GAYLE KIRSCHENBAUM

Director/Producer/Camera/Editor

Gayle is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, producer and personality. In addition to My Nose (the short, the seminar, and the feature), Kirschenbaum directed the film A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary, which premiered on HBO. She created and Executive Produced several “little people” shows for TLC and Discovery Health. Created and co-host the podcast series On the Trail with Gayle. Is in production on a food and culture show called Melting Pot plus lots more. To see full bio, click here. And visit Kirschenbaum Productions here.

MOM

Star of the Show

Here's my story. Take or leave it. Bear in mind, whatever I do, I do fast, and if it takes a long time to do, like knitting, it's not for me. The sewing machine has always been my friend. I can whip out dresses, quilts and curtains in no time.

 

CREW

MELISSA JO PELTIER

Melissa has been honored for her film and television writing, producing and directing with two Emmys and more than fifty other awards and nominations. An executive producer of the Emmy-nominated and People's Choice winning reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, she has co-authored five New York Times best-selling books with its star. Melissa was a co-founder of Burbank-based MPH Entertainment, Inc, which during her tenure created over 350 hours of original non-fiction and reality programming. She is now Vice President of Production for the New York based indie film outfit, Ovington Avenue Productions (White Irish Drinkers), and the author of the indie novel Reality Boulevard (Kirkus Review "Best of 2013"). Visit Melissa's website here.

Co-Producer

ALEX KEIPPER

Alex Keipper is an editor based in New York City, and a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has done editing and assisting work for both film and TV. His credits include Lead Assistant Editor on the OWN show Houston Beauty, as well as Associate Editor on the feature documentary Venus and Serena, which was edited by Sam Pollard and premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, he has worked on a number of short films, music videos, and freelance commercial projects. Alex is also an Assistant Editor at Jigsaw Productions, director Alex Gibney's production company.

Editor

DAVID ZIEFF

David Zieff has been working in many facets of the industry for almost three decades, on projects as varied as the Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary winner "Crazy Love," Toronto entry "Paul Williams: Still Alive," and the Oscar winning doc "The Cove." He was the supervising editor of the critically acclaimed and multiple-award-winning Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Zieff directed and edited McConkey, a documentary about the extreme-skier Shane McConkey. Zieff was the senior editor of Michael Moore's Emmy-winning series' The Awful Truth and TV Nation, and many Comedy Central shows including Upright Citizen's Brigade, Insomniac, TV Funhouse, and Strangers With Candy.

Editing Consultant

JONATHAN SACKS

Jonathan Sacks has composed music for the concert hall and theater and makes a living orchestrating film scores. Mr. Sacks' concert works have been performed and recorded, including Portals, for clarinet and large orchestra (recorded by Richard Stoltzman, and the Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by Carl St. Clair) and Sagittarius Rising for large orchestra. As composer for the theatre he has composed music for Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, A Christmas Carol, etc., working with such theaters as the San Diego Rep, the Odyssey, Antaeus, etc. As orchestrator for Randy Newman, Michael Kamen, Mark Snow, etc., he has worked on such films as Mr. Holland's Opus, The X-Files (both movies), Seabiscuit, and Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 3. Most recently he has written a book of settings for a number of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Composer

KIRSTEN LARVICK

Kirsten is a documentary storyteller and film preservation advocate. She creates original nonfiction content, as well as freelances on other documentary projects. As Co-Chair of the Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), she is privileged to be part of the only program in the world that works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry. WFPF was founded by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). With a strong interest in art and advocacy, Kirsten also serves as Board Chair at Artfully Unforgotten, a non-profit which uses art and creativity as a tool to raise awareness and engage underserved communities in social and environmental issues. Click here to visit Kirsten's website.

