Judith Helfand

Director/Producer

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Judith Helfand is a NYC-based director best known for her ability to use her quirky sense of humor, irony, personal storytelling chops and the power of transparency to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time -- from toxic chemical exposure to climate change to the politics of “disaster.” 

Her films have premiered at Sundance and been nationally broadcast on PBS (POV), HBO and The Sundance Channel. BLUE VINYL received the Sundance Excellence Award in Cinematography and two Emmy nominations and its prequel, A HEALTHY BABY GIRL, won a Peabody. Helfand’s other long-form films include EVERYTHING’S COOL and THE UPRISING OF ‘34. Helfand has directed shorts for Frankfurt Kurnit, The New York Times, and the Women’s Funding Network.

Helfand is a field-builder who co-founded two critical organizations -- Working Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures. As Creative Director she helped design and lead Chicken & Egg Pictures’ mentorship and funding programs for nearly a decade, served as a Producer on the Oscar-nominated, Dupont-winning short, THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM and Executive Produced the award-winning films SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFULPRIVATE VIOLENCE and HOT GIRLS WANTED. In 2007, Helfand received a United States Artist Fellowship. In 2016 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is in post-production on LOVE & STUFF, an intergenerational love story about mourning her mother and becoming a “new old mom” at the same time.

 

Fenell Doremus

Producer

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In addition to producing COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, Doremus co-produced the Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning, ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail for PBS’ Frontline series.  Doremus got her start working as an Assistant Editor on HOOP DREAMS and went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. She Produced and Directed A YEAR ON TEEN ST, a short documentary broadcast locally on PBS, following a teen theater troupe over the course of a year and was Segment Producer/Co-Editor of the groundbreaking multi-part immigration series THE NEW AMERICANS, broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens and winner of multiple awards at festivals worldwide. She is currently producing END OF LOVE, a story about the dangerous intersection of technology, adolescence and porn. Doremus lives in Chicago, is an active member of the Documentary Producers Alliance and serves on the Board of Kartemquin Films.

 

Simeon Hutner

Editor

Simeon Hutner is a film editor, director, and producer with twenty-five years of film and television credits, including works shown at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride and other festivals, as well as on HBO, BBC, Bravo, A&E and PBS.  He is currently editing the documentary feature My Ascension, about teenage suicide. Recently Simeon edited When We Walk (Hot Docs premiere April ‘19) directed by Jason DaSilva, a follow-up to DaSilva’s award-winning When I Walk. Simeon edited Vessel (SXSW 2014 – Special Jury Award and Audience Award) about the Dutch abortion activist Rebecca Gomperts and her organization Women on Waves. Other editing credits include: When I WalkMelting Planet and Blue Vinyl which premiered at Sundance in 2013, 2007 and 2002, respectively; editor and co-producer on Mentor (Tribeca premier, 2006) and editor on Chicks in White Satin (Sundance premiere and Academy Award nominee 1994). Simeon edited and co-directed Harlem Street Singer, (DOC NYC 2013) a documentary feature about the influential blues and gospel musician the Reverend Gary Davis, and directed the the documentaries No Humans Involved, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival; St. Mulekicker, which played in over 40 film festivals world-wide; Martyrs and Saints; and My Brother, Nathaniel. Simeon has received two MacDowell and two Yaddo fellowships.  He has an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, an MBA from New York University and a BA from Middlebury College.

 

David E. Simpson

Editor

David E. Simpson is a highly-awarded filmmaker who brings to his projects a collaborative spirit, proven storytelling chops and formidable attention to detail. Films he has produced, directed or edited have garnered two Emmys, two DuPont-Columbia batons, a pair of Peabody awards, an Oscar nomination, a Sundance jury prize and best in category at countless festivals. He has worked in close association with Kartemquin Films since 1997.

An experienced director/producer, David considers editing the heart of documentary-making. As a result, he has chosen to spend the bulk of the last ten years in the edit room, crafting impactful works with talented collaborators. He is currently wrapping up work on America to Me, a groundbreaking 10-part series about race and education, the first half of which premiered at Sundance 2018. and which will air on STARZ this fall.

David recently co-edited director Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which received a 2018 Oscar nomination, aired on PBS’ Frontline, won Best Documentary Editing at the Ashland Film Festival, and was termed “an exemplary piece of filmmaking” by Sight & Sound.