FILM Team

JENNIFER BREA
Director

Jennifer Brea is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has an AB from Princeton University and was a PhD student at Harvard until a sudden illness left her bedridden. In the aftermath, she rediscovered her first love, film. She is a Sundance Fellow and has been supported by the Sundance Edit & Story Lab, Sundance Catalyst Forum, IFP's Filmmaker Lab, and the Fledgling Lab. 

Unrest, her film debut, was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Paley Center for Media's DocPitch competition and is supported by the Harnisch Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, BRITDOC's Good Pitch, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Fledgling Fund and the Sundance Institute.

jenbrea.com
@jenbrea

 

DEBORAH HOFFMANN
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 MilkEthnic 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.

 

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LINDSEY DRYDEN
Producer

Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning creative producer and director, and founder of Little By Little Films. She began her career in British TV documentaries in 2004 (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel) before Associate Producing hundreds of short films at Current TV, and then moving into independent films for cinema. Her acclaimed work as a director includes Lost and Sound and Close Your Eyes And Look At Me, and as a producer Unrest and Little Ones. She has made films with and for BBC, Channel 4, Wellcome Trust, Tate, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Hyundai, and her work has premiered at SXSW, True/False, Sundance, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:Dox, DocsDF and Art Of The Real. Most recently, Unrest won a Special Jury Award at Sundance 2017, and Lindsey has previously been nominated Best Female-Directed Film at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Best New UK Filmmaker at Open City Docs, and Best Producer at Underwire. As an impact producer, and a passionate advocate for creative bespoke distribution, she has worked on films including The Man Whose Mind Exploded and Angels & Ghosts, and delivered semi-theatrical campaigns with Picturehouse Cinemas, charities and universities across the UK. A proud member of Queer Producers Collective, Lindsey is a frequent speaker and mentor at film festivals, a Film Lecturer, a recent Filmmaker-In-Residence at Jacob Burns Film Center, a resident at Somerset House Studios and a Fellow of IFP, HotDocs Forum and Guiding Lights. She is currently making art films for Tate (the latest of which appears in the Queer British Art exhibition at Tate Britain), and directing a new hybrid fiction/doc mystery film about an incredible gender outlaw jazz musician.

@Lindsey_Dryden

 

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PATRICIA GILLESPIE
Producer

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.

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ALYSA NAHMIAS
PRODUCER

Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning producer of documentary and narrative films. Her debut feature documentary about Cuba’s revolutionary architecture, Unfinished Spaces (2011), was broadcast on PBS, HBO Latin America, and Al-Jazeera “Witness,” won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award, numerous film festival prizes, and was selected for Sundance Film Forward. She recently produced the fiction feature No Light and No Land Anywhere by director Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 L.A. Film Festival. Her documentary producing credits include the Kino Lorber and PBS American Masters release Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq directed by Nancy Buirski with creative advisor Martin Scorsese (New York Film Festival, Berlinale, 2013); Shield and Spear by director Petter Ringbom (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2014); Academy Award-nominated director Jennifer Redfearn's ITVS/PBS feature Tocando La Luz (Full Frame Jury Prize, 2015); and the Sundance-supported Unrest by director Jennifer Brea (currently in post-production). Nahmias was a 2013 Film Independent Fellow. Her work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale and MoMA.

@alysanahmias

Anne Troldtoft Hjorth
Co-Producer

Anne Troldtoft Hjorth began working in film production after receiving a grant from the Danida Grant Committee, founded by the Danish Foreign Ministry. She has been involved in Unrest as co-producer since February 2014, focusing on the film's production in Denmark, but also working on production in the UK and US. 

Anne holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and has several years of experience in TV, radio production, and broadcasting, with primary experience from The Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She also has a Master's Degree in Middle East Studies, and has lived and worked in the Middle East for several years. As sub-editor at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), she was based in Amman, Jordan, and most recently she was based in Ramallah, West Bank, while working for a Danish NGO. Documentary production continues to bring her back to the region.

Sam Heesen
Cinematographer

Sam Heesen was born in Sydney Australia, October 6th, 1988. When he was ten days old he moved to Bangladesh, where he lived for four years. From there he moved to Costa Rica, Indonesia, and India. At the age of 14 he moved to California and began working on films and thinking about light. He now works as a cinematographer in Los Angeles.

