Susan Hamovitch, Producer and Director, is an independent filmmaker and teacher.
Her most recent documentary, Without Apology, was a personal saga about her brother who has multiple developmental disabilities www.withoutapology.com. The film has screened internationally, winning Best Feature Doc award at the BAC International Film Festival and 2nd Place Audience Award at the Hearts and Minds Film Festival. Her films have tackled other tough subjects, including a street theater's rehearsals for a work about abortion, On the Road to Choice, and a women's weaving collective in war torn Guatemala, The Women of Solola.
Stood for the Storm began after falling in love with this scarred, beautiful section of New Orleans. After volunteering for a week in a community kitchen, Ms. Hamovitch cleared the decks of all responsibilities up North and returned to teach a ten week workshop (free of charge) to any resident of the NOLA area who wanted to learn basic documentary techniques. The workshop was bound to foster friendships and collaboration. One such joint project became a short, award winning film, Lettie Lee Asks a Question, in which Ms. Lee, a 71 year old workshop participant, stops passersby to ask one of the more pressing questions of post-Katrina returnees... www.Lettieleeasksaquestion.com
The film shared second prize at the Pelican D'Or Film Festival.
Ms. Hamovitch lives in Brooklyn and teaches documentary studies at The New School University.
Tom Haneke, Editing Consultant
has been an editor for 38 years. He attended Boston University, School of Public Communication, where he received an MS in Film. He has edited films directed by Barbara Kopple, David Grubin, Alexandra Pelosi, Nanette Burstein, and Peter Davis, among others. His very first feature documentary, FROM MAO TO MOZART, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1980. Two other films he edited also won for Best Documentary Feature: HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCING in 1983 and AMERICAN DREAM in 1990.
He has received three Emmys for ѯutstanding editingѠfor his work on HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCING, the CBS special JACK, and MOTHER TERESA. His films GHOSTS OF ATTICA and LBJ each won the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism. He was an Adjunct Instructor for Editing at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Division, for 6 years 1998-2004. Other credits include JOHN MUIR IN THE NEW WORLD (PBS), and TOO HOT NOT TO
Robin Holcomb, Original Score
This is Susan Hamovitch's second collaboration with Holcomb, after a hauntingly moving score for "Without Apology."
Pianist, composer, singer and songwriter, Robin Holcomb, has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. A former sharecropper in North Carolina, she has composed extensively for chamber ensembles, big bands, dance, theater and film. Premiered in June 2011, the orchestral suite "Up On Hitt's Hill" portrays the history of the Hitt Fireworks Factory in Seattle, Washington. Her music, recorded on the Nonesuch, Tzadik and Songlines labels among others, has been called "staggeringly beautiful" (New York Times).
Stephen Boss, Graphics and Titles
Stephen was always interested in letterforms, in his youth using brushes and calligraphy pens, later in his life switching, along with the rest of the world, to a mouse and benzier points.
Stephen started Emboss Fonts in 1995 with an interest in developing typefaces with a unique vernacular. He has since consulted on type projects for Fairchild, JP Morgan Chase, Bumble and Bumble and Osh Kosh.
Boss's work has exhibited in Seybold's New Type Gallery, a traveling show, which originated at the the Javitz Center in NYC, before moving on to (among others) the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague and lastly Harvard University, where it is stored. His work has been featured in Japan's Timing Zero, Publish Magazine, and Mass HiTech. Boss's web design is featured here and in Ms. Hamovitch's company site, one~eyedCat productions
Mr. Boss lives in the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New York, and always has a few new designs in queue.