Sarah Feinbloom is an award-winning filmmaker whose work includes documentaries, dramatic narrative, and fundraising videos. She received a California Council for the Humanities Grant, The Paul Robeson Grant for Independent Media, and the Pacific Pioneer Award for her 50-minute documentary What Do You Believe? - the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers. What Do You Believe aired on PBS stations WGBH and KCET and has been screened nationally and internationally at venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Toronto Children’s Film Festival, the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, and at conferences including the National Association of Multicultural Educators the American Academy of Religion. It was voted "One of Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003" by the American Library Association, and is being distributed nationally by New Day Films. She leads workshops and made presentations nationally and internationally on interfaith dialogue and religious diversity.
Her other projects include Youth to Youth-a video about violence, which examines racism, rape, war, growing up with violence, and police brutality through young people’s eyes. This 30-minute documentary was featured on National Public Radio, in the Boston Globe, and the School Library Journal. Which Way, Por Favor? - an independent feature film, which she produced in Mexico, is being distributed in video stores by Ardustry Entertainment and was the audience favorite at the San Francisco Indie-Fest and the Ajijic Festival International de Cine.
Sarah has been responsible for fundraising and grant writing for her films, and she developed successful marketing and distribution strategies for What Do You Believe? and Youth to Youth. In addition she created extensive curriculum guides for these projects. She also writes grants and has authored guides for other filmmakers. As a member of New Day Films, Sarah is involved in with the marketing team to distribute over 100 social issue documentaries nationally. She has worked as the catalog editor and has developed several new marketing initiatives. Recently Sarah was elected to the steering committee and will head up the marketing team.
In April 2005 she finished Daughters and Sons - Preventing Child-trafficking in the Golden Triangle, a half hour documentary that she produced, directed and shot. Daughters and Sons is being used to raise money to support the Development and Educational Program for Daughters and Communities in Thailand, which rescues children before they are trafficked into the sex-industry and other forms of forced labor. Daughters and Sons premiered at the Boston International Film Festival and was featured on NPR’s The World, a co-production of the BBC and WGBH. To date the film has raised over $80,000.
Sarah has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Education from Tufts University. In addition to filmmaking for the past eighteen years, she has worked as a public school teacher and a coordinator of youth programs committed to social justice and cross-cultural understanding with organizations including the American Friends Service Committee and the San Francisco Volunteer Center. She also has traveled widely and speaks French and Spanish.
Anne Flatté is a San Francisco-based documentary film editor who has been has editing independent films, videos, and television programs since 1994. Recent works include Seizing Power (PBS), What Do You Believe? (PBS) and Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America, (Theatrical release scheduled for Fall, 2004; www.loterialfilms.org). Flatté directed and edited Interlove Story, which was broadcast on PBS and won numerous festival awards. She is a graduate of Stanford University's masters program in documentary film and video and holds a bachelor of arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. email@example.com
Nathaniel Dorsky has been making avante garde films since 1964. His films have had special exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial in New York, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, and at prestigious festivals including the New York, Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals. Dorsky has received an Emmy Award for cinematography, and four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His editing credits include several PBS documentaries, and work as a consulting editor on numerous projects including Barbara Sonnenborn's Regret to Inform, which was nominated for an Oscar.
Mark Escott from Robert Berke Sound
Jason Harris www.jason-harris.com
Rainey Straus of Whirligirl Studio
David Wisz www.wisz.com
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/PRODUCER
TECHNICAL & ARTISTIC ADVISOR
Klara Grunning-Harris, born South Korean, grew up in Sweden and currently lives in the Bay Area. She has a background in Fine Arts, Photography, and graduated with distinction from the San Francisco Academy of Art College's Film and Video program. In the past Grunning-Harris has worked as a camera technician for London based Joe Dunton & Co. Grunning-Harris worked as Director of Photography on "Nice Chinese Boy", Narrative short by Alison Wong - "Looking For Buddha", Narrative feature by Olin Hyde & Peter Nilsson and "What Do You Believe?", Feature Documentary by Sarah Feinbloom (Mill Valley FF 2002, and broadcast on KCET, WGBH). Grunning-Harris also produced music videos for Fingertight (Columbia Records/MTV2) and Machinehead (Roadrunner Records/MTV2 Headbangers Ball) and has shot commercials, industrials and web-interactives. Currently she is the Director of Photography and Associate Producer for Bay area produced documentary "Gumby Dharma", a feature documentary about Art Clokey, the creator of "Gumby" and grandfather of clay animation. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Chaffee, Director, Interfaith Center at the Presidio, CA
Don Miller, Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at UCLA
William Under Baggage, Indigenous Nations Network
Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Temple Emanuel, San Francisco, CA
Scotty McLennan, Chaplain, Stanford University, CA
Vibra Willow, Reclaiming.Org
Iftekar Hai, President, United Muslims of America
Funding provided by
Lieberman Productions/Philo Television, www.lieberman.com and www.philotv.com
The Shinnyo-En Foundation www.sef.org
Heller/Cunningham Consultants, www.hellercunningham.com
The California Council for The Humanities
The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
The Pacific Pioneer Fund
The Interfaith Center at the Presidio
What Do You Believe? is being sponsored by the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. www.interfaith-presidio.org