Filmmakers for Gotta Dance The Movie

 

Dori Berinstein Director, Producer, Writer

 

Dori is an award-winning director, producer, and writer of Film, Theatre, and Television.

 
Gotta Dance, Dori’s third documentary feature about the first-ever senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets Basketball Team, is the 2009 Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival Audience Award Winner and the recipient of the Best Documentary Award at The Floating Film Festival. Dori is adapting the film into a Broadway Musical.
 
Dori is a three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer. Her productions include: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in The Crucible, Gary Sinise in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award), Fool Moon (Tony Award), Flower Drum Song, and Claudia Sheer in Blown Sideways Through Life.
 
Additionally, Dori co-founded Camp Broadway, an immersive behind-the-scenes Theatre Camp for kids, and Thru The Stage Door, an arts education company creating cutting-edge educational programming. Both entities are committed to instilling in kids a life-long love for the arts. www.thruthestagedoor.com

 
Dori is the 2009 recipient of Broadway’s Robert Whitehead Award for ‘outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing’.

 
Her first film, ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway, released theatrically nationwide, was recognized as one of the top five films of 2006 by the International Documentary Association (IDA) and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Florida Film Festival. ShowBusiness goes deep inside the backstage world of Broadway, chronicling the behind-the-scenes passion, exhilaration, drama, sweat, and high-stakes creative and financial risks of Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo and Caroline, Or Change from inception through the Tony Awards. www.showbusinessthemovie.com

 
Some Assembly Required, (SXSW ’08), directed and produced by Dori, chronicles six teams of determined teenagers as they navigate ‘the game of life’ on their quest to win the national toy invention crown. (Int’l Family Film Festival Best Documentary Winner). www.someassemblyrequiredthefilm.com. The film will be released Fall 2009.
 
Dori Executive-Produced and/or supervised over 50 feature, special f/x, and/or animated productions including Isaac Mizrahi’s award-winning documentary Unzipped, Dirty Dancing, and Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D.


 


Adam Zucker Editor

 

Adam Zucker has edited documentaries, films, museum multi-media installations, music videos, and narrative and music programs for PBS, The Discovery Channel, NBC, HBO, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Adam recently directed and produced Greensboro: Closer To The Truth. Adam also edited ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway. Other work includes, the Ken Burn’s PBS series The West, Soundcheck: Music’s Next Generation, Free To Dance, Rory Kennedy’s Americn Hollow, Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues, Hunters in the Sky, The Mafia in America, and Fallen Champ: Untold Story of Mike Tyson. Adam also edited the 6-hour PBS series Broadway: The American Musical. Adam recently edited Sketches of Frank Gehry for director Sydney Pollack.

 

 

Leo Lawrence Director of Photography

 

Leo Lawrence was born in Brazil in September of 1965 and is a New York City based cameraman/director of photography. As a graduate of Long Island University’s C.W. Post College ( BFA ’89) , Leo began his film industry career in the New York publicity department of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia and Tri-Star Pictures where he worked on the publicity campaigns for over fifty films. An avid photographer since his pre-teen years, Leo was inspired to make the transition from film marketing to film and video production after meeting Robert Rodriguez while working with the director on publicity for the theatrical release of his debut film El Mariachi. After working as a sound recordist and assistant cameraman on commercials and music videos, his career as a cameraman/director of photography began in 1996 shooting interviews for “VH1’s Hard Rock Live” in NYC. Since then Leo has worked on everything from reality tv to live music performance, documentary to sports, network news to children’s television. His extensive roster of clients includes IFC, Sundance Channel, PBS, History Channel, MTV Networks, Food Network, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, A&E, BBC, Comedy Central, Fox Sports and USA Networks.

 

Beginning with Showbusiness: The Road To Broadway and Some Assembly Required, Gotta Dance marks the third time Mr. Lawrence has worked under the direction of and collaborated with director Dori Berinstein.

