African American Essays and Best Food Writing,2008 and he is also a contributing editor to the Oxford American. Elie has been featured several times on Travel Channels No Reservations, Elie is one of the founders of the Southern Foodways Alliance. On July 23,2013 his book Treme, Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans was released, saveur named the book as one of the Best July Food BooksLolis Eric Elie – Lolis at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
7. Charles Ferguson (filmmaker) – Ferguson is also a software entrepreneur, writer and authority in technology policy. A native of San Francisco, Ferguson was originally educated as a political scientist, a graduate of Lowell High School in 1972, he earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, and obtained a PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1989. From 1992–1994 Ferguson was an independent consultant, providing consulting to the top managements of U. S. high technology firms including Apple Inc. In 1994, Ferguson founded Vermeer Technologies, one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer created the first visual website development tool, FrontPage. In early 1996, Ferguson sold Vermeer for $133 million to Microsoft, after selling Vermeer, Ferguson returned to research and writing. Ferguson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the French-American Foundation. For over 20 years, Ferguson had been interested in film. In mid-2005, he formed Representational Pictures and began production of No End in Sight, No End in Sight won a special jury prize for documentaries at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 in the documentary feature film category. It received the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Ferguson credits narrator Matt Damon for contributing to the film, specifically the structure of the ending, in addition to his narration duties. On May 1,2011, The New York Times reported that Ferguson had agreed to make a film about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for HBO Films, according to the IMDB the film is scheduled for release in 2013. In the article Ferguson lamented that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans – and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, congress then passed the Act with a veto-proof supermajority. Computer Wars, The Fall of IBM and the Future of Global Technology, High Stakes, No Prisoners, A Winners Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars. The Broadband Problem, Anatomy of a Market Failure and a Policy Dilemma, No End in Sight, Iraqs Descent into Chaos. This is a companion to the movie Inside Job, providing citations for many of the claims in that movieCharles Ferguson (filmmaker) – Ferguson in New York, on April 19, 2012
8. Alex Gibney – Philip Alexander Alex Gibney is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney is becoming the most important documentarian of our time, Gibney was born in New York City, New York, the son of Harriet and journalist Frank Gibney. His stepfather was the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, after attending Pomfret School, Gibney earned his bachelors degree from Yale University and later attended the UCLA Film School. Gibney developed an anti-authority view from the career of his father, They say to succeed youre supposed to suck up. Well, he was the guy who sucked down and kicked up. He was at Time, then fired and his stepfather was equally an influence on him. There was something about my father, my mother, and then my stepfather, and that probably rubbed off on me, too. He served as producer of the documentary No End in Sight. His film Gonzo, The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a based on Hunter Thompsons life. Under executive producer Martin Scorsese, Gibney was series producer for the PBS television series The Blues, several films he directed and/or produced have been screened at the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals. In an interview with Robert K, I always thought thats whats great about movies sometimes—the best movies have to be experienced, they can’t just be written about. In an interview with David Poland for MIFF, Gibney gives statement to disagree with Ayn Rands philosophy of Objectivist Movement, theres no such thing as objectivity. When youre making a film, a cant be objective. Gibneys Taxi to the Dark Side premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Documentary, the film probes the homicide of an innocent taxi driver named Dilawar at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Gibney is president of Jigsaw Productions, which produces independent films, music documentaries and he has been honored by the Yale Film Studies program for his contributions to film culture. In 2010, Utne Reader listed Gibney as one of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World and his 2013 film We Steal Secrets, The Story of WikiLeaks, is a comprehensive look at WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning. The Wikileaks organization itself has objected to the way Gibney portrayed it, Gibneys most recent projects include work on The Armstrong Lie, Catching Hell and Going Clear, a documentary about Scientology. Gibney writes for the The Atlantic, and has written for Huffington Post, on June 19,2008, Gibneys company filed for arbitration, arguing that THINKFilm failed to properly distribute and promote his film Taxi to the Dark SideAlex Gibney – Gibney at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
