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The Filmmakers

Eugene Jarecki - Director

Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first in 2005 for Why We Fight (2005) and again in 2012 for The House I Live In (2012).

A public intellectual on domestic and international affairs, Jarecki has been named a Soros Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute and a Senior Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. He has appeared on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart', 'Charlie Rose', 'The Colbert Report', 'FOX News', CNN, and many other outlets, while also being featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and GQ, among others. As founder and executive director of The Eisenhower Project, a public policy group dedicated to promoting greater public understanding of the forces that shape U.S. foreign and defense policy, he published the 2008 book 'The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril' (Simon & Schuster). He is also the creator of 'Move Your Money', an online video that sparked a national movement in 2010 to shift personal banking away from "too big to fail" banks into community banks and credit unions. To date, more than four million Americans have "moved their money."

Mentored in his youth by legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, Jarecki worked as a stage director before turning to film. When he was 21, his first short film 'Season of the Lifterbees' was selected for screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, he has continued to receive wide critical acclaim as both a dramatic and documentary director in film and television. "Combining the skills of journalist and poet," writes Variety. "Eugene Jarecki sets the gold standard for political documentaries." Often motivated by his outrage at areas of corruption, exploitation, or injustice in contemporary life, Jarecki's films elegantly combine compassion with rigorous inquiry, weaving story, emotion, and penetrating analysis into a very human tapestry of unforgettable sounds and images...

Rosanne Cash - Executive Producer

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/ songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned 4 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford- American, the Nation and many more print and online publications. In addition to regular touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, Minnesota Orchestra and The Library of Congress.

She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was chosen as a Perspective Series artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2015-16 season, and curated a series of American roots music, including her own performance.  She continues her association with Carnegie Hall as a Creative Partner for the 2017-18 season. She also served as 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame that same year.

Cash’s landmark 2009 album, “The List,” won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. In her latest release, "The River and the Thread," a collaboration with husband/co- writer/ producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album garnered impressive worldwide acclaim and won 3 Grammy Awards in 2015.

She is currently writing the lyrics for a musical with John Leventhal, composer, and John Weidman, book writer.

As well as regular touring, she is also recording a new album of original songs with Leventhal producing half the album and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Mavis Staples, Neko Case) producing the other half. The album will be called ‘She Remembers Everything’ and Cash plans on an October, 2018 release on Blue Note Records

 

Errol Morris - Executive Producer

Morris’ films have won many awards, including an Oscar for The Fog of War, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for A Brief History of Time, the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Standard Operating Procedure, and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for The Thin Blue Line. His films have been honored by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. Morris’ work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Roger Ebert, a champion of Morris’ work, called his first film, Gates of Heaven (1978), one of the ten best films of all time.

Morris is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Believing is Seeing and A Wilderness of Error, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times opinion pages and Op-Docs series.

Morris has directed over 1000 television commercials, including campaigns for Apple, Levi’s, Nike, Target, Citibank, and Miller High Life. He has directed short films for the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards, ESPN, and many charitable and political organizations. In 2001, Morris won an Emmy for "Photobooth,” a commercial for PBS.

Morris has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate student at Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley. He has received the Columbia Journalism Award and honorary degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brandeis University, and Middlebury College.

Morris lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Julia Sheehan, an art historian, and their French Bulldog, Ivan.

 

Steven Soderbergh - Executive Producer

Steven Soderbergh has produced or executive-produced a wide range of projects, most recently Gary Ross’ forthcoming Ocean’s 8, Eddie Alcazar’s upcoming film Perfect, the Netflix limited series Godless, the series Red Oaks for Amazon Studios, and the current series The Girlfriend Experience for Starz; as well as two seasons of his own series The Knick for Cinemax.

Previously, he produced or executive-produced Gregory Jacobs’ films Magic Mike XXL, Wind Chill, and Criminal; Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour; Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, and Who Is Bernard Tapie?; Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin; the HBO documentary His Way, directed by Douglas McGrath; Lodge Kerrigan’s Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs) and Keane; Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s Solitary Man; Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There and Far From Heaven; Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton; George Clooney’s Good Night and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Scott Z. Burns’ Pu-239; Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly; Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It…; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana; John Maybury’s The Jacket; Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia; Godfrey Reggio’s Naqoyqatsi; Anthony and Joseph Russo’s Welcome to Collinwood; Gary Ross’ Pleasantville;  and Greg Mottola’s The Daytrippers.

 

Christopher St. John - Producer

Christopher St. John is an award-winning producer and journalist with broad experience in print, broadcast, and film. In documentary, he has most recently produced (T)ERROR, a feature about confidential informants in the war on terror that won a Special Jury Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and Denial, which appeared on PBS in 2017. Previously, he produced and co-wrote The House I Live In, about the U.S. War on Drugs, which won the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and a Peabody Award. He also co-produced HBO’s Reagan in 2011, which won an Emmy for best historical program, and the feature documentary Freakonomics in 2010. 

 

David Kuhn - Producer

David Kuhn has extensive experience in documentary film production, television, journalism, photography, and law. In addition to producing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki’s various projects, he is currently producing Life After Hate, which examines the root causes behind the racism and xenophobia of the extreme Alt Right, and Visible Man, the story of Neil Phillips’ efforts to radically alter the role of black men in American society. He recently produced a documentary short in Cuba, The Cyclist (El Ciclista), for “The New Yorker Presents“ series on Amazon (2015). Other credits include The Age of Consequences (2016), Denial (2016), (T)ERROR (2015), Requiem for the American Dream (2015), The House I Live In (2012), Beyond the Boardroom (2006), and Capturing the Friedmans (2003). 

 

Melinda Shopsin Supervising Producer

Melinda Shopsin is an Emmy, Sundance, and Peabody award-winning producer with 15 years of experience in creating documentary, television, online, and digital content. Working with Laura Israel, Shopsin made the feature documentary Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, a galvanizing portrait of the iconic and elusive photographer. Shopsin produced Gimlet Media’s beloved podcast series Mystery Show which garnered one million listens in its first month of release and reached number one on the iTunes charts. As a longtime colleague of director Eugene Jarecki, Shopsin has played various key roles in the production of the feature films: The Trials of Henry, Why We Fight, Reagan, and The House I Live In