An accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg, Producer, has in recent years turned her energy and talents to producing documentary films. She served as consultant on the Oscar-winning documentary Chernobyl Heart, and is executive producer of Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals, which aired nationally on PBS, and the forthcoming documentary Mimi and Dona. She is also executive producing Who Will Write Our History, with director Roberta Grossman. Before creating and producing Above and Beyond, Spielberg produced a project for the Israeli government, Celebrities Salute Israel’s 60th, which was featured in Times Square on the NASDAQ screens for one month.
Spielberg grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films. She attended Arizona State University and UCLA and, after moving to New York, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and the New School in New York. She is founder and co-founder of several charities including “A Bid for Charity,” “Children of Chernobyl,” “Project Sunshine” and the American branch of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Sophie Sartain, Writer, is award-winning writer for print, film, television and digital media. Her credits include the forthcoming documentary Mimi and Dona (director, producer, writer), the 2012 documentary Hava Nagila (The Movie) (writer, producer) and the 2008 film Blessed Is the Match (writer, co-producer). Sartain's past positions include Executive Director of Editorial Services for MGM Home Entertainment and Managing Editor of Sony Online Entertainment. As a freelance writer, her clients have included Los Angeles Magazine, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Studios, New Line Home Entertainment, CBS Sports Radio and ABC Radio Networks.
Harris Done, Director of Photography, was director of photography on the Academy Award-winning documentary The Last Days, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Done also served as cinematographer on Price for Peace, the Spielberg-produced documentary on World War II in the Pacific, as well as on Inheritance, which won an Emmy Award in 2006, and on Running the Sahara, for which he followed three ultra marathon runners across the African continent. Recently, Done was director of photography on Foo Fighters: Back an Forth. The film won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. Other notable D.P. credits include the cult classic Trekkies, the Emmy award-winning Pancho Barnes! and the feature documentary A Whisper to a Roar.
James Moll, Production Consultant, is an Oscar, Grammy, and two‐time Emmy winning filmmaker whose feature documentary credits include Running the Sahara, Inheritance, The Last Days, and Foo Fighters: Back and Forth. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Moll established and operated The Shoah Foundation with Steven Spielberg to film and preserve 50,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies around the world. Moll currently serves as co-chair for the DGA Documentary Award, and as a member of the executive committee of the AMPAS documentary branch.
Roberta Grossman, Director, is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She has written and produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television. Her 2012 film, Hava Nagila (The Movie) was the opening or closing night film at 46 of the 80 film festivals where it screened, had a theatrical release in 2013 and is now available on Netflix.
Grossman’s previous film, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the audience award at 13 film festivals, was broadcast on PBS and nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
Grossman is the producer of Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which aired on PBS/American Masters (Fall 2014), and was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS mini-series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her feature documentary, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on public television stations in November 2005.
She is currently beginning production on a new film, Who Will Write Our History, about Emanuel Ringelblum and the secret archives of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Chris Callister, Editor, received his master's degree in film production from USC. He has directed and edited documentaries, short films, and music videos, and his work has been seen around the world by over a million people. He has edited for The History Channel and the Sundance Institute. His credits include the feature documentary Hava Nagila (The Movie) (editor, post-production supervisor); the feature documentary Blessed Is the Match (assistant editor, post-production supervisor); the documentary Mimi and Dona (editor); music and concert videos for The Killers (writer, director, editor); the feature film Cyrus (apprentice editor); and the short film The Liar (writer, director, editor).
Lorne Balfe, Composer, is a Grammy award-winning, Emmy and BAFTA-nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. He is known for composing the scores to the Dreamworks’ animation Megamind, and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game, Assassin’s Creed III. In addition to being recognized for producing two of Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Balfe has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score in the BAFTA award-winning film, Crying With Laughter. The same year, he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
Jeff Thomas, Aviation Consultant, is a notable collector, consultant, pilot and restoration expert in the vintage aircraft field. Over the past 20 years, Thomas has assisted numerous museums, including the Imperial War Museum in England, the Museum of Flight Seattle and the Museo Del Aire, Madrid, in cooperative exchanges and acquisitions of original or authentic "reproduction" aircraft. As a fully licensed FAA Engineer, he is an expert at aircraft restoration management. A 28-year veteran with American Airlines, Captain Thomas continues to fly Boeing-777 jetliners from Los Angeles to worldwide destinations.