About the filmmakers

Roger Ross Williams

director/producer

about Roger Ross Williams

The first film that Roger Ross Williams directed and produced was Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject; he is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams next directed the feature documentary God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to enormous critical acclaim and went on to screen at over 60 film festivals worldwide, winning more than a dozen awards before being shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award®.

 

Prior to moving into independent filmmaking, Williams was an acclaimed television journalist and producer for over 15 years for outlets including: TV Nation, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, PBS, Comedy Central and Sundance Channel.

 

Life, Animated is his second feature documentary, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Blackface, his short film on the tradition of Black Pete in the Netherlands for CNN Films, premiered in November 2015 to enormous controversy and sparked a national debate on racism and the legacy of slavery. Williams presently has several projects in development including Traveling While Black, an interactive project that will feature a Virtual Reality component designed by renowned VR artist Oscar Raby; and a feature documentary about the prison industrial complex for The Why? Foundation, which will be broadcast in over 50 countries, reaching an audience of over 500 million around the world.

 

Williams serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute. He frequently mentors filmmakers from the developing world and under-represented communities on how to channel personal adversity into their art. Williams splits his time between upstate New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

 

Julie Goldman

producer

Julie Goldman

Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films.

 

Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She is executive producer of 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award. Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, both to be theatrically released this spring. She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which was released in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda.

 

She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio.

 

Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better The World,What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry.

 

 

David Teague

editor

David Teague

David Teague is a documentary film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning films. His work has played Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW, Silverdocs/AFI Docs, Tribeca, LA Film Fest, Full Frame, Camden, and True/False, amongst many others. Recent films include the Emmy-nominated and Sundance-winning E-TEAM, an in-the-trenches portrait of war crimes investigators, and the Oscar-nominated Cutie and the Boxer, a Sundance winner named by the New York Times as one of the top five docs of the year.

 

Other documentaries include the Oscar-winning Freeheld (2007); Oscar-nominated films Mondays at Racine and Sun Come Up; the Full Frame winner Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light), the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series “Constitution USA”, and the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special “Growing Hope Against Hunger”.

 

David has served as an editing mentor with the IFP Documentary Labs and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. He has taught editing at DCTV, Union Docs, the Manhattan Edit Workshop, the New School, Brooklyn College and Long Island University, and he is the author of three best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express.
In 2009, David directed and edited his own award-winning documentary Intifada NYC about a controversial Arabic language public school. His documentary directing work also includes Our House, co-directed with Greg King, which premiered at Hot Docs 2010. In the mid-2000s, David shot and edited many music videos with Flip Productions for artists such as David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, and Dolly Parton. He also produced, shot, and edited numerous official videos for Broadway productions including The Producers, Sweeney Todd, and Chicago. David has worked extensively with Super-8 film and directed the Super-8 feature film Love Suicides (2007). For ten years, David ran Flicker NYC, a Super-8 film festival that held over twenty-five events and screened hundreds of new films.

 

 

Tom Bergmann

cinematographer

Tom Bergmann

German-born Tom Bergmann is a Director of Photography for documentaries. His recent work includes: Life Animated, and The Punch by German director André Hoermann.

 

Ongoing projects include the feature length documentary Promised Land directed by Eugene Jarecki as well as Abacus: Too Small to Fail directed by Steve James. He also shot two films for the upcoming The New Yorker Presents documentary series for Amazon – one directed by Roger Ross Williams and one by Eugene Jarecki. Tom studied cinematography at the University for Film and Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany before he spent a postgraduate year in New York City to study Art History at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

 

Tom has worked as a freelance Director of Photography since 2004. One of his foremost principles in his visual approach is a focused attention to the protagonists of each film. A deep trust between protagonist and observer will allow for strong filmic moments that are presenting deeper insights in people and situations. Away from the loud and the blatant Tom aims to the little signs of transformation that will only come to awareness by a sustained study of characters over a substantial period of time.

 

Besides his work as a Cinematographer, Tom exhibits his documentarian still photography in various exhibitions. In recent years Tom worked on documentaries in India, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Russia, Mexico and Cuba.

 

 

Dylan Stark

composer

Dylan Stark

Dylan Stark is a 25 year old musician from Portland, OR. Using snippets culled from his huge library of found sounds and samples he builds intricately layered, cinematic music. In 2015 his debut LP “Heartland” was released on Civil Music and received critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, Exclaim! and The Fader.

