William Watson is an independent filmmaker who began his career as an experimental artist. He started studying figurative sculpture at the New York Studio School in 1995, where he was fascinated with how his sculpture changed and began to document his work using a pinhole camera. This personal investigation led to the fabrication of a 16mm pinhole motion picture camera that he used to document the New York City landscape. William believed if you watched any place long enough something profound would occur. This fascination led him to New York Public Television in 1998 where he worked as a time-lapse photographer.
In 2000, he became a daily photographer for the San Francisco Examiner. And in 2001, William was awarded a Peter S. Reed Grant for his experimental film Ten to Six. After becoming dramatically affected by the events on 9/11, he put his filmmaking career on hold and moved to Alaska where he worked for 10 years as a Firefighter Paramedic for the Anchorage Fire Department. It was in Alaska during the fall of 2012, that William chanced upon Jesse Osborn and began filming The Passage.
William hails from Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University as an undergraduate and received a MFA from Bard College. He currently lives in Germany with his family.
Joanna Kiernan is an award winning filmmaker and editor who started in experimental film in England, before coming to the U.S. in her twenties to attend graduate school at UC San Diego. Moving to New York City she began to work as an editor, beginning with Azul, the story of Nicaragua told through the poetry of its people, which she also co-produced with Roland Legiardi-Laura. Azul premiered at the Berlin International Film festival and was a winner at the Human Rights Festival. Home Less Home, a film she co-wrote, investigated the representation of homelessness in our culture, and premiered at New Directors/New Films.
Other films include The Ladies’ Special, about a “women’s only” train in Bombay directed by Dorothee Wenner; Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She Thing, an MTV special for which she directed and edited miniature portraits of women activists including Audrey Hepburn and Gloria Steinem; Islam vs. the West, a round table discussion moderated by Bill Moyers broadcast after 9/11; Breaking the Silence, a two hour television special documenting the journeys of abused women from victim to survivor; as well as various programs for public television including, Frontline, African American Lives, and the contemporary art program Art 21.
Lisa Remington is an independent documentary producer who’s been fortunate to work with a number of notable directors. She produced Jessica’s Yu’s short film, ForEveryone.Net for the Ford Foundation, The Road We’ve Traveled, Davis Guggenheim’s short film for the Obama campaign and Rory Kennedy’s HBO film about her mother, Ethel. Lisa co-produced Participant Media’s chilling documentary on nuclear weapons, Countdown to Zero, directed by Lucy Walker, which premiered at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festivals. She collaborated with Robert Greenwald on Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers and the ACLU Brave New Films co-production, The Freedom Files, a nine-part documentary series that aired on PBS.
Recently Lisa produced Raising Ryland, a digital short for CNN.com, and co-produced Cesar’s Last Fast, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lisa has a BFA in Theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellow.
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Nathaniel Kahn is an award winning filmmaker. His Academy Award nominated documentary My Architect is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The film tells the story of his father, Louis I. Kahn, one of the leading architects of the 20th century and was nominated for two Spirit Awards, an Emmy and won the 2004 Directors Guild of America award for outstanding direction, after enjoying a highly successful worldwide theatrical release. His short films include the Academy Award and Emmy nominee Two Hands, an inspiring portrait of the internationally celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher.
Nathaniel is currently in production on a film for the Discovery Channel about NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, a next generation space observatory designed to search for light from the first stars, galaxies and planetary systems, with the mission of better understanding not only the formation of the universe but the origins of life.
Nathaniel is a graduate of Yale University.