SADIA SHEPARD (Producer / Director)

Sadia Shepard is a Pakistani-American documentary film producer and author based in New York City. Shepard produced THE EDUCATION OF MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN, a portrait of a traditional Muslim school in Detroit, MI, for HBO, which was nominated for a 2014 IDA Award from the International Documentary Association.

She also produced THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, an inside look at Vogue, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Times of India, Wall Street Journal Magazine and The New York Times.

Shepard’s first book, The Girl From Foreign, was published by The Penguin Press in 2008.

www.sadiashepard.com

 
 

 

SAMINA QURAESHI (Producer / Director)

As a vigorous proponent for initiatives that help build a civil society, artist and author Samina Quraeshi (1944-2013) held a number of positions in the private sector and academia, including Director of Design Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts, Assistant Director of the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Henry Luce Professor in Family and Community at the University of Miami, and President and Creative Director of SQ Design Associates.

Her book Sacred Spaces: a Journey with the Sufis of the Indus (Peabody Museum Press/Mapin Publications, 2010) explores Sufi Muslim culture in South Asia. She is also the author of three previous award-winning books on Pakistan: Legacy of the Indus: A Discovery of Pakistan (Weatherhill, 1974), Lahore: The City Within (Routledge, 1989) and Legends of the Indus: Epic Love Tales from the Indus Valley (Asia Ink, 2005). THE OTHER HALF OF TOMORROW was her last project.

www.saminaquraeshi.com

   
 
   

ANDREAS BURGESS (Cinematographer / Editor)

A Wisconsin native now based in New York, Burgess’ narrative cinematography credits include Mora Stephens' 2006 Independent Spirit Award-Winner CONVENTIONEERS, the innovative ABC crime series FINAL WITNESS and the period murder series A CRIME TO REMEMBER (which was just renewed for a second season). His films have played at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes.

Recent documentary credits include IN SO MANY WORDS (Elisabeth Havilland James' portrait of novelist Lucy Daniels), BRANDED (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's examination of the marketing of female athletes for ESPN's NINE FOR IX), IN THE COURTYARD OF THE BELOVED (a portrait of a Sufi shrine in New Delhi made from 18,000 still images) and THUS SPAKE JOHN (one man’s 9 year project to memorize and perform John Milton’s Paradise Lost).

www.andreasburgess.com

 

 
 

SARA PELLEGRINI (Editor)

Sara Pellegrini has edited projects for Plow Productions, Gravy Pictures, Razorfish, GreenHouse Pictures, American Documentary/P.O.V. and served as associate producer on award winning documentary SEMPER FI:  ALWAYS FAITHFUL. She studied art at the University of California at Berkeley and  journalism at NYU.

Sara is currently editing Ben Niles' SOME KIND OF SPARK, a feature length documentary following underserved inner city kids participating in a music outreach program at the Juilliard School.

   
 
   

MARLA HANSEN (Composer)

American violist and singer-songwriter Marla Hansen has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and is currently based in Berlin. As a member of the New York-based string quartet Osso, she toured and recorded with many different artists including Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond, and she can be heard on Osso’s critically acclaimed 2009 record RUN, RABBIT, RUN. She has also performed or recorded with The National, Jens Lekman, The New Pornographers, Mocky, The Hidden Cameras, DM Stith, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Duncan Sheik, Alice and Ravi Coltrane and Smokey Robinson. Hansen's album WEDDING DAY was released in 2007 by Standard Recording Company.

She has collaborated with Shepard and Burgess previously, composing the scores for IN SEARCH OF THE BENE ISRAEL (2008) and THUS SPAKE JOHN (2009.) Additional film music projects include performances in the music for UFO IN HER EYES (2012) THE BROTHERS BLOOM (2008) and I'M NOT THERE (2007)

 

 
 

CRUZ ANGELES (Additional Editor)

Award-winning filmmaker Cruz Angeles most recently directed the episode “A Mother’s Revenge" of ABC's FINAL WITNESS. He directed the sports documentary, FERNANDO NATION, as part of ESPN Films’ critically acclaimed and Peabody Award winning 30 for 30 documentary series.

His feature film directorial debut DON'T LET ME DROWN was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, premiering in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and garnering him a Gotham Awards nomination for Best Breakthrough Director.

He is a Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Fellow, a Director’s Guild of America Student Award recipient, an Annenberg Film Fellow, a recipient of the 2006 NHK/Sundance International Filmmakers Award and a United States Artists Fellow. Currently, he is developing the independent feature DROP HOUSE, a crime thriller set in the underbelly of Arizona’s human smuggling world.

   
 
   

ROBERT PYCIOR (Additional Composer)

Robert Pycior is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician. He has worked on the film scores for MARINA ABRAMOWIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, DEATH TO THE TINMAN, A WIFE ALONE, and EGG

Pycior  is the violinist for New York bands O'death, Skeletonbreath, The Woes, and Bird Dog.