ADVISORS

Lori CheatleLORI CHEATLE - Producer
Lori founded the production company Hard Working Movies to produce innovative and entertaining films that tell great stories, with a focus on director-driven feature documentaries. She has produced multiple award-winning films that have screened theatrically, in festivals and on TV in over 50 countries. Her two most recent films are The Kids Grow Up, directed by Doug Block, which is being released in theaters by Shadow Distribution before its broadcast on HBO, and The Edge of Dreaming, directed by Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie, which was recently broadcast on PBS’ POV. Additional documentary producing credits include the critically acclaimed 51 Birch Street; This Land is Your Land, Dashiell.Hammett.Detective.Writer. and many others. Visit Hard Working Movies here.

ALBERT MAYSLES - Cinematographer/Filmmaker
Albert Maysles, one of America's foremost non-fiction filmmakers, is recognized as a pioneer of "direct cinema", the American version of "cinema verite." Film director Jean-Luc Godard called Albert Maysles "the best American cameraman." He has received the Career Achievement Award (1994) of the International Documentary Association, the President's Award (1998) of the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Vision Award (1998) of the Boston Film/Video Foundation. In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the top 100 cinematographers in the world. Maysles films include: Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and The Gates.

MARK URMAN - Distributor
Veteran Film Industry executive with a specialty in the distribution of independent films. Also involved in the production of several award-winning and highly acclaimed films. Owner of Paladin.

ANNETTE INSDORF - Academic/Author/Film Critic
Born in Paris, Annette Insdorf is a Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts. A leading expert on the French New Wave, Insdorf has written authoritative books on filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Krzysztof Kieslowski, and has served as Truffaut's translator. She has also the author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust, and has contributed articles to The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Premiere, The Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.

HEIDI REINBERG - Producer
A longtime social activist and self-professed "organizational wonk," Heidi Reinberg served as co-producer for Grist for the Mill, Shelter Dogs, and Absolutely Safe?, in addition to serving as Consulting Producer for Baby I'm Yours, Women & I, and Portrait of My Teacher; and as Field Producer for Imagining Peace. She also serves on the Board of Directors and teaches a variety of Producing classes at Film/Video Arts, the largest nonprofit media arts center in the New York region.

LAURIE GWEN SHAPIRO - Consultant
Writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro lives in NYC, with her young daughter and Aussie husband. Laurie co-directed and co-produced the 2001 theatrical documentary about octogenarian New Yorker Tobias Schneebaum, Keep The River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, with her brother David Shapiro. Together they were the recipients of over ten major awards including the Independent Spirit Award for best new documentary directors. She is nominated for a 2010 Emmy as co-producer of Finishing Heaven for HBO. Shapiro has written three adult comic novels to date, and one teen novel.

LOIS BRAVERMAN - Consultant
Lois Braverman is President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. Braverman’s many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women’s role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. Her special areas of interest are women’s friendships and marital relationships, depression and marital dynamics, couple therapy with marginalized couples, and issues of power in couple therapy. She was the founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; serves on the Board of Advisory Editors for Family Process; and is the author of Women, Feminism, and Family Therapy, published by Haworth Press.

BOB ISRAEL - Consultant
Bob Israel is a Managing Member of AngelVision Investors, a group that invests in entertainment, marketing and new media entities. He is also the Co-Founder and former Creative Director of Aspect Ratio, the largest movie-marketing agency in Hollywood. He has produced several feature films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which helped launch Jim Carrey’s film career, and the cult classic, Bachelor Party, which helped get Tom Hanks’ career rolling. From 2000-2008 Bob was the Executive Producer of The Hollywood Reporter’s Movie Marketing Awards, the Key Arts. He is currently a member of the Motion Picture Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy’s PR branch. 

DR. PAMELA EVERETT THOMPSON - Consultant
Dr. Pamela Everett Thompson is a psychologist, professional life coach, and owner of Building Bridges to Better Lives, P.C. based in Atlanta. She has provided mental health services for adult males and females, married and pre-marital couples, and adolescent females since 1996. She was recently featured on the show, “My Mom and Me” produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network. Additionally, she is a member of the board of advisors for Sesame Street and also belongs to the network of providers offering services through the nationally syndicated radio show “New Life Live.” Most recently, her first book, on overcoming strained mother-daughter relationships, Surviving Mama, was released. Prior to and while operating her own private practice, she has provided clinical services to prisons throughout Georgia, most notably Metro State Prison for women.

 

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