1. Frank Popper, Producer/Director

    Frank Popper is a former high school English teacher who accidentally discovered the wonders of photography when he wandered into the art department and watched a photo teacher enlarging a black-and-white negative. He decided to leave teaching and become a photographer. Over the course of several years, photography morphed into multimedia, and finally, filmmaking.

    Popper produced The Lounge People, a feature film starring Buck Henry, Christine Ebersole, Amanda Plummer, and B.D. Wong, which aired on Starz. He was principal videographer of Eroica!, a documentary that aired on Independent Lens about the Eroica Trio's collaboration with a classical music composer. CAN Can Mr. Smith Make It to Washington Anymore? is his first feature-length documentary.