Marianna Yarovskaya’s Undesirables won a Student Academy Award in 2001. Since then, she has worked for dozens of programs for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel, Greenpeace, Animal Planet as producer and senior editor. She also worked on two Academy Award-winning features and one Academy nominated film as a researcher, and directed an award winning film, Holy Warriors. Producers Guild of America (PGA) member.
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution/Stanford. Author of Women of the Gulag (Hoover), Terror by Quota (Yale), and editor of the 8 volume History of Stalin’s Gulag (Rosspen).
Mitchell Block is president of Direct Cinema Limited in Santa Monica, CA. Block produced the 2011 Academy Award and multiple Emmy nominated documentary film Poster Girl. He was a consultant on short and feature nonfiction projects for HBO/Cinemax from 1998-2005. He’s been teaching independent film producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts since 1979. He was an executive-producer on HBO's 2001 Academy Award-winning film Big Mama. No Lies, produced and directed by Block, was selected in 2008 for the National Register of Historical Films, films selected from 1973 include: American Graffitti, Badlands, Mean Streets and The Sting. It won an Emmy in 1975. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, founding member of BAFTA-LA, and a life member of the UFVA & IDA.
Mark Harris is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and fiction writer. His two Oscar-winning feature documentaries explore the Holocaust. The Long Way Home documents what happened to the survivors of the concentration camps in the period immediately following their liberation. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport chronicles Britain’s rescue mission of 10,000 children in the nine months prior to World War II. In recent years Harris has focused on producing. He produced the award-winning Darfur Now and executive produced two other high profile documentary features, Spirit of the Marathon and Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Since 1983 he has taught filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where he is a Distinguished Professor. From 1990- 1996 he was the Chair of Film and TV Production. Harris was Yarovskaya’s advisor at USC, she worked on his film Kindertransport, and he consulted on her Student Academy Award-winning film, Undesirables.
Leonard Feinstein has been editing documentary films and TV for over three decades. Among his credits are the award-winning feature docs Darfur Now, Bitter Seeds, and Mona Lisa Missing. He has cut numerous films for director Robert Kenner, and edited director Jon Dunham’s acclaimed marathon documentaries, Spirit of the Marathon II and Boston: An American Running Story. For television, his work includes the landmark PBS series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as programs for NOVA, National Geographic, American Experience and Craft in America. Robert Irwin: The Beauty of Questions, a film he directed and edited, took the Grand Prize at the 1998 International Biennale of Films on Art in Paris. Feinstein has been nominated for a Prime Time Emmy, and won an American Cinema Editors Award in 2009 for his work on the TV series Greensburg.
Mark Adler is an Emmy-winning composer with over 80 film scores to his credit, including the Oscar-nominated documentary FOOD, INC. A regular at the Sundance Film Festival, he scored the Audience Award-winning film PICTURE BRIDE (with Youki Kudoh and Toshiro Mifune). His other film scores include FOCUS (based on Arthur Miller’s novel and starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern), BOTTLE SHOCK (with Alan Rickman and Chris Pine), HBO’s THE RAT PACK (with Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna.) He has also toured as a keyboardist with former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, a high point being an appearance at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Mark is currently writing a theater piece with music.
Frank Gaeta is known for his work on Hell or High Water (2016), Captain Fantastic (2016) and 20th Century Women (2016).