ERIC FORMAN Producer/Director
Eric is a NY based documentary filmmaker. He has played an active role in many areas of documentary programming, from development, through production, post, distribution and outreach. Projects have ranged from large-scale documentaries with national television premieres and successful theatrical runs, to multi-part prime-time documentary TV series, to smaller films that went on the festival circuit and built an audience through DVD sales and online marketing. Notable credits include: Associate Producer – YOUNG & RESTLESS IN CHINA (PBS Frontline, 2008); Archival Producer TEENAGE PAPARAZZO (HBO, 2011); Coordinating Producer – RISK TAKERS (BloombergTV, 2011) and MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA (PBS/AOL, 2012); Co-Producer – PATROLMAN P (DIRECTV, 2012); Line Producer – MY ITALIAN SECRET (NETFLIX, 2014) about the untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II and SHADOWMAN (in post production) about the chaotic life of legendary NY street artist Richard Hambleton. After producing for the weekly documentary news show ‘VICE on HBO’, Forman is currently producing for Barbara Kopple’s Cabin Creek Films.
ZACHARY LEVY Additional Cinematographer
Zachary Levy is a documentary Director of Photography and filmmaker based in New York. His cinema verite film STRONGMAN garnered rave critical attention (NY Times Critic’s Pick, Roger Ebert’s Best of Year List) and has been called a classic of modern verite filmmaking. As a D.P., projects have ranged from television programs like 60 Minutes and Oprah to countless long form documentaries. He is currently teaching cinematography at Columbia University and teaches master classes on documentary camerawork throughout the country.
RICHARD JAFFE is the Senior Partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. The firm concentrates in the area of criminal defense and personal injury, with Mr. Jaffe specializing in the areas of white collar criminal defense and death penalty litigation. He has handled over fifty capital cases, including two federal death penalty cases. None of his clients has ever received the death penalty and less than 5 are doing life sentences. His acquittal rate is among the highest in the country. He is the only attorney in the nation who has successfully defended three death row inmates at new trials after they had previously been sentenced to death.
JUDGE JOHN CARROLL is a Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Judge Carroll served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Alabama for more than 14 years. He is a former member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is former chair of its Discovery Subcommittee. He was also the chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center.
URSULA BENTELE teaches criminal and capital punishment law and directs the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic at Brooklyn Law School. She is a nationally recognized expert and established author on death penalty issues, appellate advocacy and the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
JENNY CARROLL is an Associate Professor of Law, University of Alabama Law School. She teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure: Post-Conviction Proceedings.
LAJUANA DAVIS is a Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Before joining the academy, Professor Davis worked as an attorney for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama in Montgomery, specializing in direct appeals and state and federal habeas litigation. Davis also negotiated settlements of capital cases, consulted with private law firms about capital litigation cases, worked with legal and community organizations about criminal justice issues, and recruited volunteer counsel for defendants.
KRYSSANNE KATSOOLIS has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Katsoolis is an attorney and began her entertainment career in business and legal affairs at Miramax Films. Katsoolis’ experience includes all aspects of the film and television industry including acquisitions, co-production, packaging, financing and distribution. Katsoolis is a founding partner of Cactus Three, a New York-based company that specializes in the production, financing and distribution of elevated films. In 2012 Katsoolis and the partners of Curious Pictures formed Cargo Entertainment, a feature film production, financing and international sales company.
GEORGE KENDALL is Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs. His practice focuses primarily on pro bono matters. George handles capital, criminal and civil rights cases around the United States at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings including in the United States Supreme Court, where he has represented clients for more than 25 years. He also regularly consults with capital defense lawyers nationwide. George has worked with the Defender Services Division of the Administrative Office of the US Courts in improving the quality of legal representation in federal criminal cases and has also worked closely with The Innocence Project and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund (LDF) on policy initiatives.
RAOUL SCHONEMANN is a clinical professor and the co-director of the Capital Punishment Clinic at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Since 1991, he has represented people facing the death penalty in Texas, California, Alabama, and Georgia, and at every stage of the state and federal court system. Prior to joining the law school, he was employed as a staff attorney at the Texas Resource Center in Austin; as a deputy public defender at the Office of the State Public Defender in San Francisco; and as the managing attorney of the Capital Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.
JACK WILLIS is an award winning documentary producer and co-founder of LINK TV.
NINA STREICH founded and is Executive Director of the Global Peace Film Festival. She began her career as a film editor, has worked in film production and was Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.
KELLY DeVINE, former IFCTV Acquisitions executive, has been the Artistic Director of the Global Peace Film Festival since 2006. In addition she consults with a variety of clients such as ITVS, NYWIFT, Story Matters and others focusing most recently on impact strategy and implementation.