Meet the Filmmakers

  • Edet Belzberg

    Director, Producer

  • Amelia Green-Dove

    Producer

  • Kerry Propper

    Producer

  • Elisabeth Bohart

    Executive Producer, Director of Outreach

  • Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

    Executive Producer

  • Stanley Buchthal

    Executive Producer

  • Daniela Kahane

    Associate Producer

  • Dougie Bowne

    Composer

  • Jenny Golden

    Editor, Music Supervisor

  • Karen Sim

    Editor, Co-Producer

  • Molly Scwartz

    Animator

  • Garry Waller

    Animator

  • Dana Schechter

    Animator

  • Eyal Ohana

    Animator

  • Jerry Rissius

    Cinematographer

  • Mai Iskander

    Cinematographer

  • Nelson Walker

    Cinematographer

  • Sam Cullman

    Cinematographer

  • Martina Radwan

    Cinematographer

  • Bob Richman

    Cinematographer

  • Edet Belzberg

    Director, Producer

    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Edet Belzberg is known for elegant, in-depth, and powerful storytelling. Her debut feature, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND, was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Prize, the International Documentary Association’s Documentary Award, and the Gotham Awards’ Documentary Achievement Prize, among many others. Her film THE RECRUITER had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. It was awarded a DuPont-Columbia University Award for journalism. WATCHERS OF THE SKY, her most recent film, had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for the Use of Animation and the US Documentary Editing Award. The MacArthur Foundation, in selecting Belzberg as a Fellow, praised her for her “graceful and insightful” films.

  • Amelia Green-Dove

    Producer

    Amelia Green-Dove is a journalist and filmmaker. Before joining Propeller Films she was a field producer for Michael Moore’s Academy Award-nominated documentary SiCKO. Prior to that she was an associate producer for Bill Moyers and David Brancaccio on the PBS newsmagazine NOW WITH BILL MOYERS and later, NOW. A native of Santa Monica, California, and a graduate of Hampshire College, Green-Dove has worked internationally, including as a researcher at the BBC’s Open University division in London. In 2007, Green-Dove oversaw the launch and development of an entertainment website. Since 2008, she has worked with director Edet Belzberg, most recently on Belzberg’s award-winning documentary THE RECRUITER. In addition to being a producer of WATCHERS OF THE SKY, she is the Audience Engagement Campaign Manager for the film’s outreach.

  • Kerry Propper

    Producer

    Kerry Propper is a Co-founder and CEO of Chardan Capital Markets, an investment bank based in New York and Beijing. Mr. Propper serves on the Executive Board of Voices of Rwanda, a non-profit organization dedicated to filming and preserving the testimony of survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and sits on the International Advisory Council of the International Crisis Group. Since 2003, Mr. Propper has been producing WATCHERS OF THE SKY, a documentary film focused on Raphael Lemkin and genocide.

  • Elisabeth Bohart

    Executive Producer, Director of Outreach

    Elizabeth Bohart is a strategy consultant who works with non-profit organizations to develop and implement high impact programs. Many of her current projects are in sub-Saharan Africa and focus on poverty reduction through education, health and small business initiatives. Her involvement in WATCHERS OF THE SKY extends beyond the film. She is a key strategist behind the development and implementation of the film’s outreach programs and its ongoing community engagement projects. She also has overseen the development of the film’s educational outreach materials, including the website and middle and high school curriculums. She serves on the New York Advisory Board of Peace First and was the founding board chair of Maloto. She earned a Masters in Public Administration from American University and a BA in Sociology from Tulane. Elizabeth resides in NYC with her husband and three daughters.

  • Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

    Executive Producer

    Lisa Kleiner Chanoff co-founded the Catapult Film Fund with filmmaker Bonni Cohen with the mission of providing early funding to documentary filmmakers who have important stories to tell. Lisa has provided investment and grant support for documentary films on human rights and environmental issues. She is also an investor and philanthropist involved in education, the arts, and health and poverty issues. Some of the projects that Lisa has supported have successfully improved education and alleviated poverty in the San Francisco area and provided the Kibera slum of Nairobi with a school for girls and a community center, among many other accomplishments. Lisa has a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She practiced law in San Francisco and with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. After leaving law practice, Lisa received a master’s degree in Museum Studies and worked with museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Stanley Buchthal

    Executive Producer

    Stanley Buchthal has been an entrepreneur in the fields of fashion, venture capital, entertainment and the environment. In 1988, he founded the Dakota Group Ltd., a private investment holding company, and LM Media GmbH, a Swiss-based movie and television financing and production company. Buchthal has been a leader in the independent feature world, producing such films as HAIRSPRAY (John Waters), SPANKING THE MONKEY (David O. Russell) and UP AT THE VILLA (Philip Haas). He has also produced a slate of high-profile documentary films, including SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY (Sydney Pollack), JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD (Tamra Davis), HERB & DOROTHY (Megumi Sasaki), PAPER DOLLAS (Tomer Heymann), BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD (Liz Garbus), LENNONYC (Michael Epstein), and BERLIN, performed by Lou Reed and directed by Julian Schnabel. In addition to the recent release of MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (Matthew Akers), Buchthal produced LOVE, MARILYN (Liz Garbus).

  • Daniela Kahane

    Associate Producer

    Daniella is an award-winning filmmaker of both narrative film and documentaries. She is currently producing Twelve Hundred Ninety Six Hits, a feature written by Mark Jude Poirier (Smart People, Goats, Hateship…Loveship). She recently executive produced Samantha Buck’s film Best Kept Secret, which aired on POV, won the Audience Award at the Independent Film Festival Boston, and was nominated for a Gotham Award. The film addresses the problem students with autism face when forced to ‘age out’ of the school system. She also associate produced Academy Award nominated Edet Belzberg’s (Underground Children, The Recruiter) current documentary about genocides, Watchers of the Sky, which premiered at Sundance this year. She previously worked for Wendy Finerman, the Academy-Award winning producer of Forrest Gump and The Devil Wears Prada.

    Daniella is currently pursuing an MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts where she has written, directed, and or produced a number of other short films including Top Floor (SXSW official selection), Red Car, All The Broken Pieces, starring Tovah Feldshuh, and the upcoming A Mighty Nice Man, adapted from the short story by Patricia Highsmith and starring Billy Magnussen and Kristin Connolly. She was the recent recipient of the Young Producer’s Award from HBO.

    In 2004 Daniella founded an event consulting and planning group, Sensi6, which emerged out of the desire to create charity events that target a younger generation of givers. She has since produced events that have raised over one million dollars for organizations in need.

    Daniella graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Film Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.

  • Dougie Bowne

    Composer

    Dougie Bowne is a drummer/composer/producer living in New York City. He has collaborated with a wildly diverse group of respected artists recording, touring and producing. Among them are Iggy Pop, John Cale, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithfull, Cibo Matto,Cassandra Wilson, Jack Bruce, Chris Whitley, Marissa Monte, Tom Verlaine, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Arto Lindsay, Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others. Bowne has played on multiple film scores, including GET SHORTY and the Jim Jarmusch films DOWN BY LAW and MYSTERY TRAIN. He scored LA HABITACION AZUL, AMERICAN COMBATANT and the award-winning feature documentary WATCHERS OF THE SKY, as well as lots of artsy crazy shorts.

  • Jenny Golden

    Editor, Music Supervisor

    Editor of popular and award-winning films like BULLY, 21 BELOW and SONS OF PERDITION, Jenny Golden has shown her diverse interests and eclectic taste by also working on short films for artist Todd Selby, music videos for Sean Lennon, and installations for Yoko Ono. Golden started her career in London before returning to New York to work with award-winning directors like Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. She was the lead editor on the first season of THIS AMERICAN LIFE and worked on the Frontline series JEFFERSON’S CHILDREN. She also contributed to the award-winning feature documentary MANDA BALA and cut GOGOL BORDELLO, NONSTOP – a documentary about the creators of gypsy punk music. Golden lives in Red Hook Brooklyn with her husband Steve and her daughters Odette and Imogen.

