Experts 2017

Kristine Samuelson

Kristine Samuelson is a documentary essayist; her films (made in collaboration with John Haptas) include Tokyo Waka, Barn Dance, The Days and The Hours, Riding the Tiger, The World as We Know It, Empire of the Moon, and Wrong Place, Wrong Time. These works have been screened at festivals worldwide, from Sundance and San Francisco to London, Mannheim, São […]


Ross Kauffman

Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer of Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. His film E-TEAM (with Co-Director Katy Chevigny), a documentary about the high-stakes work of four human rights investigator, was awarded the 2014 Sundance Cinematography award. He served as Executive Producer on the documentary feature In […]


John Haptas

John Haptas is a filmmaker and documentary editor. His editing credits include Soundtrack to a Riot, Frontline World (Emmy Nomination), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, PBS Nova (“Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” Science Film Prize), and Inside Guantanamo Bay, a two-hour National Geographic special (editor/co-writer; Emmy nominations for Best Documentary and for Writing). He edited and co-wrote Regarding […]


Martha Adams

Martha Adams is an award-winning storyteller who produced the film at the center of the Girl Rising campaign. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising movement the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012, Newsweek/Daily Beast named Adams one of “125 Women of Impact,” and today, acting as Girl Rising’s Chief Creative Officer, she produces stories and authors creative […]


Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. Irene’s most recent feature film is Beware the Slenderman, was released by HBO. Her 2014 film, One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp won a Prime Time Emmy award for Best Children’s Program. Irene’s debut feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won […]