Lois Lipman researched, developed and line produced 24 CBS News “60 Minutes” stories that were filmed all over the world while she was based in London for many years. Her films won numerous awards including an Emmy, Peabody and Best Documentary of the Year from American Women in Television and Radio. She did similar work on longer format documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 – UK and PBS internationally, including in Cuba, India, Israel and Gaza.
Later, Lois returned to university on a fellowship and earned her MFA in Visual Media from American University in Washington. Her thesis film, following three boys with autism, won the department’s annual Vision's Award and was broadcast on PBS.
Lois then returned to her home in New Mexico where she committed to making a film that would expose the travesty of justice suffered for decades by the New Mexican Downwinders and help them in their fight for dignity, acknowledgement and compensation .
Doug Blush is an Academy Award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 100 feature and television projects. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
His recent credits as consulting editor and producer include the 2018 Academy Award-winning ICARUS, along with the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM (for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing) and the recent HBO documentary THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE—both from director Morgan Neville. He was Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Kirby Dick’s THE HUNTING GROUND in 2014 and the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning THE INVISIBLE WAR in 2012.
Recent work as consulting or supervising editor include the Sundance documentaries JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, THE MARS GENERATION, CHASING CORAL, ON HER SHOULDERS, DARK MONEY and KING IN THE WILDERNESS.
Jilann is a veteran documentary filmmaker and educator whose award-winning work has been shown around the globe on outlets such as BBC, NBC, PBS, Sundance Channel and Aljazeera.
She produced SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.
She also has completed two award-winning projects for PBS entitled HOMELAND and CIRCLE OF STORIES. Her film STILL DREAMING is currently airing on PBS and she has just completed MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY, which had its world premiere at SXSW.
Joel Marcus edited and produced acclaimed documentary "As I Am: The Life and Times of DJAM" that premiered at Tribeca. Joel also wrote and edited "Bad Reputation: The Life and Music of Joan Jett" that opened at Sundance in 2018.
Joel got his start in Soho London learning his craft under editing greats in the industry. His first foray into film was as a sound editor, working on dramas and documentaries, at BBC2. Distinctly sensitive to pacing, rhythm and tone, Joel soon lent his eye to editing music videos for award winning musicians such as U2, Oasis, Nick Cave and Paul Weller.
Joel’s unique aesthetic has also helped to shape brand identities for big name clients including Nike, Vans, Tommy Hilfiger, Mercedes Benz and many others. Caring passionately about social justice and his ability to use his craft to affect change, Joel has returned to focus on documentary film.
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Michael is a cinematographer, visual artist, educator, and all around storyteller.
He is one of the founders of the Working Classroom Multimedia Program, and a founding member of Media Desk New Mexico. He has collaborated and produced work for The City of Albuquerque, PBS, American Graduate, Upworthy, The Kellogg Foundation, The Academy for the Love of Learning, and many invaluable nonprofits in New Mexico, working toward a more just and equitable society.
Sheila Smith is a renowned documentary and narrative film cinematographer and Steadicam operator based in Washington, DC. Her many credits include Inside Obama’s White House, a BBC co-production and BAFTA-nominated best documentary of 2016; five PBS “Frontline” specials, including Druglord: The Legend of Shorty (2015); Putin, Russia and the West (4 3pisodes, 2011); Hoarding: Buried Alive (2010); Spellbound (Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature 2002); and “The Wire,” the celebrated crime television series set in Baltimore.
Sheila was awarded the WIFV Women of Vision Award in 2009. She filmed the DC segments of DOWNWIND.
Genevieve Russell is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Santa Fe, NM. She is the founder of StoryPortrait Media (www.storyportraitmedia.com) which produces visual storytelling content for visionary leaders, organizations, businesses, and artists working towards the empowerment, justice, and well-being of all.
Luke Carr is a multimedia artist, focusing on the production of music while exploring the boundaries of storytelling through sound.
Carr is the founder and creator of Storming The Beaches With Logos In Hand, a sci-fi new media rock opera, which debuted at Currents International New Media Festival in 2014. Carr has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University and has studied music at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
Christian is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant who collaborates with diverse individuals and organizations to create communications at the leading edge of environmental and social change.
Christian was the communications and audience engagement coordinator for the Emmy Award-winning documentary SPLIT ESTATE, which broke the story about the health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing to a national television audience in October 2009 on the Discovery Channel.
The SPLIT ESTATE engagement campaign educated communities around the globe about the true costs and long-term consequences of socially and environmentally irresponsible drilling, and empowered citizens to take action and work with policymakers to establish critical protections and regulations.
Myrriah Gomez is a professor in the Honors College at University of New Mexico and, among other courses, is teaching a popular course on the culture of the Atomic Bomb. Myrriah earned her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Latina/o Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 and was a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow.
Myrriah’s current book project is entitled Nuclear Nuevo México: Identity, Ethnicity, and Resistance in Atomic Third Spaces. She is a proud Nuevomexicana, who is always in search of ways to better the lives of New Mexicans. Myrriah received the UNM Faculty of Color award for Teaching in 2015.
Clive Edwards is a high profile investigative journalist in the UK and was the former Commissioning Editor of Long Format Current Affairs at the BBC for 4 years. Prior to that Clive was Editor of Panorama, Britain’s leading weekly investigative program and before that, a producer of programs for Panorama with a 22-year career at the BBC.
A graduate in Law from Cambridge University, Clive began his career in journalism writing news and features for major British newspapers.
Cristina Mormorunni is the Founder and Managing Director of the TERRAMAR consulting group.
TERRAMAR provides strategic and program development advice to conservation philanthropies and organizations that work on a suite of critical global conservation issues. TERRAMAR has worked with organizations as diverse as the Hewlett Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, National Wildlife Federation & Shark Crisis Fund. Cristina has recently taken on a new role at the Wildlife Conservation Society as the Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain West Program and Director of U.S. Field Conservation Programs.
Cristina has over twenty years of experience in global conservation and the development of effective campaigns and programs. At its core, Cristina’s work is about supporting, connecting, and deepening the relationships that link culture, environment, and economy—the interstitial tissue that binds us as humans.