Filmmakers

Producer / Director

Carole Hart is an award-winning television and film producer/writer. She began her career in television working with her partner and husband, Bruce Hart, as one of the original writers of Sesame Street, for which she won her first Emmy. She also produced, with Marlo Thomas, Free to Be ... You and Me, the now classic children's album, best-selling book and Peabody Award-winning television special. She and Bruce created and produced Hot Hero Sandwich, an innovative Emmy-winning NBC series for adolescents. Her credits also include a number of movies and docudramas made for television: Sooner or Later, a movie musical that generated a top ten song and a Platinum soundtrack album: Leap of Faith, a groundbreaking docudrama about a woman who brought her cancer into remission through alternative means; and again teamed with Marlo Thomas, a multi-award winning mixed-media documentary for Lifetime Television, Our Heroes, Ourselves.

Director

Bruce Hart is an award-winning producer, director, screenwriter, and lyric writer of songs, including the title songs for Sesame Street, Free To Be...You and Me, and Bang the Drum Slowly. With his wife and partner, Carole Hart, he has created groundbreaking and culture-shaping multimedia productions, including the Psychology Today film series, Sesame Street, Free To Be...You and Me, and the Emmy-winning NBC series, Hot Hero Sandwich. He directed and wrote the book and lyrics for Sooner or Later, an original musical and NBC-TV Movie of the Week that introduced the hit song, You Take My Breath Away. His teleplay for Leap of Faith, a CBS Movie of the Week, starring Sam Neill and Anne Archer, received a nomination for best long-form drama from the Writers Guild of America.

(Bruce Hart passed away on February 21, 2006. For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak is dedicated to him, with the blessings of the Grandmothers).

Co-Producer

Roberta Morris Purdee began her career working with actress/director Lee Grant. Notable projects include Academy Award winning documentary Down and Out In America, Emmy winners, Nobody's Child for which Marlo Thomas won an Emmy, Wanted: The Perfect Guy for Madeline Kahn, and Cindy Eller; A Modern Fairy Tale for Pearl Bailey. Morris Purdeeā€™s recent work includes Baghdad ER winner of multiple Emmy's and the DuPont Award for HBO, and Talk, Listen, Connect for PBS. Other documentaries include the critically acclaimed independent film, Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT, and festival favorite Praying with Lior.

Director of Photography

Slawomir Grunberg has been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS series: Frontline, American Masters, NOVA, AIDS Quarterly and Health Quarterly. He has also shot for ABC, NBC, HBO, Lifetime and Discovery networks. In 2000 Slawomir won the Emmy Award for School Prayer: A Community at War. Other credits includes Legacy, which received an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary feature in 2001 and Sister Rose's Passion which won Best Documentary Short – Tribeca Film Festival and an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary short in 2005.

Director of Photography

Geoffrey O'Connor is filmmaker and writer whose 1993 film At The Edge of Conquest was nominated for an Academy Award. He works regularly for the BBC shooting, producing and directing documentaries about subcultures in America and he has collaborated extensively with Michael Moore as both producer and cameraman. His 1997 nonfiction book Amazon Journal: Dispatches from a Vanishing Frontier was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Director of Photography

Douglas Crawford is a Peabody and Emmy award winning Director of Photography, especially known for his work on the PBS film, Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People, which had been recognized nationally and internationally for its significant contribution to the history of the American West, and the six hour TBS series The Native Americans. As a freelance cinematographer since 1996 his list of clients ranges from --Animal Planet, ABC, and A&E to the White House, WETA, Washington D.C. and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Still Photography

Marisol Villanueva has a BA in Visual Arts/Communications and a BFA in Fine Art. Since the mid–1990s, Marisol‘s work has been dedicated to photographing indigenous people, their threatened ways of life, and their endangered habitats – often in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The opportunity of traveling to remote and pristine places where nature has been unaltered for millennia has awakened her to the spiritual beauty in nature. In 2003, Marisol began to assist the Center for Sacred Studies in the organization of the first gathering of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers in Phoenicia, New York. In 2004, she became the Still Photographer of the Thirteen Grandmothers film For the Next Seven Generations and is currently the Official Photographer of the Thirteen Grandmothers Council and their Photo Archivist.

Music

Peter Buffett is an Emmy-Award winning musician, producer, and composer for film and television. Most notably, Peter scored the song Fire Dance for the Oscar-winning film Dances with Wolves, and contributed to the score for The Scarlet Letter. He composed the full score for the Emmy-awarded CBS miniseries 500 Nations, which Kevin Costner produced. Additionally, Peter won two Emmy Awards for the soundtrack albums An American Portrait and Ojibwe. Beyond music, social action and philanthropy are very important to Buffett. His tireless work with numerous non-profit organizations and charities has made him a well-known activist for social concerns and these messages play out through his music. Currently, Peter is collaborating both musically and professionally with international recording artist Akon.

Editor

Editor Susan Ades has been editing films, trailers, shorts and promos for award winning directors that include Douglas Keeve (Unzipped), Mirra Bank (The Last Dance), Lisa Ades (Miss America) and Carole Hart (Free to Be...You and Me, Hot Hero Sandwich). She has recently finished editing a short romantic comedy BLIND FATE by Jeffrey Gottlieb, and has contributed additional editing on the newly released political documentary SWING STATE and ensemble comedy/drama FAST COMPANY. FOR THE NEXT 7 GENERATIONS is her first feature documentary.