RICHARD ROWLEY (director, cinematographer, editor, born in 1975). Over the course of fifteen years, Richard Rowley, co-founder of Big Noise Films, has made multiple award-winning documentary features including Fourth World War and This Is What Democracy Looks Like. His shorts and news reports are also regularly featured on and commissioned by leading outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, CBC, CNN International, Democracy Now!, and PBS. Rowley is a co-founder of the Independent Media Center. Rowley has been a Pulitzer Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, a Jerome Foundation Fellow, and a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow.
JEREMY SCAHILL (producer, writer, born in 1974) is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill is author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books, 2007). Nation Books will release Scahill's second book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, simultaneously with the film.
Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now! He has also appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, BBC, al Jazeera, CNN, The NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal.
Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. Scahill is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.
DAVID RIKER (writer, editor, born in 1963) is an American screenwriter and film director. Riker is a graduate of New York University’s Graduate Film School where, in 1992, he made his first fictional film, The City. The short received critical acclaim and, among other accolades, won the Gold Medal for Dramatic Film at the Student Academy Awards and the Student Film Award from the Directors Guild of America.
His 1998 feature La Ciudad (The City), a neo-realist film about the plight of Latin American immigrants living in New York City, won awards at the SXSW, Havana, San Sebastian, and Human Rights Watch film festivals. His latest film, The Girl, starring Abbie Cornish and Will Patton, premiered at 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Riker received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance as co-writer of Sleep Dealer. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East and teaches at Columbia University.
ANTHONY ARNOVE (producer, born in 1969) is co-founder of the non-profit media company Civic
Bakery. Arnove wrote, directed and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. The documentary is the film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of the United States and its primary source companion, Voices of a People’s History, which Arnove co-edited with Zinn. The People Speak premiered on the History Channel in December 2009.
International commissions of The People Speak include an original production in Britain, written and directed by Arnove and Colin Firth, broadcast in October 2010, and a second original production in Australia, broadcast in December 2012.
BRENDA COUGHLIN (producer, born in 1971) is co-founder of the non-profit media company Civic Bakery. Coughlin produced the 2009 (US) and 2010 (UK) The People Speak documentaries. She was a Sundance Creative Producing Lab Fellow for Dirty Wars in 2012.
With the historian Howard Zinn, she co-founded the non-profit organization Voices of a People’s History, which runs performing arts and education programs in communities and schools through the United States. For the last fifteen years, Coughlin has worked with non-profits and U.S. foundations supporting progressive causes and has been part of social justice movements in a range of areas, from prison abolition to antiwar organizing.
DAVID HARRINGTON (music supervisor, born in 1949) and KRONOS QUARTET (original score, formed in 1973). For nearly forty years, the Kronos Quartet — David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) — has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet.
In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than forty-five recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 750 works and arrangements for string quartet.
In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and Musicians of the Year (2003) from Musical America.