Jennifer is a doctoral student in the Department of Government at Harvard University on indefinite medical leave. Prior to that, she was a print journalist in Beijing and East Africa. She earned her AB in Politics from Princeton University and is a TED Fellow. The story of her illness has been featured on ABC.com and Al Jazeera. Canary in a Coal Mine (working title) was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Paley Center for Media’s DocPitch competition and is supported by the Sundance Institute.
Executive Producer & Creative Advisor
Deborah Hoffmann received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 for her documentary, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter and again for Long Night's Journey into Day in 2000. She is widely acclaimed as editor of such classic documentaries as the Oscar winning The Times of Harvey Milk, Ethnic Notions, and Mullholland's Dream. She has received two National Emmys, a Peabody, a DuPont Columbia Award, and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Deborah has been a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism since 2000. She has served on juries for the Sundance, San Francisco and Mill Valley Film Festivals and on the Independent Spirit Awards, and Gotham Awards. She is a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Patricia E. Gillespie is an award-winning producer/director, based in New York City. She has worked with a diverse array of internationally recognized clients including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She began her career working with award-winning documentary filmmakers like Judith Helfand, Jim Brown, and George Stoney. Her most recent film, ABLE, a short piece on autism legislation in New Jersey, received the First Place Wasserman Prize in 2012, while her first film DIRT premiered at the Rubin Museum of Art. Patricia has also worked on award-winning narrative films including 2014's hit thriller BLUE RUIN, which took the Fipresci Prize at Cannes and Filmscience's IN OUR NATURE Starring John Slattery and Jena Malone. In addition to her producing work, Patricia is also an award-winning documentary cinematographer, and a member of the faculty at the New York Film Academy.
Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning British filmmaker. With a background in TV documentary – on films for the BBC, Channel 4, History Channel, S4C and others – she has delivered independent films for Wellcome Trust, Kevin Spacey Foundation, Film London, Screen South and broadcasters, and reached international audiences through theatrical, TV, DVD, digital and educational release, and festivals worldwide including SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest and True/False. Nominated ‘Best Emerging UK Filmmaker’ in 2012 (Open City Docs) for her directorial debut LOST AND SOUND, and ‘Best Producer’ in 2013 (Underwire Festival), she specialises in rich personal stories, often about science and health, and brings significant expertise to sensitive, access-based films, and to bespoke distribution and outreach.
Blake has produced numerous films, including Starlet, directed by Sean Baker, which received the Robert Altman Award at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. More recently he was a producer on River of Fundament staring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, and Ellen Burstyn. He produced The Lottery, directed by Madeleine Sackler, which was shortlisted for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2010.
Kiran is an independent filmmaker. She has worked on numerous short and feature films that have played at festivals around the world. A member of the inaugural class at the Tisch Asia Singapore campus, she holds an MFA in Film and Television Production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She earned an AB in Politics from Princeton University. @kiranchitanvis