DALE DJERASSI – Producer/Director
Dale Djerassi, president of Djerassi Films, Inc., has produced and directed several documentary films including Nada Será Como Antes (Nothing Will Be As It Was), about the return of jazz musicians Flora Purim and Airto Moreira to Brazil, and Bhutan -- A Strange Survival, the story of a unique Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. He co-produced (with Barbet Schroeder) Koko -- The Talking Gorilla, a feature-length documentary about the famed sign language-speaking gorilla. He also produced '68, an independent feature film set in San Francisco in the turbulent year of 1968. Additionally, Djerassi produced two plays -- An Immaculate Misconception at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and Primary Stages in New York, and Calculus at the Performing Arts Library & Museum in San Francisco.
Djerassi received a bachelor of science degree in political science from Stanford University where he also studied documentary film production. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco and is a founding trustee of both the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California and the Vanguard Public Foundation in San Francisco.
BO BOUDART – Producer/Director:
Boudart lived in Alaska for 13 years. His work includes numerous one-hour programs about the subjects in Alaska for the Discovery Channel, including Alaska’s Whales and Wildlife, Deep Under the Ice, and Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife. He was acknowledged with a National Emmy award nomination for Best Cinematography for Alaska: Story of a Dream (for syndicated TV), and has produced documentaries on Alaska Native subsistence, including The Sea is Our Life, Hunger Knows No Law, Where Two Rivers Meet, and a PBS Nova program entitled The Whale Hunters. Boudart also received a Cine Eagle award for The Science of Whales, produced for the Discovery Channel. He continues to produce programs for networks and organizations with Bo Boudart Productions.
STEVE MICHELSON - Executive Producer
Steve Michelson was founder and president of One Pass (1975-85), San Francisco's largest production and post-production studio before starting SMP in 1986. Michelson is a recipient of the Gilbert Award for outstanding contribution to Northern California's film community. Steve is a former board member of Film Arts Foundation, the country's largest regional organization of independent producers. He has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attended The Annenberg School of Communications and the Wharton School of Business. In 2001 he opened the Studio at Lobitos Creek Ranch.
"DVD publishing is our specialty," states Michelson. "Music, documentaries, marketing, training and education... all these areas and many more will be going through a revolution over the next few years, as DVD players and DVD-ROM computers are installed in over 120 million U.S. homes."
RHONDA COLLINS - Editor
Rhonda Collins has worked within the San Francisco Bay Area independent film
community for the last decade, producing, directing and editing award-winning
documentary programs. Her editing credits include Brother Outsider: the
Life of Bayard Rustin (Producers: Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, 2002) which won
the Audience Award at the 2003 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, screened
at Sundance and was aired as a special presentation of P.O.V. on Martin Luther
King Day, January, 2003. Other editing credits include Searching for Asian
America (Producer: National Asian American Telecommunications Association,
2003) a three-part series which premiered at the San Francisco International
Asian American Film Festival in 2003, and OUT: the Making of a Revolutionary (Producers: Collins and Sonja de Vries, 2000) which won the Audience Award
at the Paris Lesbian Film Festival in 2001.
Collins' documentary career began in Nicaragua in 1987 when she and several
others on a women's construction brigade documented the lives and work of their
Nicaraguan counterparts in ¡Si Podemos¡ (60 mins, 1988). Collins
lived in Nicaragua from 1987 to 1989, developing a video testimonial program
with Witness for Peace. That work culminated in Slender Wooden Crosses:
the War Continues in Nicaragua (Producer, Director, Editor, 26 mins, 1990), winner
of First Prize for International Investigative Reporting at the Hallwall's
Center for Contemporary Art Video Festival 1990.
Her controversial documentary we don't live under NORMAL CONDITIONS (Producer,
Director, Editor, 72 mins, 1999) challenging biopsychiatry on the causes of
mental illness, received critical acclaim during its Bay Area theatrical run
in the Spring of 2000.
STEPHEN MOST — Writer
Stephen Most is a playwright and scriptwriter. Wonders of Nature, which he
wrote for the Great Wonders of the World series, won an Emmy for best
special non-fiction program. Promises, on which he worked as Consulting
Writer and Researcher, won Emmys for best documentary and for outstanding
background analysis and research. Berkeley in the Sixties, which he
co-wrote, received an Academy Award nomination. He was Consulting Writer for
Mothers of the Plaza and Freedom on my Mind as well as Promises, which also
received Academy Award nominations. Other documentaries that Most scripted
include the eleven-part series, The Power of Choice, which was broadcast
nationally on PBS. He also originated and co-produced an internationally
distributed PBS science series: Life Beyond Earth.
Many of his works are historical. The feature-length documentary Bound by
the Wind, which he wrote, tells the story of nuclear testing and the
international movement that led to the Comprehensive Test Ban. Regarding the
history of the Pacific Northwest, Most wrote the texts, audio voices, and
video scripts for the permanent exhibit of the Washington State History
Museum; a book, In the Presence of the Past; several historical plays
including A FREE COUNTRY, which was produced by Seattle's Group Theatre; and
a documentary, Different Lenses, about the work of two Seattle-based
photographers: the brothers Edward and Asahel Curtis. He is currently
writing three programs in a World History series for Oregon Public
Broadcasting and making a documentary film about the history of the Klamath
ADELINE PETER RABOFF – Advisor
Adeline Peter Raboff, a Neets’aii Gwich’in Indian from Arctic Village, Alaska, is a writer and activist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Raboff retranslated Living in the Chandalar Country, written by her mother, Katherine Peter, which subsequently won the American Book Award in 1993. She also wrote a history about several Northern Alaskan Native tribes called, Inuksuk: Northern Koyukon, Gwich’in, and Lower Tanana, 1800-1901, published in 2001 by Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
JOSEPH DE FRANCESCO – Contributing Editor
For twenty-five years Joseph DeFrancesco has been a successful documentary film and video director/editor. Since his first multi-award-winning film in 1978, Follow The Child, he has been an integral creative partner of some of the most significant independently produced social documentaries of our time, including the Academy Award winning “Panama Deception”, the Academy Award nominated Freedom On My Mind, as well as the Emmy Award winning PBS shows Chinatown and The Fillmore. His latest work And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking was broadcast nationally on PBS, January 2002.