Deirdre Fishel – Director/Producer

Fishel is a producer/director of documentaries and dramas that have premiered in competition at Sundance, SXSW, AFI and Full Frame and been broadcast in 35 countries worldwide. Fishel’s 2016 documentary CARE, which looks at the poignant but hidden world of home elder care, and exposes America’s broken care system, was funded by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations and broadcast on America Reframed. Previous credits include the groundbreaking documentary STILL DOING IT:The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 and a web documentary SUICIDE ON CAMPUS produced in conjunction with the New York Times magazine. Fishel is an Associate Professor and the director of the BFA in Film/Video at the City College of New York.

Beth Levison – Producer

Beth Levison is an Emmy and Peabody-winning independent producer in NYC. Prior to WOMEN IN BLUE, she produced  MADE IN BOISE, which premiered at AFI DOCS 2019, was the series opener of Independent Lens’ 2019/2020 season, and is currently available internationally and on Amazon. Previously produced projects include the Emmy-nominated Personal Statement (PBS 2018), 32 Pills:  My Sister’s Suicide  (HBO 2017) and her independent documentary debut, LEMON (PBS, 2011).  Levison is a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance, faculty with SVA’s MFA program in Social Documentary Film, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Aideen Kane – Producer

Aideen recently produced and directed The 8thfeature doc funded by Open Society, Ford Foundation and Fork Films. The 8th tells the story of how Ireland overturned one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.  Previous credits include: The Armor of Light (dirs/prod. Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes), The Trials of Spring (dir. Gini Reticker, prod. Beth Levison), The Awful Truth (dir. Michael Moore) and Voices of the Children (dir. Zuzana Justman).

Sunita Prasad – Editor

Sunita Prasad is a New York City based film editor. Films she has edited have enjoyed international theatrical release and been selected for major festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC, Hot Docs, and Human Rights Watch Film Festival. They have also been broadcast on PBS, Arte, Vice, and Logo. Sunita’s past editing credits include critically acclaimed feature documentaries 93Queen and Out in the Night as well as TV documentaries such as the Emmy-nominated And Still I Rise: Black America since MLK, Korea: The Never-ending War, and the Emmy-nominated and Telly Gold award-winning Going to War. Sunita lives in Brooklyn with her spouse and their little big-kid.

Chris White – Editor

Christopher White has been a documentary film editor, producer and director of numerous award-winning films since 1995. Born To Be, his most recent project, premiered at the 2019 New York Film Festival. In 2018, Roll Red Roll premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was the season opener for the 2018 season of POV on PBS, and is currently running on Netflix. Other films include; Love Free or Die (Sundance 2012 Special Jury Prize), The Killer Within (2006 Toronto Film Festival; 2008 Best Documentary Emmy Nomination), and Family Name (Sundance 1997). Forthcoming is The Innocence Files, a multi-part Netflix series on wrongful incarceration, directed by Roger Ross Williams.


Tom Bergmann – Director of Photography

Tom Bergmann is a Director of Photography for documentaries, narrative and experimental films. He has more than 40 shorts and features credits; three of his recent projects have been nominated for Academy Awards. Life Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams won the Sundance award for Best Directing, was nominated for an Academy Award and won three EMMY Awards, with an Emmy Award recognition for Tom. Abacus – Small Enough to Jail, directed by Steve James, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award and received an EMMY for Outstanding Documentary. The King, directed by Eugene Jarecki, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released in more than 50 U.S. theaters.

Mike Shum – Cinematography

Mike Shum specializes in documentary cinematography and producing. His work has featured prominently in news and independent documentaries for outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Frontline | PBS, National Geographic, BBC Panorama, Al Jazeera Witness as well as films distributed by Netflix and Magnolia Pictures.

Chad Cannon – Composer

Chad Cannon is interested in the intersection of cultures, history, and human stories. Recent credits include the Oscar-winning documentary AMERICAN FACTORY, WQED’s HARBOR FROM THE HOLOCAUST (with special guest artist Yo-Yo Ma), and the Hiroshima documentary PAPER LANTERNS. Fluent in Japanese, Chad also works closely with composers Joe Hisaishi and Shigeru Umebayashi, with additional composing / arranging credits on Sony PlayStation’s GHOST OF TSUSHIMA, and Warner Bros Japan’s NINOKUNI, among others. He studied at Harvard and Juilliard and is an alumnus of the Sundance Composer Labs.

Ganesha Martin – Impact Campaign

Ganesha Martin is a lawyer who led the federal court-ordered Consent Decree reform efforts at the Baltimore Police Department from 2015 – 2018.  She collaborated with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division of attorneys during a patterns or practice investigation that ultimately led to a Consent Decree.  Martin played an integral role on a negotiation team that introduced structural reforms to the Baltimore Police Department in the areas of crisis intervention, relationships with youth, interactions with persons suffering from mental illness, use of force, de-escalation, body-worn cameras, hiring & recruitment, community engagement and officer wellness & early intervention. In her current consulting practice, Martin focuses on uniting communities of color and the police who swear to serve and protect them. Her unique ability to connect with both the community and police before guiding them towards common ground is the hallmark to her success.