Steve was raised on a Kansas farm but eventually made his way to Los Angeles where he works as a radio producer and filmmaker. Since the mid-90’s, Steve has produced stories, interviews and documentaries for public radio, including the NPR programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also independently produced and reported the public radio documentary One Family and a Kansas Town. It aired on 100 stations nationwide and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
As a filmmaker, Steve assistant directed the documentary film Waiting for Hockney which was an official selection of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2008 Toronto Hot Docs Festival and made its broadcast premiere on the Sundance Channel. Steve’s current film Open Secret premiered in May 2011 at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto.
Charlotte is a writer and producer in Los Angeles. Current projects include an adaptation of Neal Shusterman’s bestselling “Unwind” series and the sci-fi thriller “Zone of Silence.” She has written on the arts for the Village Voice, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times, and helps develop new work at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She writes for the Showtime series “Homeland.”
Bret has produced, edited and shot award-winning documentaries for networks including PBS, ABC and MSNBC. His work has screened at MoMA and has been honored by festivals around the world such as the CINE Masters’ Series, the Chris Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. After completing the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Bret co-founded Fallout Pictures in 2003.
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Laura Kissel is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker whose work explores contemporary social, cultural and political landscapes. She was named the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Media Arts Fellow for 2007-2008 and has received numerous fellowships and grants for her work, including a Fulbright Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, funding from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Fledgling Fund. Recently completed short documentaries include tan mian hua and Window Cleaning in Shanghai, which premiered at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011 and were included in The Flaherty’s touring festival City Symphonies in 2011-2012. Cotton Road, a feature length documentary about a global cotton supply chain, is screening at national and international venues in 2014-2015.
Jamie Wolf is a Los Angeles-based writer of political journalism, literary criticism, profiles and essays whose work that have appeared in The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, American Film, New West, California, Los Angeles Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and The LA Weekly. Her photography has been published in DoubleTake and exhibited in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She’s the long-time vice-president of PEN USA, the American center on the West Coast representing the worldwide organization International PEN.
Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered. He joined NPR after co-founding Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA. Before that, he lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students. From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a Senior Producer and Assistant News Director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR’s daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
He’s also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.