Nancy Schiesari, Producer/Director
Nancy Schiesari is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer who has shot dozens of documentaries around the world for The Learning Channel, Discovery, ABC, British Film Institute, BBC, and Channel 4. Her most recent project was a profile of Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, which was broadcast in January 2003 to coincide with the release of Gangs of New York.
Schiesari was nominated in 2002 for an Emmy for her work on the television series The Human Face with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley. She produced and directed Green Flutes [Channel 4, UK] and “Loaves and Fishes” for The Territory (PBS). Other credits in documentary include The Human Body (1998) for BBC, ABC, and The Learning Channel; Six Degrees of Freedom (1997), profiles of virtual reality designers, for Silicon Graphics; and Warrior Marks (1994) for Channel 4, shot on location in Africa with Alice Walker. In features, she worked on the all-women camera crew of Sally Potter’s first feature, The Gold Diggers (1983) shot in Iceland, and then became a DP on Partition (1988), featured at the Berlin Film Festival and other prestigious festivals, and Poco Loco (1994), with Debra Koons Garcia. She currently teaches cinematography at the University of Texas at Austin and shoots and directs freelance assignments.
Alison Rooper , Producer
With over 25 years in the industry, Alison Rooper is an award-winning producer/director and executive producer working across factual programming of all genres. At Granada Television she worked with documentary producer Roger Graef and on the historical documentaries of Brian Lapping. After joining the BBC as producer/director, she went on to edit and series produce some of the corporation’s flagship programs in science, documentary, and current affairs. She has been responsible for a number of international co-productions both within the BBC and as an independent producer through In Focus Productions. Recent films include the Emmy nominated Doping for Gold, shown on PBS’s Secrets of the Dead in 2008 and on Five as Revealed:The Great Olympic Drug Scandal. Also Cell: The Chemistry of Life premiered on BBC4 in August 2009.
Laura Sobel, Producer