Producer/Director: Heidi Schmidt Emberling
Heidi Schmidt Emberling is a freelance producer and editor working
in television, commercials, news, corporate, and documentary formats.
She produced, directed, and edited Spirit of the Dawn, about Native American education, which is currently in educational
distribution through New Day Films (www.newday.com). She also produced and directed two television magazine pieces: Forgotten Children, about Guatemalan street kids, and Mystery Disease, about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She received a 2000 Emmy nomination for editing a documentary for KRON-TV: San Francisco: Birth of a City, narrated by Peter Coyote, which covered the gold rush in 1850
through the turn of the century. She also edited an independent
half-hour documentary, Hepatitis C: A Viral Mystery with producer Terry L. Strauss and a series of short documentaries
for the environmental series Green Means, for KQED, San Francisco's public television station.
Videographer: Ken Swartz
Ken Swartz is an award-winning producer, videographer and writer
working in the Special Projects Unit at KRON-TV in San Francisco,
with over twenty years of national and local broadcast experience.
His projects include: A Child of the Holocaust, a profile of a holocaust survivor, The World of Steve Silver, a profile of the late San Francisco artist, entertainer and
"Beach Blanket Babylon" producer who died of AIDS in 1995 (shown
at the San Francisco International Film Festival), and the duPont-Columbia
Journalism Award-winning In the Shadow of the Wall, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
He has twice received the National Photographer of the Year award
from the National Press Photographers Association and has received
awards from RTNDA, AP, the Northern California Emmy Awards, two
Robert F. Kennedy awards, and the George Foster Peabody Award
and duPont Columbia Journalism Award for his photography and field
producing work on Climate of Death.
Editor: Shirley Thompson
Shirley Thompson is an Emmy Award-winning San Francisco-based
freelance video editor and AVID Certified Instructor who has worked
fifteen years in the television industry editing for broadcast
and independent television. Recently she edited Surfing for Life, a documentary about ten extraordinary older surfers which won
Best Documentary at the 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival
and Homes and Hands, a documentary on community land trusts with Academy Award-winning
director Debra Chasnoff and Helen S. Cohen which won a Silver
Apple at the National Educational Film Festival. Other editing
credits include Yield To Total Elation: The Life and Art of A.G. Rizzoli with director Pat Ferrero, It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School, a feature length documentary with Debra Chasnoff about teachers
doing anti-homophobia work in elementary schools which won a C.I.N.E.
Golden Eagle in addition to numerous Best of Festival awards,
School Colors for PBS' Frontline & Telesis Productions, The Macho Mystique for KGO-TV and PeaceTalks for Heartland Media.
Composer: Miriam Cutler
Miriam Cutler has been writing, producing, and performing music
for over 20 years. Getting her start in bands including the popular
Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo she developed her own recording
studio and moved from live performance into composing full time.
By pursuing her passion for documentaries, she has been able to
combine her love of music and film with meaningful and activist
projects. These include the award winning Licensed to Kill, Scout's Honor, Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez, Hidden Neighborhoods of San Francisco - The Castro, Death a Love Story, Shattered Lullabies, Slender Existence and the PBS series "Searching For God In America". Her scoring credits also include many features, short films,
TV shows, and a circus. miriamcutler.com
Phyllis Rosenhaft, Media Department/Moriah Films Production,
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Adrian Schrek, Director of Education, Holocaust Center of Northern
Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director, Jewish Studies Program, Yeshiva
of Los Angeles
Andrew R. Heinze, Director, Swig Judaic Studies Program, History
Department, University of San Francisco
Dr. Michael Gruettner, DAAD Visiting Professor, University of