Guest Speakers 2016

 
 

Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films and documentaries, her most recent project is the documentary Miss Sharon Jones! which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, was the opening night film of DOC NYC and tracks the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during the most challenging year of her life.

 Barbara has been awarded the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Irene Diamond Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from DocNYC, the White House Project’s EPIC Award, the International Documentary Association Career Achievement Award, and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. She recently served her tenth year on the board of trustees for the American Film Institute and continues as an advisory board member for the American University Center for Social Media and Independent Feature Project’s Filmmaker Labs. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television’s Honorary Board, and actively participates in organizations that address social issues and support independent filmmaking.


Peter Hutchison

Director/Producer of Requiem for the American Dream, Peter is an NYC-based producer and documentary filmmaker whose experience in film and television production spans well over a decade. His numerous documentaries include What Would Jesus Buy? (Sundance Channel Feature) – on the work of anti-consumer activist and performance artist Reverend Billy - with producing partner Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me).

More recently, he has directed/produced for television - for the Discovery ID docudrama series Bad Teachers (Atlas Media) and A&E crime doc series Killer Speaks (ITV Studios). His production and finance background includes having served as a bond representative in the US and Europe for the film guarantor Film Finances International, and has written on film as a contributing editor for the academic journal ‘Afterimage’.

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Suzanne Crocker

Director, Producer, and Cinematographer of All the Time in the World, Suzanne Crocker switched careers from rural family physician to filmmaker in 2009. Her award-winning short film Time Lines (2010) screened at film festivals in Canada, the US and Europe, was selected for a National Film Board Filmmakers Assistance Grant. All The Time In The World represents Suzanne Crocker’s feature film directing debut.


Seth Kramer 

Seth directed The Anthropologist with his Ironbound Films partners Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger. Their last film Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie premiered at Tribeca and aired on CNN in 2015 to rave reviews. Earlier films include The New Recruits, which was narrated by Rainn Wilson, aired on PBS, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011; and The Linguists, which premiered at Sundance, aired on PBS, and in 2010 was also nominated for an Emmy.

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Jane Steuerwald

Jane Steuerwald was born in Queens, NY. Since 1980 she has been working with 16mm and Super 8mm film and video as an art medium. She has created installations, documentaries, found footage works, narrative and experimental films, and single edition art books. She studied film, video, and synaesthetic education at Syracuse University and received both a BFA and an MS. She completed an MFA in film at Bard College in 1987.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival for many years, where she continues to serve as a pre-screener and guest curator. In 1989 and 2004 she received Artist Fellowships from NJ State Council on the Arts, and has also received grants from the NJ Historical Commission, the Puffin Foundation, Lightworks, Sony/AFI, and NJ City University.  Her film and video has been shown in arts venues and festivals including MoMA and Millennium Film, and she has won numerous awards including from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, the Asian Cinevision International Film Festival, the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, and the Athens International Film and Video Festival.


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Peter Rutkoff

Professor Peter Rutkoff is a founding member of the Department of American Studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He is the author of Fly Away, and other recent non-fiction works that examine African-American art and culture, as well as two novels, most recently Irish Eyes. He is a regular summer visitor to Cooperstown, which is also the setting of his book of short stories, Cooperstown Chronicles. 
Hannah Bloch
Hannah Bloch is digital editor for international news at NPR and writes the "Work in Progress" column for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was a staff writer and editor at National Geographic, where she authored magazine stories on subjects including archaeology, global health and the role failure plays in exploration. Her September 2015 story covered the challenges in Afghanistan of preserving Mes Aynak,   "Mega Cooper Deal in Afghanistan Fuel Rush to Save Ancient Treasures." 
During an 11-year career at Time, she served for six years as the magazine's first full-time correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Hannah Bloch

Hannah Bloch is digital editor for international news at NPR and writes the "Work in Progress" column for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was a staff writer and editor at National Geographic, where she authored magazine stories on subjects including archaeology, global health and the role failure plays in exploration. Her September 2015 story covered the challenges in Afghanistan of preserving Mes Aynak,   "Mega Cooper Deal in Afghanistan Fuel Rush to Save Ancient Treasures." 
During an 11-year career at Time, she served for six years as the magazine's first full-time correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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BILL EVANS

Bill Evans is the director of Old Bird Inc., a nonprofit focused on nocturnal bird migration research and education. Bill has a mission to connect with an avian world otherwise hidden to our eyes and ears.  He records the nocturnal calls of migrating birds and, after listening to two decades of recordings, has identified the flight calls of over two hundred species. Nocturnal monitoring provides information about migrants that is nearly impossible to gather using other techniques. He is featured in the film The Messenger.