LISA F. JACKSON has been making documentary films for over 30 years, work that has brought her awards that include two Emmy awards and a Sundance Jury Prize. Sex Crimes Unit, her most recent film, is an unprecedented verite portrait of prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as they work to bring justice to victims of sexual violence. Jackson shot her last documentary in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo exposes the horrifying fate of women and girls in an intractable war. It won a Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, earned 2 Emmy nominations and was broadcast on HBO.
She produced and directed Meeting with a Killer: One Family’s Journey (2001 Emmy Award nominee) for Court TV; Life Afterlife, a 90-minute Special for HBO; The Secret Life of Barbie (1999 Emmy Award winner) for ABC News; Addicted and Why Am I Gay? for HBO’s America Undercover series; No Money, Mo’ Problems and Smart Sex for the MTV series “True Life”; The Other Epidemic for ABC News; Firefighters for The Learning Channel; A Passion to Play for ABC Sports; Anatomy of a Baseball Trade for HBO Sports; five episodes in the Hallmark Channel’s acclaimed Adoption series, including stories shot in Siberia and Guatemala; two seasons of Psychic Detectives for Court TV and national PSA’s for the US Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime. For the last three years Jackson has been shooting Tres Mujeres (“Three Women”), a documentary about a group of displaced women living in the slums of Bogotá, Colombia. It is currently in post-production.
Jackson studied filmmaking at MIT with Richard Leacock and has directed and/or edited dozens of films for PBS including: Voices and Visions: Emily Dickinson, Jackson Pollock: Portrait, Through Madness (1993 NYC Emmy winner), The Creative Spirit, Storytellers, The Van Cliburn Piano Competition; Bill Moyers' Journal, the prize-winning series The Mind, and segments for Sesame Street and Live from Lincoln Center.
Tom Shales of the Washington Post has praised her documentaries as “superb” and “outstanding,” John O’Connor commented in the New York Times that “producer/director Lisa F. Jackson is remarkably adept in getting her subjects to speak frankly and thoughtfully,” and the Christian Science Monitor noted that she takes on difficult subjects “with intelligence and courage.”
Jackson’s other awards include an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special (’99); a New York City Emmy (’93); three CINE Golden Eagles; Best Documentary Awards from the Rome Independent Film Festival and International Black DocuFest; Audience Choice Awards from the London HRWFF, One World Slovakia, Vancouver, Breckenridge and Cinequest film festivals; a Gracie Award from AWRT; four Houston International Film Festival Gold Awards; a Silver Chris Award from the Columbus International Film Festival; a Planned Parenthood “Maggie” Award for Outstanding Documentary; two Gold Clarion Awards from Women in Communications; the 2009 iWitness Award from Jewish World Watch and a Movies That Matter Award from Amnesty International. She has screened her work and lectured at the Columbia University School of Journalism, Brandeis, Purdue, NYU, Yale, Notre Dame and Harvard University and was a visiting professor of documentary film at the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan.
JENNIFER OLLMAN is a freelance producer and Northwestern University graduate who lives and works in New York City. Her projects include How's Your News?, an alternative news show hosted by people with developmental disabilities that aired as a half hour documentary on Trio and as a 6 episode series on MTV. She has previously worked with Lisa F. Jackson on The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, which won a Special Jury prize at Sundance in 2008 and also premiered on HBO that same year. Jennifer is honored to have joined Lisa again to tell the stories of the Sex Crimes Unit and grateful to have witnessed the positively heroic efforts made every day to ensure justice for all victims of sexual assault.
CHRISTINA KAUFMAN is a video editor working in New York City. She received a BA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She edited Crossing Arizona, a Sundance nominee, and was assistant editor on Follow My Voice: with the Music of Hedwig, which premiered at Tribeca Film Fest. She is also an extremely versatile freelance editor, cutting film in multiple genres and styles ranging from human rights documentaries, commercial advertising, and sports broadcasting. Most important to her is working on a project covering pertinent social issues.
JOHN HAZARD is a cinematographer with an extensive resume centered in documentary films with scientific and anthropological themes. Having a special passion for cinema verite, he finds the challenge of filming scenes in real time, using both eyes to anticipate what will happen next, while shaping the moment with camera movement that offers flexibility during editing is what makes shooting documentaries so exciting.
For Nova, he shot the story of the supernova discovered by astronomers in Chile, and an episode on the ancient Inca for a series on lost civilizations. For Discovery, he photographed stories on volcanoes in Colombia, human sacrifice in ancient Peru, desert life among the Tuareg in Niger, migrating sand dunes in Mauritania, the 5,000 year old man in Balzano, Italy, and life in the Navy on the USS Ronald Reagan as it navigates through the Straits of Magellan.
For National Geographic, he’s traveled to Egypt on six different projects, working as cinematographer when archeologists took King Tut out of his tomb and when the body of Egypt’s only female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, was discovered. He’s traveled to the base of Manhattan bedrock for a massive water tunnel project featuring the workers known as sandhogs, and to the heights above New York with Phillippe Petit, the daredevil who walked a high wire between the World Trade Towers. He shot Secrets of Florence, exploring the physical and artistic wonders that fluoresced at the height of the Renaissance.
