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Filmmaker Ilana Trachtman was just named to the Forward 50, the Forward newspaper's list of 50 most influential American Jews for her work on Praying with Lior. Her first independent film, Praying with Lior was a Critic's Pick of the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Magazine.

Ilana has also produced and directed award-winning programs in English and Spanish for PBS, SUNDANCE, SHOWTIME, LIFETIME, HBO FAMILY, ABC-TV, A&E, DISCOVERY, and SESAME WORKSHOP. She was recently Supervising Producer on the Sundance series Big Ideas for a Small Planet, about environmental innovators. Other favorite projects include directing Texas Ranch House for PBS, a reality/documentary series set in 1867; the Lifetime documentary special Our Heroes, Ourselves, profiling grassroots women heroes in America; Biography: Sylvia Plath; and the HBO Family series My Favorite Book in which 5 year olds explain their own versions of favorite children's books. Ilana's work has been awarded Emmy's, a CINE Golden Eagle, Tellies, and Media That Matters Awards.

Zelda Greenstein is an acclaimed documentary editor. Her work has been screened at almost every Jewish film festival in the world. Zelda's editing credits include: Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance after the Holocaust (Winner of the 2004 Jewish Image Award for Documentary; Best Documentary, 2004 North America Interfaith Film Festival; Opening film for the New York Jewish Film Festival, and to be broadcast on POV in 2005), Divan (international theatrical release), 90 Miles (2001 International Human Rights Watch Film Festival). Other celebrated work includes Women of the Wall; Enemy of the People; and An American Love Story. Her early work included assistant editing on the landmark film Partisans of Vilna.
Slawomir Grunberg is an Emmy Award Winning and Oscar Nominated documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin, Poland. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. He emigrated to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 50 television documentaries.

Slawomir has received international awards and recognition for his commitment to documentary filmmaking, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Soros Justice Media Fellowship.
Recent films he directed and/or shot include School Prayer: A Community at War (PBS), Fenceline: A Company Town Divided (PBS), The Legacy of Jedabne, Portraits of Emotion, Legacy (Oscar nomination for best documentary), Sister Rose's Passion (nominated for an Oscar for best documentary short), Borderline: People vs. Eunice Baker; Chelyabinsk: The Most Contaminated Place on the Planet. He has garnered awards at films festivals all over the world. Slawomir has also been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS series Frontline, AIDS Quarterly, American Masters, NOVA, Health Quarterly, Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hendrick Smith, and People's Century, as well as for Lifetime and HBO.
Ari Haberberg has been a documentary cinematographer for fifteen years. He has won several Emmy awards for his work on PBS and episodes of the children's show Reading Rainbow as well as several industry and film festival awards for his commercial and independent film work. His work has taken him to the Amazon rain forest, the tundra of Arctic Canada, the highest, and the lowest points on earth and he has, to date, interviewed nearly two thousand wide ranging subjects including Paul Newman, Bill Clinton, Ethan Hawke, Brittany Spears, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Miller, and Uta Hagen.
Roberta Morris Purdee began her career working with actress/director Lee Grant, on a stage production of Plaza Suite, filmed by HBO. In the past twenty years they have worked together on than more than a dozen films. Notable projects include Academy Award winning documentary Down and Out In America, Emmy winners, Nobody's Child for which Marlo Thomas won an Emmy, Wanted: The Perfect Guy for Madeline Kahn, and Cindy Eller; A Modern Fairy Tale for Pearl Bailey.

Documentaries for Lifetime Television include Our Heroes, Ourselves with Marlo Thomas; Confronting the Crisis; Childcare in America, hosted by Kyra Sedgwick and Say It, Fight It, Cure It, hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. Through her production company, Karmic Release, Ltd., she produced the critically acclaimed independent film, Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT. For HBO Morris Purdee recently completed Baghdad ER, winner of multiple Emmy's and the DuPont Award, and A Father... A Son... Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, chronicling the personal and professional lives of Kirk and Michael Douglas.
Andy Statman is widely considered a klezmer and bluegrass virtuoso, a genius on both the clarinet and mandolin, a master of Jewish soul, and one of the most influential acoustic musicians of our time. He has recorded over 20 albums, and played numerous sessions with Bela Fleck, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, and Itshak Perlman.
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