SARA DOSA (DIRECTOR) Sara Dosa is an award-winning documentary director and producer whose interests lay in telling unexpected character-driven stories about the human relationship to landscape and economy. She founded Signpost Pictures in 2011 as she directed her first feature length documentary film, THE LAST SEASON. Since, she has directed and produced independent and for hire documentary projects in far-flung locations around the world. THE LAST SEASON made its World Premiere at SFIFF 2014, taking home a Golden Gate Award, and was nominated for the Indie Spirit “Truer than Fiction Award.” THE LAST SEASON was broadcast nationally on PBS in 2015 and was acquired by First Run Features. Most recently, Dosa directed an episode of the Netflix music docuseries REMASTERED about Johnny Cash's 1970 concert for Richard Nixon; and just premiered her third feature as a director THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN at the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival where the film won the McBaine Bay Area Documentary Prize. THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN was called “Captivating, strong and surprising” by The Hollywood Reporter and “Elegant, deft and inquisitive” by Variety, and “Sublime” by The Playlist. The film went onto its International Premiere at Hot Docs and is touring the international festival circuit. As a feature documentary producer, she recently produced SURVIVORS about Ebola in Sierra Leone (2018 IDFA / POV); co-produced AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (2017 Sundance / Paramount) and THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY (2019 Sundance / Netflix); and, produced Peabody award-winning AUDRIE & DAISY (2016 Sundance / Netflix Originals). Dosa also produced the VR piece MELTING ICE (Sundance 2016) as well as the short film BORDER PATROL BODY SLAM for NY Times OpDocs in 2013. Dosa was recently named by DOC NYC as one of the “40 under 40” working in documentary film and is a voting member of the Academy’s Doc Branch. She graduated from Wesleyan University holds a joint Masters in Anthropology and International Development Economics from the London School of Economics. Dosa lives and works in San Francisco, California.
JOSH PENN (PRODUCER) is an Academy Award nominated producer, whose films have won over 100 awards internationally. Most notable among them is BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, Cannes' Camera d'Or, and was nominated for four Academy Awards. In addition, Josh received Sundance and Indian Paintbrush's Producers Award and was a nominee for Outstanding Producer at the 2013 PGA Awards. Josh also produced TCHOUPITOULAS (2012) and GLORY AT SEA (2008). Upcoming projects include feature debuts of top emerging artists including Mark Elijah Rosenberg and Ray Tintori. Josh previously worked as the Michigan New Media Director for President Obama's 2008 campaign, and Senior Program Manager for the re-election campaign
ALANA PRYOR ACKERMAN (CINEMATOGRAPHER/CO-PRODUCER) is a Wisconsin-raised, New-Orleans-based filmmaker and photographer. Since moving south, she has worked on such films as the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, the Emmy-winning TRUE DETECTIVE, Jeff Nichols' upcoming feature MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, and Margaret Brown's SXSW winning documentary, THE GREAT INVISIBLE. She hopes to spend the rest of her days in the Crescent City seeking out odd jobs and good people.
STAR ROSENCRANS (CINEMATOGRAPHER) is a filmmaker and writer. In addition to his work on THE LAST SEASON, Rosencrans is in post-production on his documentary directorial debut, FEATHER AND PINE. He lives, works, and raises his three children in Los Angeles.
ERIN CASPER's (EDITOR) recent editing credits include AMERICAN PROMISE (POV 2014), which won the Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Full Frame Film Festival. She is also an editor and writer on the doc, THE NEW BLACK (Independent Lens 2014), which premiered at the LA Film Festival, Human Rights Watch and AFI Docs in June 2013. Her other credits include Sundance Editing Award winner DETROPIA (as Associate Editor), and OUR SCHOOL, which has screened at festivals around the world, including Tribeca, Visions du Réel, and Silverdocs for which it won the Sterling Award for Best U.S. Feature in 2011. Erin was the inaugural recipient for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship in 2011 and an editing fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit Lab in 2009.
STUART SLOAN (EDITOR) Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Stuart Sloan completed a BA and MA in film at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2007 he directed the short documentary COUNTERWEIGHT which showed at various festivals around Ireland. Moving to the USA in 2010, Stuart then edited and co-produced the Alzheimer's documentary YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME LIKE I LIVE HERE AND I DON'T, which screened nationwide on PBS in 2012, gaining very positive reviews from The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He also edited COLLAPSE a fiction feature film concerning the San Francisco Ballet with Cannes and Sundance-winning Director Rob Nilsson as well as ALL EARS, a documentary about instrumental hip-hop in Los Angeles, which premiered at SXSW in 2013. Stuart has just finished directing TOWERS OF BELFAST, a personal documentary about his hometown, set to premiere at the Belfast Film Festival in 2014.
DAN ROMER (COMPOSER) is a New York born and raised music producer, writer, mixer and film composer based out of his studio in Brooklyn. Dan has produced albums for an array of exciting artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs, Ian Axel, He Is We, April Smith, Lelia Broussard, Cara Salimando and Jukebox The Ghost. In addition to his prolific production work Dan is an accomplished film composer having scored two award-winning short films: DEATH TO THE TINMAN, and GLORY AT SEA, as well as his debut feature, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - winner of the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and the Caméra d'Or award at Cannes 2012.
OSEI ESSED (COMPOSER) is a songwriter and composer based in Brooklyn. He performs regularly with The Woes, a song-based, group improvisational project. Music by Essed has been used in live performance by Rocha Dance Theater; Ballet Memphis; as well as Benh Zeitlin's award winning short GLORY AT SEA. Essed posts new songs at oseiessed.bandcamp.com. THE LAST SEASON is Essed's first film score.
JOHN MONTAGUE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is the founder of newly formed Scope Dog. In addition to his work with THE LAST SEASON, John was an Executive Producer for The Ross Brothers' TCHOUPITOULAS. He is also an Associate Producer on the upcoming film by Jamie Meltzer, FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
ADAM SPIELBERG (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is the founder ofFilament Productions whose first feature, ARCADIA, starring John Hawkes, won the Crystal Bear at the ‘12 Berlinale. Filament’s first doc, Jamie Meltzer’s INFORMANT, was released in theaters in 2013, and was the #1 doc on iTunes. Filament is developing a slate of genre based narrative projects and manages an investment fund focusing on finishing costs. Before founding Filament, Adam was an executive for six years with Gigantic Pictures, where he produced Ramin Bahrani’s PLASTIC BAG starring Werner Herzog (Opening night short Venice ‘10), Co-Produced NIGHT CATCHES US starring Anthony Mackie (Sundance ’10), and was associate producer on Adam Salky’s DARE (Sundance ‘09). He also worked on Comedy Central’s iconic Chapelle’s Show.
SARAH GOLD (CONSULTING PRODUCER) is a journalist whose work has included writing and editing projects for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, and Travel+Leisure. Currently she is an editor at Afar magazine. She joined Filament in 2011 as an acquisitions consultant focusing on Documentary.
MAI ARAKIDA IZSAK (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER) After getting her start working for the producers of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, Maï co-produced the independent feature THE HEART MACHINE, which premiered in narrative competition at SXSW 2014. She’s worked on a variety of projects including the upcoming feature AD INEXPLORATA, James Franco’s BLACK DOG RED DOG, and produced a multimedia exhibit entitled, "Beyond Beasts: The Art of Court 13" with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Benh Zeitlin. Maï studied film production and fine arts at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and enjoys playing the violin in her spare time.
DANIEL HYMANSON (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, ASSISTANT EDITOR) is a filmmaker from Chicago. Currently splitting his time between Chicago and New Orleans, he works under Oscar-nominated filmmakers in the Court 13 Collective (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD). Over the past two years, he has worked as production designer on Nick Singer’s OTHER MONTHS, which is premiering at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. He is presently in post on his first feature QUEEN OF THE BATTLING BUTTERFLY BRIGADE. Hymanson is a 2011 graduate of the Wesleyan University film program.