Douglas Newman, Producer/Director
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University, Douglas Newman spent five years as a producer at ABC News Productions where he worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel, the A&E Network, the History Channel, and The Learning Channel. Among his most recognized achievements were programs on the Human Genome Project, Alan Greenspan, and the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Since 2002, he’s been a freelance producer at MCM Productions, where he is overseeing the development of non-fiction film projects, including Gone to Texas and When Janey Comes Marching Home, a feature about wounded female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Douglas is based in Houston, Texas.
Marco Ricci, Producer/Director
Marco Ricci is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received the Kodak Gold Award and the Sony Production Award for his thesis film Chicago Minutes. His first short film, Pishadoo, was well received on the festival circuit and was purchased by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films, and United Airlines. Ricci’s short film, Hyper, was chosen for the Centerpiece of the New York Film Festival, where it opened for P.T. Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love. It was honored as the Best Short Short at the prestigious Aspen Shortsfest and was screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among others. Hyper has been seen on Atom Films, RAI Television, and the Independent Film Channel. His first feature, The Wedding Bros., made it’s world premiere at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. The film, a comedy about two adversarial brothers who set out to make it big with the King of Long Island Wedding Videos, is being distributed by Universal Prictures/ScreenMedia. His hobbies include knitting and bow hunting.
Laura Browder, Producer
Laura Browder is the author of Rousing the Nation: Radical Culture in Depression America, named a Choice Outstanding Book; Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities; and Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America. Her plays, Spitting Into the Wind and Sheep Hill Memories, Carver Dreams, have been supported by grants and awards from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation on the Humanities and Public Policy, and the Virginia Foundation on the Humanities and Public Policy. Laura Browder teaches playwriting in the creative writing M.F.A. program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is an associate professor.