About the Filmmakers

Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox
Director / Co-Producer / Camera

Jennifer Fox is an internationally acclaimed director, producer, camerawoman and educator. Her first film, BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE was broadcast in twenty countries, released theatrically in nine, and won seven international awards, including Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 1988 Cinema Du Reel Festival, Paris. She produced, directed and shot the groundbreaking ten-hour PBS/BBC/ARTE series AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, which screened in its full 10-hour form at festivals internationally, including the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals (1999). LOVE STORY aired in the USA nationally on PBS primetime. It received a Gracie Award for Best Television Series and was named ”One of the Top Ten Television Series of 1999” by “The New York Times”, “Time Out”, “The Boston Globe”, “Time Magazine”, and “The New York Daily News”. She co-produced, directed and shot the six-part film, FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN through a unique Danish co-production, funded by the Danish Film Institute, TV-2 Denmark, BBC, ARTE, YLE-1, SBS, SVT, ICON & Humanist Channels Netherlands, the Sundance Channel, and a Creative Capital Grant.  FLYING premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2006 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and did a 20-city theatrical tour in North America before airing on the BBC, SVT, TV-2, YLE, SBS, and the Sundance Channel in 2008. Jennifer has Executive Produced many award-winning films including:  LOVE & DIANE; ON THE ROPES; DOUBLE EXPOSURE; COWBOYS, LAWYERS AND INDIANS; ABSOLUTELY SAFE?; the ten part television series, PROJECT TEN: REAL STORIES FROM A FREE SOUTH AFRICA, and the fiction feature film, UPSTATE. She has consulted on numerous documentaries, including the Sundance Grand Prize winner, SOUTHERN COMFORT and the Slamdance Grand Prize winner, STONE READER. Jennifer is the author of the screenplays, LILA: A FAIRTALE, a feature, co-written with Oren Moverman, the short film, THE WOMAN WITH ONE BREAST, the television pilot, THE GOOD EGG, co-written with Deborah Copaken Kogan and is currently working on a feature script, “UNTITLED”. She is the subject of three films on filmmaking, TO HECK WITH HOLLIWOOD!, CINEMA VERITE: DEFINING THE MOMENT and CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY. Jennifer has lectured and taught filmmaking nationally and internationally and run documentary training programs all over the world. She filmed her groundbreaking new feature documentary, MY REINCARNATION, over an unprecedented twenty years.

Sabine Krayenbühl

Sabine Krayenbühl

Sabine Krayenbühl is a highly accomplished and diversified editor having worked extensively in Europe and the US on over thirty documentaries, features and short films, many of which have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world. Amongst Krayenbühl’s impressive credits is critically acclaimed MAD HOT BALLROOM (2005), a documentary feature produced by Paramount Classics that has enjoyed much success in the US and abroad. It has become something of a pop culture phenomenon and places within the top ten highest grossing documentaries of all time. In 2004, Krayenbühl edited the Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated documentary film MY ARCHITECT, which was produced by HBO/Cinemax. Her most recent films include the festival favorite THE BRIDGE (2007), produced by IFC Films and ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, which aired on PBS in spring 2008. Krayenbühl has also directed several award-winning documentaries including I AIN’T NO PLACE and THE TWINS.

Dan Cogan
Executive Producer

Dan Cogan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Partners, a fund and advisory service for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film. Since its inception less than three years ago, IP has been involved in the financing of over 25 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; FREEHELD, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009; and THE GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, which won the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary Special. Mr. Cogan has spoken on documentary film finance at film festivals and conferences around the world, including the The Sundance Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The Silverdocs Film Festival, the IFP’s Independent Film Week, and Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum. Mr. Cogan received his B.A. from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, and attended the Film Division at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts.

Joanna PlafskyJoanna Plafsky
Executive Producer / Film Presented By

Joanna Plafsky is an established international producer and distributor who began her career at the height of the home entertainment expansion. She was founder and president of Radiance Films, where she was responsible for selling hundreds of films into the burgeoning worldwide market. Joanna then became a co-founder of Nu Image (now Millennium Films), which produced films such as Sixteen Blocks with Bruce Willis, and 88 Minutes with Al Pacino. She was executive producer of Fascination with Jacqueline Bisset, and recently co-produced with David Lynch the documentary Saving the Disposable Ones. 

With the documentary Saving the Disposable Ones, Joanna pioneered David Lynch Foundation’s DLF-TV documentary series. She is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and continues to collaborate with DLF-TV on several projects to bring Transcendental Meditation to schools and the less fortunate members of society in the United States and abroad.

