Our team of collaborators have worked on scores of
award-winning documentaries and features.
Marcie Begleiter. Director-Producer
The writer/director has been engaged with researching and writing about Eva Hesse for a number of years, including authoring the play "Meditations: Eva Hesse" which was produced at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica in 2010. Also directed the short film "Eva Hesse, Walking the Edge" on commission for the Hamburger Kunsthalle for their retrospetive of the artist in 2014.
Her book “From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process” is a bestseller and she is recipient of numerous grants including an NEA project grant, a Durfee Foundation award and multiple grants from the Foundation for Arts Resources. As a designer and production illustrator she has worked with Bill Condon, Jennifer Warren, Alex Cox, Paul Bogart and Jonathon Wacks. Previously, was Director of Design and Pre-Visualization for Graduate Film at Art Center College of Design and was the Founding Director of the Integrated Learning Program at Otis College of Art.
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Karen Shapiro. Producer
Karen Shapiro has produced film, television, theatre and music. Her films include the Academy Award winning “Violet”, the film festival hit “Beat the Drum”, the romantic comedy “The Neighbor” and the drama, “The Low Life”. She produced many television movies including the Emmy Award winning “Other Mothers” and “Between Mother and Daughter”, winner of the Humanitas Award. Karen was the Senior Producer on the reality series’ “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Arrest and Trial”. Two of her documentaries, “Awake and Sing” and “Together As One” were part of the Liberation ’95 concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of Nazi-occupied Europe.
Nancy Schreiber. Cinematographer
Nancy Schreiber, an award winning cinematographer, was the fourth female voted into the American Society of Cinematographers. She was chosen as Director of Photography on “Visions of Light”, the documentary on the art of cinematography. She was honored with the Best Dramatic Cinematography award at Sundance for her work on “November” and shared the Cinematography Award for the documentary “My America, or Honk if you Love Buddha”. She garnered an Emmy nomination on “Celluloid Closet. She has filmed many documentaries including “Robert Capa: In Love and War”, "Woody Allen: A Documentary: and The Comeback series for HBO. Variety has recognized her as one of the 10 DPs to watch.
Azin Samari. Editor
Samari is an accomplished documentary editor whose credits include the award-winning documentaries "The September Issue", "Love, Marilyn" and "Ethel". Aside from "Eva Hesse", she has recently completed work on Laura Bialis' "Rock in the Red Zone", an Israeli documentary that examines the vibrant music scene in S'derot. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lyle and their lovely daughter Nava.
Andreas Schäfer &
Raffael Seyfried. Composers
Andreas Schäfer (right in photo) is a German composer and music producer. His career as a film score composer began in 2000 and he has composed more than 50 filmscores for TV, cinema, series and documentaries with well known German directors such as Hermine Huntgeburth, Matthias Tiefenbacher and others. He has won several prizes for his work, the German Television Award, Grimme-Preis and others. For Eva Hesse he brought in his young colleague Raffael Seyfried. Andreas Schäfer lives with his family in Cologne.
Raffael Seyfried is a young composer, audio programmer and media artist based in Düsseldorf Germany.
His works include composing music for feature films (most recently for a film by Wael Shawky which screened at MOMA PS1 in New York) and for television as well as advertising. In addition to composing he has done exhibitions and performances in several German museums.
Kia Simon. Motion Graphics Designer
Kia’s narrative films, music videos and documentaries have played in festivals all over the world. Her documentary Looking for Sly won awards for Best Short Doc at SXSW, LA International Short, and Tortured Artist Film Festival. Her music videos have been in rotation on MTV, and won awards from Zoie Fest and Berkeley Film Festival. The Pacific Pioneer Fund awarded her the Emerging Filmmaker Grant. Both PBS’s video i and Varnish Art Gallery in San Francisco have presented retrospectives of her work. She participated in AFI’s Women Director’s Workshop and in Film Independent’s Director’s Lab and Fast Track Program. She is the director of the motion graphics company
"Sneaky Little Sister" based in Oakland, CA.
Michael Aust. Producer
Managing director and Producer TELEVISOR TROIKA GmbH. Managing director and producer of TelevisorTroika GmbH. Head of film music festival SoundTrack_Cologne and StadtKlangNetz Conference.
Produced light programmes for RTL and WDR. Chief editor for TV live events for WDR and Berlinale/3SAT. Producer/Co-/Executive-Producer of 16 feature films and documentaries (e.g. 101 Reykjavik, Jade Warrior, Stumbling Block, Low Lights, Parallax, Pommes Essen).
Teaching assignments include Siegen University, Cologne University, Central In-house Training ARD/ZDF, IHK Producer-Qualification Cologne, Hochschule Fresenius Köln.
Louise Rosen. Consulting Producer
Media executive with over 25 years experience in the international television and film business, project development, production and distribution. She has had among her projects Oscar, Emmy, FIPRESCI, Sundance, Prix Italia,Teddy, International Emmy and other award-winning films.
Credited co-producer on many projects such as The Promise, Prodigal Sons, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain and The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.
Founding Director of the Points North Documentary Forum at the Camden International Film Festival and the Executive & Artistic Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival.
Selma Blair voicing Eva Hesse
Played Liz Sherman in the fantasy filmsHellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). Other notable films include Legally Blonde (2001), The Sweetest Thing (2002), The Fog (2005), Purple Violets (2007), The Poker House (2008) and Columbus Circle (2012).
She returned to television in 2016 during the first season of the series American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson.
Blair narrated the Holocaust-related documentary The Diary of Anne Frank. Her performance, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011
Bob Balaban - voicing
William Hesse, Eva’s father
Actor, author, producer, and director. One of the producers nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gosford Park (2001), in which he also appeared.
Among his early roles in the 1970s were those of Orr in Catch-22 and the interpreter David Laughlin in the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In 1979 he received a Tony Award nomination for his role in The Inspector General. During the 1980s he appeared in films such as Altered States and 2010. He directed the Randy Quaid picture Parents, and the Armin Mueller-Stahl picture The Last Good Time.
Balaban has had supporting roles in films such as Absence of Malice, Bob Roberts, Deconstructing Harry, Ghost World, The Majestic, Lady in the Water andChristopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.
voicing Sol LeWitt
An English actor in over 16 films and television shows. Lead series regular role on HBO's series The Money opposite Brendan Gleeson and Nathan Lane. Kennedy recurred on Boardwalk Empire and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. He shot War Horse with Steven Spielberg and booked a leading role in the HBO mini-series Parade's End.
Kennedy also appeared opposite Keira Knightley in the Oscar-winning film Atonement and is dual US and UK citizen. He appeared in The Last Station alongside James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti as well as Me and Orson Welles alongside Claire Danes. On the TV side, he was a series regular opposite Carey Mulligan in the BBC's Bleak House as Richard Carstone.