Davina Pardo, Director/Producer
Davina Pardo is an Emmy® award-winning documentary filmmaker in Brooklyn, NY. She recently produced VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, a feature-length HBO documentary about New Yorker cartoonists that received a 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Davina is the director and producer of several award-winning documentary shorts, including MINKA and BIRDLINGS TWO, which have screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs Shortest, DOC NYC, DOK Leipzig, Sheffield Doc/Fest and other festivals worldwide. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP's Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, and the Sundance Institute. A native of Canada, Davina previously worked as assistant to David Cronenberg and associate produced the Academy Award-winning documentary FREEHELD.
Joanna Sokolowski, Co-Producer
Joanna Sokolowski is an Emmy® award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is the director of the PBS documentary “Ovarian Psycos” (2016), which premiered at SXSW and will be broadcast on the award winning documentary series Independent Lens in March 2017. She co-produced the HBO film “Very Semi Serious” (2015), a feature-length documentary about New Yorker cartoonists that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has worked as a producer at Walking Iris Media and Open Studio Productions. Her short film “Still Time” (2012) chronicles life after serving 20 years in prison. She holds a BA in Community Development & Urban Planning and received her MA in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was the recipient of the Human Rights Center fellowship.
Emily Topper, Cinematographer
Emily was born and raised in Baltimore, earned a BA from Swarthmore College in Literature, and an MFA from University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Her cinematography feature credits include the 2015 Emmy winner for Best Documentary, "After Tiller," "Ain't In it For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm," "All Fall Down," "Elemental," and the forthcoming "The Departure." She is currently shooting a multi-year film about the effects of climate change on mountain farmers in the Andes of Peru.
Lila Place, Editor
Lila Place is a documentary film editor and director who got her start in the editing rooms of Woody Allen and Spike Lee. As an editor she’s worked on numerous films that have won awards at top film festivals including Silverdocs, IDFA, Hot Docs and Full Frame and aired nationally as well as internationally. She has also directed several short films including UNDER THE ROLLER COASTER which won best short at Slamdance and screened at the MoMA and was broadcast on PBS. Lila believes that intimate personal stories can convey powerful universal themes and that documentaries can be as cinematic and emotionally compelling as fiction. Her work is influenced by her background in feature films cultural anthropology and dance. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Barnard College and an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.
David Teague, Consulting Editor
David Teague is a documentary film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning films. His documentaries include the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated, the Emmy-nominated and Sundance-winning E-TEAM, and the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Cutie and the Boxer. Other documentaries include the Oscar-winning Freeheld (2007) and two other Oscar-nominated films (Mondays at Racine, Sun Come Up), the Full Frame winner Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light), the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series “Constitution USA”, and the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special “Growing Hope Against Hunger”.
David has served as an editing mentor with the IFP Documentary Labs and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. He has taught editing or guest lectured at Columbia University, the New School, DCTV, Union Docs, the Manhattan Edit Workshop, Brooklyn College and Long Island University, and he is the author of three best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express.
Max Avery Lichtenstein, Composer
Max Avery Lichtenstein is a New York-based film composer whose melodic sensibilities, understated arrangements and creative recording techniques infuse a special character into the movies his music accompanies. Max has written scores and songs for critically-acclaimed narrative features such as The King, Jesus’ Son, and Far From Heaven. His scores can be heard in numerous documentaries, including the Academy Award-nominated short Mondays at Racine, the Emmy-winning feature Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists, and the groundbreaking autobiography Tarnation. In addition to composing for film, Max writes and performs songs under the name Camphor.