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Alysa Nahmias, Director, Producer

Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, Sundance, SXSW, and the Berlinale. Her directorial debut feature, Unfinished Spaces, won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award, numerous film festival prizes, and is in the permanent collection at MoMA. She recently produced the Sundance award-winning documentary Unrest directed by Jennifer Brea, and the fiction feature No Light and No Land Anywhere directed by Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July. Alysa’s producing credits also include Shield and Spear directed by Petter Ringbom and Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq directed by Nancy Buirski with creative advisor Martin Scorsese. Alysa holds degrees from New York University and Princeton University, and she is a 2019 Sundance Momentum Fellow.


Amanda Spain, Producer

Amanda Spain has been producing and directing feature documentaries and television for over 15 years. In 2013, she founded Giving Voice Films. Most recently Amanda produced Bathtubs Over Broadway directed by Dava Whisenant, which premiered and won a Jury Award at Tribeca in 2018. Alongside Sandra Alvarez she is currently directing An All American Affair: The True Story of Maxene Andrews. She previously produced and directed two short documentaries for ESPN's acclaimed 30 FOR 30 series: Wrestling the Curse and Son of South Sudan. She also produced and directed In Their Boots (executive produced by Robert Greenwald), which was nominated for an IDA award.  Amanda’s forthcoming credits as producer include a documentary for Blumhouse TV about the youth led movement to end gun violence, and Jesse Krimes directed By Alysa Nahmias. Amanda's work has appeared on A&E, PBS, MTV, HLN and The Sundance Channel and her films have premiered at festivals around the world. She was a 2016-2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow.


Benjamin MurrayProducer, Cinematographer

Benjamin Murray's feature directing debut, Unfinished Spaces, co-directed with Alysa Nahmias, won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award and screened in festivals and competitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival. Murray started his post-production company, The Room, in 2010 and served as Vice President of Creative Services at Technicolor-Postworks in New York. His regular clients include major networks and numerous independent production companies. Murray’s recent projects include: the Sundance Audience Award-winning film Crown Heights, directed by Matt Ruskin; Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan; Her, directed by Spike Jonze; The Giver, directed by Phillip Noyce; No Direction Home, directed by Martin Scorsese; Capitalism: A Love Story, directed by Michael Moore; The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, directed by Thom Zimny; Client 9, directed by Alex Gibney; Reagan, directed by Eugene Jarecki; Fog of War, directed by Errol Morris; My Architect, directed by Nathaniel Kahn; Born Into Brothels, directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman; and Once In a Lifetime, directed by Paul Crowder. Murray holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Jenifer Westphal, Executive Producer

As President and Executive Producer of Wavelength Productions, Jenifer has produced documentary and narrative films including:  Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, in association with Altimeter films; Won't You Be My Neighbor?, in association with Tremolo Productions; A Rising Tide;  Night Comes On; the international award winning documentary Sembene!; Inventing Tomorrow and Project Unschooled. In addition to her work in film, Jenifer currently serves on the board of Trustees for Clarke University, her alma mater in Dubuque, Iowa, and is an advisory board member for the Good Work Foundation (an organization with the mission to lead a digitally-[em]powered education model for rural Africa and the world).


Kristen Nutile, Editor

Kristen Nutile is a documentary editor and filmmaker based in New York City. She recently edited the Academy Award-nominated Netflix Original documentary Heroin(e). Her editing credits also include Unfinished Spaces, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is screening as part of the prestigious Sundance Film Forward 2012 and won an Independent Spirit Award, as well as Starboard Light, Invitation to Dance, Every Day is a Holiday (an ITVS Lincs Production), From Prison to Home, and Speak Out. She holds co-editing credits on Writ Writer for PBS and The House of Suh. In addition, she was a contributing editor on Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle. She has also edited for Maysles Films Inc. and Human Rights Watch, and her work has appeared on Showtime, Ovation, and PBS. Kristen has directed nine documentaries, which have shown all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and she is the recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. She holds Master's degrees in both Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and Biology from San Francisco State University.


Benedict Kasulis, Editor

Benedict Kasulis a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and has been editing in New York and Los Angeles for 16 years. His documentary feature credits include Just Like Us14 Minutes from Earth, and Tradition is a Temple. His documentary series work includes QB1Murder Mountain and Warriors of Liberty City. He won five New York Emmys for his work on subway musicians and teen poetry slams. Benedict measures the importance of a project by whether or not it is something he would be excited to show his three-year-old daughter when she is old enough. He strives to make work good enough to overcome her initial eye-rolling reluctance. 


Molly Schwartz, Graphics & Animation

Molly Schwartz art directs, designs, animates, composites, codes, and creates special effects. Molly was the lead designer and animator for the documentary film Watchers of the Sky (directed by Edet Belzberg), which won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation in January 2014.  Recent film projects include CANCER: Emperor of All Maladies (Barak Goodman and Ken Burns), CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (Robin Hauser Reynolds),  Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson), A Good Job: Stories from the FDNY (Liz Garbus), Back on Board (Cheryl Furjanis) and The Abominable Crime (Micah Fink). Schwartz is an adjunct professor teaching at NYU's ITP. Her art exhibitions include:  Paley Center New York, IAC Building Big Screens, United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, Brooklyn Arts Council, Chelsea Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Public Library.


Amanda Jones, Composer

Amanda Jones is a Los Angeles based film composer whose music production credits include: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dear White People (TV Series), Kingsman: The Secret Service, Oprah’s scripted drama Greenleaf, the original score for Kofi Siriboe's directorial debut Jump, James Bland's series Giants season 2 produced by Issa Rae, Eli Roth's mini-series on Crypt TV and the award winning film Across the Tracks. Amanda received her BA in music from Vassar College studying music production and classical guitar under Terry Champlin. She received certificates in film scoring and orchestration from the Berklee College of Music and has worked in several studios alongside composers: Michael A. Levine, Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman and John Powell. Amanda also performs as the singer and guitarist of the Los Angeles based indie rock band, The Anti-Job. Her music has received airplay on a variety of radio stations including, BBC Radio 6 and Los Angeles NPR station, KCRW 89.9FM.


Marie Hinson, Cinematographer

Marie is an artist and cinematographer currently based in Philadelphia. She is the director of photography and an associate producer on Catherine Pancake’s forthcoming documentary Queer Genius featuring visionary queer artists Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Black Quantum Futurism and Jibz Cameron. Her directorial debut documentary, Ask Me How I Feel, is in post-production. The film is a nuanced, participatory portrait of Frank Bey, a Georgia-born soul singer who at 72-years-old recorded his dream album with legendary producer Tom Hambridge in Nashville. Marie has been a director of photography on a range of TV, commercial, and corporate work for clients including PBS, Comcast, Verizon, Facebook, LogoTV, Bustle, Human Rights Watch, and Urban Outfitters. She recently shot the narrative short, After the Date, written and directed by Iris Devins which premiered at Frameline41. She is an active member of Vox Populi, one of the longest running collective art organizations in the country.


An Ajna Films Production

WITH SUPPORT FROM:
Sundance Institute Momentum Fellowship
Wavelength Productions
Patty Quillin, Executive Producer
Hallee Adelman and Ivy Herman, Co-Executive Producers
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Co-Executive Producers
The New York State Council on the Arts