Jeremiah Zagar is the co-founder of Public Record, a production company specializing in commercial and documentary storytelling. His documentary “In A Dream,” screened theatrically across the US and in film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. It was broadcast on HBO and internationally. The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award® and received two Emmy® nominations, including one for Best Documentary. His other work includes the Emmy® nominated “Starved For Attention,” a series of seven short films about global childhood malnutrition for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, and the short documentary “Heart Stop Beating,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working on “We The Animals”, a narrative feature film.


Lori Cheatle founded Hard Working Movies, a production company based in New York, to produce director-driven documentary and narrative features and television. She has produced a number of award-winning films that have screened in all the top international film festivals, have been released theatrically, and have been broadcast on HBO, Showtime, The Sundance Channel, the BBC and around the world. Her producing credits include the relationship trilogy by Doug Block that started with “51 Birch Street” which the New York Times named one of the 10 Best Films of the Year, followed by “The Kids Grow Up” and the newly released “112 Weddings”; Amy Hardie’s acclaimed documentary “The Edge of Dreaming”; “This Land Is Your Land” (featured in The Whitney Biennial) and many others. She is currently producing several projects including “The Viking of Sixth Avenue”, about the legendary figure Moondog, directed by Holly Elson.


John Battsek has produced a prolific run of acclaimed films over the last fifteen years. Launching with Oscar® and Emmy® winner “One Day In September” in 1999, he has since produced a slate of over 25 feature documentaries including “In The Shadow of the Moon,” Oscar® nominee “Restrepo,” Academy Shortlisted “Sergio,” Grierson Award Winner “Fire In Babylon,” Academy Award® Shortlisted “The Tillman Story,” triple Emmy® nominee “Better This World,” James Marsh’s “Project Nim,” “The Imposter” (BAFTA Award) and “Searching For Sugar Man,” which won several awards including a BAFTA and the Academy Award®. Recent films include “Happy Valley” and “The Green Prince”.

Nicole Stott is Head of Development and Producer for Passion Pictures’ prolific Academy Award® winning film department working alongside John Battsek since 2002 across all feature output.


Gabriel Sedgwick hails from Sweden but works as a producer in Brooklyn, New York, where he’s Head of Production at Hard Working Movies. He is a National Board of Review fellow, a Berlin Film Festival Talents alumni, an Anders Sandrew grantee, and has produced films such as the narrative film “August the First” (dir: Lanre Olabisi) and the award-winning short “Slate” (dir: Carmen Vidal), which have screened at multiple international film festivals, including SXSW, New Directors/New Films, and Karlovy Vary. His upcoming projects include two fiction features, “Somewhere in the Middle” and “In Transit.”


A native of Japan, Keiko Deguchi came to New York for her Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies at New York University. After graduation, she worked on films with directors such as Robert Altman, Nora Ephron and Brian DePalma. Since then, Keiko Deguchi has edited over thirty feature length films, both documentary and narrative. Keiko edited Jeremiah Zagar’s previous film “In A Dream,” Linda Hattendorf’s “The Cats of Mirikitani” and Jason DaSilva’s “When I Walk.” Narrative films include Susan Seidelman’s “The Hot Flashes,” Steven Shainberg’s “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” and Jonathan Parker’s “(Untitled).” Keiko Deguchi received the James Lyons Editing Award for “In A Dream.”


Naiti Gámez is a New York City based cinematographer and filmmaker. Her films as DP have screened at numerous festivals including Festival de Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Festival du Cinema de Paris, Woodstock Film Festival, as well as on ESPN, Showtime, MTV/MTV2, Discovery Channel and truTV.