Grant is a Leo award–winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked on documentaries, sports films and narratives and specializes as a UAV cinematographer. His work can be seen and heard on Knowledge Network, F/X, TNT, CBC, National Film Board, and ESPN. Most recently, he has been shooting with the BBC Planet Earth crew for an upcoming sequel. Grant’s first documentary The Clean Bin Project, which he also shot, edited and scored, won 10 festival awards and has screened around the world. His film Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story premiered at Hot Docs and CPH:DOX, garnered him the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year, and went on to play prime time on MSNBC and hit #2 on the US iTunes documentary charts. It won Leos for Best Documentary, Best Documentary Score and Best Director. This Mountain Life is his third feature documentary.https://www.instagram.com/filmer_baldwin/
Adrienne Brodeur is an award-winning editor and author with 20 years of writing, editing and publishing experience. Her memoir Wild Game will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019. Her debut novel, Man Camp (Random House, 2005), was selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Her essays “I Am My Own In-Law” (Modern Love, 2013) and “Literal Balance, Life Balance” (Opinionator, 2015) have run in The New York Times. She was an acquiring editor at Harcourt and HMH and founded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, which has won the National Magazine Award for Best Fiction four times. She has served as a judge for the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and the New York Public Library’s Young Lion’s fiction award. She has been with Aspen Words since 2013, first as creative director and since 2016 as executive director.
Don Hahn is a writer/producer/director whose credits include the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King and the classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and the live action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Hahn also served as associate producer of the landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and executive producer of the Disneynature films Earth, Chimpanzee, African Cats, and Oceans. Don’s recent award-winning documentaries Waking Sleeping Beauty, Hand Held, and The Gamble House have established him as a non-fiction director. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees, is on the board of PBS SoCal and the Walt Disney Family Museum, and has written several books on animation, art and creativity. His latest film Howard premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and tells the incredible story of writer and lyricist Howard Ashman, the creative force behind Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid.
Linda Reisman is an independent film producer whose credits include Leave No Trace, directed by Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) and based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock. The film stars Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and premiered at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Reisman was executive producer of The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. The film received four Academy Award nominations and Vikander won for Best Supporting Actress. For several years, Reisman was head of production for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. She served as executive producer on Jeepers Creepers, No Such Thing, Assassination Tango, and Pumpkin for the company. Reisman also produced Waking the Dead, directed by Keith Gordon from the novel by Scott Spencer, and the critically acclaimed Affliction, directed by Paul Schrader and based on the novel by Russell Banks. Other production credits include Mother Night, Light Sleeper, The Comfort of Strangers, and Patty Hearst. Reisman is the senior distinguished producer-in-residence at Emerson College and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent book is Spells, a novel-within-photographs that is a collaboration with five photographers and concerns shadows and bodies, the living and the dead, talking animals and all manner of shape-shifting. He is also the author of the novels Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves, and This Is the Place, and a story collection, “The Unsettling.” Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Deep Springs College and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award, and others, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a professor in the English department of Reed College. Leave No Trace, the film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released in 2017. Rock’s tenth work of fiction, The Night Swimmers, will be published in 2019.
is a writer, director, producer, and award-winning journalist whose recent films include Valentino: The Last Emperor, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature; Studio 54, about the famed New York City nightclub that became a cultural phenomenon; Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, about the secret history of sex in Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era; Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; and Jean Nouvel: Reflections, which premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival. Tyrnauer’s upcoming projects include the dramatic adaptation of his eponymous Vanity Fair article Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills; Don’t Mess with Roy Cohn, about the Svengali behind Joseph McCarthy and Donald Trump, and the 10-part documentary series Home for Apple. Tyrnauer is also an award-winning journalist, who has written for Vanity Fair, where he has been editor-at-large, special correspondent and is now a contributing editor. His work has also appeared in other publications including GQ, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, L’Uomo Vogue, and Numero.
Felix Van Groeningen
Felix Van Groeningen was born in Belgium, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His features include With Friends Like These (2007), the Festival selection The Misfortunates (2009), The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Belgica (2016). Beautiful Boy (2018) is his first English-language film.
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist are Emmy and Peabody Award–winning writer-directors whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, PBS, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and Showtime, among others, and have been theatrically distributed worldwide. In June 2018, the brothers’ SXSW favorite Nossa Chape was theatrically released in 21 markets throughout the U.S. and broadcast by Fox. Previously, their film The Two Escobars premiered at Cannes and Tribeca, won 4 Gold Medals at the NY Film/TV Awards, was nominated for an Emmy and WGA award. Favela Rising was shortlisted for the Academy Award, and among its 36 awards are the IDA’s Grand Prize and Best New Director at Tribeca. Their other notable films are Pelé, produced by Academy Award–winner Brian Grazer, Youngstown Boys, which won an Emmy with ESPN Films, and Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story, which premiered at Cannes with Wild Bunch. Their feature documentaries Give Us This Day, executive produced by Vince Vaughn, and Momentum Generation, executive produced by Robert Redford, will be released later this year.