Babeth M. Vanloo

Babeth M. Vanloo

Babeth M. Vanloo is a highly accomplished film and television director, producer, and media artist based in Amsterdam. With her production company Film Art Amsterdam, she has produced over 50 TV programs and directed numerous documentaries, including BHUTAN: WOMEN OF THE DRAGON KINGDOM, BHUTAN: GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS, NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE, COMING HOME: THE CREMATION OF KHANDRO LLHAMO, WOMEN AND BUDDHA POTENTIAL, THE DEDICATION OF MATTHIEU RICARD, and MEREDITH MONK – INNER VOICE. Her projects, which mainly focus on art, social engagement, and spirituality, have been broadcast on television stations worldwide, including PBS in the USA, NHK in Japan, WDR in Germany, Antenne 2 in France, and VPRO, IKON, EO, and BOS in the Netherlands. Between 1977 and 2000, she taught filmmaking and media at several international art and film academies, and from 1994 to 2001 she worked as a producer for internationally acclaimed filmmaker Johan van der Keuken. Since 2000, she has served as the Programming Director of the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation (BOS), the first Buddhist TV station in the Western world that is part of the Public Broadcasting System for producing and broadcasting documentaries.

Carl Ludwig Rettinger

Carl-Ludwig Rettinger

Carl-Ludwig Rettinger was commissioning editor at the German Public Broadcaster ZDF for independent feature films and documentaries. In 1992 he became shareholder and managing director of the film production company LICHTBLICK, based in Cologne and Berlin. LICHTBLICK belongs to the leading independent production houses in Germany and has collaborated with filmmakers, broadcasting companies and partner firms in more than 40 countries. The results have included such outstanding documentary films as TIGRERO by Mika, KAURISMÄKI (with Samuel Fuller and Jim Jarmusch) which received the International Film Critic’s Award at the Berlinale, OUT OF TIBET by Solveig Klassen, which was awarded the Young Lion in Munich and nominated for the Joris Ivens Award in Amsterdam, and MASSAKER, which was awarded the Fipresci Prize at the Berlinale as well as the Special Prize of the Jury in Nyon. LICHTBLICK also produces feature films, such as LITTLE THIEVES, BIG THIEVES by Alejandro Sandermann (e.g. Sundance Festival), LA NOCE by Pawel Lungin and DIVINE INTERVENTION by Elia Suleiman, both were awarded with the Special Prize of the Jury in Cannes.

Andres Pfaeffli

Andres Pfaeffli & Elda Guidinetti

Born 1954 in Zurich, Switzerland, Andres Pfaeffli graduated with degrees in History and Romanistic Studies from the University of Zürich and Geneva. In 1979 he started to work in the film business first as a distributor then as director and producer.   In 1988, he created the documentary MARIO BOTTA –SENZA LUCE NESSUNO SPAZIO, followed by  many others. Born in Chiasso, Switzerland, Elda Guidinetti studied Literature at the Università di Pavia and Sciences at the University of New Mexico in the USA. In 1991, they created the company ventura film that Elda Guidinettiproduces both feature films and documentaries primarily in collaboration with European partners. Since its inception, the main aim of the company has been to focus on films that explore and cross new boundaries in form and content. Among the films produced by ventura film are: two films by Pedro Costa NO QUARTO DA VANDA – awarded at Locarno, Yamagata and Cinéma du réel – and JUVENTUDE EN MARCHA – in competition in Cannes, Los Angeles Film Critics and many other awards; LA FELICITÀ NON COSTA NIENTE by Mimmo Calopresti – several nominations for David di Donatello e Nastri d’argento; INTO GREAT SILENCE by Philip Groening – widely acclaimed around the world, Best European Documentary, Sundance Special Jury Prize; ANGEL ON THE RIGHT by Djamshed Usmonov – “Un certain regard” in Cannes, London Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize, Tokyo Film Festival Special Jury Prize; LOS MUERTOS by Lisandro Alonso – Cannes “Quinzaine des réalisateurs”, Best Film at Torino Film Festival; and recently LE QUATTRO VOLTE by Michelangelo Frammartino.

Gregorio Paonessa Marta Donzelli & Gregorio Paonessa
Co-ProducerVivo film is an independent production and distribution of documentaries and art house films, established by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa in 2004. The company has, among others, produced works by Guido Chiesa, David Christensen, Jean-Louis Comolli, Michelangelo Frammartino, Franco Giraldi, Chiara Malta, Pippo Mezzapesa, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Nelo Risi, Corso Salani, Daniele Vicari. Vivo Film’s productions have been selected by some of the most prestigious international film festivals. In 2007, IL MIO PAESE IL by Daniele Vicari won a David di Donatello (Italian Film Academy) as “Best Documentary” and LOCARNO, IMATRA by Corso Salani, was awarded a Pardo d’Oro, Special Jury Prize of “Cineasti del Presente”. LE QUATTRO VOLTE, the second work by Michelangelo Frammartino, was premiered in May 2010 within Cannes Director’s Fortnight, being awarded the European Cinema Label; recently it has also received the Cinevision Award at the Munich Film Festival. It the USA, the film was invited to the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
Marta Donzelli