9. Nick Groff – Nick Groff is an American paranormal investigator, musician, and television personality. Groff is currently the lead investigator for the television series Paranormal Lockdown and he was a co-investigator and executive producer of Ghost Adventures, as well as an editor and cameraman for the show from seasons 1-10. Groff was a producer for a show on the Travel Channel called Vegas Stripped. Born in San Jose, California, Groff grew up in New England and he may have graduated from Pelham High School in New Hampshire and later studied film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he met Aaron Goodwin. In a 2012 interview, Groff questioned, Was it my imagination, or was it something from my accident that made me more open to that world. Groff befriended Bagans during his wedding in Las Vegas, Groff claims he was possessed by an entity at the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia and says it was one of his most life-changing experiences. According to Groff, an encounter with a spirit at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in East Los Angeles. Groff was allegedly possessed in Natchez, Mississippi during the investigation of Kings Tavern, Groff and his wife Veronique reside in Massachusetts with their two daughters. In 2004, Groff teamed up with Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin to produce a film called Ghost Adventures. On November 24,2014, Groff announced that he would not be returning to Ghost Adventures for the upcoming season, Groff has since produced his own series titled Ghost Stalkers, and is currently starring in another show of his Paranormal Lockdown, where he is the lead investigator. He also hosted the special Ghosts of Shepherdstown series on Destination America, Groff released two albums titled The Other Side and Spiritual War. The lyrics recall Groffs spiritual journey. He also has a line named Phantom Collection. Nick Groff at the Internet Movie Database Nick Groff on TwitterNick Groff – Series title card
10. Max Keiser – Timothy Maxwell Max Keiser is an American broadcaster and film maker. He hosts Keiser Report, a program broadcast on Russian state media channel RT that features heterodox economics theories. Until November 2012, Keiser anchored On the Edge, a program of news and he hosted the New Years Eve special The Keisers Business Guide to 2010 for BBC Radio 5 Live. Keiser presented a season of The Oracle with Max Keiser on BBC World News and he produced and appeared in the TV series People & Power on the Al-Jazeera English network. Keiser grew up in Westchester County, New York, after studying theatre at New York University, he took a variety of jobs including stand-up comedy and on radio. He then took a job as a stock broker in the 1980s at Paine Webber and Oppenheimer. Keiser is the creator, co-founder, and former CEO of HSX Holdings/Hollywood Stock Exchange, alongside Michael R. Burns, he co-invented the Virtual Specialist platform on which the Hollywood Stock Exchange operates. This technology allows traders to exchange virtual securities, such as MovieStocks and StarBonds, with virtual currency. Keiser presented Rumble at the Box Office for NBCs Access Hollywood and he also produced and hosted the weekly talk show Buy, Sell, Hold for CBS radios KLSX in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, he presents The Truth About Markets on Resonance 104.4 FM in London, Keiser produced 10 short documentary films covering aspects of financial markets for Al Jazeeras series People & Power. The films include Rigged Markets, Money Geyser, Death of the Dollar, Peaked, Extraordinary Antics, Savers vs Speculators, Banking On It, Private Finance or Public Swindle. a pilot episode was produced for Al-Jazeera English titled The Oracle. The show was developed into a series for BBC World News, the series first aired on 9 January 2009. Keiser left the BBC after ten episodes, on Twitter, he said he left because he was ordered not to mention Israel in any context. A weekly half-hour financial commentary show that started in 2009 and is broadcast on Press TV, since September 2009, Keiser has hosted The Keiser Report with financial news and analysis, on the RT network. The 30-minute program is produced three times a week, stacy Herbert is the co-host, she banters with Keiser on headlines and commentary. Each episode is divided into two parts, in the first half, Keiser and Herbert alternately discuss a current financial topic, comment on financial media reports, and provide commentary on the actions of bankers. The second half features a guest interview, either face-to-face in the studio or through video conferencing, an episode broadcast in September 2011 featured an interview with comedian Rosanne Barr, who stated that her solution to the financial crisis was to bring back the guillotine. According to Forbes magazine, the economist Sandeep Jaitly of the Gold Standard Institute was forced to resign following comments made on Keisers show, since March 2012, The Keiser Report is translated into Spanish Keiser Report en españolMax Keiser – Max Keiser in a London taxi (2007)
11. Rachel Lyon – Lyon is an American film director and producer. Lyon has produced more than 65 feature films, movies-for-television, feature documentaries, and limited series for PBS, NBC, CNN, National Geographic, in 1980, she produced Tell Me A Riddle, which was directed by Academy Award-winner Lee Grant. Her 1985 FRONTLINE television documentary, Men Who Molest, received an Emmy for Outstanding Background/Analysis of a Single Current Story, lyons 2014 film Hate Crimes in the Heartland received the Paul Robeson Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Newark Black Film Festival. Lyon is the CEO of Lioness Media Arts, Inc, Lyon has held faculty positions at Bentley University, Queens College, Southern Methodist University, and Northern Kentucky University. She is the author of Media, Race, Crime, and the Punishment, Re-Framing Stereotypes in Crime and Human Rights Issues, in October 2013, Lyon joined the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati as Director of Special Gifts. Official website Rachel Lyon at the Internet Movie Database Hate Crimes in the HeartlandRachel Lyon – Rachel Lyon on the set of Mr. Dreyfuss goes to Washington