 

 

T. Griffin

composer

 

T. Griffin is a songwriter, composer and producer working in Brooklyn, New York. Alone and with his band The Quavers he has released four critically acclaimed CDs of songs in a homespun electronic style that’s been described as ‘porch techno’.

 

He has scored films for Tristan Patterson (SXSW Grand Jury winner DragonSlayer, 2011), Liza Johnson (Cannes™ only American Director™ Fortnight entry, Return, 2011), Marshall Lewy (California Solo, 2012), Tze Chun (Children of Invention, 2009), Landon Van Soest (Good Fortune, 2009), Michael Almereyda (New Orleans, Mon Amour, 2008), Cynthia Lester (Slamdance Jury Prize Winner My Mother’s Garden 2008) Kim Reed (Telluride sensation Prodigal Sons, 2008), Esther B. Robinson (Berlin Teddy Award Winner, A Walk Into The Sea, 2007) as well as shorts for Peter Sillen and Jem Cohen and others. He wrote original songs and a full score for avant-garde theater director Anne Bogart’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has created and performed live soundtrack shows for Jem Cohen, Brent Green, and international tours with Sam Green and the late Danny Williams’ Warhol Factory films.

 

As a producer and player he has worked with musical luminaries including Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, Mary Margaret O’Hara and members of godspeed you! black emperor, Fugazi and The Ex. Griffin was a 2008 fellow at the Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab. He has twice been nominated for Cinema Eye Honors for original score, once for Utopia in Four Movements, and once for Dragonslayer.

 

 

Molly Thompson

executive producer

 

Molly Thompson is Senior Vice President, Feature Films at A+E Studios.  She is the founder and head of A&E IndieFilms, the feature documentary production arm of A+E Networks.  Since its inception in 2005, A&E IndieFilms has gained an unprecedented track record, garnering three Academy Award® nominations for Cartel Land, Murderball and Jesus Camp, and Sundance wins in several categories for Life, Animated, Cartel Land, American Teen and The September Issue, along with hundreds of other awards and nominations.

 

Thompson also serves as executive producer on films produced under the HISTORY Films banner, including Cave of Forgotten Dreams, No Place on Earth and The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld.  Recent HISTORY Films productions include 2015’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon and the Johnny Knoxville-produced Being Evel, both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She has also executive produced two narrative features for Lifetime Films — 2015’s Lila & Eve, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, and the upcoming Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

 

 

Christopher Clements

co-producer

 

Christopher Clements is a partner at Motto Pictures. Christopher is executive producer of Weiner and co-producer of Life, Animated, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and will be released by The Orchard. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime. He was the creative consultant for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival hit Best of Enemies, which was released by Magnolia Pictures and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award, and co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s documentary Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and will soon be released by First Run Features. Christopher is co-executive producer of The Yes Men Are Revolting directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by The Orchard in 2015, and Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show, which debuted at Hot Docs. He executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher is currently co-producing The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann as well as executive producing the CNN Films feature Enlighten Us, directed by Jenny Carchman and Fellove, a documentary directed by Matt Dillon. Christopher’s camera work was featured in Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience award. He was production/ editorial consultant for Gideon’s Army, directed by Dawn Porter, which won the US Documentary Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and 1971, directed by Johanna Hamilton, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and screened on PBS Independent Lens.

 

Christopher is a writer/director of award-winning animated short subject, documentary and narrative films and in 2015 he published The Push and Pull of Things, an e-book that integrates audio video material into a novel.

 

 

Carolyn Hepburn

co-producer

 

Carolyn Hepburn is executive producer of Weiner and co-producer of Life, Animated, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and will be released by The Orchard. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime. Carolyn produced 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, directed by Marc Silver, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize for Social Impact, was released by Participant Media, acquired by HBO for US broadcast and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award®. In 2015, she co-produced Indian Point, directed by Ivy Meeropol which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s short film The 100 Years Show. Carolyn executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. In 2013, Carolyn was the line producer for two films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: God Loves Uganda, shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, and Gideon’s Army, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Editing Award. Carolyn is currently co-producing The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann as well as line producing Matt Dillon’s Fellove.

 

Carolyn joined Motto Pictures in 2010 where she works as a producer and production executive. Prior to joining the Motto team, she produced a wide range of documentary projects for WNET, the United Nations and National Public Radio as well as innovative experiential media for Spark Productions.