Associate Producer/Outreach Coordinator

LORI CHEATLE

Lori founded the production company Hard Working Movies to produce innovative and entertaining films that tell great stories, with a focus on director-driven feature documentaries. She has produced multiple award-winning films that have screened theatrically, in festivals and on TV in over 50 countries. Her two most recent films are The Kids Grow Up, directed by Doug Block, which is being released in theaters by Shadow Distribution before its broadcast on HBO, and The Edge of Dreaming, directed by Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie, which was recently broadcast on PBS’ POV. Additional documentary producing credits include the critically acclaimed 51 Birch StreetThis Land is Your Land, Dashiell.Hammett.Detective.Writer. and many others. Visit Hard Working Movies here.

Consulting Producer

MARK MORI

Mark Mori is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and Emmy Award winning TV producer. His films have garnered awards, film festival screenings, theatrical and TV distribution worldwide. Mori's most notable projects include: Bettie Page Reveals All, Producer/Director (2012), currently playing in film festivals; Building Bombs, (Producer/Director (1991), Academy Award nominee Documentary Feature; Kent State, The Day the War Came Home, Executive Producer (2000) Emmy Award, News & Documentary; Blood Ties the Life and Work of Sally Mann, Executive Producer (1994), Academy Award nominee Documentary Short; The Fire This Time, Co-Producer (1994), Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee.

Consulting Producer

​STEVEN GLADSTONE

Steven is a New York-based Cinematographer who has worked over his 18 years in the industry. He spent a year and a half videotaping Holocaust Survivors for the “Survivors of the Shoah” project. He has a Masters degree in Communication Arts. Currently he is polishing his “Indie Chick Flick” feature screenplay “Winter Money”, and working on a haunted house screenplay. You can follow his blog “Indie Kicker.” His website can be viewed here.

Director of Photography

SU KIM

Su Kim is a documentary producer in New York City. Most recently she produced Adama and Kimjongilia, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is currently producing One Bullet Afghanistan, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story and Sanson and Me.

Additional Camera

DON DINICOLA

Don has 15 years of experience in film and television as a composer, music supervisor and director/producer. He has written music for PBS, A&E, TLC, Discovery, CNBC, Style, Sundance and HBO networks. He has worked on Emmy award winning shows; "Suicide Bombers/Cult Of Death", and "The Art Of Failure" (both as Music Supervisor) and most recently "Baring It All" (as composer). His feature directorial debut, "Nowhere Now; The Ballad Of Joshua Tree" enjoyed a vibrant life on the international film festival circuit before being picked up for a one year run on PBS affiliate KCET in LA. His short film, "Karma Cats; The Chintamani Stone" spent the last 2 years screening at several film festivals internationally. Recently his animated short, "Cricket In Cricket Lives" had its world premier at the Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival. www.www.dondinicola.com

Music Supervisor

REX FOWLER

Rex Fowler formed the folk rock band Aztec Two- Step with Neal Schulman in 1971. They received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and have been praised in the media including Rolling Stone and have performed on TV and radio programs including Late Night with David Letterman. In addition to Aztec Two- Step who have continued to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, Rex went on to form The Nutopians. www.aztectwostep.com www.thenutopians.com

Singer/Song writer

LYGIA FERRA

Named after an Edgar Allen Poe story, Lygia Ferra, is a singer/songwriter with a sensitive soul, a dash of quirky, and boundless creativity. When she's not busy making music, art, writing stories, dancing-with-wild-abandon, and raising a teenager, Lygia fantasizes about running away with the circus. She is also content to sit in a garden somewhere dashing of lyrics, humming a ditty or listening to nature. Collaborations such as the song, Mama and Me, is truly a labor of love. Grande lovoro con voi! lygiaferra.com

Singer/Songwriter

STEPHEN DAY

American singer/songwriter and sarodist Stephen Day American singer/songwriter and sarodist Stephen Day writes songs inspired by his many music tours around the world. Born in California, and raised in Canada and France, Day began as a guitarist, then studied in India with world-renowned sarodist Amjad Ali Khan. After India, Stephen spent time touring in Europe and America before settling in Los Angeles continuing his career. His work is featured in 7 films, 4 music libraries, 4 albums and hundreds of television shows. His latest album, Namaste, is about adventure, mysticism and the road less traveled, is produced by two-time Gold Disc Award winner Matt Forger and Shenkar and features musical appearances by Matt Malley, Daryl Jones and Satnam Singh among others. Check his music out online: www.stephendaymusic.com

Songwriter

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​BENJAMIN COURT

Director Gayle Kirschenbaum met Benjamin at a cafe in the West Village several years ago.  They captured each other's attention as Ben sat with a guitar on his lap.  He said he was from Paris where he was headed back to. He handed her an unmarked CD of his recently recorded songs. She fell in love with his music and searched for him years later to do a song for Look At Us Now, Mother! She found him in on Facebook.