Christian Laursen
Cinematographer

KIM ROBERTS
EDITOR/Writer

Kim Roberts, A.C.E. is an Emmy-winning editor of feature documentaries. Her recent work includes The Hunting GroundAmerican Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee BoggsWaiting for 'Superman' (Paramount)Food, Inc. (nominated for a 2010 Oscar®), Autism the Musical (HBO) and Inequality for All (Radius). Kim won an Emmy for Autism the Musical, her third nomination. She was nominated for an Eddie award for Food, Inc. and Waiting for ‘Superman’ from the American Cinema Editors

Her other films include: Oscar® nominees and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners Daughter from Danang and Long Night’s Journey Into DayLast Call at the Oasis (Participant); Two Days in October (Peabody and Emmy winner ’06); Made in L.A. (Emmy winner ’09); The Fall of Fujimori (Sundance ’05); Lost Boys of Sudan (Independent Spirit Award ’04); Daddy & Papa (Sundance), and A Hard Straight (Grand Prize, SXSW). Kim received her Masters Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University, where she won a Student Academy Award.

EMILIANO BATTISTA
EDITOR

Emiliano Battista is a London-based film editor of award winning feature documentaries, dramas and television programs. His films include 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (Special Jury Prize Sundance 2015, HBO); How is your Fish Today? with Chinese novelist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo (Sundance 2007); The Intimacy of StrangersThe Solitary Life of Cranes, Black Out, and Night, Peace with Eva Weber; Elvis Pelvis (Berlin Film Festival); Dolce Vita Africana, a portrait of Malian photographer Malik Sidibe; The Runner by Saeed Taji Farouky; and The Auction House, a tale of two brothers about the oldest auction house in India. Emiliano has also worked on multi-screen art installations shown in major exhibitions and museums worldwide: All That is Solid Melts into Air and No Permanent Address with Mark Boulos.

bear mccreary
composer

Bear McCreary studied composition and recording arts at USC, where he was the last protégé of film music legend Elmer Bernstein. McCreary landed his first scoring job out of college with Battlestar Galactica, which earned him a spot on Io9.com’s “Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time.” He currently scores AMC’s The Walking Dead and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., among others. McCreary won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme for Da Vinci’s Demons, and also received Emmy nominations for his work on Blacks Sails, Outlander, and Human Target. Some of McCreary’s film credits include Focus Features’ The Forest, Lakeshore Entertainment’s The Boy, and a recent collaboration with producer J.J. Abrams on 10 Cloverfield Lane. With numerous projects in the works, McCreary has validated Bernstein’s instincts, proving himself as one of the most versatile and in-demand composers in the industry.

James LeBrecht
Sound Designer & Mixer

 

 

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James LeBrecht is a well-known film and theater sound designer and mixer, author, producer, and disability rights activist. He is the founder of Berkeley Sound Artists (BSA), an audio post-production house. BSA was the sound house for The Blood of Yingzhou District, the 2006 Academy Award® recipient for short documentary. Other credits include The Force, Unrest, The Waiting Room, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Daughter From Danang, We Were Here, Bang: the Bert Berns Story, and Audrie & Daisy.

Jim’s work as an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities began in high school as a member of Disabled in Action, a pioneering disability rights group. He helped found the Disabled Students Union at UC San Diego in the mid-1970s. Currently, LeBrecht is a board member at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, a leading organization working for the rights of the disabled through education, legislation, and litigation.

@JimLeBrecht

Emma D. Miller
Associate Producer

Emma D. Miller is a producer and programmer. She was previously the programming manager at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC, where she oversaw all submissions to the festival and managed the film selection process. She has screened for several international film festivals and consulted on festival strategy, distribution, and outreach for documentary films, including serving as an associate producer on Knife Skills, a short documentary directed by Oscar winner Tom Lennon, currently in post-production.

Emma has worked with Netflix, National Public Radio, PBS's POV, and WNYC's Studio 360, and she has contributed to NPR.org, Documentary Magazine, North Carolina Public Radio, and other outlets as a writer and radio producer. Emma holds a certificate from the Center for Documentary Studies and B.A. from Duke University, where she was a Robertson Scholar.

@EmmaDMiller

Executive Producers

Ruth Ann Harnisch
Lisa Gunn
Donna Fairman Wilson
Ian Darling
Dan Cogan
Regina K. Scully
Lynda Weinman

Co-producers

Leslie Berriman & Nion McEvoy                
Michael J. Thies                
Reid Hoffmann & Michelle Yee                
Mara Sandler

co-executive producers

Mitch and Debbie Menaged
Mona Eliassen
Jenny Raskin

Associate producers

Yvonne Huff Lee & Jason Delane Lee

Alex Usborne & Justin Edgar for 104 films

Alison Brewer                

Blake Ashman
Els Bakker
Joanna Kerns                
Li Lu                
Mona Eliassen