12. Freida Lee Mock – Freida Lee Mock is an American filmmaker, director, screenwriter and producer. She is a co-founder of the American Film Foundation with Terry Sanders and her documentary, Maya Lin, A Strong Clear Vision won an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1995. Mock directed a documentary Anita, about Anita Hill, which premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She has directed the documentaries G-Dog, Sing China, also she directed a documentary called Anita. Bird by Bird with Annie, Wrestling With Angels, G-Dog, Lt. Watada, and Return with Honor, which was also presented by Tom Hanks. Early in her career, Mock produced episodes of the TV show National Geographic Specials and she also produced the documentaries Lillian Gish, The Actors Life for Me. Mock recently produced the documentary Enterprising Women, celebrating two and a half centuries of women in America. Mock has received an Academy Award, five Academy Award nominations, the award was mired in controversy as Hoop Dreams was passed over because several documentary filmmakers conspired to leave it off of the nomination ballot. Mock is the Chair of the Documentary Executive Committee and was the first Governor of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and she received her bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied both History and Law. Maya Lin, A Strong Clear Vision, Academy Award Winner, Best Feature Documentary Film,1995. Never Give Up, The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper Rose Kennedy, A Life to Remember Return with Honor, presented by Tom Hanks To Live or Let Die Bird by Bird with Annie. A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott G-DOG Anita, The story of Anita Hill Freida Lee Mock at the Internet Movie Database Frieda Lee Mock Biography, American Film FoundationFreida Lee Mock – Freida Lee Mock at the Sundance Film Festival
13. Laura Poitras – Laura Poitras is an American director and producer of documentary films. She lives in New York City and she won the 2013 George Polk Award for national security reporting related to the NSA disclosures. The NSA reporting by Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow,2012 MacArthur Fellow, and one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Her parents keep a home in Massachusetts, but live mostly in Orlando and her sisters are Christine Poitras, an ESL teacher, and Jennifer Poitras, a disaster response planner and consultant. Growing up, Laura planned to become a chef, and spent several years as a cook at LEspalier, a French restaurant located in Bostons Back Bay neighborhood. However, after finishing Sudbury Valley School, where there were no grades and no division of students by age, she moved to San Francisco, instead she studied at the San Francisco Art Institute with experimental filmmakers Ernie Gehr and Janis Crystal Lipzin. In 1992, Poitras moved to New York to pursue filmmaking, in 1996, she graduated from The New School for Public Engagement with a bachelors degree. Poitras co-directed, produced, and shot her 2003 documentary, Flag Wars, about gentrification in Columbus, the film also launched the 2003 season of the PBS TV series POV. It was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award and a 2004 Emmy Award, poitrass other early films include O Say Can You See. and Exact Fantasy. Her 2006 film My Country, My Country, about life for Iraqis under U. S. occupation, was nominated for an Academy Award. Her 2010 film The Oath, about two Yemeni men caught up in Americas War on Terror, won the Excellence in Cinematography Award for U. S, Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The two films are parts of a trilogy, the third part Citizenfour from 2014 details how the War on Terror increasingly focuses on Americans through surveillance, covert activities, and attacks on whistleblowers. On August 22,2012, in a forum of short produced by independent filmmakers. It was preliminary work that was to be included in a documentary planned for release as the part of the trilogy. In 2012 Poitras took a part in the three-month exposition of Whitney Biennial exhibition of contemporary American art. Poitras has been subject to monitoring by the U. S and she says her work has been hampered by constant harassment by border agents during more than three dozen border crossings into and out of the United States. She has been detained for hours and interrogated and agents have seized her computer, cell phone and reporters notes, once she was threatened with being refused entry back into the United States. In response to a Glenn Greenwald article about this, a group of directors started a petition to protest the governments actions against herLaura Poitras – Poitras in 2014
14. Rick Ray – Rick Ray is an American filmmaker best known for his 2006 documentary film 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama which he wrote, filmed and directed. His documentary Lynching Charlie Lynch, about the trials of medical marijuana dispensary owner Charles C. Lynch, premiered at the 2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on March 9, rick Ray graduated with a degree in film from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1981. He apprenticed on the television show Ripleys Believe it or Not. for two years, at one time he served as chauffeur to Jack Palance. He then spent several years traveling around the world only a backpack, camera. In 2000, Ray founded DVArchive. com, an internet based stock footage library with the intent of making the imagery from his extensive travels available to a variety of film. Ray’s imagery of the world is now carried by most of the major stock footage libraries including Shutterstock, Pond5. From 2003 to 2007, Ray taught documentary filmmaking at Brooks Institute of Photography and he has been a guest lecturer at hundreds of universities and has made seven appearances at the National Geographic Society in Washington D. C. Rick lives in Ventura, California where he is engaged in the community to preserve the hillsides, natural lands, and ocean environmentRick Ray – Rick Ray