Singer/Songwriter

QUENTIN CHIAPPETTA

Quentin's collaborations span from work with artist Christian Marclay (The Clock, winner of the 2012 Venice Biennale), original music and sound for On and Off-Broadway productions (Irena's Vow, Murder In The First, The Navigator), as well as for tv (The First 48, Dallas SWAT), to mixing and designing sound for many films and documentaries (3 Backyards, 16 Acres, The Punk Singer). He has received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for his theatre work and has won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. He has received several grants from both Meet the Composer and the American Music Center for his originaompositions. Recent works include the score for an exhibition on Theodore Roosevelt at the Museum of Natural History and the sound design and music for a new installation at the BioMuseo in Panama. www.medianoise.com

Sound Design and Mix

STEVE PEQUIGNOT

Steve joined Glue in 2000 after spending over 20 years bouncing around in the Broadcast Television business primarily as an online editor for NBC News, ABC News, King World Productions and many more outfits too numerous to mention. Started color correcting full time for NY Times Television in 1998. Won Emmy awards for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul Korea and, "A Lion In The House"(2006). But more importantly he cooks up some mean BBQ. His latest experiments with brisket were stunning. www.glueedit.com

Online Editor / Colorist

​JESSICA PHILLIPS

Jessica Phillips is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker with a passion for powerful storytelling and a love for introspection. Before beginning her New York adventure, she received her B.A. in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago and explored all the Windy City had to offer. She has written, produced, and directed multiple short films (both narrative and experimental) and is currently working to sell her feature screenplay as well as finishing her novel. In her free time she practices music (singing, piano, guitar), dance, and chases around her fat orange tabby cat, Marrakesh.

Producer's Assistant

​EMILY DZIOBEK

Originally from Rhode Island, Emily recently moved to New York to further her career in post-production. After graduating from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Media Production, Emily was the lead editor on an award winning feature film 'Cost Of The Living: a zom rom com'. She also has worked on set as a production assistant and helped produce a short webseries. She is very excited to be apart of Look At Us Now, Mother!

Researcher

​BRIAN IHNEN

Brian recently graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a B.A. in film studies and production and a minor in history. Originally from Seattle, Brian now lives in Jersey City. Working as an Assistant Editor on Look at Us Now Mother is Brian's first post-graduation job, and he plans to pursue a career in post-production. Brian enjoys travel, and has so far visited Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Assistant Editor

ELLIOTT CHRIST

A native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University, Elliott first worked with Gayle Kirschenbaum as a video editor for the Melting Pot pilot. Since then he has worked with Gayle on her Transforming Difficult Relationships seminar and the original My Nose DVD. He is also a contributing writer for The Onion News Network, a singer-songwriter, and a visual artist, and has been a production assistant on the films Bettie Page Reveals Alland Murder Dance. As the designer of this site, he is also entitled to write that he invented a gold-plated time machine and owns a chalet on the moon. Who's going to stop him from writing that? He lives in Brooklyn. Visit Elliott's website here.

Web Designer

​VICTOR VAZQUEZ

Victor is a video editor and a huge movie fan, though not that huge in the sense I fit through doors fairly easily. You can check out my movie and post-production blog at moovtime.blogspot.com. In the blog I discuss and review my favorite movies and even list all of my favorite movies. Also, you can check me out on twitter: @MooVtime and feel free to follow me (I'll most likely follow you back). I had the honor of meeting Steven Spielberg's longtime film editor, Michael Kahn.

