"Strikes Documentary Film Gold..."
- Hollywood Reporter
Director Jordan Melamed spent twelve years in the Chicago trading pits before attending the American Film Institute in Los Angeles where his thesis film, A Corner in Gold, won the Student Emmy for Drama from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and played at Kodak’s Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature, Manic, starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, and Don Cheadle, and told the story of a violent adolescent placed in a juvenile psychiatric facility against his will. Manic premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, played at Toronto and film festivals worldwide, and was released theatrically by IFC Films. Showtime bought the rights to create a television series based on the film and Melamed co-wrote the pilot with Davis Entertainment producing. Melamed wrote and produced Twelve based on the best-selling novel by Nick McDonell. Directed by Joel Schumacher, with Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, and Ellen Barkin, Twelve premiered as the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and was released worldwide by Hanover. Jordan is currently developing Fountain of Youth, a hybrid documentary/fiction project about beauty and aging set in South Miami Beach.
Producer Doug Block is a New York-based documentary producer and director whose films have won countless awards, screened in dozens of leading film festivals, shown in theaters, and broadcast on television worldwide. Block’s credits as producer include: Silverlake Life (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody, Prix Italia) and Jupiter’s Wife (Sundance Special Jury Prize, Emmy). His directing credits include 112 Weddings, the opening night showing of the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; the film premiered on HBO and was distributed theatrically in Canada and Europe. Block’s previous film The Kids Grow Up (Special Jury Prize, Silverdocs) was released theatrically and broadcast on HBO in 2011. His 2006 film 51 Birch Street was named one of the Ten Best Films of the Year by a number of leading critics, including A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. Block is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word (www.d-word.com), the web’s leading forum for documentary professionals.
Linda Morgenstern has been working in film production for thirty years with credits including award winning feature length documentaries that have premiered at Cannes, Toronto, The New York Film Festival, and Sundance. It has been her good fortune to have collaborated with notable directors Ross McElwee, Robb Moss, Lucia Small, Ed Pincus, and Doug Block. Her films have screened on BBC, Arte, HBO, PBS, and Netflix with domestic commercial theatrical runs and international acquisition. In addition to producing, Ms. Morgenstern provides consulting services to independent filmmakers.
Editor Melissa Neidich is an award winning documentary editor working in the field for twenty years. Particularly drawn to documentaries that experiment with form and style, her past films include Soul in the Hole (Independent Spirit Awards), Dark Days (Independent Spirit Award and a Sundance Audience Award), Two Towns of Jasper (Dupont Award), and Out of the clearn Blie Sky. Most recently she edited The Rest I Make Up, focusing on the life of acclaimed playwright Maria Irene Fornes.