15. Jon Schnepp – Jon Schnepp is an American producer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, and cinematographer whose company, Schneppzone, works on short films and television shows. His documentary film The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened. was met mostly positive reviews upon its release in 2015. He regularly makes appearances on Collider Movie Talk and the Collider talk-show Nightmares, Schnepp served as animation director for Nickelodeons Whats Inside Heidis Head. and as editor on numerous episodes of Cartoon Networks Space Ghost, Coast to Coast. He co-directed the pilot for Upright Citizens Brigade for Comedy Central, and directed segments and he also released The Removers and Brainwarp, two pilots he produced and directed, on DVD by Film Threat. He then went to Brazil, working with Debbie Allen, editing and creating the title sequences for two sitcoms airing in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Schnepp co-created, co-wrote, and directed Nerd Hunter 3004 for the Channel 101 pilot. He also guest stars as the voice on three episodes of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, in two episodes he voices the Wisdom Cube and in the other he plays The Creature from Plaque Lagoon. Since 2006, Schnepp has served as director on Metalocalypse, a series on Cartoon Network about Dethklok. As well as directing several episodes per season, he designed and created the look of the five band members and he directed the 2009 Dethklok Tour with Mastodon, providing an animated accompaniment. Schnepp helped write all four Dethklok comic books, and designed variant cover arts, Schnepp co-directed Season 4.1 of The Venture Bros. Schnepp was featured in The Damned Things music video for Weve Got A Situation Here, in 2011, Schnepp directed music videos for the bands I Set My Friends On Fire and Forbidden. In a 2012 Dread Central interview, he spoke of directing an animated horror film. From 2013 to 2015, Schnepp was a contributor to AMC Movie Talk on YouTube. After the series cancellation by AMC Theatres and subsequent pickup by Collider. com, in 2015, Schnepp directed the 2015 documentary film The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened. Which documents behind-the-scenes events surrounding the cancelled Tim Burton film Superman Lives, partially raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign, it premiered on May 1,2015 and was released through VOD on July 9,2015 to positive reviews. Official website Jon Schnepp at the Internet Movie Database Jons Twitter Jons Myspace Jons FacebookJon Schnepp – Schnepp at the 2012 New York Comic Con
16. Tommy Sotomayor – Tommy Sotomayor is an American radio and internet talk show host, YouTube personality, social and political commentator, mens rights activist and film producer. Quit hiring cowards, they are hiring cowards and my partner says they are hiring cowards, said Watkins about rookie officers coming out of the police academy. They are hiring ex-military and they see people as human. The video was removed from YouTube and both officers remained on active duty but could have faced serious disciplinary action. Colorossi later apologized and Orting Mayor Joachim Pestinger sent out an email that Colorossis email never should have been sent. Colorossi told The News Tribune he did not wish to anyone with the email and was passing it along for informational purposes. In July 2016, Harry Houck, a CNN law enforcement analyst promoted a video by Tommy Sotomayor on Twitter that declared African Americans are responsible for most violent crime in the United States, in the video, Sotomayor claimed that black Americans are a more serious threat than guns. Houck, a retired NYPD detective, linked to Sotomayor’s video via Twitter, in 2016, Sotomayor stated that Black Lives Matter protesters are like the retarded kids in the class. Sotomayor has also referred to Black Lives Matter as a thug group, Tommy Sotomayor has also been a guest on the television news series On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network and TheBlaze. Official website Tommy Sotomayor at the Internet Movie DatabaseTommy Sotomayor – Tommy Sotomayor
17. Ellen Spiro – Ellen Spiro is an American documentary filmmaker. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a two-time Rockefeller Fellow, and she won the National Board of Reviews Best Documentary award. She was short-listed for an Academy Award in the category of Best Long Form Documentary, Spiro is known for making humorous social issue films for national and international television broadcasts and theatrical release. Spiro directed a series of animated films on How the New Economy Works. In 2014 Spiro co-directed a feature adaptation of Fixing the Future which was released in over 50 cities. In 2007 she released Body of War, which was short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Spiro directed a music video, No More, an original song by Eddie Vedder that he wrote for Body of War. No More was released by Warner Brothers Music, broadcast on MTV and VH1, the album artwork was created by Shepard Fairy and profits from the album were donated to the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Body of War premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won an audience award, Eddie Vedder joined Ellen Spiro, Phil Donahue, Tomas Young and Cathy Smith onstage and performed a set of acoustic solo songs to a wildly cheering audience. Spiro and Donahue were featured on a one-hour Bill Moyers Journal special discussing the film, additionally, Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue received a 2007 nomination for Best Documentary from the Producers Guild of America. Spiro is currently a tenured full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film