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ERIN LEE CARR, WRITER/DIRECTOR, HBO’s "Thought Crimes" and "Mommy Dead and Dearest"
Erin Lee Carr is a New York based director, producer and writer. Her newest film Mommy Dead and Dearest had it’s World Premiere at SXSW and Hot Docs in 2017 and aired on HBO May 15, 2017. The film ignited a discussion on Twitter and was received well by critics and audiences alike. Aja Romano for Vox said, “Mommy Dead And Dearest Is A Perfect Storm Of True Crime, Pageantry, And Southern Gothic Tropes. This Is A Story That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed.” Brian Lowry for CNN wrote “TV's infatuation with true crime can be traced to "Making a Murderer" and "The Jinx," but precious little rises to that level. HBO scales those heights and then some with "Mommy Dead and Dearest."
Her debut film, Thought Crimes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO that May. Variety named Erin one of the 10 Documentarians to watch in 2015. Neil Genzlinger of the The New York Times called Thought Crimes "absorbing" and a "primer for the century ahead."
Before working with HBO, Erin hailed from the video team at VICE, specifically Motherboard where her produced content has amassed over 25 million views worldwide. One of her short films for VICE, Click Print Gun, won a Webby in 2013 and gained 7 million views in its first week online. Erin is currently in post-production for an episode in a Netflix series, executive produced by Alex Gibney, and directing a third true crime film for HBO, executive produced by Sheila Nevins. She proudly works with Andrew Rossi, Andrew Coffman, Alison Byrne, Ian Hultquist and Bryan Sarkinen on HBO projects.
She is writing a forthcoming memoir for Ballantine, an imprint of Random House books. She enjoys the sunny side of the street.
KAHANE COOPERMAN, EP, THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS
Kahane Cooperman is a documentary filmmaker and television producer. Her Academy Award nominated 2016 short film, Joe's Violin, had it's national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series, POV in July. Joe's Violin is her third documentary. Most recently, she was showrunner, executive producer and a director of Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders for SundanceTV. Prior she was executive producer/showrunner of The New Yorker Presents for Amazon Studios. She was a longtime producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1996-2016. For her work at The Daily Show, she received 11 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
Currently, she is spearheading the creation of 6 short films about autism for a project with Jon Stewart.
ANDREW ROSSI, FILMMAKER, IVORY TOWER AND BRONX GOTHIC
Andrew Rossi is the Emmy-nominated director and producer of documentary films including Page One: Inside The New York Times (2011), following the inner working of the New York Times media desk; Ivory Tower (2014), about the challenges facing higher education; A Table In Heaven (2008), following the Italian family behind Le Cirque restaurant; Bronx Gothic (2017) about performance artist Okwui Okpokwasili; and The First Monday In May (2016) about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Andrew has been nominated for three Emmy awards, including two for Page One, which was one of the highest grossing theatrical documentaries of 2011. Premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Page One looks at the crisis in the newspaper industry to understand how competition from online media and the decline in print advertising is leading to a contraction in traditional journalism. As Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in the New Yorker, “Page One is surprisingly moving, and not a little chilling, because of the way it shows the Times’ reporters and editors bravely upholding their noble craft against an ominous backdrop of business-side global warming.”
Ivory Tower was nominated for an Emmy for Best Business and Financial reporting following its broadcast on CNN. Although clearly a polemic about the perils of student debt and the rising cost of college, Ivory Tower is not a one-dimensional look at higher education. Instead, the film celebrates the core promise of college as a path to social mobility and the middle class. Co-distributed by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Spotlight), Ivory Tower was ranked as one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Indiewire and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Through his New York based production company Abstract, Andrew produces content for film and television. Currently he is executive producing a Netflix series with Sony TV. Most recently he produced multiple true crime documentaries for HBO directed by Erin Lee Carr including Thought Crimes (2014), about law enforcement’s attempt to police online activity, which the New York Times described as “a primer for the century ahead,” and Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017), about the shocking murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, which CNN.com described as “a twisted and twisty documentary that’s…true crime at it’s best.” Andrew is also producing an upcoming fashion documentary with director Kate Novack.
MODERATOR: STEVE ROSENBAUM, SENIOR ADVISOR, OAKLINS DeSILVA+PHILLIPS
Steven Rosenbaum is an author, entrepreneur and curator. He’s founded five companies in the content space, with a drive to connect consumers, storytellers, and brands. Rosenbaum is known as the father of UGC (user-generated content). A sought after speaker, Rosenbaum’s passion for the emerging content ecosystem has had him presenting to audiences across the US and abroad. Talks include SXSW, TED, BBC, VidCon, IEEE Globecom, DLD, IAB, Pivot, Digital Now, DevLearn, Tools of Change and the Monaco Media Forum.
As a thought leader and writer, Rosenbaum’s books include his first book Curation Nation - How To Win In A World Where Consumers Are Creators (curationnation.org) published by McGraw-Hill Business in March of 2011. The book explores the emerging phenomenon of human organization and publishing of content. His second book, Curate This!, (http://www.curatethisbook.com/) was published in October, 2014. Said reviewer Brian Solis, "Rosenbaum's vision has shaped a new wave of technology startups, platforms and media channels that would empower everyday experts to create and curate content for networked audiences around the world.”
His weekly writing includes a column for Forbes.com and Huffington Post Technology as well as regular contributions to Fast Company, Columbia Journalism Review, Business Insider, Mashable and The Atlantic.
As an inventor, Rosenbaum's passion for curation and content discovery innovation resulted in two foundational inventions, and the awarding of two patents in the areas of video curation and advertising technology. Just a year after YouTube was founded, Rosenbaum filed Patent No. 8,117,545 "Hosted video discovery and publishing platform" which was granted in 2012. And in 2014, Patent No. 208,812,956 "Video curation platform with pre-roll advertisements for discovered content.”
As a filmmaker and long-form storyteller Rosenbaum directed the documentary feature 7 Days in September, a look at 9/11 and the week after. The film has a rare 100% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rosenbaum also created the CameraPlanet 9/11 Archive, an archive of footage from September 11 and its aftermath which he donated to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Rosenbaum has received 2 Emmy Awards, 6 New York Festival's World Medals, 4 CINE Golden Eagles, and 6 Telly Awards.
Rosenbaum won an Emmy Award for BROADCAST: New York and then created the series MTV News Unfiltered for MTV, an early example of viewer-generated content in broadcast. News Unfiltered encouraged people to film their own stories.
Rosenbaum was New York City's first Entrepreneur at Large working with New York's startup community and NYCEDC and Rosenbaum was named Purdue University Science Journalism Laureate in 2011.
Rosenbaum is a Senior Advisor with Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips where he will advise on digital media and emerging OTT and Web Video enterprises.