Lisa Gossels, Producer/Director
Lisa Gossels is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian whose films have garnered multiple awards and honors. Her first feature documentary, The Children of Chabannes, made with Dean Wetherell, won a 2001 Emmy Award, ten film festival awards, had a limited theatrical release, aired on HBO Signature and local PBS stations, and was distributed by Docurama. My So-Called Enemy, Lisa’s second film, has garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and five film festival awards since premiering at Silverdocs in 2010. She was honored as “Someone to Watch” at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival, a “Luminary” at the Boston Jewish Film Festival’s 2011 “Luminaries and Legends Gala,” and, in 2012, with the Annual Miller Reel Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award. Lisa is currently traveling around the country with My So-Called Enemy, teaching at high schools and universities and engaging youth, secular, and faith communities in dialogue. She consults with documentarians on all aspects of filmmaking and storytelling, from pre-production through distribution and outreach. She also produces advocacy, promotional, and educational films for clients through her New York City-based company, Good Egg Productions. A member of the Selah Leadership Network, Lisa became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to effect social change. She has served as a Juror for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, The Cleveland International Film Festival, The Ivy Film Festival, and The Woodstock Festival – and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.
Eden Wurmfeld, Producer
Eden Wurmfeld began her producing career in 1994, on her brother Charles Herman-Wurmfeld’s experimental feature Fanci’s Persuasion. She then served as production manager on Doug Liman’s directorial debut Swingers and went on to collaborate with Liman on See Jane Run. Wurmfeld is best known for producing the indie hit Kissing Jessica Stein. After its successful release, she was named one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” and was also a finalist for the IFP’s Indie Spirit Motorola Producers Award. Wurmfeld was awarded UCLA Film School’s Alumni Association Award in 2003, and is producing the family drama Son of A G-Man, written and to be directed by Will Geiger (Ocean Tribe), as well as Adam Corrolla’s film debut The Hammer. She and Herman-Wurmfeld are developing a half-hour comedy pilot with Brillstein-Grey called Bringing Up Mom. Wurmfeld co-authored The IFP West Independent Filmmaker’s Manual (Focal Press), a “cookbook” on how to make an independent film.