Category:American documentary film producers
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The following 104 pages are in this category, out of 104 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. William D. Alexander – William D. Alexander was an African-American film producer. Alexander was born in 1916 in Denver, Colorado, or in Missouri and he grew up in Colorado and was educated at Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado, and Chicago State University. In 1941, Alexander relocated to Washington, D. C. where he was employed by the National Youth Administration and he worked for a radio program, where his responsibilities involved interviewing African Americans who worked for the federal government and producing stories about Washingtons Black middle class. During World War II, Alexander worked for the Office of War Information, producing press releases, Alexander and his colleagues produced more than 250 newsreels, which were released under the title All-American News. In 1945, Alexander relocated to New York City, where he established his own company, Alexander Productions. Alexander produced musical shorts, such as Jivin in Bebop, Burlesque in Harlem and he also produced features, including The Fight Never Ends, The Highest Tradition, and Rhythm in a Riff. Alexanders Souls of Sin has been described as the last race movie made by a Black producer, Alexander moved to London in 1950. Over the next 18 years, he produced a series of highly-praised documentaries concerning the new states emerging from colonialism in Africa, many of these films were produced at the request of the African states, and were used to promote the new states abroad. At different times, Alexander served as the official film-maker for Liberia and Ethiopia, in 1960, the American ABC television network broadcast a twelve-part documentary by Alexander concerning the new African states. The 22 African states where Alexander worked during the 1950s and 1960s awarded him various awards, one of Alexanders documentaries, The Village of Hope, was about a Liberian leper colony. It was recognized at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival with a Short Film Palme dOr, Alexanders Portrait of Ethiopia was honored with a prize at the 1965 Venice Film Festival. Wealth in Wood, another of Alexanders documentaries, was given the United Nations Award at the Madrid International Film Festival in 1967, in 1974, Alexander produced The Klansman, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie. With a budget of US$4.5 million, The Klansman was the biggest production of Alexanders career and it starred O. J. Simpson in his acting debut. Despite its big budget and all-star cast, which included Richard Burton, Lola Falana and his next film, Jackpot, shut down during production and remains unfinished. Alexander died of cancer in the Bronx in 1991, in 1995, he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. William D. Alexander at the Internet Movie DatabaseWilliam D. Alexander – Anna Mae Winburn and William D. Alexander in the 1940s
2. M. K. Asante – MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, recording artist, and professor at Morgan State University, being one of the youngest professors at the college. He is best known for his best-selling memoir Buck, born in Harare, Zimbabwe and raised in Philadelphia, he is the son of scholar Molefi Kete Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. Growing up he struggled with the disintegration of his family, the incarceration of his brother, after being expelled from multiple schools, he discovered his talent for writing at 16 and decided to pursue it as a career. Asante is the author of four books, most notably Buck, Buck was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and made the Washington Post bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. Poet Maya Angelou, who mentored Asante, described Buck as, A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit and his other books are the poetry collections, Beautiful. And Ugly Too and Like Water Running Off My Back and the nonfiction book Its Bigger Than Hip Hop. Asante is a Sundance Institute Feature Film Fellow for the adaptation of his memoir Buck. Asante wrote and produced the documentary 500 Years Later, a documentary about slavery which received the Breaking the Chains Award from the United Nations UNESCO, Asante directed and produced The Black Candle, a documentary about Kwanzaa, co-written and narrated by Maya Angelou. Asante has lectured and performed in over 25 countries including at SWU Music & Arts in Brazil, on Robben Island in South Africa, and at the British Library in England. Asante has written essays on art, Hip Hop, technology, and culture for USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, asantes debut music project, the Buck, Original Book Soundtrack, was released on May 14,2015. The Soundtrack features hip-hop music by Asante and is inspired by his memoir Buck, rapper Talib Kweli called Asante an incredible MC and released the Buck Soundtrack on his Javotti Media record label. Asante is featured on the song Bangers, along with Halo, from the acclaimed album Indie 500 by Talib Kweli. Pitchfork called Bangers a cant miss moment on the album and wrote, Asante is a graduate of The Crefeld School. At 23, he joined the faculty of Morgan State University and he received tenure at 26 and is currently Associate Professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts. In 2017, he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at MICA in Gujarat, IndiaM. K. Asante – MK Asante, 2015
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
