DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Marilyn Ness is a two-time EmmyⓇ, Peabody, and DuPont Award winning filmmaker, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and works as a producer and a director. Her most recent film, Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson) premiered at Sundance 2016, was released by the Criterion Collection, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy AwardsⓇ. Trapped (dir. Dawn Porter), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, broadcast on PBS, and was awarded a Peabody. She also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-Team, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was bought by Netflix Original, and later earned two EmmyⓇ nominations. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971 which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, broadcast on Independent Lens in 2015, and earned an EmmyⓇ nomination. She directed the documentary feature film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011.
Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Big Mouth Productions. Most recently, she produced Dark Money, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and she directed one of the storylines in Kartemquin Films’ documentary series Hard Earned, winner of a 2016 Alfred I. DuPont Award, which explores the lives of five American families struggling to get by in today's economy. She co-directed (with Ross Kauffman) the EmmyⓇ-nominated documentary E-TEAM, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Chevigny has produced and/or directed 12 critically acclaimed feature-length documentary films through Big Mouth, including Deadline, Election Day and also 1971 with Marilyn Ness. Her work has won multiple awards, been broadcast on networks including PBS, NBC, HBO, Netflix, Arte/ZDF and has played at festivals around the world.
Meryam is a Baltimore-based filmmaker and founder of Jean Hill Studios. Her credits include the official Sundance Film Festival Selection, This is Home, ESPN’s 30 for 30: Baltimore Boys and Spent (from Executive Producer, Davis Guggenheim). She is the founder of Close Up Baltimore, a collaborative photojournalism series that highlighted a more authentic, hopeful narrative of Baltimore following 2015’s Unrest. Baltimore Style characterized the platform as “a smarter, more effective way to show the city to its best advantage.” In partnership with the Straus Foundation, Meryam is currently piloting a venture-capital approach to diversity and representation in filmmaking. She will continue this work while attending University of Southern California’s prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program in the fall. Her work has been featured on NPR and WYPR and in The Baltimore Sun, International Business Times and Baltimore Style Magazine. Meryam is an Open Society Institute Fellow.
Don Bernier is an EmmyⓇ-nominated documentary film editor. Most recently, he edited An Inconvenient Sequel, a follow-up to the award-winning 2006 Al Gore film, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Bernier’s editing credits also include Audrie & Daisy (Netflix), which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; The Genius of Marian (POV/PBS), which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; the Peabody Award-winning bio, Eames: THe Architect and the Painter (American Masters/PBS); and The Botany of Desire (PBS), based on author Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. Additionally, he has been a contributing editor on numerous award-winning documentaries, including The Overnighters, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He began his editing career at David Grubin Productions in New York, cutting several episodes of the EmmyⓇ-winning PBS series, “The Mysterious Human Heart” and “The Jewish Americans”. During the last decade, Bernier’s work has screened internationally on the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, Showtime, HBO, PBS and numerous other venues. Bernier also works regularly as an editorial consultant, and is a Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.
CO-PRODUCER and CINEMATOGRAPHER
Andre Lambertson is a New York-based cinematographer, photojournalist, teacher, and filmmaker committed to documenting stories of hope, healing, and transformation. He creates award-winning photo essays on social issues have been published in Time, US News and World Report, Life, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The Ford Foundation, The George Soros Foundation and The Smithsonian Museum. He has taught at the International Center of Photography, RISD, FIT and Fordham University. He has received five “Picture of the Year” Awards, The World Press Photo Award, The OSF Media Fellowship, and four Pulitzer Center grants for various projects in Haiti, Africa and Jamaica. His most significant body of work, “Ashes”, is a study of juvenile violence in America. He has been a Director of Photography for documentaries in Africa, Tibet, Peru, Brazil, Haiti, and the US.
John has works as a cinematographer and producer, participating in a wide variety of programming for an array of networks and collaborators. Diversity with passion takes him from textured documentary stories for the Nature Conservancy and the OWN network, to commercials for sports giants like Under Armour, ESPN and Nike. John also continues to work on natural history and science series programming for the BBC, National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. Most recently, he shot the acclaimed doc series, "The Keepers" for Netflix. A two-time Emmy Award Winner for Best Cinematography, John has traveled far and wide to cover some of the worlds greatest spectacles.
