About the Filmmakers

Producer / Writer / Director POLA RAPAPORT

 

POLA RAPAPORT is a writer, director, and editor of many award-winning films.

 

Recent work includes “Nadia Comaneci: The Gymnast and the Dictator” for Arte, on the dubious relationship between the young “Perfect Ten” gymnast and the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu; “Hair: Let the Sun Shine In”, the definitive documentary on the grundbreaking hippie musical; “Writer of O,” portrait of the elusive author of the erotic novel Story of O; “Family Secret,” the story of the discovery of the filmmaker’s secret Romanian brother; “Blind Light,” a hybrid documentary/drama of a photographer’s peak experience in an Italian villa, starring Edie Falco; and “Broken Meat,” portrait of the mad poet Alan Granville. Several of her films have been co-produced by Arte France.

 

She is the editor of many feature documentaries, including “Museum Town”, (SxSW 2019), a portrait of the contemporary art museum MASS MoCA, Alex Sichel’s “A Woman Like Me” starring Lily Taylor (SxSW Directing Award, 2015), Lilly Rivlin’s “Heather Booth: Changing the World” and “Grace Paley; Collected Shorts” (Audience Award, 2010 Woodstock FF). Pola has also edited Kathy Leichter’s “Here One Day”, on the impact of a mother’s suicide on her family. She consulted on Kirsten Johnson’s Oscar-short-listed “Cameraperson”.

 

Rapaport has been invited to attend Yaddo Artists’ Colony in the fall of 2019. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, an Emmy nominee and winner of numerous grants and awards. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and teaches editing there. She is married to DP Wolfgang Held, with whom she has often collaborated. She holds both USA and French citizenship.

 

Awards:

Special Jury Prize, Barcelona BCN Sports Film Festival (Nadia Comaneci)

Grand Prix de la S.C.A.M. Best Documentary on French television (Family Secret)

Grand Prix d’URTI Monte Carlo- Best Documentary (Writer of O)

Message to Man Festival / Award of the Press, St. Petersberg Russia (Broken Meat), Joris Ivens Prize, IDFA (Broken Meat), Best Cinematography Oberhausen Film Festival (Broken Meat)

 

Broadcasts: IFC, Sundance Channel, WNET/Channel 13, Arte (France-Germany), VRT & RTBF Belgian Television, WDR Germany, RAI Italy, DR Denmark, SBS Australia, YLE Finland, RTS Switzerland, RTP2 Portugal, RUV Iceland, RTVE Spain, Channel 8 Israel, et al

 

Film Festivals: Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, Hamptons, IDFA, Rotterdam, Jerusalem, FIPA Biarritz, Denver, SF Jewish, Hamptons Take 2, Edinburgh and the Flaherty Film Seminar

 

Dual citizen USA/ France    

www.polarapaport.com    

polarap@gmail.com 

 

Director of Photography WOLFGANG HELD

 

German born Wolfgang Held has been working as Director of Photography in New York City since the mid 1990s.

 

He photographed Sacha Baron Cohen’s hit comedy Brüno (2008).  His work on the PBS documentary series Carrier won him a prime-time Emmy for Best Cinematography in 2008. He is co-founder of the KameraKollektiv, a group of six top cinematographers who specialize in socially conscious non-fiction films. 

 

Throughout his career Held has photographed many high-profile documentaries and award-winning films. Currently he is shooting a Netflix series on the Innocence Project for Alex Gibney and Liz Garbus. Other docs include "The Fourth Estate" for Showtime (2018), "Years of Living Dangerously" for Showtime and PBS, "Children Underground" (Oscar nominee 2002), "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", and "Half the Sky", featuring Nicholas Kristof, for PBS. He has shot several documentaries with his wife, Pola Rapaport.

