Lara Stolman

Producer - Director

Lara's work has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times' website. Her film Portraits of Survival, about coming to terms with the tragedy of 9/11 through art was selected for the Hamptons International Film Festival, aired on MSNBC and was awarded the Cine Golden Eagle.

For Swim Team, her first feature documentary film, she was named an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, awarded the New York Women in Film and Television Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant and was provided with completion funding from the Karma Foundation.

Lara has guest lectured on documentary production at NYU, served as a juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards and writes for the Huffington Post. She has a BA in Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University and JD from Yeshiva University's Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.


Ann Collins

Co-Producer - Editor

Ann has been working in documentary film for over twenty-five years. Her editing credits include the feature documentaries The Heart of the Matter, Belly Talkers, The Charcoal People, and Sound and Fury, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving theatrical and television distribution. Sound and Fury was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Her television credits include Frontline: Merchants of Cool for PBS, Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays for CBS, and True Life: I'm on the Runway for MTV. She has edited and consulted on web content work for Etsy and Johns Hopkins University. She has also worked extensively as a story consultant and consulting editor on numerous independent documentaries.

She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in both the Masters in Social Documentary and the Masters in Photography, Video and Related Media programs. She has guest lectured at NYU's film school and school of journalism. She has also served on the selection committee and jury of the Newport Film Festival.

She began her career as an assistant editor for Bill Moyers, George Butler, Ken Burns, and Maysles Films. She graduated cum laude from New York University where she received a BFA in film and television.


Shanna Belott

Producer

Shanna taps her experience in all forms of media to address social change. She led a groundbreaking campaign for military families tied to the PBS series "This Emotional Life," winning partnership with the Department of Defense and helping to earn the project a Voice Award from the U.S. government. She writes about corporate responsibility on Forbes and Huffington Post for social impact firm Causecast, and about inclusion on Huffington Post for "Swim Team."

Shanna produced rockumentaries for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was an early team member at the firm that became digital media giant Schematic. Her background in TV and film development spans Creative Artists Agency, 20th Century Fox, ABC Pictures and Citadel, amongst others.

Shanna graduated cum laude from Columbia College of Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature and American History.


Laela Kilbourn

Director of Photography

Laela's feature documentary credits include the Oscar winning Twenty Feet From Stardom, Sundance hit American Teen, the Emmy-nominated Word Wars, and Sync or Swim, which won the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation. Her most recent film, How to Dance in Ohio, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2015.

She also filmed the History Channel's eleven part docu-series Sandhogs, and has worked on series, specials and campaigns for NBC, FX, AMC, A&E, Nick Jr., ESPN, MTV, VH1, WeTV, the Trio Channel, TruTV, and TV One.

Her narrative work includes the award-winning June Weddings, starring Tom Noonan and directed and written by playwright Barbara Hammond; and Hic! Open a Door in the USA, winner of the BAMKids Film Festival Best Live Action Short Award and Prix Jeunesse International Finalist. Her work in collaboration with contemporary visual artists includes Blind Side, an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Laela is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and New York Women in Film & Television. She has served as a juror for the Brooklyn International Film Festival, Documentary Feature Awards, and as a guest speaker at The New School, Department in Media Studies & Film, Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. She has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University.


Mark Suozzo

Composer

Mark Suozzo composes music for feature films and documentaries. He's had the pleasure of working with some of America's finest independent filmmakers over the years - with Whit Stillman on Metropolitan (Oscar Nomination), Barcelona, Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, The Cosmopolitans and most recently the art house favorite Love & Friendship; Shari Springer-Berman and Bob Pulcini on American Splendor (Oscar Nomination) and The Nanny Diaries; and with Mary Harron on The Notorious Bettie Page.

His scores have been featured in documentaries for HBO, American Experience and Independent Lens, including the series How Democracy Works Now, Sound and Fury (Oscar Nomination), Why Can't We be a Family Again (Oscar Nomination), Thank You and Goodnight and Well-Founded Fear. As an arranger he's recorded with Creed (#1 "With Arms Wide Open"), Aretha Franklin and Britney Spears.

Mark teaches at NYU / Steinhardt, where he is Co-Director of the Film Scoring program.