ABIGAIL E. DISNEY
Executive Producer and Director
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. Disney’s longtime passion for women’s issues and peace building culminated in producing her first film, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL (winner, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2008). She then executive produced the five-part PBS series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE. Since then, she has produced numerous acclaimed social-issue films, including 1971, CITIZEN KOCH, FAMILY AFFAIR, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature), RETURN and SUN COME UP (2011 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short). Upcoming projects include THE TRIALS OF SPRING, and her directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT. Disney is also the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and support women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities.
Producer and Co-Director
Kathleen Hughes is a producer, director and writer, as well as co-founder of the documentary film company Okapi Productions. Among Kathleen’s many films is TWO AMERICAN FAMILIES, a 21-year-long look at downward mobility, which recently appeared on PBS’s Frontline. Her 90-minute Bill Moyers special BUYING THE WAR, detailing the media’s failure to examine the Bush Administration’s case for invading Iraq, was called “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism this year” by the Washington Post. From 2008-11 Kathleen was Executive Producer of public television’s multi-platform series BLUEPRINT AMERICA, which told stories about America’s crumbling infrastructure. Kathleen’s other work has appeared on PBS’s NOW and Wide Angle, NBC’s TV Nation and ABC News’ Turning Point, as well as many Bill Moyers specials. Her work has received numerous awards including two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Gracie Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.
Gini Reticker has been directing and producing award-winning independent documentary films for over 20 years. Reticker directed PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL (2008), the inspiring story of Liberian women whose actions helped bring an end to a brutal civil war—it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. She produced the Academy Award-nominated short ASYLUM (2003), the story of a Ghanaian woman who fled female genital mutilation to seek political asylum in the U.S; that same year she produced A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE that looks at the heyday of 1970s filmmakers, was nominated for an Emmy, and garnered the National Review Board Award for Best Documentary. She received an Emmy for LADIES FIRST (2004), the story of women rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. Her first film, THE HEART OF THE MATTER (1994), a groundbreaking film about women and AIDS, won the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award. She was a creator and executive producer of the PBS series WOMEN, WAR & PEACE (2011), recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as The Academy of Television Honors Award. Reticker has also coproduced or executive produced such notable films as THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON), nominated for both an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award, 1971, ALIAS RUBY BLADE, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, and SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY.
Andrew Fredericks has been a documentary filmmaker for over twenty years, working as a producer, director, editor and cinematographer. He has collaborated with journalist Bill Moyers on a host of documentaries and conversations, including LIVING ON THE EDGE, SURVIVING THE GOOD TIMES, FREE SPEECH FOR SALE, and AMERICA’S FIRST RIVER. His body of work also includes IF YOU KNEW SOUSA, AMERICA IN THE FORTIES, and FAT with pioneering filmmaker Tom Spain. His work has appeared on ABC, NBC, PBS, National Geographic, and Bravo. He directed and edited MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE with Alex Gibney. More recently, Andrew edited the award winning film, I CAME TO TESTIFY, as part of the acclaimed PBS series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE.
Eva Anisko is an award-winning producer with experience spearheading documentaries, news and public affairs programming, and multi-platform initiatives, including PBS series: BLUEPRINT AMERICA, Emmy Award-winning EXPOSÉ: AMERICA’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS and the sustainable design series, DESIGN: e2, narrated by Brad Pitt. Anisko’s more recent films include: SKY BURIAL (2013 Napa Valley Film Festival, Best Short Documentary), BUFFALO RETURNS, Emmy nominated IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO, and A PLACE IN TIME, an experimental documentary directed by Angelina Jolie, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. With subjects ranging from pedophilia in the Boy Scouts to the working conditions of illegal immigrants in the poultry industry, her work explores cultural, political and historical content by focusing on the human experience. Anisko’s work has appeared on PBS, including programming strands Bill Moyers Journal, NOW, NewsHour, Great Performances and NPR, the Sundance Channel, BBC, ARTE France, and NHK Japan.
With parents in the foreign service, Jeff spent his childhood living throughout the U.S., China, South Africa, and the Philippines. He has filmed across six continents, running into grizzly bears, lava floes, Komodo dragons and all manner of corrupt officials. From his work on the surrealism of life in China, to documenting underground epidemics in the jungles of central Africa, to photographing polar bears in the Arctic Circle, he captures images that convey transcendent moods and subtle beauty. He is based in Washington, D.C., where he can often be found rearranging letters trying to find a higher scoring Scrabble play.
Paul Brill is a three-time Emmy award nominee who has scored some of the most celebrated documentary films of the past several years. Paul recently won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the acclaimed film, BETTER THIS WORLD. He collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, BURMA SOLDIER, composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, WALK ON. He scored the hit documentary, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (IFC), the widely-acclaimed PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NY TIMES (Magnolia), as well as Christy Turlington Burns’ directorial debut, NO WOMAN, NO CRY (OWN), on which he collaborated with songwriter Martha Wainwright. Paul recently scored the landmark, Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Award-winning, 6 hour PBS documentary, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS with noted historian Henry Louis Gates and additional musical contributions from Wynton Marsalis.
NATASHA LIVIA MOTTOLA
Natasha Livia Mottola has been working in independent documentary 2008. She has collaborated as associate editor with Jennifer Fox on MY REINCARNATION, and Stanley Nelson on FREEDOM SUMMER, which was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award. Assistant editor work includes, KOCH, HARRY AND SNOWMAN, THE ABOLITIONISTS and the Sundance Documentary Story Edit Lab. She is a member of NYWIFT, a mentor at Reel Works teen filmmaking program in Brooklyn and has collaborated on murals with Groundswell. Her passion for personal documentaries and cultural preservation have inspired her to begin post production on her film, LA STORIA DI NONNA, about her family’s immigration experience from Italy to America.
Stephanie Palumbo is an archival and story producer who began her career as a researcher for Michael Moore. Over the past decade, she has worked with filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, and Edet Belzberg, and has contributed to many award-winning documentary films and television series. Stephanie’s credits include Palme d’Or winner FAHRENHEIT 9/11, Academy Award nominees SICKO and TROUBLE THE WATER, Emmy Award winners NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN and GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, Emmy Award nominee OPRAH PRESENTS: MASTER CLASS, and CITIZEN KOCH. Most recently, she was archival producer and additional post supervisor on WATCHERS OF THE SKY, winner of two Sundance Film Festival awards. Stephanie is also a former assistant editor at O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE and a freelance writer published in THE BELIEVER and THE RUMPUS, among others.
As a fledgling documentarian Alex has worked as production assistant, camera assistant, archival researcher and AP. He currently lives in London, UK where he is helping to manage the theatrical distribution of We Are Many, and is looking forward to his return to NYC in the fall. When he’s not out documenting the social issues of our time he enjoys drinking coffee, brewing beer, and trying to introduce his British friends to American-style cooking.