 

Wolfgang Held has photographed over twenty narrative feature films. Recently, he photographed Maggie Greenwald’s "Sophie and the Rising Sun" (Sundance, Gala premiere 2016). Other narrative features include Mo Ogrodnik’s "Ripe", "Floating", for which he was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at the New England Film Festival, "The Tic Code" for director Gary Winick, and Rob Morrow's directorial debut "Maze", starring Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney. The black comedy horror film "Teeth", by director Mitchell Lichtenstein, has become a cult favorite.

 

Wolfgang Held holds studied American Literature in Germany and an M.F.A. in Film from Temple University.

 

Dual citizen USA/ Germany

www.wolfgangheld.com    

wolfganghelddp@gmail.com

 

For a more complete filmography of Wolfgang Held, please visit his page on imdb.com

 

 

Co-Production Company, Belgium ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

 

Associate Directors is an independent production company based in Belgium, with offices in Antwerp and Brussels. Associate Directors focuses on co-producing creative documentaries for an international audience. The productions concentrate on social relevant issues and cultural in-depth stories. Started in 1991, today the company combines the filmmaking experience of Mark Daems, Jan Lapeire and Bram Crols. www.adirector.eu

 

Co-Producer, Associate Directors MARK DAEMS

 

MARK DAEMS (partner, Associate Directors) started his career in 1983 as a freelance director in Belgium. In 1991, he was co-founder of the independent production company Associate Directors. When the company started its documentary production line, Daems collaborated on co-productions with Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Denmark. Mads Brugger's  "Cold Case Hammarskjold", for which Associate Directors served as Belgian co-producers, won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Mark Daems is founding member and chairman of “Flanders Doc”, the association of documentary producers in Flanders. Contact mark@adirector.be

 

Co-Producer, Associate Directors BRAM CROLS

 

Since 2007, filmmaker and executive producer at the production collective Associate Directors. His filmography as filmmaker and producer counts many award-winning documentary features and series with international releases. Festival selections include Sundance, the Berlinale, HotDocs, IDFA, MoviesthatMatter and DokLeipzig. Contact bram@adirector.be

 

Associate Producer ALEX EGGERKING

 

Alex works in media in New York and Sydney, mixing the creative with the entrepreneurial. Born in Sydney, Australia, Alex traded in life as a corporate Mergers & Acquisitions attorney for the world of producing, editing, growing and monetizing media projects across podcasts, documentary, online and email newsletters. Alex has worked as a freelance business consultant with media organizations including ProPublica and Daily Pnut. She is currently building a new journalism-focused startup to tackle polarization in the US, as part of CUNY's Tow Knight Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Journalism.    alex.eggerking@gmail.com

Board of Advisors

 

DAVID C. LEVEN, JD, Consultant

David C. Leven, JD, is the Executive Director Emeritus of and Senior Consultant to End of Life Choices New York (EOLCNY). He served as its Executive Director between 2002 and 2016. An expert on advance care planning, patient rights, palliative care and end of life issues, David has played a key leadership role in having legislation introduced and enacted in New York to improve pain management, palliative care and end of life care.

STEPHEN JAMISON Ph.D., Consultant

Stephen Jamison, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, medical ethicist, and author.  He has worked educating healthcare professionals on communication issues around end-of-life medical decisions.

• DEREK HUMPHRY, Consultant

Derek Humphry is a British-born American journalist, author and principal founder in 1980 of the Hemlock Society USA and past president of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies, both of which support the notion of decriminalization of voluntary euthanasia. He is the author of Jean’s Way and the best seller Final Exit. He is also the president of the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO) and advisor to the Final Exit Network.

 

 

Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Umbrella Organization 

 

Human Arts Association JACQUELINE OCHS, President

The Human Arts Association is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of New York in 1976 for the purpose of producing and sponsoring independent productions by artists, writers, composers, performers and media-makers.  HAA's support stimulates talent and nurtures educational and artistic works which speak to relevant community issueslocal, national and international. Over the last four decades, the foundation has produced and sponsored many significant and award-winning performances and films.

 

 

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