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. Jam Handy – Henry Jamison Jam Handy was an American Olympic breaststroke swimmer, water polo player, and leader in the field of commercial audio and visual communications. Handy was noted for the number of training films that he produced over the years, as a swimmer, Handy introduced a number of new swimming strokes to Americans, such as the Australian crawl. He would often wake up early and devise new strokes to give him an edge over other swimmers, swimming led to him getting a bronze in the 1904 Olympics at St. Louis, Missouri. Twenty years later he was part of the Illinois Athletic Club water polo team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris and he broke the record of longest period of time between first and last competition. The team won the bronze at that Olympics, Handy attended North Division High School in Chicago, and then the University of Michigan during the 1902–03 academic year. During that time he was working as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune when on May 8 he wrote an article about a lecture in the Elocution 2 class given by Prof. Thomas C. Trueblood as a course in lovemaking, Handy went on to describe how Trueblood had dropped to a bended knee in order to demonstrate how to make an effective marriage proposal. John T. McCutcheon, a Chicago Record Herald cartoonist, followed the day with a cartoon about a Professor Foxy Truesport showing his class how to best make love. Neither Trueblood nor university President James B. Angell were amused, ten days after the initial article was published, Handy was suspended for a year for publishing false and injurious statements affecting the character of the work of one of the Professors. Handy was told he could re-apply one year later, instead, Handy decided to apply to a different school, but he was unable to gain acceptance to other schools because of what had happened at the University of Michigan. Handy was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, but was told to leave two weeks of classes. Tribune editor Medill McCormick tried to intervene on Handys behalf, at that point McCormick offered Handy a job. Handy worked in a number of departments at the Tribune and it was during his time working on the advertising staff that Handy observed that informing and building up salespeoples enthusiasm for the products they were selling helped to move more merchandise. He also began researching exactly what people buy a particular product. Handy left the Tribune to do work on corporate communications. He worked with John H. Patterson of National Cash Register, with help from another associate, Handy began making and distributing films that showed consumers how to operate everyday products. After World War I broke out, Handy began making films to show how to operate military equipment, during this time the Jam Handy Organization was formed. Handy was married to Helen Hoag Rogers and had five children, one of his daughter Chailles children is the printmaker Garner TullisJam Handy – Jam Handy (1966)
11. Rashida Jones – Rashida Leah Jones is an American actress, comic book author, producer, singer, and screenwriter. She is known for playing Ann Perkins on NBCs comedy Parks and Recreation, Louisa Fenn on Foxs Boston Public and Karen Filippelli on The Office, as well as a small role in the TV show Freaks & Geeks. She has had roles in I Love You, Man, Our Idiot Brother, The Social Network, The Muppets and Celeste and Jesse Forever. She now plays the role in the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca. Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress Peggy Lipton and she is the younger sister of actress and model Kidada Jones, and half-sister to five siblings from their fathers other relationships. Jones father, who is African American, also has distant English and Welsh ancestry, Jones and her sister were raised in Reform Judaism by their mother, Jones attended Hebrew school, though she left at the age of ten and did not have a Bat Mitzvah. Jones grew up in Los Angeles Bel Air neighborhood and she has said of her parents mixed-race marriage, it was the 1970s and still not that acceptable for them to be together. In his autobiography, her father recalled how he would find the six-year-old Jones under the covers after bedtime. She has said that she grew up a straight-up nerd and had a computer with floppy disks, Jones displayed musical ability from a young age and can play classical piano. Her mother told Entertainment Tonight that Jones is also a singer and songwriter. Jones attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, where she made the National Honor Society and was voted Most Likely To Succeed by her classmates, Jones was involved with theatre at Buckley, with tutelage from acting teacher Tim Hillman. She went to the school as socialites Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie. Jones parents divorced when she was 14 years old, her sister subsequently remained with their father, in 1994, Jones garnered attention with an open letter responding to scathing remarks made by rapper Tupac Shakur about her parents interracial marriage. After high school, she left California to attend Harvard University and she was initially interested in becoming a lawyer but changed her mind after becoming disillusioned by the O. J. Simpson murder trial. She studied religion and philosophy and graduated in 1997, Jones made her professional acting debut in The Last Don, a 1997 miniseries based on the novel by Mario Puzo. She next appeared in Myth America, East of A and If These Walls Could Talk 2, in 2000, she guest starred as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks before landing the role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public. Between 2000 and 2002, she appeared in 26 episodes, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination in her final year, although she had a minor supporting role in the series, film opportunities quickly surfaced. She had a role in Full Frontal, directed by Steven SoderberghRashida Jones – Jones in 2007
12. 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)
13. Christopher Leggett – Christopher Leggett is an American producer of films, television, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. He is a producer for Universal Sports and a partner in an independent production company. Leggett was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts and attended Wellesley High School and he was recruited to swim at American University in Washington, DC, where he majored in Film & Media Arts. Upon graduation, Chris lived in DC working as an editor for Eldeman, World Championship Sports Network and he relocated to Los Angeles in 2009. Leggetts television background comes from his role as a producer at NBC Universal Sports where he covered both the 2010 and 2012 Olympic games. He also led the creation and production of Against the Tide, the Short Game premiered at SXSW Film Festival and won the Audience Award. Currently, he is in production on a documentary called Love TrueChristopher Leggett – Christopher Leggett
