Sheila Ganz is an Emmy Nominated documentary filmmaker. Her work explores the lives of marginalized women, men and children. The documentary ON LIFE’S TERMS: MOTHERS IN RECOVERY screened at recovery film festivals around the country, treatment programs, pre and perinatal departments in hospitals and aired on public television. Ganz received the Certificate of Recognition, California State Legislature and Certificate of Honor, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Ganz first documentary UNLOCKING THE HEART OF ADOPTION screen at numerous film festivals and adoption conferences, aired on public television and The Documentary Channel. Recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Angels in Adoption Award. Both films are in distribution to educational institutions, adoption agencies and substance use treatment programs. Ganz wrote Study Guides for both films. Ganz taught filmmaking at Film Arts Foundation and guest lectured at City College of San Francisco and Academy of Art University. Ganz wrote and directed two stage plays PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN about relinquishing her daughter for adoption, and LEAVING JOE about domestic violence. Before becoming a documentary filmmaker, Ganz was a painter and sculptor, her work has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area and Great Boston Area. Ganz current documentary PIECE OF MIND comes out of her experiences with her sister, who lives with schizophrenia. Her vision for PIECE OF MIND is to shed light on the invaluable role family caregivers play navigating a broken mental health care system in their quest for treatment for their loved one with serious mental illness (SMI), to create greater understanding and compassion for persons living with SMI, and to catalyze discussion and humane solutions for treating underserved persons living with untreated serious mental illness across the country. Read the essay: One of the Lucky Ones by Sheila Ganz
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winner writes music for concert halls, film and theatrical stages internationally, film scores include: THE SHATTERING, THE APOCALYPSE ACCORDING TO DORIS, JOBURG, MESMERIZE ME, BACK TO THE FRONT and TEMPORARY OBSESSION, among others, in addition to collaborative work on numerous projects including KINECT DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES, CRAFT IN AMERICAN, VITO, IN JUSTICE, AMERICAN MASTERS, ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE JR., KUNG FU PANDA 2 Video Game, THE TOURNAMENT, among others. Among her documentary film scores is ON LIFE’S TERMS: MOTHERS IN RECOVERY. Kroll-Rosenbaum won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for her work, Two Songs from DAYS OF INNOCENCE, published by Boosey & Hawkes and released by Vital Records. From 2003-2005, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as the Director of the Composers’ Forum at The Juilliard School, and as a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. As a co-founder and six-year co-director of the interdisciplinary new music group, VisionIntoArt, she collaborated on creating multimedia programming and music for over 30 productions that were presented throughout the United States. Kroll-Rosenbaum has received grants from The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, NFAA, among others. In 2009, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as co-librettist and executive music producer for the Carnegie Hall world premiere of Langston Hughes’ ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia collaboration between Jessye Norman, Laura Karpman and The Roots.
Larry Reed is Artisitic Director of ShadowLight Productions. He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed artist, and trailblazer in contemporary shadow theatre. He is one of the first Westerners to have trained in the traditional Balinese shadow theatre (wayang kulit) and is a “dalang,” or “shadow master,” who manipulates over 20 carved leather shadow puppets while simultaneously serving as the conductor of the accompanying gamelan orchestra, the director, and the stage manager. Over the years, he has performed over 250 shows in this tradition around the world and has produced over fifteen films. In the early 1990’s, Reed entered a new phase of his career by inventing an ingenious shadow casting method, integrating traditional shadow theatre techniques with film, modern theatre and dance styles. Reed has garnered numerous awards and honors, and was named one of Top 50 artists in the SF Bay Area by Metropolitan Magazine in 1995 and 1996. Reed has collaborated with numerous artists and organizations from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds including: American Conservatory Theatre, Santa Fe and LA Operas, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, and The Asian Art Museum.
GLORIA MARTINEZ, Assistant Editor, credits include several short films and collaboration in creating social conscious videos such as Tent City, a social experiment she made with Thrive Film. Edited the independent, documentary-style television pilot episode for Teen Chef USA. In addition, she was part of the post-production team at Cisco TV, Cisco System’s internal broadcast department for two years. She does freelance editing. Gloris started pre-production on her documentary about the indigenous people of Guam (where she am from) preserving their culture despite centuries of colonization.
NANCY ERICSSON, Camera Person, has worked as a director, cinematographer and producer. She applies her natural composition and lighting abilities, and extensive still photography experience to her video productions. Her motion work, which includes online advertising, fashion videos, documentaries and interviews. Nancy is also a successful pro still photographer who shoots Fashion and Lifestyle imagery for clients like: The BBC, Eddie Bauer, Fox, The Gap, Seventeen Magazine, Parade Magazine, and Town & Country. Nancy has also photographed a number of celebrities including: Robin Williams, Russell Brand, Danny Glover, Robin Wright, Boys to Men, Tyler James Williams, Jade Anderson, and NBA star Chris Mullin. Her fine art images have been exhibited in prestigious galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
JENNIE-SUE NUCCIO, Camera Person, is an alum of Lucasfilm, NBC News, and the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Trained as an A.D. under Danielle Rigby at the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, she has worked as First A.D., Producer, and Cameraperson on a number of documentary and feature film projects. Her work as a director/producer has been seen at festivals around the globe and on the Investigation Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Biography Channel.
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