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Mike Attie’s award-winning short documentaries have shown at major documentary festivals including San Francisco International, SilverDocs, and Cinequest. Prior to receiving his MFA from Stanford University’s Documentary Film program, Attie worked as a production assistant and assistant editor for Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond on films for HBO and PBS. Attie’s film, FAMOUS 4A was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s David Wolper Award and won 1st Jury Prize for short films at the Kos International Film Festival and CILECT’s Documentary Film Prize. Attie received a BA in American History from Vassar College. Attie is a lecturer in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, and the associate director of the department’s new MFA Program in Documentary Media. He is a 2014 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow and was named one of The Independent’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.”
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Meghan O’Hara is a San Francisco-based filmmaker whose short films have received recognition from major film festivals in the United States and abroad, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Slamdance. She is a 2014 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, recipient of an Eastman/Kodak award for Excellence in Cinematography, and was named one of The Independent’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.” O’Hara holds a MFA in Documentary Production from Stanford University and a BA in experimental film and video from Hampshire College. She is an Adjunct Professor of Film and Design at California College of the Arts.
Utz edited the award-winning documentary Bully, which was released nationally in 2012, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Utz’s work also includes the ballet documentary, First Position; a six-part series for Vogue Magazine called The Fashion Fund; and the experimental feature Buoy, executive produced by Todd Haynes. In 2012, Lindsay was awarded the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship in honor of Errol Morris’ late editor and was named one of The Independent’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.”
Jim Butterworth is the founder and president of Naked Edge Films, where he has served as executive producer for films including In Country, Silenced, The Mind of Mark DeFriest, The Revisionaries, Gone, Donor Unknown, War Don Don, The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, andCape Spin. Jim’s own film Seoul Train, which he produced, directed and shot, has been translated to more than twenty languages and broadcast on TV globally. In 2007, Seoul Train was bestowed the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism and investigative reporting, and also was runner-up for the National Journalism Award. Jim also is a successful technology entrepreneur and investor, and an advisor to a number of nonprofits, startup companies and investment funds.
Daniel J. Chalfen
Daniel J. Chalfen is the co-founder of Naked Edge Films. His recent credits include In Country, Silenced, and The Mind of Mark Defriest, all of which are being released across multiple platforms in Spring 2015. Earlier credits include the Tribeca Film Festival and Columbia-DuPont award-winning The Revisionairies and the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning Donor Unknown for PBS' Independent Lens; State 194 for Participant Media; Gone for Discovery ID; the Emmy-nominated War Don Don and Oscar short-listed 39 Pounds of Love for HBO; the multiple awards-winning Budrus and Meeting Resistance for Al Jazeera; the Danny Glover Executive Produced The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, and the Sarah Jessica Parker Executive Produced Pretty Old.