Selected as one of 25 breakout filmmakers for the Emerging Visions program (Film Society of Lincoln Center, IFP, New York Film Festival), Holly Elson is a UK based documentary director and producer working in film and transmedia with her company Hark Pictures. As a filmmaker she combines archive and contemporary observational documentary to tell unique personal stories. She has been working on broadcast, independent and commercial content in a variety of roles for over 10 years. She has directed and produced documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery and UKTV History. Credits include THE TIE THAT BINDS (BBC Scotland, Scottish Documentary Institute); PAULINE, SHEILA AND JOAN, nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for best documentary; RECYCLED HISTORY OF RECYCLING, supported by Britdoc. Elson won the Pixel Lab prize for The Viking of 6th Avenue accompanying digital project.
Lori is the founder of Hard Working Movies, an independent production company in Brooklyn, NY, that makes bold, creative and entertaining films with a range of talented directors. Her award-winning films have screened at top international film festivals, in theatres and on TV around the world. They include the feature documentaries KIKI (dir. Sara Jordeno) which premiered at Sundance 2016 and won the Berlin Teddy Award; CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart (dir. Jeremiah Zagar), for HBO and SKY Atlantic, it premiered at Sundance 2014 before screening in over 80 countries, 112 WEDDINGS (dir. Doug Block, for HBO, BBC, ZDF), winner of multiple audience awards and released by Zeitgeist Films, Kinosmith and Dogwoof UK; 51 BIRCH STREET (HBO), which screened for six months in theatres and won several awards and critics lists mentions, including the New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year; Amy Hardie’s critically acclaimed THE EDGE OF DREAMING and her SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE which recently premiered at SXSW 2016 and will be broadcast on POV and the BBC; THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (selected for The Whitney Biennial); and many others.
John Battsek runs Passion Pictures’ film department and is one of the most successful and prolific feature documentary producers in the industry. In 1999, Battsek conceived and produced the Academy Award-winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER and he has since been responsible for over thirty high profile feature documentaries. Recent titles as Producers or Executive Producers include LISTEN TO ME MARLON, which premiered at Sundance and went on to win numerous best documentary awards including the IDA and Gotham Awards; the Academy Award and BAFTA winning SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, released by Sony Pictures Classics; the Academy Award nominated WINTER ON FIRE for Netflix, James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM and his Academy Award winning MAN ON WIRE; Amir Bar Lev’s HAPPY VALLEY and MY KID COULD PAINT THAT for A&E IndieFilms and RESTREPO, also nominated for an Oscar. Passion Pictures has had numerous films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, including a previous collaboration with Hard Working Movies, CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart. Battsek has been twice nominated for a PGA Award for SERGIO and THE TILLMAN STORY, and was the recipient of the prestigious Grierson Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to Documentary in 2014.
Nicole Stott is Head of Development and Producer for Passion Pictures’ prolific Academy Award winning film department and has been working alongside John Battsek since 2002 across all feature output including over twenty five films. Credits include: 2013 Academy Award winner SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (BAFTA Best Documentary 2013, Sundance 2012 Special Jury Prize and Audience Awards); triple Emmy nominated BETTER THIS WORLD (2011 Gotham Awards, Best Feature Documentary); BLACK SUN (BAFTA winner 2007); PROJECT NIM (Academy Award Shortlist 2012) SERGIO (Academy Award Shortlisted 2010) and THE TILLMAN STORY (Academy Award Shortlisted 2010). More recent titles (all premiering at the Sundance Film Festival) include: Jeremiah Zagar’s CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART, produced by Hard Working Movies for HBO and Sky; Amir Bar Lev’s HAPPY VALLEY for A&E IndieFilms; Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE, which opened the festival and went on to win the audience award, LISTEN TO ME MARLON (Shortlisted: Academy Award 2016, Winner: IDA Creative Recognition for Best Writing 2015, Winner: 2016 Peabody Award). Nicole is currently producing Elizabeth Stopford’s FORGIVENESS for Film4 - a documentary drama and VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: GET A LIFE, the first film to encompass the extraordinary story of the punk icon and her revolutionary impact on popular culture.
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Naiti Gámez is a New York City based cinematographer and filmmaker. Her films as DP have screened at numerous festivals including Festival de Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Festival du Cinema de Paris, Woodstock Film Festival, as well as on ESPN, Showtime, MTV/MTV2, Discovery Channel and truTV.
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