where she teaches courses in documentary, experimental, in 1988 Spiro was awarded a post-graduate fellowship in Manhattan to study art and critical theory in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. While in Manhattan, Spiro studied with Hal Foster and Douglas Crimp and was a cinematographer for experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer’s award winning film, while in New York, Spiro became active in the AIDS activist organization ACT-UP and co-founded DIVA TV. While working with ACT-UP Spiro made her first documentary, Diana’s Hair Ego, in 1993 Spiro was awarded funding from ITVS, the Independent Television Service, for her film Greetings From Out Here. Filming as a crew, she lived in a van for a year while traveling across the Deep South to shoot stories of gay. Using small Hi-8 video equipment and an old van as a mobile living. Greetings From Out Here was the first ITVS program to be broadcast nationally and it was acquired for international broadcasts by BBC, Channel Four, Canadian Broadcasting Company and others. In 1994, Spiro took her first full-time teaching position at Hampshire College where she taught video production, after teaching for a year she embarked on her second year-long solo road trip, to make Roam Sweet Home, funded by Channel Four in the UK and ITVS. After the national broadcast of Roam Sweet Home on PBS, Spiro moved to Austin, Texas, in 2001, Spiro released her first documentary for HBO, Atomic Ed and the Black Hole. Spiro also created the 10 Under 10 Film Festival in Austin, the festival is a celebration of raw creativity, real reality – as opposed to the scripted television kind – and founded on the notion that great ideas can happen on no budget and in little timeEllen Spiro – Documentary Filmmaker
18. Fisher Stevens – Fisher Stevens is an American actor, director, producer and writer. As an actor, he is best known for his portrayals of Ben Jabituya in Short Circuit and his most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love. He was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a painter and AIDS activist, and Norman Fisher, Steven has described himself as a thin, white Jewish kid from Chicago. He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis and he also co-founded Greene Street Films, a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reeds album The Raven in 2003 and he is also an accomplished harmonica player. As an actor, he is known for his portrayals of Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus ONeill on Key West, Eugene The Plague Belford in Hackers, hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2. His television credits include Columbo, Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Damages and he appeared on two episodes of the television series Numb3rs. Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers, throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions. In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch. In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamos one-man show, Ghetto Klown, the two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13,2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, in 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove. He directed the 2012 crime story Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino and he also teamed up with Alexis Bloom to direct the film Bright Lights, Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Nina Takes a Lover Only You Cold Fever Hackers The Pompatus of Love Four Days in September The Taxman The Tic Code Sam the Man 3 A. M, the Right To Remain Silent Jenifer Is It College YetFisher Stevens – Stevens at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival
19. Channing Tatum – Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, dancer, and former stripper. Tatum made his debut in the drama film Coach Carter. His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up and he is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G. I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G. I, Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. Tatum is also known for his role in Magic Mike. He appeared in films as Dear John and The Vow and his other films include Shes the Man, The Dilemma, White House Down, the drama Foxcatcher, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Caesar. Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay, a worker, and Glenn Tatum. He has a sister named Paige and he is mostly of English ancestry. His family moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area when he was six and he grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting. Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia while growing up, athletic while growing up, he played football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts, he has said that girls were always biggest distraction in school. As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu, Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School. He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship and he returned home and started working odd jobs. US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, in 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper. That idea led to the movie Magic Mike, Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout. In 2000, Tatum was first cast as a dancer in Ricky Martins She Bangs music video, after an audition in Orlando, Florida and his experience in the fashion industry began as a model working for noted clients such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He soon moved into television commercials, landing spots for Mountain Dew. He subsequently signed with Page 305, an agency in Miami. He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle OutfittersChanning Tatum – Tatum at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL in Sydney Australia, July 2015