Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and a co-founder of Big Mouth Productions. For her latest project, Chevigny teamed up with fellow filmmaker Ross Kauffman ("Born into Brothels") to make "E-Team," a documentary which follows an elite group of human rights abuse investigators as they document and expose atrocities in war-torn Libya and Syria. The film premiered at Sundance 2014, where it won the Cinematography Award for US Documentary, and has garnered multiple other awards.
Chevigny's previous credits include "Election Day," which premiered at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in 2007 and was broadcast on PBS in 2008, and "Deadline," an investigation into Illinois Governor George Ryan's commutation of death sentences. "Deadline," which she co-directed with Kirsten Johnson, was nominated for an Emmy Award and won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award, among others.
Co-founder of The Working Group, Patrice O'Neill has been producer and executive producer of successful national series on PBS for fifteen years. She and Pamela Calvert, the former station relations and outreach manager for the Independent Television Service, will talk about how the successful impact of Not In Our Town has influenced the filmmaking direction of The Working Group, and new challenges for broadcast-based community organizing and outreach.
The Center is honored to host Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy, makers of State of Fear, as its fall visiting filmmakers. They will also be working with School of Communication students and offering a public lecture. They are extraordinary exemplars of documentarians with a social conscience.
The veteran Dutch filmmaker Jos de Putter has made award-winning, moving films about war, civil strife and human rights. The Damned and the Sacred follows a cultural troupe of orphans as they share Chechnyan folk culture throughout Europe. and discussing a career in social documentary filmmaking.
Tia Lessin, a New York-based documentary filmmaker, received the 2002 Sidney Hillman Award for her work as producer and director of Behind the Labels, a film about sweatshops in Saipan that was shown on the Oxygen cable channel, before Congress and in theaters nationwide. Lessin was the supervising producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary film Bowling for Columbine and associate producer of the Academy Award-nominated Shadows of Hate. She has twice been nominated for Emmy Awards for her work in television. She co-produced Michael Moore's latest film Fahrenheit 9/11.
Vicky Funari, whose work focuses primarily on women's stories, as well as the complex identities of today's culturally mixed and dynamic migratory populations, is the Center's Fall 2006 Visiting Artist. She will guest lecture in SOC production classes Oct. 18 – 19, and will also screen her latest film as part of the Human Rights Film Series.
Award-winning photographer Lou Dematteis, who has spent more than two decades documenting social and political conflict and their consequences in the United States and around the world, is our Fall 2006 Visiting Photographer. He will be at American University to give a guest lecture on October 19 on his career as a photographer.