Born and raised in New York, writer/director Dana Nachman’s films, WITCH HUNT (2008) and LOVE HATE LOVE (2011) have premiered and screened at the Toronto, Tribeca, IDFA, AFI and Cinequest Film Festivals. She has won numerous prizes including 3 Emmy Awards, The Edward R Murrow Award, The Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival. She has received more than a dozen grants for her work including grants from the Tribeca Institute, Fledgling Fund and the Pacific Pioneer Fund. Nachman’s films have been seen by millions of people on various networks including MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.
Don Hardy is the co-founder of KTF Films, a documentary production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don’s films have played to sold-out audiences at prestigious film festivals and have been seen by millions of people around the world. His most recent film, THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and IDFA in 2013. In 2011, Don’s film, LOVE HATE LOVE, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film won several film festival awards and had its US broadcast premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012. His first film, WITCH HUNT, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was broadcast on MSNBC. Don is currently hard at work on a new film about the avant-garde music and art collective known as The Residents. Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.
Chelsea Matter is a documentary producer whose films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Full Frame and IDFA and received national distribution through outlets such as RADiUS-TWC, The History Channel, Gravitas Ventures and OWN. Matter is a producer on THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival and international premiere at the renowned IDFA. Most recently, she co-produced and line produced the film BEING EVEL, directed by Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She was also a co-producer on A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Matter’s other film credits include INEQUALITY FOR ALL, which won the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2013 and LOVE HATE LOVE, which premiered at Tribeca 2011. A graduate of Stanford University, Matter has produced and written documentary television series for outlets including Discovery, The History Channel, NatGeo, Science Channel, Plum TV, A&E and Travel Channel.
Ashvini Bhave` is respected in India and amongst the Indian diaspora as a versatile actress in theater, television, and cinema. Her acting career has spanned over 40 films with several critically acclaimed performances in films such as Kalat Nakalat, Ahuti, Ashi hi banawa banvi, Bhairavi, Purush and the blockbuster film Heena by R.K productions. Besides receiving a degree in Motion picture and Television from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, she also has a degree in philosophy from University of Mumbai. Ashvini has won several Best Actress and Critics’ awards and is regarded as an actor of substance. She penned a popular column in the leading Marathi daily Loksatta for many years. She made her first documentary film Warli art and culture, about an endangered tribal art, in 2002. It screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival. In 2007 she produced her first feature film Kadachit and received accolades for her gripping performance as the protagonist. She lives in California with her husband and two children.
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