Katherine Leichter, Producer
Kathy Leichter is a documentary film producer, media activist, and one of the founders of Mint Leaf Productions. Kathy recently co-produced and co-directed the award-winning PBS documentary, A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay, about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Currently she is the executive director of The Workfare Media Initiative, a media activism project which trains current and former welfare recipients to show A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay to community organizations, unions, students, communities of faith, policymakers, and others. Kathy was the producer of the VSM Productions’ Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors that Bind, a documentary about the impact of the mother/daughter relationship on a woman’s body, sexuality, and self-esteem, which is being used by women’s and girls organizations and universities across the country. Formerly she worked at WQED, the Pittsburgh PBS station, where she associate produced several social issue documentaries. Kathy serves on the Workers Rights Board of Jobs With Justice and is on the Advisory Board of several independent documentary projects. She is currently developing a film about her grandmother, an Austrian immigrant and renowned family therapist who lived to be 92. Kathy is the mother of Otto Justice Leichter Moran.
Jonathan Skurnik, Producer
Jonathan Skurnik has produced, directed, and shot numerous award-winning documentaries and has recently completed his first two fiction films as writer/director. His three most recent documentaries include: The Elevator Operator, a documentary about a Ukrainian immigrant who runs a manual elevator in Manhattan. It has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, won Best Documentary at the Urban TV film festival in Madrid and had its broadcast premiere on PBS and Ukrainian TV; the award-winning Spit It Out which is being broadcast on PBS in 2007; and A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay which won the prestigious Harry Chapin award for films about hunger and poverty and was broadcast on PBS and in Europe in 2002. Jonathan is currently producing Something’s Moving, a documentary about survivors of American Indian boarding schools and he’s directing Ice Music, a high definition documentary about a winter Ice Music festival in Norway.