The Filmmaking Team

  Deborah Shaffer, Director/Producer   Deborah Shaffer has been making social issue documentaries since the early 1970’s. In the 1980s, she directed WITNESS TO WAR, which won an Academy Award and aired on PBS; FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN, which received an Emmy nomination, was shown at the New York and Sundance film festivals, and aired on the PBS; and DANCE OF HOPE, which received the Prix d'Or--FIPA and was screened at Sundance. She directed and wrote SECRETS UNDERGROUND for the WGBH series “Discovering Women” in 1994. In 2001 she directed two shows for the PBS series “Art 21: Art in the 21st Century” which was nominated for an Emmy. RWANDA: LADIES FIRST which she co-directed and wrote for WNET’s “Wide Angle” was awarded an Emmy in 2004. Her most recent film, TO BE HEARD, won awards at numerous festivals and aired on PBS in 2012. She was Executive Producer of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, an Emmy-award winning HBO documentary.  www.deborahshaffer.com

Deborah Shaffer, Director/Producer

Deborah Shaffer has been making social issue documentaries since the early 1970’s. In the 1980s, she directed WITNESS TO WAR, which won an Academy Award and aired on PBS; FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN, which received an Emmy nomination, was shown at the New York and Sundance film festivals, and aired on the PBS; and DANCE OF HOPE, which received the Prix d'Or--FIPA and was screened at Sundance. She directed and wrote SECRETS UNDERGROUND for the WGBH series “Discovering Women” in 1994. In 2001 she directed two shows for the PBS series “Art 21: Art in the 21st Century” which was nominated for an Emmy. RWANDA: LADIES FIRST which she co-directed and wrote for WNET’s “Wide Angle” was awarded an Emmy in 2004. Her most recent film, TO BE HEARD, won awards at numerous festivals and aired on PBS in 2012. She was Executive Producer of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, an Emmy-award winning HBO documentary. www.deborahshaffer.com

  Amy Sultan, Producer   Amy Sultan is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the feature documentary "To Be Heard" (Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award, DOC NYC) and Executive Director of To Be Heard Foundation. Sultan co-founded the Power Writers Program with and was  Co-Executive Director of the Early Stages Program, an arts education organization. She was Executive Producer of the Nantucket Film Festival, steering the fledging festival through its crucial second year. From 1990-1994, she was Director for Film in the NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Sultan is a former business agent for theatrical unions in New York City, where she represented designers and performers in the entertainment industry.

Amy Sultan, Producer

Amy Sultan is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the feature documentary "To Be Heard" (Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award, DOC NYC) and Executive Director of To Be Heard Foundation. Sultan co-founded the Power Writers Program with and was  Co-Executive Director of the Early Stages Program, an arts education organization. She was Executive Producer of the Nantucket Film Festival, steering the fledging festival through its crucial second year. From 1990-1994, she was Director for Film in the NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Sultan is a former business agent for theatrical unions in New York City, where she represented designers and performers in the entertainment industry.

  Davina Pardo, Producer   Davina Pardo is a filmmaker in New York City. She produced VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, an Emmy-award winning HBO documentary about  New Yorker  cartoonists directed by Leah Wolchok. She has directed and produced several award-winning documentary shorts include 116 CAMERAS (New York Times Op-Docs, Hot Docs, Full Frame), MINKA (True/False, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs Shortest, DOC NYC, DOK Leipzig, Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDA & Cinema Eye Awards nominee) and BIRDLINGS TWO (Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, True/False). Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP's Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, and the Sundance Institute

Davina Pardo, Producer

Davina Pardo is a filmmaker in New York City. She produced VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, an Emmy-award winning HBO documentary about New Yorker cartoonists directed by Leah Wolchok. She has directed and produced several award-winning documentary shorts include 116 CAMERAS (New York Times Op-Docs, Hot Docs, Full Frame), MINKA (True/False, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs Shortest, DOC NYC, DOK Leipzig, Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDA & Cinema Eye Awards nominee) and BIRDLINGS TWO (Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, True/False). Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP's Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, and the Sundance Institute

 
  Rachel Reichman, Editor   Rachel Reichman has edited scores of prize-winning documentaries, including Hitchcock/Truffaut (Directed by Kent Jones), A Letter to Elia (Directed by Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese), and Women, War and Peace (Directed by Gini Reticker).

Rachel Reichman, Editor

Rachel Reichman has edited scores of prize-winning documentaries, including Hitchcock/Truffaut (Directed by Kent Jones), A Letter to Elia (Directed by Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese), and Women, War and Peace (Directed by Gini Reticker).

  Elizabeth Nichols, Cinematographer    Cinematographer Elizabeth Nichols recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA program. Her recent short film Black Head Cow, made in collaboration with students in Tanzania, played Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals.

Elizabeth Nichols, Cinematographer

Cinematographer Elizabeth Nichols recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA program. Her recent short film Black Head Cow, made in collaboration with students in Tanzania, played Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals.

   Ashley Moradipour, Associate Producer     Ashley Moradipour is a recent transplant from Los Angeles where she associate produced travel series for White Nile Media and worked as an assistant on the documentary   Under the Gun  , which premiered at Sundance 2016. She works as a freelance documentary researcher and editor in New York City.

Ashley Moradipour, Associate Producer

Ashley Moradipour is a recent transplant from Los Angeles where she associate produced travel series for White Nile Media and worked as an assistant on the documentary Under the Gun, which premiered at Sundance 2016. She works as a freelance documentary researcher and editor in New York City.