THE TEAM BEHIND THE CAMERA


LYSA HESLOV DIRECTOR

Lysa has spent the last six years as founder and Executive Director of Children Mending Hearts. Before CMH, Lysa produced the award-winning Bug. She also produced Mailman with Sandra Bullock, Nobody's Perfect with Hank Azaria, and Black Circle Boys. All premiered at Sundance.


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SETH GORDON PRODUCER

Seth started in documentary film, directing the feature The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Chronicling the intense rivalry between two Donkey Kong aficionados, the film won Best Documentary awards at a number of festivals. In 2012, Gordon produced Undefeated, which took home the 2012 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. He also produced the critical-ly acclaimed documentaries New York Doll, (2005), Mitt (2014), Print The Legend (2014), Finders Keepers (2015) and Gleason (2016). Gordon has directed three studio feature films: Four Christmases (2008), Horrible Bosses (2011), and Identity Thief (2013), all of which grossed over $100M domestically. Gordon has directed five pilots for Sony Television including The Gold-bergs, all of which have gone to air. Last year, he directed and produced the pilot Sneaky Pete for Sony Television written and produced by David Shore and by Bryan Cranston which premiered on Amazon.


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LINDA PERRY PRODUCER

Linda is a Grammy winning singer/songwriter and record producer. She started her career as the lead singer and songwriter of 4 Non Blondes. Since then she founded two record labels and composed and produced hit songs for several other artists as well as contributing to albums by Adele, Alicia Keys, James Blunt, Gwen Stefani and more. Some of the hit songs she’s written include Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful, Pink’s Get the Party Started and Faith Hill’s Cry. Linda co-wrote the end song for the film, Dancing Through the Wreckage.


RITA BAGHDADI DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Rita Baghdadi is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer whose character-driven work has been supported by Tribeca, ITVS, Netflix, AJ+, Film Independent, Technicolor, IFP and the International Documentary Association. She is dedicated to em-powering women and girls through film.


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TCHAVDAR GEORGIEV EDITOR/ CO-WRITER

Tchavdar is an Emmy-nominated director, producer, editor and a member of ACE (American Cinema Editors).

Together with Amanda Pope, he directed the Emmy-nominated "The Desert of Forbidden Art”. He edited the two-time Emmy-nominated HBO doc "Valentine Road" as well as "Finders Keepers", both of which premiered at Sundance. He wrote, co-produced and edited "Off The Rails" that premiered at Hot Docs and has won many awards including Doc NYC FF. He wrote and edited “Skidrow Marathon” that won the LA Muse and Audience awards at LAFF. He directed and edited together with Dana Berry for Nat Geo "Finding the Next Earth" and edited the Emmy-nominated "Alien Earths”. He also edited on the docs "We Live in Public" (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), "One Lucky Elephant" (Best Doc Editing Award at Woodstock FF) and "Bite Size" (Best Doc at Cinequest FF) as well as the narrative feature "Bastards" (MTV Russia Best Film Award). He has produced, directed or edited many hours of television and documentary programming for HBO, PBS, BBC, History Channel, NatGeo, USA Network, STARZ and Amazon Studios.


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BRIDGET ARNET EDITOR

Bridget hails from Chicago where she attended Columbia College. She splits her time between editing and directing in Los Angeles. After working for feature directors David Wain (Wanderlust, Role Models) and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), she has since honed her craft and found her love for documentary editing.


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MONIQUE ZAVISTOVSKI EDITOR

Films Monique has edited have won awards worldwide including at the Sundance, Los Angeles and South By Southwest film festivals and at the Emmys. She is the winner of the 2006 INSIGHT award for Excellence in Editing for her work on The Shape of Water, narrated by Susan Sarandon. More recently, Monique's editing and writing work includes the PBS film The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club, featuring Kathy Bates, which won the Emmy Award for Best Film in the Historical Category, several audience and best feature doc awards, and Best Editing at DOCUTAH. In 2012 she cut The Light In Her Eyes, a window into a Qu’ran school for girls in Syria, which aired on POV and toured the world with the Sundance Institute's Film Forward series. She also edited Limited Partnership (an epic love story that defined a movement; 2014 LA Film Festival; Independent Lens; Winner 2015 IDA Humanitas Award), The Diplomat (ESPN 9 for 9 film about East German figure skater Katarina Witt who outsmarted a dictatorship to win her freedom; 2013 Tribeca Film Festival), Life After Manson (a notorious Manson killer breaks her silence after 45 years in prison; 2014 Tribeca Film Festival; NYT Op-Doc) and CITY 40 (inside a closed Russian nuclear city, a single mother risks her life to expose state secrets in one of the most contaminated places on earth (Netflix; Hot Docs and Sheffield Grandy Jury Prize nominee).


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MICHAEL LEVINE COMPOSER

Michael A. Levine wrote and produced the theme song for the new Resident Evil VII Biohazard VR game, the first ever Virtual Reality game in the series. He is also the composer for the upcoming George Lucas-produced Star Wars Detours animated series featuring Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane. He scored the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Cold Case and is a respected composer of concert music as well. Michael also wrote the music for the iconic Kit Kat “Gimme A Break” jingle, arranged the choir version of The Simpson’s Movie’s “Spider Pig”, and produced Lorde’s spooky rendition of “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.