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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Rebecca Richman Cohen - Documentary Filmmaker - War Don Don and Code of the West

Rebecca founded Racing Horse Productions in 2005. Rebecca is a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School teaching two classes in human rights and film. 

In law school, Rebecca interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, after working there, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on War Don Don, a film which profiles the trial of a leader of a separate warring faction.

Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has also been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Human Rights Institute at American University

More recently, Rebecca has completed the documentary film, Code of the West, about the state of Montana is becoming the first in the US to repeal its medical marijuana law. 

Rebecca has received coverage with an article published in the NY Times and Code of the West has launched a popular Kickstarter campaign for the film.

Direct download: RebeccaRichmanCohen.mp3
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Michael Andrews - Film composer and Musician - Donnie Darko, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Cyrus, Bridesmaids, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Michael fell into film score composition by chance when The Greyboy Allstars were asked to score Jake Kasdan's first feature Zero Effect and worked on the music for the highly regarded (though short-lived) TV series, Freaks and Geeks

In 2000, Richard Kelly commissioned Michael to do the soundtrack for the film Donnie Darko. Its original score album went on to sell over 100,000 copies (in part because of Michael's remake of Tears for Fears' song Mad World, featuring Gary Jules). 

Michael has since gone on to compose scores for the movies Out Cold, Nothing, CypherOrange County, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The TV Set, a segment of Paris, je t'aime, Unaccompanied Minors, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

More recently, Michael has composed for: Funny People, Bridesmaids, The Five Year Engagement, Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives At Home for The Duplass Brothers, and the upcoming film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist for Mira Nair.

Direct download: MichaelAndrews.mp3
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David Redmon and Ashley Sabin - Documentary Filmmakers - Mardi Gras: Made in China, Intimidad, Girl Model, Downeast

David and Ashley together formed the documentary production company, Carnivalesque Films

Some of David and Ashley's documentary projects include: Mardi Gras: Made in China and Intimidad, along with more recent projects, Girl Model and Downeast.

Girl Model follows the modeling industry through a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., through the eyes of a 13 year old model and a model scout with a mysterious past.

Downeast is set during an era of U.S. post-industrialization in which numerous factories have been exported, focusing on Antonio Bussone's efforts to open a processing factory in rural Maine.

Direct download: DavidandAshley.mp3
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Andrew Hafitz - Film Editor - The Last Days of Disco, Bully, Keane, Don't Let Me Drown, Here, and Damsels in Distress

Andrew’s documentary credits include: Soul in the Hole, The Lifestyle, and the MTV show True Life: I'm in Iraq, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary. 

Along the way, Andrew has collaborated with some of the leading directors in the New York independent film scene, including Whit Stillman (on Damsels in Distress and The Last Days of Disco), Lodge Kerrigan (on Keane) and for Larry Clark (on Ken Park and Bully). 

Andrew’s other narrative projects include: Here for Braden King, a metaphysical road movie filmed on location in Armenia, and Don't Let Me Drown for Cruz Angeles, shot primarily in Brooklyn and both premiered at Sundance

Andrew's upcoming work includes director Naomi Foner's feature Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, for Groundswell Films.

Direct download: AndyHafitz.mp3
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Jen Fineran - Documentary Film Editor - A Powerful Noise and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Jen’s film career began at Channel 4 in London and has since spread throughout three continents. 

Jen has more than 10 years of client experience including broadcast networks, advertising agencies, museums, corporations and independent producers and directors. 

Jen’s editorial work can be seen on many networks including: PBS, MTVIFC, AMC, Bravo, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel.

Jen’s documentary feature film work includes the documentary films: Confederacy Theory, A Powerful Noise, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

Direct download: JenFineran.mp3
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