 

 

Richard Hankin Story Editor

 

Richard Hankin has collaborated with some of the country’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers, including Barbara Kopple, Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy. Capturing the Friedmans, which he co-produced and edited, has won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway, now in theatrical release, has received numerous awards. Cancer: Evolution to Revolution, a film Richard edited for HBO, was nominated for an Emmy and received a Peabody Award. Other editing credits include selected sections of New York: A Documentary Film, Ric Burns’ landmark series, which also received an Emmy nomination and three episodes of the acclaimed Ken Burns film The West. Richard’s short film, This Is A Stand Up, which he wrote and directed, won several awards and screened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Film Institute, as well as on Showtime and PBS.

 


Craig Sharmat Music

 

Craig Sharmat has scored numerous television series and movies. As of February 2008 he has three TV series airing, "America's Most Wanted", which he has been contracted for the last thirteen years, "Suburban Secrets" (season 1 and 2) for Tru TV, and "Conviction" airing on MSNBC. Craig's music also found its way onto trailers of some of the top movies of 2007. Additional film scoring includes Dori Berinstein's documentary Some Assembly Required, which just premiered at SXSW. An alum of Syracuse University and The University of Arizona, Craig has worked as a touring and studio guitarist.

 

 

Adam Miller/Alan Fisher/Glen Siegel Executive Producers

 

 

Linda Goldstein Knowlton Executive Producer

 

The World According To Sesame Street was Goldstein Knowlton’s documentary debut. The film took her to South Africa, Kosovo and Bangladesh in order to tell its story of how international co-productions of Sesame Street are born and the forces these productions must overcome to bring their message of hope to new generations around the world. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

 

Previously, she produced the critically acclaimed film Whale Rider, which was the winner of Audience Awards at Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco and Maui film festivals. In January 2004, Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Prior to that, Goldstein Knowlton initiated the development of The Shipping News and then produced the 2001-released film, starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Judy Dench. She made her feature film producing debut in 1999 with both Mumford, written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan and Crazy in Alabama, directed by Antonio Banderas.

 

She has been the Producer-In-Residence at the Sundance Institute for the past year, and currently serves as a Sundance Trustee for the Humanitas Awards.

 


David Rubin Associate Producer

 

Formerly a successful fashion executive, David Rubin has entered the world of entertainment with wit and enthusiasm. In the past year he has created and will co-produce a variety of television projects currently in various states of development and production. A fast learner, he brings his experience from the world of fashion to the big (medium and/or little) screen, most literally. Look for content that includes designers, editors and tastemakers galore!

 

Gotta Dance is a ‘first-time’ producing experience that has been a true gift in every way. The experience has been nothing short of inspirational.

 


Sue Spiegel Associate Producer

 

A television and film producer for over 20 years, Sue's production experience runs the gamut from sports to documentary programming including open, bumper and promo campaigns for all of the major networks. She has produced and directed for “MTV Sports”, Fox’s Billboard Music Awards, ESPN’S “ESPY Awards”, NBC Winter and Summer Olympics, Hawaii Ironman, US Open tennis, WE Channel’s “Cinematherapy”, Fox Sports, “Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Awards”, NBC’s “NYC Marathon”, Outdoor Life Network’s “Cowboy 101”, and numerous others. At the NY Film and Video Festival, Sue won “Best Comedic Short” for her short film, The Pack-T, which she co-wrote, directed and produced. Sue has won several Emmy Awards and a Cable Ace Award for Erase the Hate, a documentary that she produced and directed, launching USA Networks’ anti-hate campaign. Sue also does a tremendous amount of not-for-profit work in Westchester.

 


John Jenkins & Merge Creative Media Graphics

 

Creative Director at Merge Creative Media, John is an experienced strategist, designer and producer. Previously, as Vice President of Design in Onscreen Promotions at Oxygen Media Network, Jenkins conceptualized and designed graphics packages for Oxygen programming including “The Oxygen Custom Concert Series”, “Girls Behaving Badly” and “Talk Sex With Sue Johnson”. Also at Oxygen, Jenkins worked as the Visual FX supervisor and compositor for the 2004 Emmy Nominated “Disappearing Women” PSA.

 


Jim Black & Gabe Hilfer Music Supervision

 

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