Roberta Grossman, Director
Roberta Grossman, Director

An award-winning filmmaker, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman's 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song Hava Nagila as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Grossman's 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won the audience award at 13 Jewish film festivals.

"Roberta Grossman's films demonstrate the way in which good documentarians are often first-rate anthropologists and historians. With her proven filmmaking skills and the impressive panel of scholars she has brought together to advise her, I’m sure she will make a beautiful, accurate and important film about the Oyneg Shabes Archive."
Deborah Lipstadt

Grossman recently completed directing Above and Beyond, for producer Nancy Spielberg, about the American-Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel's War of Independence. She also produced Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning which aired on PBS/American Masters in August 2014. Grossman was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her film Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on PBS in 2005.

Nancy Spielberg, Executive Producer

Nancy Spielberg
Executive Producer

An accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg, 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. 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 U.S. branch of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Dyanna Taylor, Director of Photography

Dyanna Taylor
Director of Photography

Dyanna Taylor is a five-time Emmy award-winning Cinematographer and Director of Photography whose prominent career in documentaries and features has also earned her a Peabody Award and the honored Muse Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography from New York Women in Film and Television.

She has traveled the world lensing and directing films, documentaries, and television specials on social issues and environmental/wildlife concerns. Her extensive credits include work for all of the major network and cable media organizations including HBO, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and National Geographic. Taylor is also well known for her work as Director and Co-Producer of Annapurna: A Woman’s Place, and for her recent film, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. As Lange’s granddaughter, she has been deeply influenced by her grandmother’s sensibility and esthetic. Combining Taylor’s memories and personal understanding with thorough scholarship, her film gives the viewer both an understanding and sense of the woman whose influential 20th century work revealed America to America.

Editor Chris Callister

Chris Callister

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. 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: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (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).

Pavlina Zipkova, Line Producer

Pavlina Zipkova
Line Producer

Pavlina Zipkova is Katahdin´s longtime colaborator based in Prague, Czech Republic. She line produced documentaries, feature films, commercials and music videos. Her credits include the 2008 film Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, shortlisted for an Academy Award; Hava Nagila (The Movie), Pamela Mason Wagner´s documentary Joan of Arc and Eli Roth´s horror film Hostel. She has been working in the Czech Film Commission since autumn 2016 and has been head of that office since 2018. Pavlina is a member of Women in Film and TV Czech Republic and volunteers at the Prague Military Hospital where she takes care of World War II Veterans.

Frank Gampel, Production Designer

Frank Gampel
Production Designer

Frank's 40-year career has taken him from Israel to work in Morocco, Europe, UK, the Caribbean and the USA. Over the last decades, when not at sea, Frank has worked on numerous TV documentary and film productions, primarily on dramas and historical re-enactments. He started from the bottom and worked his way up, from being a hands on set, to art director and finally to production designer. Frank’s credits include Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Ishi’s Return for PBS, Life & Times of Jesus, a multi-part series for the Family Channel, and Above and Beyond produced by Nancy Spielberg.

Marek Warszewski, Production Designer - Poland

Marek Warszewski
Production Designer - Poland

Two decades after his graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and the beginning of his production design career, Marek Warszewski has successfully managed to balance his boundless visual creativity and love for film with a disciplined awareness of budgets, schedules and crew management. In his portfolio you can find feature films, historical reenactments and commercials. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with acclaimed Polish and international directors and create amazing set designs for movies, among them Warsaw 44M, Karbala and recently, Afterimage, directed by Andrzej Wajda. Marek received the premier Polish Film Award, the Eagle, for production design on the feature film, Warsaw 44.

Anna Różalska, Match & Spark

Anna Różalska, Match&Spark
Executive Producer

One of Screen’s 2016 Future Leaders and IndieWire’s 2016 ‘Women to Watch’. Previously Head of Production and Development at Alvernia Studios, Anna has co-produced Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, Amy Heckerlings Vamps, and documentary In The Name Of Honor, alongside Brett Ratner. Match&Spark is a talent management and production company. Match&Spark represents and promotes directors, scriptwriters, DOPs, music composers with a growing list of over 20 clients. Match&Spark aims also to produce and to package international film projects.

Tarik Hachoud

Tarik Hachoud, Match&Spark

Graduated from National Film School in Lodz, cooperated on various feature, short and documentary film projects including documentary In The Name Of Honor. Match&Spark is a talent management and production company. Match&Spark represents and promotes directors, scriptwriters, DOPs, music composers with a growing list of over 20 clients. Match&Spark aims also to produce and to package international film projects.

July Hodara, Co-Producer

July Hodara

July Hodara is a native of Lyon, France. While a senior in high school, July produced Hidden (2006), an American adaptation of the French documentary Les Enfants Cachés (1998) about children who survived WWII hiding in France. July did her undergraduate studies in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. She started working for Katahdin Productions on Hava Nagila (The Movie) (2012), then went on to associate produce Above and Beyond (2014) with producer Nancy Spielberg and director Roberta Grossman, On The Map (2016) with director Dani Menkin, and Seeing Allred (2017) with directors Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman. She is co-producing Who Will Write Our History (2018).

Katahdin Productions
Production Company

Who Will Write Our History is produced by Katahdin Productions, a non-profit (501)(c)(3) documentary production company founded by Lisa Thomas, the co-founder and former CEO of Clif Bar, Inc. Katahdin's mission is to tell stories that would otherwise remain untold.

Among Katahdin's productions, co-productions and fiscally sponsored projects are Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action; Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh; Hava Nagila (The Movie); Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning; The Garden (Academy Award Nominee); Girls Rising, The Girls Education Project.

All donations to the film are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about the film, or to discuss a donation, please contact: Roberta Grossman or call the phone number below.

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