LORI CHEATLE (Producer/Co-Director)

Lori founded Hard Working Movies to produce films that are innovative and tell great stories, with a focus on director-driven features. The award-winning films that she’s produced have screened in over 60 countries in festivals, theatrically and on TV stations worldwide.

Her recent documentaries include The Kids Grow Up, released theatrically by Shadow Distribution before its broadcast on HBO, and The Edge Of Dreaming, directed by Amy Hardie with Scottish Screen, POV, C4 UK. The Edge of Dreaming is distributed internationally by Kino Lorber, Cinefile and Parallel 40. Lori produced Doug Block’s personal documentary 51 Birch Street (HBO, ZDF/Arte) which played for nine months in theaters and was on several critics’ end of year lists, including the 10 Best Films of the year by The New York Times, the National Board of Review and Rolling Stone Magazine. Other documentaries she’s produced include: Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer., which aired on American Masters, From Swastika to Jim Crow (PBS), Summer in Ivye, and several other films as producer or executive producer.

Lori has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations and festivals, and since 2009 she’s been a guest producer and co-host for the IFP Documentary Film Labs, a year-long project mentoring a group of select filmmakers on finishing and distributing their feature works-in-progress.

DAISY WRIGHT (Co-director/Editor) – A documentary filmmaker and editor, has most recently edited Dreamland directed by Mark Obenhaus, which will premier at the London Opera House, and then air in the fall of 2011 on both PBS and BBC.  She has cut eight films for the PBS series FRONTLINE including The Undertaking which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming in 2007, and The New Asylums which was the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize Winner in 2005.  She also edited To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports, a one-hour documentary special chronicling ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury sustained while reporting in Iraq which won a Peabody Award in 2007.

Daisy Wright’s long list of other editing credits include two films directed by Hannah Weyer which aired on the PBS series POV: La Boda, and Escuela which received the MTV award at the Doubletake film festival.  Other independent films include the award-winning Bye Bye Babushka directed Rebecca Dreyfus and Mitchell Rosenbaum, Summer in Ivye (which she also co-Directed) which premiered at the Hampton’s Film Festival, and The Couple in the Cage, directed by Paula Heredia and Coco Fusco, which was featured in Lincoln Center Film Society’s Video Art Festival.

Daisy has edited several network and Cable TV specials including Call of the Wild, a one-hour Peter Jennings special for the ABC series In Search of America, and Ultimate Power, also a one-hour Peter Jennings special for the ABC series The Century.  She cut numerous segments for the series Science Times for the National Geographic Channel, as well as their 1-hour special Embryos in Limbo.  In addition, Daisy has worked on various television series cutting segments for City Arts for PBS (including Indian Cinema which received an Emmy Award for Entertainment Programming); CBS Sunday Morning, including Lalmba which was nominated for an Emmy Award;  (15) short segments for My Favorite Book for HBO’s Family Channel; Always a Bridesmaid for TLC; four 1-hour episodes of Paramedics (two of which she produced with Peter Livingston Jr.); Ushuaia for CNBC; Rock Candy for VH-1;Rediscovering Will Rogers for American Masters, and Michael Moore’s TV Nation.  She has also cut commercials, trailers, and videos for permanent exhibition in both the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Museum of Natural History.

VIRGINIA WILLIAMS (Co-producer) has worked in production on feature films, documentaries and commercials for several New York production companies including Killer Films, Miramax, Propaganda Films and Park Pictures.  Virginia has directed and produced a handful of short documentary films, most recently a film called Small Town Doc. This short piece is about a clinic in rural Oregon that goes bankrupt due to poor Medicare reimbursements, and the effect on the aging population when they’re left without a doctor.

Virginia is currently an agent for some of the country’s leading commercial and film directors.

BRIAN RIGNEY HUBBARD (Director of Photography) is a cinematographer working in narrative and documentary films, music videos and commercials. His credits include the feature films  Circumstance (dir Maryam Keshavarz) which won the Audience Award at Sundance and is distributed by Roadside Attractions, Tanner Hall, distributed by Anchor Bay Films,  Marconi Brothers (with Brian Sexton III);  the feature comedy Bad Meat (dir. The Onion’s Scott Dikkers), starring Chevy Chase; Headstand, (dir. Lisa Robinson), which screened at Cannes, Telluride and Toronto film festivals; Baby (dir. Bridget Bedard), which aired on the Sundance Channel; Desire, broadcast on the Independent Film Channel; and the acclaimed Icelandic filmSaviour, (dir. Erla Skuladottir).

Additional camera credits include Turn it Up (dir. Robert Adetuyi), released by New Line Pictures, and Showtime’s The Mudge Boy(dir. Michael Burke). His television credits include Riker’s High(Showtime), I Stop Writing the Poem (PBS) and American Standoff(dir. Kristi Jacobson, additional camera), as well as programs for The Learning Channel, Lifetime Television, HBO, Showtime and The Travel Channel.

Brian has also worked as DP on numerous promotional spots, commercials and music videos, for clients including the United Nations, the Sundance Channel, the David Letterman Show, and Kodak. For his work in commercials, Brian received a Cannes/2005 Advertising Award, an Emmy Award for Best PSA, and a Polly Award for best use of comedy in a political spot.

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