THE FILM the CHARACTERS THE TEAM
Jill Bauer, Co-Director, Producer, Sound Operator, was 15 when she landed her first interview with Barbara Walters and was so taken by the interview process that she never stopped asking questions -- especially about relationships, one of her main beats while at the Miami Herald. Bauer is a Hearst and SPJ award-winning journalist and has written for and edited several magazines and newspapers including Esquire, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, and launched Smart Kid, a national parenting magazine.  She is the author of the non-fiction humor book From “I Do” to “I’ll Sue”: An Irreverent Compendium for Survivors of Divorce (Penguin Books). 

 

Ronna Gradus, Co-Director, Producer, Director of Photography, was born and raised in New York City. Since a young age she loved to watch people, so when a camera was placed in her hand a documentarian emerged. She graduated with a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and began her career as a photojournalist. Most notably she was a staff photographer at The Miami Herald where she was dubbed by editors as one of the strongest among the 22-member photography staff. While there, she was sent on several assignments in Cuba and covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

 

Brittany Huckabee, Editor and Producer, is an award-winning independent filmmaker with more than a decade of experience directing and producing documentaries for public television and other outlets. Her most recent film, The Mosque in Morgantown (PBS 2009), chronicled conflict in a West Virginia Muslim community. She is the founder and principal of Version One Productions, Inc., and served as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH, Boston’s flagship PBS station. She also works as an editor and camera operator and is particularly drawn to stories about women, religion and human rights. She currently lives in New York.
 
Abigail E. Disney, Executive Producer, is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s fourteen-year civil war. She is currently Executive Producer of the PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. And along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, Abigail co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City.
 
Chandra Jessee, Executive Producer, is an activist and venture investor. Her wish to see more balance in the world led her to found the InMaat Foundation, which currently supports charities that promote equality for women and girls. Chandra has produced several films and is a co-executive producer of the award winning film, “NY Export: Opus Jazz.” Recently, she was part of a scientific expedition to tag sharks in an MPA in the Bahamas as part of her work supporting ocean's health. When she’s not traveling on adventures and expeditions, Chandra lives in New York City.
 
David Zieff, Creative Consultant, has been editing documentaries, feature films and television for almost three decades. Recently Zieff was a creative consultant on the Oscar Award-winning documentary The Cove, and edited and produced ESPN’s Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks. He also won a Peabody Award for the doc mini-series Black Magic. Zieff edited and produced Crazy Love, winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. He was the supervising editor of the critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, shaping over 1600 hours of footage into a Sundance hit, and one of the most celebrated music films of all time.
 
Paul Brill, Composer, is a musician and composer who has scored for TV and films including Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Love Free or Die (Sundance, 2012). He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his film work and recently collaborated with U2 to compose a new acoustic version of their song “Walk On” for an upcoming HBO film. He recently won the Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA) for his score for the film, Better This World. For further information, Paul’s website is: www.paulbrill.com
 
Daniel Raiffe, Co-Producer, is a graduate of Syracuse University where he received a BFA in film. He also attended a program at The Prague Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts with an emphasis on directing and cinematography. He is a native of Miami, Florida and moved to New York several years ago to begin his career in filmmaking where he associate produced the documentary film The Soprano State.
 
Evan Krauss, Esq., Legal Counsel, is a devoted entertainment lawyer with extensive experience in music, film, television and multimedia projects. He represents clients across a wide array of musical genres, negotiating agreements with major record and publishing companies, as well as recording, licensing, agency, touring and management contracts. Evan handles all aspects of film and television production, including financing, story rights, talent, and distribution agreements. Before joining Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers in 2005, Evan was an attorney with the law firm formerly known as Leibowitz Roberts & Ritholz.  
 
Margaret Crimmins, Sound Editor, is the owner of Dog Bark Sound Inc., a post-audio company founded in 1996. She does sound editing, mixing and design primarily for independent documentary films. Her enormous film roster includes Mad Hot Ballroom, My Architect, The Boys of Baraka, and the Oscar award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.
 
 
 
 
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