Sophie Hamacher (director),
an artist and filmmaker from Berlin and Baltimore, works primarily with
collage, reconfiguring media images by using documents and reclaiming
them from their mere informative quality. She has written extensively on
the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or
conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film.
She has directed, and written a collaborative film in Tehran, has co-curated
the exhibition Überleben (2007), and is currently working on this
documentary film. Her films have been shown in international video
festivals and symposia in Cairo, London, Berlin and New York.
Johanna Schiller (co-producer) spent
the last 12 years working as a DVD producer for the Criterion
Collection. She supervised over 65 DVD releases of classic and
contemporary films, including the work of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir,
Roberto Rossellini and Barbara Kopple, conducting interviews and
producing documentary bonus features, recording and editing audio
commentary tracks and overseeing all aspects of production. Highlights
include a landmark box set Five Films by John Cassavetes and deluxe
editions of Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, Fanny and Alexander and
The Seventh Seal. Johanna also produced DVD editions of the debut films
of Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green and Noah Baumbach, and the first
ever home video release of Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-nominated
documentary, Harlan County USA.