Sam Green (Director | Writer | Editor) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Green’s most recent live documentaries include A Thousand Thoughts (with the Kronos Quartet) (2018), The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo) (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, The Weather Underground, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, was included in the Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world. Learn more about Sam: https://samgreen.to/
JD Samson (Composer | Performer) is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD’s career as a visual artist, musician, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of the music, art, activism, and fashion. During that time she has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy award winning artists, written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review, created multi-media artwork, hosted documentary programs, acted, modeled, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes. JD is now an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Learn more about JD: http://www.jdsamson.info/
ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann (Producer) specializes in new work development and touring worldwide. His past work includes projects with Kaneza Schaal, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin, Yael Farber, Anna Deavere Smith, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar, Lisa Peterson, Peter Sellars, Julie Taymor, John Cameron Mitchell and Tony Taccone. Recent premieres include 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s A Thousand Ways, Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes Of One On Another), John Cameron Mitchell’s The Origin Of Love, Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers’ Cartography, Sam Green & Kronos Quartet’s A Thousand Thoughts, Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Man In A Case, and Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not By Bread Alone. Ongoing collaborations include 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Big Dance Theater, Rude Mechs, Adrien M. & Clare B., Noche Flamenca, Toshi Reagon, and Compagnia T.P.O. Upcoming premieres include Scott Shepherd’s This Ignorant Present w/Malthouse, Sam Green’s 32 Sounds, Karen O & Lila Neugebauer’s Forget About You and Nora Chipaumire’s Nehanda. He is a founding member of CIPA (The Creative & Independent Producer Alliance). More information at arktype.org.
Josh Penn (Producer) is a producer with the Department of Motion Pictures. He produced Beasts Of The Southern Wild, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Cannes Caméra d’Or, and was nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture). In addition, Josh was nominated for Outstanding Producer at the 2013 Producer’s Guild Awards. He has produced Monsters And Men (Sundance Special Jury Prize), Philly D.A. (Winner of the 2021 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Nonfiction Series), the live documentary A Thousand Thoughts, Wendy, Users (Sundance 2021 Best Directors Award), and Farewell Amor among others. He was an Executive Producer on Patti Cake$, Western (Sundance Special Jury Prize), The Great Invisible (SXSW Grand Jury Prize), and Bloody Nose Empty Pockets. Josh and the DMP had three films premiere at Sundance 2020, and three more in Sundance 2021. In 2018, Josh became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Outside of his work in film, Josh was previously the Michigan New Media Director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and a Senior Digital Program Manager for the 2012 re-election campaign.
Nels Bangerter (Editor) is the award-winning documentary film editor of Cameraperson, Let the Fire Burn, Dick Johnson is Dead, and The Hottest August. He has been nominated for two News & Documentary Emmys, he is a two-time winner at the Cinema Eye Honors for Best Editing, and he has won four International Documentary Association awards. Nels has also been an advisor at the Sundance Edit Labs, as well as for Firelight Media, SFFILM, BAVC, and Film Independent. He is based in Oakland, California.
Yoni Brook (Cinematographer) is a filmmaker and cinematographer. As a director, his films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, True/False, and IDFA. His credits include the 8-part docuseries Philly D.A. (PBS/Topic, Gotham Award Winner, Best Breakthrough Nonfiction Series), Menashe (Independent Spirit Nominee, A24, dir. Joshua Z Weinstein) and Valley Of Saints (Independent Spirit Nominee, Sundance World Dramatic Audience Award Winner, dir. Musa Syeed). His directorial debut, A Son’s Sacrifice won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, IDA’s Best Documentary Short, and broadcast on PBS Independent Lens.
Mark Mangini (Sound Design) is an Oscar winning (Mad Max Fury Road) and five- time Oscar nominated Sound Designer known for films including Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Star Treks I,IV,&V, The Fifth Element, and Gremlins. He has spent his 45-year career in Hollywood imagining and composing altered sonic realities for motion pictures. He is a frequent lecturer, an outspoken proponent for sound as art and a guitarist/songwriter with compositions in sex, lies and videotape, Star Trek IV, Picard, and others. He is a member of SAG, SMPTE, and ASCAP.