  • Karen Sim

    Editor, Co-Producer

    Karen Sim is the editor of such acclaimed films as the Emmy Award-winning documentaries JULLIARD (American Masters, PBS) and BURDEN OF INNOCENCE (Frontline, PBS). Sim edited director Liz Garbus’ documentary COMA (Moxie Firecracker Films, HBO), which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival, and Garbus’ feature documentary exploring the state of free speech in America, SHOUTING FIRE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF FREE SPEECH, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before showing on HBO. Sim has worked with filmmakers as diverse as D.A. Pennebaker, Ofra Bikel, and Maro Chermayeff.

  • Molly Scwartz

    Animator

    Molly Schwartz is an artist and animator whose work has been exhibited and screened in galleries from Barcelona to Chattanooga. Raised in Oklahoma, she worked as an art conservator in Chicago before moving to New York and becoming the lead compositor at Curious Pictures. Today, Schwartz paints, designs, and creates original animation as an independent artist, while also working on commercials (for Guinness, Coke, and MTV, among many others). You can view her work on her website: www.phlea.tv

  • Garry Waller

    Animator

    Over the years Garry Waller has worked with many different clients, including world renowned brands, creative agencies and design collectives, as well as award winning film makers and directors. With all of his work, Garry has used his experience in design/animation, art direction and immersive storytelling to visually push ideas and brand identities in ways to make them shine. Whether it’s film titles, a network redesign or digital signage, they are all informed by the belief that strong narrative and good design can play out beautifully across various platforms to engage audiences in thoughtful and unexpected ways. You can learn more at: http://momentist.com

  • Dana Schechter

    Animator

    Dana Schechter has been working in Post-Production for 15 years, doing animation, design, motion graphics and compositing for TV, film, and video. In addition to her digital work, Dana is also an illustrator and musician/composer. Recent projects include animated works for U2’s international “360 Tour” and the documentary film VOICES UNBOUND, as well as illustrations for NY writer Pete Simonelli’s books One Brittle Nerve and A Lonely War. She also teaches an Adobe After Effects course at NYU. You can view her work on her website: www.danaschechter.com

  • Eyal Ohana

    Animator

    Eyal Ohana is a designer of interactive experiences and installations. Fusing his skills in motion graphics and animation with the creative uses of technology and interaction design, he creates spatial media experiences. He has served in the motion graphics and postproduction industry in New York as a designer, animator and art-director since 2004. After graduating from NYU with a master’s degree from ITP (their Interactive Telecommunication Program), Eyal expanded the scope of his work to add physical and interactive dimensions. His work covers a wide range, from interactive installations for ad campaigns – which he did as the design director at innovative ad agency ‘Inwindow Outdoor’ – to artworks presented at gallery spaces, to experimental audio-visual animated projects, to films. To learn more about his work check out his website www.eyalohana.com

  • Jerry Rissius

    Cinematographer

    Jerry Risius is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer/producer with over 20 years of experience. His films have shown in many festivals around the world and have garnered multiple awards, including two Academy Award nominations, three IDA awards, and multiple Emmy winners and nominees, among others.

  • Mai Iskander

    Cinematographer

    Mai Iskander is the producer, director and cinematographer of the award-winning documentary films GARBAGE DREAMS (SXSW, IDFA) and WORDS OF WITNESS (Berlin, Los Angeles Film Festival).

    GARBAGE DREAMS was shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Awards in the category of Best Feature Length Documentary, was nominated for the 2010 Best Documentary by the DGA, and won 26 international awards including the Al Gore Reel Current Award and IDA Humanitas Award. GARBAGE DREAMS follows three teenage boys growing up in Egypt’s garbage village. It aired on PBS/Independent Lens and PBS/Global Voices.

    Funded by the John S. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, WORDS OF WITNESS won numerous awards and aired on AlJazeera America. WORDS OF WITNESS follows a young female journalist navigating the perilous streets of post revolutionary Egypt.

    In addition to her work on documentaries, Mai directs commercials and branded content, past clients include IBM, the American Hospital Association, and Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

  • Nelson Walker

    Cinematographer

    Nelson Walker is a New York-based filmmaker whose work includes filmmaking, teaching, and event programming. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. In 2007, he worked with a team of other young filmmakers to make the documentary, LUMO, about a young woman recovering from violent rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film earned him a Student Academy Award, and was broadcast as part of PBS’s P.O.V. Series. His most recent film, SUMMER PASTURE (co-directed by Lynn True and Tsering Perlo), is a portrait of a young nomad family living in eastern Tibet. SUMMER PASTURE was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens series and received a Peabody Award. Nelson’s experience working in communities in Congo and Tibet prompted him to launch the annual Congo in Harlem and Tibet in Harlem film series at Maysles Cinema in Harlem. Currently he is working with legendary documentarian Albert Maysles on film about train travel in the US.

