Vanessa began her film career in China while teaching a graduate course on “Law and Society” at People's University on a grant from the Ford Foundation and completing her PhD at Columbia University. Fluent in Chinese, she’s produced multiple films in China: Wang Quanan’s “The Story Of Ermei” (Berlin Film Festival, 2004); Chantal Akerman’s “Tombee De Nuit Sur Shanghai” part of an omnibus of films, “The State Of The World” (Berlin Film Festival, 2007); and her own short films, “China In Three Words” (Palm Springs, Doc NYC 2013); and “China Connection: Jerry” (Palm Springs, Doc NYC 2014). She directed and produced a web series for NYU’s US- Asia Law Institute called “LAW, LIFE & ASIA.” Her U.S. producing credits include Zeina Durra’s fiction feature, “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!” (Sundance Film Festival, 2010); Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve” based on the eponymous novel (Sundance Film Festival, 2010); and the Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary, “William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe” by Sarah and Emily Kunstler (Sundance Film Festival, 2009). Civil rights are a common theme of her films including her feature documentary directorial debut, “All Eyes And Ears,” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and was characterized as, “a deeply human examination of historical events, ideologies, and policies that have come to define U.S–China relations.” “All Eyes and Ears" is scheduled for release in December 2016. Vanessa was a fellow at the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House. This fall, she received a grant from the Compton Foundation as part of their “Women, Peace, Security” initiative to pursue a follow-up film to the China documentary focused on Taiwan called, “All Hearts and Minds.” Prior to her film career, Vanessa worked on foreign policy issues at the Council on Foreign Relations with Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies, Elizabeth Economy. She also worked at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She lived in Taipei, Taiwan on a Stanford University program from 1995-1996, witnessing and filming the island’s first presidential elections. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and East Asian Studies.
Ted visited the crew in Beijing, but produced from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as he and his wife Vanessa moved around the country during the making of this film. Expanding on a career producing landmark independent films, Ted launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production in January of this year. Ted has produced over seventy films. He co-founded and ran the 90's production & sales powerhouse Good Machine, and went on to co-found This is that, which over its eight years produced eighteen features and received numerous awards, including four Academy Award Best Screenplay nominations. Subsequently, he founded Double Hope Films with Vanessa. Ted has a unique eye for directorial talent, having launched the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener and many others. His films have received some of the industry's most prestigious honors: The Savages (2007) earned two Academy Award nominations; 21 Grams (2003), two Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations; and In the Bedroom (2001), five Academy Award nominations. Ted holds a record at Sundance: three of his twenty-three Sundance entries (American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995), and What Happened Was... (1994)) have won the Grand Jury Prize, more than any other producer. His book Hope for Film, a film memoir/handbook citing the lessons Ted learned from his directors and productions, was published in Fall 2014 to great reviews. It is now in its second printing.
Geralyn is the founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. In 2013, she co-founded Gamechanger Films, a film fund dedicated to women directors. Her independent producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; Academy Award nominated The Square, Academy Award nominated The Invisible War and multiple film festival winners. Geralyn was honored with the IDA’s 2013 Amicus Award for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking. Variety recognized Geralyn in their 2014 Women’s Impact Report, highlighting her work in the entertainment industry.
Magela Crosignani is originally from Uruguay and holds a BFA degree in Film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Since graduation Magela has shot a number of feature films as Director of Photography, including The Imperialists are Still Alive, which was an Official Selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, starring Cannes and Cesar Award-winning actress Elodie Bouchez; Mosquita y Mari, which premiered at Sundance in 2012; Mary-Marie, for which she was awarded Best Cinematography at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2010; Ruta de la Luna, shot on location in Panamá; Feriado, which was shot on location in Ecuador and premiered at the Berlinale in 2014 and Una Noche Sin Luna, a Uruguayan-Argentinian co-production that won best film at the Zurich Film Festival 2014. Magela has also worked as a Camera Operator and 2nd unit cinematographer on films like Everything is Illuminated, directed by Liev Schreiber; My Own Love Song, starring Renee Zellweger and Forrest Whitaker; and Cowboys and Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau, starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.
Laura Hudock is a director of photography and documentary producer. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild since 2003, she began learning her craft working as a camera assistant with award-winning cinematographers like Terry Stacey, ASC, and Russell Fine, as well as directors like Paul Haggis and Robert Altman. Known for creating intimate portraits with a global perspective, she has experience shooting all over the world, including Egypt, India, Jamaica, Cameroon, Vietnam and Fiji. She served as DP and Producer on Funeral Season, a feature-length documentary shot in Cameroon that has screened at more than 40 international film festivals. Laura was also producer and co-cinematographer of One Million Bones, a documentary about a globally-created art installation to promote awareness of ongoing genocide. In addition, she collaborated with EP/Director Michael Weatherly on the feature documentary Jamaica Man as DP and producer. Her recent television credits include The Godfather of Pittsburgh and The First 48, both for the A&E Network. She recently shot a season of Vice, a weekly HBO documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world. Website: www.hudockimages.com
Michael Taylor's credits include Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon and Hateship Loveship, starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce; Ira Sachs' Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina; Rick Alverson's Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington and John C. Reilly and The Comedy, starring Tim Heidecker; and Julia Loktev's The Loneliest Planet, starring Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal, and Day Night Day Night. His documentary credits include Holly Morris and Anne Bogart's The Babushkas of Chernobyl, Josef Astor's Lost Bohemia, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's segment of Freakonomics, and Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths and Be Here to Love Me.