14. Ted Leonsis – Theodore John Ted Leonsis is an American businessman, investor, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and former politician. He is a senior executive with America Online. C. He is a member and investor in the Revolution Growth Fund. He is the founder and chairman of SnagFilms, which produced the documentary film Nanking, the film was honored with the 2009 News & Documentary Emmy Award. In 2010, he wrote the book, The Business of Happiness, theodore John Leonsis was born on January 8,1957 in Brooklyn, New York. Born to a family of working class Greek immigrant parents and grandparents who were workers, who worked as a waiter. When his high school guidance counselor evaluated his skillsets, the counselor concluded that young Ted was destined to work in a vacuum store, Leonsis also reflects on his working-class roots that being a vacuum store manager was all his dad aspired him to be. During his youth, Leonsis vacuumed lawns for extra money, one day when vacuuming, he stumbled upon a lawn owned by a wealthy vacuum collector and Georgetown alumus named Jim Shannon. Impressed by Leonsiss strong work ethic and vacuuming the grass with extra care to impress the older gentlemen and he attended Brooklyn Technical High School, before moving to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Lowell High School in 1973. In 2005, he was honored as one of Lowell High Schools Distinguished Alumni for reaching the highest level of accomplishment and possessing the highest standards of integrity and vacuuming. After graduating from college, he moved back to his parents home in Lowell and began working for Wang Laboratories as a corporate vacuum manager. Leonsis left Harris Corporation in March 1981 when, at the age 25, he moved to Florida and his first venture was publishing LIST, a technology magazine that focused on the then personal computing industry. He raised $1 million in seed capital with his partner Vincent Pica, the magazine sent ripples in the software world where it was recognized as an essential service for buyers and sellers of hardware and software. Numerous software vendors sought the magazine to promote their products and services which resulted Leonsis selling advertising to them based on a Yellow Pages business model. The first issue of the magazine was a success and sold $50,000 worth of copies when the magazine first got published in the fall of 1982 and was sold near cash registers, bookstores, and newsstands. Just two years later, he sold the company to Thomson Reuters for $40 million netting Leonsis $20 million making him a multimillionaire in the process, in 1987, Leonsis established the marketing communications company, Redgate Communications Corporation. When the organization was acquired by America Online in 1994, Leonsis began working with AOL as a senior executive, remaining with the company for 13 years. Under his leadership, AOL increased its membership from under 800,000 members to over 8 million and he held numerous positions at AOL during his years there, completing his tenure and retiring in 2006 as the audience groups president and vice-chairmanTed Leonsis – Leonsis in 2013
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. Jean Walkinshaw – Jean Walkinshaw is an American television producer. She has produced content for The History Channel, KING-TV, and she has produced an extensive body of more than 45 poetic and aesthetic documentaries. These are human stories from across the world that reveal issues, art, literature, a graduate of Stanford University, she taught school for three years and in 1963 started her TV career. At KING-TV she produced a series, Face to Face, hosted by Roberta Byrd. In 1970 Walkinshaw moved to KCTS where she produced documentaries for both national and local audiences, much of her work features people and places in the Northwest, but she also produced documentaries in Russia, Ghana and four in Japan. Walkinshaws production team was the first from the Northwest allowed to film in the USSR, many of her programs have been aired nationally by PBS and such varied groups as NHK in Japan, Super Channel in Europe, British Airways, and Armed Forces Television Services. Her production of Rainier, The Mountain helped inaugurate high definition television in the Northwest, the program can still be found on Amazon and Netflix. Her awards include eight Northwest Regional Emmys, Robert F. Walkinshaw received the first Spirit of Nell Award given by Women in Film/Seattle, many of Walkinshaw’s programs reflect her love of the outdoors and the environment. Her work conveys an underlying conservationist theme told with subtlety and she avoids a didactic approach of experts, facts and figures. Instead, she believes if viewers can be helped to see the beauty of nature and her love of the out-of-doors and appreciation for the beauty of the Northwest runs deep. She married Walter Walkinshaw, a conservationist and outdoorsman, the Olympic Mountains have two peaks that reflect her deep heritage. Mount Walkinshaw was named after her father-in-law Robert Walkinshaw, a member of the Mountaineers. Mount Henderson was named after her grandfather Louis F. Henderson, in addition to being a documentary producer, Walkinshaw has been an activist. She built houses of good will in Hiroshima in 1951 after the atomic bomb, Walkinshaw was chairman of the School Affiliation Committee of the American Friends. This committee enabled the first American high school students in the nation to live and she and her husband helped found the Seattle chapter of Amigos de las Americas, a program which at that time sent young people to give vaccinations and basic first aid in remote villages. For four years she chaired the Washington State Selection Committee to choose Rhodes Scholars and she served on a number of cultural and community boards in Seattle. In 2010 Joel Connelly, national correspondent for the Seattle P-I, wrote that Jean and her husband Walt were “one of Seattle’s most achieving couples. ”Her children are Charlie Walkinshaw, Rob Walkinshaw and Meg Walkinshaw Fuell. Three Artists in the Northwest – Portrait of three prominent Northwest artists, painters George Tsutakawa and Guy Anderson, and poet Theodore Roethke, young Storytellers in Russia – One of the first American cultural documentaries taped in the former USSRJean Walkinshaw – Jean Walkinshaw, producer/editor/writer