Director / Producer
Susan is the award-winning director of Striking a Chord (2010), a documentary about the power of music to heal the invisible wounds of war. Her film Making the Crooked Straight (2008) debuted on HBO in April 2010, was acquired for distribution by New Video and received the 2011 Christopher Award. Susan is co-producer of the multi-award-winning film A Sea Change (2009), the first feature-length documentary about ocean acidification, the evil twin of climate change.
Susan’s concern for and active involvement with preserving the environment dates back to her early adulthood. First, through her experiences in Alaska, living among the Inuit, and then extending into her filmmaking career, in the production of “Richard Nelson’s Alaska” for the PBS series Natural Heroes, then work on Jimi Rock’s Under the Sea Adventures, an animated project intended to encourage children to connect to the oceans through their computers. She now chairs the Ocean Council for Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation organization.
Co-Producer • Barbara Ettinger
Barbara’s first film, Martha and Ethel screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. Her film Two Square Miles aired nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens in November, 2006 and again in January, 2007. Barbara directed A Sea Change,which has screened in over 50 film festivals, hundreds of community screenings around the world, and garnered 15 awards, including the 2010 NOAA Environmental Hero Award.
Co-Producer / Editor
Jackie has a gift for creating a compelling story from almost any footage, and combines her strong sense of narrative with a love of documentary filmmaking. She has been a highly regarded producer and editor for the past 20 years, bringing her unique visual style to many independent documentaries, as well as both scripted and verité television. Jackie’s work has been seen on MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Lifetime, PBS, A&E, Nickelodeon, Style and the Discovery Channel. She is based in New York City, and owns her own post-production company, Jackie French, Inc.
Associate Producer & Outreach • Gwendolyn Alston
Gwen has produced industrial videos for businesses. She has also produced over 70 shorts about food and culture in Europe and the USA. Through her company MocaMedia, she and her sister, Angela, focus on grassroots outreach for independent filmmakers. Their projects include A Sea Change (2008), Making the Crooked Straight (2009), Striking a Chord (2010) Women in the Dirt (2011), Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie and Mothers of Bedford. They have developed successful social media campaigns, supported festival launches, created partnerships and spearheaded community screenings on four continents.
Associate Producer • Sydney Davis
An avid scuba diver and ocean conservationist, Sydney serves on the Board of Directors of Oceana. Sydney joins the MOM crew to provide educational outreach to inspire children, teens and young adults across the US. Sydney’s background in television and film, design, business and curriculum development support her passion to educate on and promote ocean conservation for future generations. She firmly believes that if everyone could see under the ocean’s surface to view the beautiful creatures, large and small, there would be an international outcry for their protection. Sydney has enjoyed an acting career and was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries where she served for 7 years.