  • Sam Cullman

    Cinematographer

    Sam Cullman co-directed, shot and produced the Oscar®-nominated documentary, IF A TREE FALLS (2011) and was a Producer and Director of Photography on the Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (2012). Cullman’s cinematography has appeared in dozens of documentaries including REAGAN (2011), KING CORN (2006), and WHY WE FIGHT (2005). He is currently in post-production on ART AND CRAFT a feature doc he shot, produced and directed with Jennifer Grausman.

  • Martina Radwan

    Cinematographer

    Martina Radwan is a New York-based DP who has shot narrative and documentary projects across the globe. Her most recently released documentaries include the 2012 Academy winner for Best Documentary Short and 2013 Emmy winner for Best Documentary SAVING FACE by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, for which Radwan was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form. Futher more she also shot the award winning POETRY OF RESILIENCE by Katja Esson, HOT COFFEE by Susan Saladoff, and WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE by Emily & Sarah Kunstler, as well as BEAUTIFUL DARLING by James Rasin. She also shot FERRY TALES, a 2004 Academy Award nominee directed by Katja Esson.

    When not pursuing her passion for cinematography, Radwan devotes her time and resources to travel to Mongolia, where she started an NPO with the goal to rebuild street children’s lives through education and entrepreneurship.

  • Bob Richman

    Cinematographer

    Bob Richman was born in Brooklyn New York and received a BA in psychology from SUNY Buffalo. He began his career in film working with the vérité pioneers Albert and David Maysles. He worked his way up from production assistant to assistant cameraman to cameraman. In 1991 he shared the director of photography credit with Albert Maysels on Christo’s Umbrellas. The film documented Christo’s installation of three thousand umbrellas north of Los Angeles and north of Tokyo. Maysles covered the Japan story and Richman covered the California story.

    In 1993 Richman teamed up with Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky to shoot the HBO film Paradise Lost: the Robin Hood Hills Child Murders. Richman was nominated for a prime time Emmy. The film won an Emmy for best editing and also the prestigious Peabody award for journalism. Richman continued his collaboration as director of photography with Berlinger and Sinofsky on Paradise Lost 2, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and the Sundance series Iconoclast.

    Richman began shooting real people and doc style commercials for such brands as McDonalds, Walmart, La Batts, Coors Lite, Gateway Computers and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He continued shooting documentaries, including The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks, Good Rockin’ Tonight, A Tickle in the Heart, Constantine’s Sword and Killing Kasztner.

    When Nathanial Kahn approached Richman to shoot a film about his father, the famous architect Louis Kahn, he explained that he didn’t want an American Masters type tribute but rather a film about his own journey, as an illegitimate son, in search of a father who died before he could really know him. My Architect, brilliantly directed by Kahn and exquisitely edited by Sabine Krayenbuhl, and was nominated for an academy award in 2004. In the spring of 2005 Richman flew down to Nashville Tennessee to film former Vice President Al Gore on his family farm with director Davis Guggenheim. That footage became an integral part of the film An Inconvenient Truth, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time and won Davis an academy award for best feature length documentary. In 2007 director R.J. Cutler contacted Richman to work on film about the notorious chief editor of Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour. For almost eight months Richman followed Wintour and her staff at their offices in New York and at fashion shows and shoots in London, Paris and Rome. The September Issue premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and Richman won the grand jury prize for best cinematography for documentary.

    Ahead of Time marks Richman’s first film as a director. Richman teamed up with first time producer and noted food photographer Zeva Oelbaum and reunited with editor Sabine Kraenbuhl, to craft an intimate portrait of the 97 year old journalist and photo-journalist Ruth Gruber.

    Richman’s recent credits include the Cadillac ATS commercials, Oprah’s Master Class series and the documentaries Waiting for Superman, Unraveled, Havana Havana, Under African Skies the Academy Award nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger.