Letters

From

Baghdad

A Documentary Film

DIRECTOR / EDITOR

Sabine Krayenbühl SABINE KRAYENBÜHL
Sabine Krayenbühl is an award winning editor with over 20 theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit, many of which have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world. Her work includes Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated My Architect for which she received an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award nomination. Other credits include Mad Hot Ballroom, one of the top twenty highest grossing documentaries, The Bridge produced by IFC, Picasso and Braque go to the Movies, produced by Martin Scorsese, Virgin Tales, Ahead of Time, Jennifer Fox’s Emmy nominated My Reincarnation, Salinger on which she consulted and most recently Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water, co-produced by BBC Films. Krayenbühl has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a long-term member of New York Women in Film and Television.

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Zeva Oelbaum ZEVA OELBAUM
Zeva Oelbaum is an award winning producer and photographer. She recently produced Ahead of Time, a feature documentary about centenarian journalist Ruth Gruber which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering six Best Documentary awards. The film opened theatrically across the U.S. and was broadcast on Showtime Channel. Oelbaum was also executive producer of the feature documentary, Rene and I. She comes to film from a career as a still photographer and her work has been extensively published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine. Her photographs are in international public collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France and The Brooklyn Museum and two monographs of her work have been published by Rizzoli Int’l Publishers. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in anthropology, and a member of the Producer’s Guild.

CO-PRODUCER, LONDON

Mia Bays MIA BAYS, Missing in Actions Films
Mia Bays is an Academy award-winning film producer and distribution strategist with 22 years’ experience. She has received two BAFTA nominations, including one for the documentary feature Scott Walker—30 Century Man, executive produced by and featuring David Bowie. She produced the Oscar winning film Six Shooter, directed by Martin McDonagh, and most recently produced Backstreet Boys—Show ‘em What You’re Made Of, released on over 1400 screens worldwide in Spring 2015. The film has ranked #1 on iTunes in North America. She has been distributor and sales agent on over 40 features including the Academy award winning Tsotsi, Blindsight, The Wedding, Banquet, and Richard III. Mia is also Director of Birds Eye View Film, a UK charity with over 25,000 followers that works to turn up the volume on the female creative voice in film. birds-eye-view.co.uk

CO-PRODUCERS, PARIS

Christian Popp & Fabrice Estève CHRISTIAN POPP & FABRICE ESTEVE
YUZU Productions is a film production company created in 2012 by Fabrice Estève and Christian Popp, two producers who have put their experience and knowledge together to produce high quality and challenging media content. YUZU Productions’ ambition is to produce fresh and refreshing content for television, the cinema screen and cross media. Christian Popp & Fabrice Estève Since its creation YUZU Productions has delivered six feature length and three TV hour documentaries, and three short films, most of them produced as international co-productions with Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, USA, Brazil, China, Germany. YUZU Productions has been nominated for Best French Documentary Production Company 2015 by the French Producer’s association PROCIREP. yuzu-productions.com, info@yuzu-productions.com

Composer

Paul Cantelon PAUL CANTELON
Paul Cantelon is American composer of film scores and contemporary classical music. He is also a violinist, pianist, and accordionist, and a founding member of the American alternative band Wild Colonials. His film scores include Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated (2005), the award winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W. (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), Oscar Winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s upcoming release Violet & Daisy, and Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson. Paul also recently contributed original music to Jonathan Demme’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, called Fear Of Falling.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Tilda Swinton TILDA SWINTON
Tilda Swinton started making films with the English experimental director Derek Jarman in 1985, with Caravaggio. She is known for both arthouse and mainstream films including The Bigger Splash, Trainwreck, Only Lovers left Alive, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Snowpiercer, Burn After Reading, The Chronicles of Narnia, Orlando and the widely applauded I Am Love, which she co-produced. In 2008, she won the Academy Award and the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton and the Evening Standard’s Best Actress award in the UK for her work in Erick Zonca’s Julia. In 2011, Swinton starred in and executive produced We Need To Talk About Kevin. The film debuted in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival to huge critical acclaim and garnered honors including Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She will play the Ancient One in the upcoming MARVEL’s Doctor Strange. In addition to her film career, Swinton’s innovative work as a performance artist has been presented at the Serpentine Gallery in London, MOMA New York and in Paris, where she and Olivier Saillard collaborated on a series called Impossible Wardrobes on the Art of Dressing.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Thelma Schoonmaker THELMA SCHOONMAKER
Thelma Schoonmaker is a highly acclaimed, three-time Academy Award-winning film editor. During a six-week summer course at New York University’s film school she met Martin Scorsese and within a few years she was editing his first feature, Who’s that Knocking at My Door. In 1981 she won the Academy Award, the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award, and the BAFTA Award for her editing of Raging Bull. Since then, she has worked on all of Scorsese’s feature films, most recently HUGO, which earned her an Oscar, an Eddie and a BAFTA nomination. In addition to editing, she works tirelessly to promote the films and writings of her late husband, the film director Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp).

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Denise Benmosche DENISE BEMOSCHE
Denise Benmosche is a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts, committed to the advancement of academic freedom and the protection of threatened scholars around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Education, as the Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund Development Committee (SRF) and as the Co-Chair of the SRF Women’s Leadership Committee. She has established two SRF Endowment Funds, which, combined with other donors’ endowments, have made possible the rescue of more than three hundred scholars from Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East. Denise is also Chair of the 92nd Street Y Committee for the Endowment of the Jewelry Department. With her family, Denise saved the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY from demolition and fully restored it. Denise previously collaborated with Oelbaum and Krayenbühl as Executive Producer on Ahead of Time.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Elizabeth Rodriguez Chandler ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ CHANDLER
Elizabeth Chandler is an investment banker who has provided financing advice to sovereigns, cultural institutions and corporations in the US and the emerging markets for over 25 years. Upon learning of Gertrude Bell’s fascinating life and influence in the Middle East, she was compelled to write a screenplay about Bell, and ultimately connected with Oelbaum and Krayenbuhl whose inspiring vision for Letters from Baghdad lead her to join them on producing their film. Elizabeth is currently a partner of ALKeMi LLC which advises and finances new companies, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton in Asia and the Leadership Council of Americares.

Executive Producer

David E. R. Dangoor DAVID E.R. DANGOOR
David E.R. Dangoor is President of Innoventive Partners LLC, which provides board and consulting services in the fields of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Public Relations. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioGaia AB, Stockholm, a public Swedish bio-tech company. He is a member of the board of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, a director of the board ofNew York City Ballet and a board member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, where he was Chairman from 1997 to 2001. In addition, he was Honorary Consul General representing Sweden in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey (2010 – 2015). Mr. Dangoor grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics. He spent 30 years in senior management positions with Philip Morris / Altria Group in several countries before coming to New York in 1987.

Executive Producer

David Dangoor DAVID DANGOOR
David Dangoor grew up in Baghdad, studied physics at Imperial College London, followed by working as a systems analyst at IBM. He is now a director of a number of private commercial real estate companies. David was till recently President of the Elders of the Spanish & Portuguese Sephardi Community. He is President of Jewish Renaissance magazine, and a Trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre UK, as well as Honorary President of the Association Jewish Academics from Iraq in Israel. David has been the Sponsor of Westminster Academy since it was founded in 2006. Passionate about widening access to science and active in developing a number of initiatives for this, David is Hon. President of the Space Science Engineering Foundation and is also a member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute. David has been a promoter of interfaith harmony for many years and is Chair of the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Alan (AJ) Jones, Ashley Garrett ALAN (AJ) JONES & ASHLEY GARRET
Alan (AJ) Jones, a long-time supporter of the arts, serves as Trustee for the American Repertory Theater and the U.S. Board of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. He has previously served as a Trustee of Musica Viva and the Shakespeare Society. He has a deep interest in Winston Churchill and his times. Currently, AJ is Head of Global Private Equity at Morgan Stanley where, during the last 23 years, he has managed several of the firm’s global investment banking divisions, based in New York and London. Alan (AJ) Jones, Ashley Garrett Ashley Garrett brings more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, advertising, teaching and photojournalism to the Letters from Baghdad team. An influential philanthropist in providing crucial social services and supporting education in NYC, Ashley dedicated nearly 20 years as the Director of the All Souls Soup Kitchen, and currently serves as a Trustee for the NYC Autism Charter School and the Center for Comprehensive Health Practices. She also works as a freelance photographer who specializes in the performing arts and has photographed actors, dancers and musicians all over the world.

Executive Producer

Ruedi Gerber RUEDI GERBER
Ruedi Gerber has produced and directed award winning shorts and documentaries including Living With the Spill and Meta-Mecano (Best Architecture Documentary, Paris). His first narrative feature Heartbreak Hospital starred Patricia Clarkson. His trilogy about the life and work of Anna Halprin, include Breath Made Visible, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Seniors Rocking and newly released Journey in Sensuality—Anna Halprin & Rodin. He is a producer of upcoming Italian feature Girl in Flight (La Fuga) and Basmati Blues with Donald Sutherland and Brie Larsen. His Song of Seeds, a documentary about rice farmers in India, is in production.

Associate Producer

Rob Quaintance ROB QUAINTANCE
Rob Quaintance was a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a leading international law firm. Since retiring in 2012, he has worked as a writer and editor on various public service and arts projects. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Union Settlement Association, one of the oldest social service agencies in the US, and currently serves as Board Chair of the International Legal Foundation, a New York-based non-profit that provides criminal legal aid to the indigent in countries emerging from war or civil unrest.

CONSULTING PRODUCER

Anthos Media LLC ANTHOS MEDIA LLC
Anthos Media LLC, founded by Andrea Miller and Carla Solomon in 2008, is a New York City- based documentary production company. Anthos Media LLC Anthos documentaries include the PGA Award-nominated Particle Fever (2014), The New Public (2012), Colliding Dreams (2014), Stalin’s Shadow (in pre-production), Joseph Pulitzer: Media Mogul (in production), How To Handle A Spoon (in post-production), and Thank You For Your Service (2016).

CONSULTING PRODUCER

Margot Steinberg MARGOT STEINBERG
Margot Steinberg has over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit world. She has held a number of executive positions including National Director of Programs for the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute, Director of Individual Giving at International Education’s (IIE) and Chief Development Officer of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund’s. Margot works with high-net worth individuals, philanthropic leaders from Fortune 500 companies, and corporate foundation representatives to engage them in philanthropic activities.

CONSULTING PRODUCER

Tracie Holder TRACIE HOLDER
Tracie Holder is an award-winning filmmaker, fundraiser, engagement specialist and consultant. Clients include Women Make Movies, Active Voice, European Documentary Network, Scottish Documentary Institute and the Made in NY Media Center. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film & TV and Manhattan Neighborhood Network; grant panelist for national and local funders; lecturer for film organizations and universities; and consultant on numerous documentary projects. Holder co-directed/produced JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently producing MUDFLOW, a documentary set in Indonesia, directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade.

CONSULTING PRODUCER

Kevin Brownlow KEVIN BROWNLOW
Kevin Brownlow is a British filmmaker, film historian, author and Academy Award recipient. As a film editor, he worked on Tony Richardson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade. He co-directed two feature films with Andrew Mollo, It Happened Here and Winstanley, and also co-directed a thirteen-part TV series for Thames TV devoted to the American silent film with David Gill. His company restored the Valentino classic, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the last Douglas Fairbanks silent, The Iron Mask. He has produced documentaries on such outstanding names as Merian C. Cooper, Greta Garbo and Cecil B. DeMille. Among Brownlow’s books are The Parade’s Gone By, David Lean, and The War, the West, and the Wilderness. His initiative in interviewing largely forgotten film pioneers in the 1960s and 1970s preserved a legacy of cinema. Brownlow received an Honorary Academy Award in 2010.

Creative Consultant

Cynthia Kane CYNTHIA KANE
With gbgg productions and Les Film de l’Après Midi, Cynthia Kane executive produced New Eyes by Ethiopian filmmaker Hiwot Admasu Getaneh which screened at the Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals. In creating DOCday on Sundance Channel, she helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on American television. Through her work at ITVS, she shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media. As Senior Producer at Al Jazeera America she championed both series (Kartemquin’s Hard Earned) and documentaries (Albert Mayles final work, In Transit, Leon Gast’s Sporting Dreams, Barbara Kopple’s Shelter, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s Daisy and Max.)

Creative Consultant

Cynthia López CYNTHIA LÓPEZ
Cynthia López is a media strategist, executive producer, content advisor and creative consultant developing national and global engagement strategy. She is the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and was the steward of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. López implemented strategies to support production of film and TV. She joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000 as executive VP and co-executive producer of the award-winning POV documentary series. Responsible for the organization’s development, she worked with key stakeholders in education, public policy and community development. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work. She is the recipient of 11 National News & Documentary Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards and three Columbia-DuPont Awards among many other industry recognitions.

Creative Consultant

Susan J. Margolin SUSAN J. MARGOLIN
With over 25 years’ experience in global film and television, Margolin has built a reputation as a digital pioneer and dedicated supporter of independent film. After spending her early career in international film sales, she launched the independent film and television distribution company New Video in 1991 with Steve Savage. While at New Video she launched Docurama Films, which has championed more than 400 award winning films, from Academy Award nominees including Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again and Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost trilogy to Josh Fox’s Gasland, and Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. In 2012, Margolin and Savage sold New Video to Cinedigm. While at Cinedigm, she released many critically acclaimed films including Short Term 12. Margolin recently launched a new company, St. Marks Productions. She currently serves on the board of directors of BAFTA NY and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

ARCHIVAL PRODUCER

Judy Aley JUDY ALEY
Judy Aley is an archival researcher and producer for documentaries, feature films and television. Representative credits include two seasons of the climate change series Years of Living Dangerously, Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and Bad 25, Shola Lynch’s Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko, and Amir Bar Lev’s The Tillman Story. She is currently working with Nathaniel Kahn on an untitled documentary about the art world.

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