For the New York Times, he shot pieces on Mayan pyramids in Belize, beached whales in the Bahamas, and the receding glaciers of Kilimanjaro. For PBS, he worked on definitive biographies about Richard Nixon, the Kennedys, and George Wallace. He shot major portions of I’ll Make Me a World, a history of African-American artists in the twentieth century, and Rock and Roll. He has been a regular on History Detectives, currently shooting its ninth season.
John has worked with Barbara Kopple on her recent projects for HBO and ESPN. For HBO, he shot the documentary that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, airing March 15th. He worked with Lisa F. Jackson on Sex Crimes Unit, and her earlier project for Hallmark Channel called Heroes, involving true stories of real people who found themselves suddenly in the position to save another’s life.
Once upon a time, John was producer/cinematographer on three music videos featuring The Clash, the seminal punk band that was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
GUY MOSSMAN began making documentaries in 2000 in the verdant jungles of Paraguay. There he produced and directed short documentaries for the United Nations Development Program and the Peace Corps. Since Guy's return to the US in 2003, he was Park Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism, founded 10th Muse Films, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to producing documentaries, and lived in New York City where he produced and shot non-fiction for a who’s-who of award-winning directors.
Guy has shot in India, Nepal, Paraguay, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil; his work has appeared on IFC, HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel, TLC, MTV, and Versus Network. Now based in Los Angeles, Guy continues to DP internationally for feature documentary, television, and commercial productions.
Most recently, he was co-DP on the feature-length documentary Buck, winner of the Audience Award for U.S. Documentaries at Sundance in 2011. His recent work also includes Morgan Spurlock's forthcoming documentary Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope and Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's release, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work that was nominated for the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Guy is currently shooting the feature documentary Mariachi High directed by Ilana Trachtman and Kim Connell.
When Guy is not shooting feature documentaries, he runs Vox Pop Films, a production company he founded with his wife, Lisa Hepner, in 2007. VPF produces TV commercials and web-content for creative agencies and clients nationwide. In 2009, VPF was awarded four Telly Awards for its work with USC.
M.G. ESPAR is a Brooklyn, New York-based composer and music producer, holding an M.A. in Music Composition from New York University and a B.A. in Film Studies from Yale University. His notable projects include feature-length documentaries Mamachas del Ring and Mystery of the Polka King, indie feature Altamont Now (Winner, Best Narrative, Arizona Underground Film Festival), original songs for Aquarium (Honorable Mention, Sundance Film Festival) and hit MTV reality series My Life As Liz. He’s composed commercial music for high-profile clients including Heineken, Levis, Fruit of the Loom and Ford Models.
JOEY FORSYTE commands a unique set of skills as a Producer, Director and Director of Photography. Through her company, Velocity Filmworks, Joey has worked for clients such as the Museum of Modern Art, BMW and DesignworksUSA. She worked on MoMA’s blockbuster 2008 exhibit, Home Delivery: a year long project that resulted in 80 short films screened on 7 projectors and 19 monitors plus an online timelapse project sponsored by Panasonic. For BMW, she created 2 large scale video installations as part of a permanent installation at Munich’s new modern art museum, the Pinakothek der Moderne. The project won the 2003 IDEA Award and was described as “..an outstanding solution to the project brief….simple, dramatic and…superbly imaginative…”
Joey has also filmed a series of cars for BMW and Bridgestone tires – the automobile being a secret passion. She has also produced for over 20 years beginning with a music video directed by Jeremy Irons and several award-winning short features. She was invited to produce commercials for documentary filmmaker Henry Corra, working on and off with Corra Films for 10 years. In her role as producer and executive producer, she supervised dozens of commercials, with responsibilities for millions of dollars’ worth of production across the US. She has worked on over 50 features and television films starting out as an electrician and gaffer for Robert Altman and the Coen brothers.
Forsyte has shot numerous feature films including Naked in New York, produced by Martin Scorcese. In 2009, she helmed Freeloaders a comedy produced by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and directed by Dan Rosen. She also completed a doc pilot for Showtime. In 2008, she worked on the campaign trail, following Hillary Clinton in the primaries. In 2006, she shot for a number of Senate campaigns including the Michael J. Fox stem cell ads and spots for Hillary Clinton.
Recent doc projects include AD REINHART, part of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and the Emmy-nominated Meeting With a Killer, directed by Lisa F. Jackson, for Court TV. Her work has been profiled in Premiere, the Hollywood Reporter, and American Cinematographer Magazine, etc., aired on the BBC, PBS, Bravo, A&E, The Sundance Channel, HBO and Fox and screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival. Joey was an honoree of LA Women in Film for her work as Director of Photography and is a graduate of New York University’s film program. She has taught cinematography at NYU and lectured at Columbia’s School of Journalism.
"Sex Crimes Unit has drama, suspense, terrific personalities and a great deal of heart."
— John Anderson, Variety