Post Production Intern

MADELINE BEY

Madeline is a UX designer at TicketNetwork®. She works to improve the coding and functionality of their websites from the perspective of design and the end user. It has allowed her to combine her passion for graphic design and love for front-end coding. Madeline received a BFA from UConn with a concentration in Communication Design. She was on the school's Division 1 rowing team, and she continues her competitive drive on many different sports teams today. Some of her other interests include her love for her dogs, knitting/crocheting, typography, photography, and being outdoors. Please visit Madeline's website to view her work.

Graphic/Web Designer

BRADLEY CUMMINGS

Bradley Is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University. He was a Producer on the web series Jer3miah which has been recognized by the Webbys and is an Official Best of Fest selection. He also produced the independent short film The Space Between, winner of the South Bay film festival. While working in the Post-Production department of a PBS affiliate BYU Broadcasting, Brad became the Production Coordinator on the featured film For Robbing the Dead, which is slated to be released in 2011.

Producer's Assistant/Additional Camera

KELLY BRENNAN

Kelly is a versatile creative professional with skills in video and audio post-production, graphic and web design, social media, blogging, user experience and graphic facilitation. Her experience includes positions at the New York Board of Trade, Sirius Satellite Radio and Cornerstone Promotions. Kelly has been working on graphic, web, and multi-media design projects for four years at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. She is passionate about generating and executing creative design solutions; she loves taking an idea from concept to fruition. Kelly is a graduate of The New School’s Media Studies Graduate Program. Her other interests include art, music, food, films, dance, and dogs.

Post Production Assistant

MELISSA MARASCIA

Melissa Marascia graduated with a B.B.A in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland and danced on the university's dance team for all four years. Through her marketing expertise, she promoted and raised funds for Gayle's film, LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER! on Kickstarter.com. She created marketing and public relations strategies, involving email blasts and pitches to newspapers and psychology professionals, as well as strategies around digital advertisement using social media. The campaign proved successful raising over $50,000.

Outreach

​LAJONEL BROWN

LaJonel Brown, researcher for LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER, hails from West Chester, PA. A young, up and coming producer and screenwriter, LaJonel is a graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University, where she studied film and media arts drawing inspiration particularly from her love of music videos and television, both scripted and non-scripted. As an associate producer of award winning short film, 'My Turtle's Name is Dudley', LaJonel without a doubt has a passion for analyzing, renovating and revamping the film and television experience.

Researcher

JEN AMON

Jen is an Assistant Editor at Bray Entertainment working in reality television. She's worked on shows with Nick Groff, Ty Pennington, and Taylor Hicks. Amom is a recent graduate from CUNY Queens College Media Studies program. She has held internships at Queens Public Television, where she was in charge of editing a segment for Queens Council for Social Welfare, and at Strand Creative Group in Manhattan. A lifelong New York resident, she has interests in photography, painting, television, music, film, books and is an endless source of useless information. Some of her photography and videos can be seen on her blog www.myrumpydoppleganger.tumblr.com.

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ADVISORS

​MARGE CHIRCHICK

Marge Chirchick co-chairs the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. She’s on the leadership committee for Hadassah in Los Angeles and volunteers for the National of Jewish Women. She has been a realtor for 38 years in Beverly Hills works for Rodeo Realty. Prior she taught school for 13 years, with a Master's degree in Special Education. She holds degrees in Speech and Drama. Marge has written teaching guides for the movie studios, using feature films as a motivational tool to develop reading and language skills. Films she has done this for include Benji, Frankenstein and Love Story.

Realtor/Educator

SARA ESTHER CRISPE

Sara Esther Crispe is the Editorial Director of Interinclusion.org, a non-profit multi-layered educational initiative celebrating the convergence between contemporary arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom. She is also the creator and editor of TheJewishWoman.org, a project of Chabad.org, where she writes the popular weekly blog, Musing for Meaning. Sara Esther has traveled throughout the world as an inspirational speaker on the subjects of relationships, communication, and dealing with challenge. She has served as a consultant for two documentaries with the Oprah Winfrey Network dealing with the Jewish perspective on dating and marriage. She lives with her husband, Rabbi Asher Crispe and four children in Merion Station, PA.