T. Griffin has composed scores for over 40 feature length films, and dozens of live and multimedia projects. Notable titles include the Academy AwardⓇ-nominated Life, Animated and multiple festival award winners Quest, The Overnighters, and Welcome to Leith as well as the recently OscarⓇ Shortlisted One of Us. He has composed and toured live film/music events with filmmakers including Sam Green, Jem Cohen, Brent Green and Esther Robinson. These shows have toured internationally and been presented by The Barbican, BAM Next Wave, The Walker Art Center, The Meltdown Festival, Big Ears Festival, and dozens of other festivals and museums. Besides his work as a film composer and solo artist he has worked as a player and/or producer with luminaries of the independent music world including Patti Smith, Vic Chesnutt, Mary Margaret O'Hara and members of The Ex, Dirty Three, Fugazi, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He was a fellow at the Sundance Composers' Lab in 2008, and has twice been nominated for Cinema Eye Honors for Original Music Score. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Dana DiCarlo has been committed to — and passionate about — community building her entire life. Learning about the importance of community from her parents in her small hometown in N.J., she then used her upbringing as the daughter of a West Point graduate to gain perspective on the balancing act of public and private service. Dana has been committed to Baltimore's residents and communities for more than a decade. The DM DiCarlo and JS Plank Family Foundation has had a deep impact on Baltimore through major financial and personal support for the Waldorf School of Baltimore, the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Guilford Elementary, Francis Scott Key Middle School and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Dana's interest in police and community relationships began by her desire to improve Baltimore’s police recruiting and retention efforts, and reduce the stress levels by making officer-focused capital improvements to three police stations. As Dana explains, “We were investing and learning about our community's policing challenges directly from the officers in their place of work — the police stations. The issues are deep and how we can help is to re-imagine the relationship between police and community." Dana immediately identified the natural connection between her work and Charm City when she met Director Marilyn Ness and Producer Meryam Bouadjemi and learned of their goals for the film. She and her husband used the family foundation to contribute financially and to guide the filmmakers with Dana’s police and community relationships. Dana DiCarlo is a "never-at-home" mother of three and "recovering" Environmental Insurance Litigator living in Baltimore.
Fagan is the co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization dedicated to building a stronger Baltimore by mobilizing a new generation of leaders focused on urban renewal. Previously, as Fellow at the Emerson Collective, Fagan staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions where he supported efforts to harness the talents of Opportunity Youth. Fagan studied international human rights in Ireland as a Senator George J. Mitchell Scholar and holds a Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR MOTTO PICTURES
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Oscar nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She produced Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, released by PBS Frontline and nominated for the 2018 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and The Final Year, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was released by HBO and Magnolia Pictures. Previously, Julie executive produced Emmy Award winning Best of Enemies and several Emmy-nominated films: 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, The Kill Team, Art and Craft and 1971. Julie also produced and executive produced: The Music of Strangers, Indian Point, Solitary, Enlighten Us, Southwest of Salem, Chicken People, Gideon’s Army, Manhunt, God Loves Uganda, The Great Invisible, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Buck, on the Oscar shortlist and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR MOTTO PICTURES
Christopher Clements is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning producer and partner at Motto Pictures. He executive produced Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which has been nominated for the 2018 Academy Award, and Weiner, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. Chris co-produced Life, AnimatedLIFE, which won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award. He executive produced Shadowman, When God Sleeps, The Family I Had, Kristi Jacobson’s Solitary, Deborah Esquenazi’s Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award winning Southwest of Salem and the CNN Films feature, Enlighten Us. Christopher produced Chicken People for CMT, co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point, and co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show and The Yes Men Are Revolting. He also executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher’s camera work was featured in Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience award. Upcoming films include Alison Klayman’s Take Your Pills which will premiere at SXSW and Love, Gilda, the opening night film of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR MOTTO PICTURES
Carolyn Hepburn is an Emmy nominated producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2010. She executive produced Shadowman and The Family I Had. Carolyn co-produced Life, Animated, which won the U.S. Documentary nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and executive produced Weiner, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. Carolyn co-produced Chicken People and Indian Point and produced 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact, nominated for an Emmy Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Carolyn also co-executive produced the short film The 100 Years Show. Carolyn executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and Emmy nominated. She was the line producer for God Loves Uganda, shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award, and Gideon’s Army, winner of Sundance’s Best Editing Award.