SAM KARP DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Sam Karp began his career at Ken Burns' production company, Florentine Films, assisting on "Jazz" and "Frank Lloyd Wright." He moved into postproduction as an assistant editor, and later as an editor, in New York and Washington, D.C. for the Home & Garden Channel, broadcast promos, and industrial videos. Sam joined The Discovery Channel as an editor/producer where he had the opportunity to work on a wide range of programming. He received his MFA in film and television production from the University of Southern California, where he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fellowship. Since then, he has directed and/or edited numerous non-fiction and narrative projects for broadcast and in independent film. Sam grew up primarily in Maryland, and studied Music and Comparative Literature at Brown University.
LYNN STEVENSON PRODUCER
Lynn began her career in San Francisco as a film and video editor. She joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild and moved to Los Angeles where she edited and/or produced theatrical trailers for Roger Corman, Hammer Creative and Disney/Buena Vista Marketing. She transitioned to long form programming, working as associate producer, post producer/supervisor, editor, assistant editor or story producer on a variety of theatrical features, television series, pilots and movies for HBO, Paramount, Warner Brothers, NBC/Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony, MGM, KCET, New Line Cinema, Alliance-Atlantis, Citadel, Landscape, GRB, and others. As staff producer for the Los Angeles office of Delta Entertainment, she produced and directed nine documentary, biography and non-fiction films. As a theatre director, she has worked with Theatre Neo, West Coast Ensemble, Company of Angels, Sacred Fools, and others. Lynn studied Theatre Arts at UCLA, radio announcing and performance at the KiiS Radio Workshop, and film and television at San Francisco State University, where she received her B.A. in Broadcasting. Lynn grew up in Mill Valley, California.
MARK JONATHAN HARRIS CONSULTANT
Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, and film professor. After graduating from Harvard College, he started his professional career as a wire service reporter in Chicago, first covering crime for the City News Bureau and then general news for the Associated Press. He moved on to television to make documentary films for the King Broadcasting Co. stations in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. In 1973 he and his family moved to Los Angeles. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are Huelga!, an award-winning film about the first year of the Delano grape strike that was broadcast on PBS (1967); The Redwoods, a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood national park that won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary (1968); The Foreigners, a film made for the Peace Corps about a group of volunteers doing community development work in Colombia (1968); The Homefront, a NEH-funded documentary about the social and economic impact of World War II on this country (1985); The Long Way Home, a film made for the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the period immediately following the Holocaust that won the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (1997); and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, produced for Warner Bros. that also won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (2000). He co-wrote the companion book as well, published by Bloomsbury in both Britain and the United States. Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, a documentary that he wrote on slavery in America, premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO in February 2003. It was nominated for an Emmy for a Nonfiction Special and Harris was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. He also wrote The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a documentary about editing produced by BBC-TV, NHK, and STARZ, featuring Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Jodie Foster, Walter Murch, Dede Allen and many others. The film opened the 2004 Hollywood Film Festival and screened at the Mill Valley and Denver Film Festivals before airing on STARZ. He is currently writing and directing A Gift for Laughter, a two-hour documentary about Jewish humor in America for PBS. In addition to filmmaking, Harris also writes journalism and fiction. For several years a contributing editor to New West magazine, he has also published articles, essays, and reviews in a number of national newspapers and magazines including TV Guide, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. His short stories have appeared in literary journals, and he has published five novels for children: With a Wave of the Wand, The Last Run, Confessions of a Prime Time Kid, Solay, and Come the Morning, which won the FOCAL Award for the best children s book about California in 1990. Come the Morning was republished by Wayne State Press in its Landscape of Childhood series in March, 2005, with a new Afterword and Author s Commentary as well as 20 black and white photographs from prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth. For over 20 years Harris has taught filmmaking, first at California Institute of the Arts, and since 1983 at the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. From 1990-96 he was the Chair of Film and TV Production. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
EMILY TOPPER CINEMATOGRAPHER
Emily Topper began her work in film as a set electrician, eventually working her way up to gaffer on several features. In 2005, Emily began working as a cinematographer. Her most recent work was the music video, Happy Birthday Guadalupe for The Killers, and a feature documentary, Murder in the Village, about racially charged murder in America in the 1970s. Emily was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and was educated at Swarthmore College and the University of Southern California. She also studied and worked in Xiamen, China for several years. Emily now lives in Los Angeles.
BRENDA ZÚNIGA CINEMATOGRAPHER
Brenda, a native of Los Angeles, began her artistic career as a painter and photographer. She earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Fine Arts and Literature, where she continued her work in photography and developed a new interest in video installation and film. Brenda has since completed her Masters degree at the USC School of Cinema-Television. Her photography has been displayed in Los Angeles group shows and published in UCLA and Public Art Review magazines. While she loves all aspects of filmmaking, Brenda feels most comfortable behind the camera. In the past few years she has shot several short films, documentaries, and music videos in various formats. Her most recent projects include her USC thesis film project, SANTA TERESA, which she wrote and directed. A music video, in which Brenda served as cinematographer, is currently in exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
CHRIS HOWLAND PRODUCTION SOUND
Chris lives in Los Angeles where he works as a production sound mixer and boom operator. A Texas native, Chris also has a professional background in music performance and studio recording. Most of Chris' sound experience has been in features and short films. He trained under Oscar-winning sound mixer, Mark Ulano and his crew; boom operator, Tom Hartig; and sound utility, Adam Blantz.