Jessica Wolfson is an award winning director/producer with over 15 years of experience in the documentary realm. Her work has broadcast on Discovery Channel, TLC, PBS, IFC and played film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, DocNYC, Full Frame and more. Jessica has created critically acclaimed media content for ESPN, PBS, MTV, Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast, Canon and many nonprofit organizations. At IFCtv Original Programming, Jessica developed and produced documentaries with renowned filmmakers including Kirby Dick, Steve James, John Landis, Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus, and Jon Favreau. In 2012, Jessica directed and produced the critically acclaimed RADIO UNNAMEABLE, named "Top 10 Films of 2012" by the New York Daily News. Her film HOT GREASE premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2017. She has acted as a consultant for many documentary projects, as a mentor for the IFP and Tribeca Film Institute and teaches documentary production at New York Film Academy.
Craig T. Williams is a writer/producer/editor at Red Wall Productions, a film production company he runs with his wife and partner, Rosalyn Coleman Williams. Craig has produced over 50 film projects including documentaries, narrative short films, and web series. He has empowered artists, assisting writers, actors and filmmakers develop their craft through classes, workshops, scholarships, internships, and professional opportunities. Providing them with the tools and confidence to create their own work and share their individual stories with the world.
Richa is an award-winning NYC-based filmmaker. Films were not a big part of Richa’s childhood growing up in India, but it wasn’t until pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the U.S that she discovered independent and foreign cinema and fell in love with the medium. Her first short film, "TAAZA KHOON" (FRESH BLOOD), screened at Nashville Film Festival and won 7 awards across 27 film festivals eventually picking up distribution by Shorts TV India. Her latest short film THE SEAL won the 2019 Future of Film is Female grant and is currently enjoying a successful run on the festival circuit with screenings at Vail Film Festival, HollyShorts and Seattle South Asian Film Festival, among others. She directed the short poetry film INDIAN-AMERICAN sponsored by the 2019 Visible Poetry Project and has another directing project in the works. FERMENT, a one-act play she wrote & directed, was a semi-finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theater Festival. Richa is currently developing a TV series about dream-based matchmaking.
DAVID GAYNES | I believe that there is an essential truth to every story that exists independently of those who shape it. I try to hear the quiet voice, the heart of the work, to understand how it intends to be revealed. This is the guiding principle for my own artistic productions as well as my collaborations with others.
My defining aesthetic is a commitment to elemental, reasoned storytelling and an earnest, non-judgmental point of view. As a director, cinematographer and editor I have embraced a variety of storytelling techniques throughout my career. Increasingly, I find myself drawn stylistically to a spareness that speaks clearly and without pretense. If ever there was a time to present meaningful content plainly, without judgement or undue analysis, it is now.
This episode was produced and edited by Ash Knowlton.
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