Founder Jewishwomen.org/ Writer/Editor/Speaker

LOIS BRAVERMAN

Lois Braverman is President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. Braverman's many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women's role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. Her special areas of interest are women's friendships and marital relationships, depression and marital dynamics, couple therapy with marginalized couples, and issues of power in couple therapy. She was the founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; serves on the Board of Advisory Editors for Family Process; and is the author of Women, Feminism, and Family Therapy, published by Haworth Press.

President/CEO Ackerman Institute for the Family

DR. PAMELA EVERETT THOMPSON

Dr. Pamela Everett Thompson is a psychologist, professional life coach, and owner of Building Bridges to Better Lives, P.C. based in Atlanta. She has provided mental health services for adult males and females, married and pre-marital couples, and adolescent females since 1996. She was recently featured on the show, "My Mom and Me" produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network. Additionally, she is a member of the board of advisors for Sesame Street and also belongs to the network of providers offering services through the nationally syndicated radio show "New Life Live." Most recently, her first book, on overcoming strained mother-daughter relationships, Surviving Mama, was released. Prior to and while operating her own private practice, she has provided clinical services to prisons throughout Georgia, most notably Metro State Prison for women.

Psychologist/Author

GLORY DE SIMONE

Glory brings 30 years of experience working with business executives and Human Resources leaders and teams to enhance their effectiveness and achieve strategic business goals. She helps organizations in transition align their people plans and practices with business priorities. Glory has extensive experience leading change management initiatives and strategic staffing for large-scale merger integrations. She has also led global human capital strategy and execution for companies during periods of growth and business transformation. She brings a practical and client-driven approach to people challenges in the workplace, and she is a creative and action-oriented problem solver.

Founder, Glory De Simone & Associates

NICOLETTA PALLOTTA

Dr. Nicoletta Pallotta is a long-time Brooklyn resident who has been an active member of the borough’s health care community for over three decades. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Dr. Pallotta also received her medical degree from Chieti University in Italy, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from Hunter College. Dr. Pallotta is committed to offering women and their families the chance to understand and impact their own health and well-being, physically and mentally. She has founded many other community-based programs including Brooklyn Counseling Services and the Neighborhood Counseling Center. As Director of Brooklyn Women’s Services, an affiliate of Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Pallotta often delivers seminars on a wide variety of programs dedicated to assisting women and their families to achieve wellness and improve the quality of their lives.

MD, LCSW

DEBRA BRUNNER

Debra has been working with communities in Belarus for almost ten years. She is the Founder and Director of The Together Plan, a UK Charity promoting community capacity building helping to develop the capacity and skills of the members of socially and economically disadvantaged communities in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Debra has a particular interest in understanding and exploring the impact of inherited trauma passed on from one generation to the next, with specific reference to Holocaust survivors and those who lived through the Communism of the Soviet Union. Debra is the Founder of The Polotsk Jewish Cultural Educational Foundation in Belarus and is a Fellow of the RSA in the UK.

Founder of The Together Plan

​MARINA CANTACUZINO

Marina Cantacuzino is an award-winning journalist who in 2003, in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq, embarked on a personal project collecting stories in words and portraits of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness rather than revenge. As a result Marina founded, The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based not-for-profit that uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. The Forgiveness Project has no religious or political associations..

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ERIC SHAW

Eric Shaw founded three companies: New York Credit, Inc., All Cities Network and Wrestle Rock. He wrote two books Championship Networking and The Game of Credit: Managing your A/R for Profit. He's a State Court Appointed Receiver and a wrestling promoter (just like on TV). New York Credit specializes in the liquidation of companies along with being an outsourced credit management company. All Cities is a networking organization comprised of bankers, lenders, lawyers, CPA's, investment bankers, entertainment professionals, women business groups and commercial real estate groups. He is a graduate from New York University, Stern School of Business class of 1974.

Founder of New York Credit and All Cities Networking

LAURA SLUTSKY