Judith Helfand, Producer/Director
Filmmaker, activist and educator Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark, cynical worlds of chemical exposure and heedless corporate behavior and make them personal, resonant, highly charged, and entertaining. Her films, The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with George Stoney), the Sundance-award-winning Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold and nominated for two Emmys), and its Peabody-award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl (a five-year video-diary about her experience with DES-related cancer), explore home, class, corporate accountability, intergenerational relationships, and the ever shrinking border between what is personal and what is a critical part of the public record.
Fenell Doremus, Co-Producer
Fenell Doremus co-produced the Palestinian episode of the Independent Lens series The New Americans. Doremus has worked for 12 years in documentary film, beginning her career at Kartemquin Films as an assistant editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. As a staff producer at Kartemquin, she produced and edited nearly a dozen sponsored videos.
Doremus’s other documentary work includes associate producing for Seeking Solutions with Hederick Smith Productions; associate producing the award-winning 5 Girls; segment producing Communityworks TV, a pilot for a PBS series; and segment producing for Chicago-WTTW’s Emmy award-winning Artbeat series.
In 2001, Doremus completed a special half-hour piece for the series that she produced, co-directed, and edited over the course of three years, A Year on Teen St. In 2002, she spent a month in India shooting and associate producing Quiet Strength, a documentary about Tibetan Nuns living in exile.