Dawn Sinclair Shapiro is a filmmaker and journalist. She works in the space between truth and fact to tell stories and create films that meet journalistic standards. After studying Political Science at Temple University, Dawn began her journalism career working for CBS Sunday Morning. She subsequently worked as a producer and writer at Tribune Broadcasting, CNBC, MSNBC, and Dateline NBC. As a producer for NBC Interactive Media, Dawn worked on Everest Assault ’96, editing and maintaining Sandy Hill Pittman’s daily webcast.
Her third feature-length documentary, The State of Eugenics, will air nationally on PBS in early 2017. Dawn is also directing a long-term character study of Dr. Wu Hung, a professor of Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Previously, she directed, produced and wrote the PBS documentary, Inside the Handy Writers’ Colony, and The Edge of Joy, a film documenting maternal health in Nigeria, which The Economist Film Project selected as its debut film. Kirsten Johnson’s 2016 film Cameraperson features extensive footage from The Edge of Joy that has been described as a ‘brilliant section’ of Johnson’s work. In 2009, Dawn was awarded a production grant from the MacArthur Foundation for The Edge of Joy, and in 2011, she was honored with the Nafis Sadik Award for Courage from Rotary International.
Doug Blush is an award winning documentary editor who has served on a range of major, theatrically released documentaries. His credits include, Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom, Sundance-winning and Oscar-nominated, The Invisible War and the 2015 favorite, The Hunting Ground.
Daniel Lawrence grew up in the Bay Area and made his home in Los Angeles after graduating from the USC School of Cinema-Television. As an editor he has worked on everything from feature films and award-winning documentaries, to music videos and promotional work for major motion pictures. As a screenwriter, he was honored with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his original screenplay The Gaza Golem and continues to develop his own material for both the screen and the stage.
Nicola is best known for the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. She also shot the award-winning documentary Burn – A year on the front lines of the Detroit Fire Department. This visceral, hard-hitting film won the Tribeca Audience Award in 2012.
Multiple award winning film composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Justin Melland primarily works in the demanding world of film and television, creating refreshingly inventive scores at his studio The Eleventh Laboratory, in Los Angeles.
The Washington Post called his score for The Kill Team by Oscar-nominated Director Dan Krauss as “a brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack.” The Hollywood Reporter wrote of his score for Showtime’s Dark Net “the antiseptic visuals, coupled with the droning score by Justin Melland, suggest Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour with a slightly pulpier edge.”
Nick Bogert (dba Bogert Communications) reports and produces for news networks (including NBC, CBS, PBS, Euronews). He also creates and curates websites and does communications and video work for various non-profit enterprises. Previously, Nick was an award-winning reporter covering politics and criminal justice issues for the NBC TV station in Miami, WTVJ.