Filmmaker Bios


Rob Fruchtman (Director/Producer) is a director, producer and editor of documentaries and television programs. He won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Director award for SISTER HELEN, which aired on HBO. He has won three Emmys for his work with PBS. SWEET DREAMS focuses on a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerged from the devastation of genocide and created a new future for themselves by opening their country’s first ice cream parlor. His most recent film, MOVING STORIES, follows six dancers from NYC’s Battery Dance Company as they travel across the world teaching some of the most vulnerable youth about expressing themselves through movement.

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Steven Lawrence (Director/Producer) is a producer-director whose documentaries have appeared on PBS, MTV and A&E. He’s produced three films for director Michael Apted including MARRIED IN AMERICA, an ongoing doc about 9 marriages. His other productions, which have often focused on the arts and human rights, include THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES, a global look at hip-hop as protest music, and SARABAH, about Senegalese rapper Sister Fa’s campaign to end female genital cutting. Currently, Steven is finishing MISSING MICROBES, a feature doc about the importance of the human microbiome, co-directed with Sarah Schenck. His work has received an IDA Documentary Achievement award, 3 Cine Golden Eagles, the Special Jury Award from the Locarno Film Festival and the Golden Butterfly from Movies That Matter.

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Amelia Hughes (Executive Producer) is a filmmaker and animal rights advocate. She is the co-founder of Atelier Meow, a collaborative that connects animal advocates and people in the creative industries on projects that promote a culture of kindness for all animals. She has over 20 years of experience in animal advocacy and protection, the fashion and film industries. She serves on the Board of Michigan Humane and as an advisor to animal welfare organizations and lifestyle brands striving to create a culture and policies that are animal friendly and cruelty-free.

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Jonathan Hughes (Executive Producer) is a filmmaker and animal advocate. He is the co-founder of Atelier Meow, a collaborative that brings together animal advocates and people in the creative industries on projects that promote a culture of kindness for all animals. He has over 25 years of consulting experience, advising corporations and nonprofits on strategy and organizational effectiveness, and has published multiple articles in the Harvard Business Review on negotiation, partnerships, and conflict management.


Dor Dotson (Associate Producer) runs Genuine Article, a boutique film marketing company focused on social media and crowdfunding for filmmakers. She lives in Catskill, New York with her husband, a new baby and her two rescue cats, Lester and Gracie.


Hahn Rowe (Composer/Producer/Multi-instrumentalist) has worked with Hugo Largo, David Byrne, Anohni (Antony and the Johnsons), Glenn Branca, Swans, R.E.M., Jim Thirwell (Foetus) and Yoko Ono, among many others. A recipient of three New York Dance and Performance Awards (AKA the Bessie), Hahn has a long history scoring music for dance and theater, working with Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre, Louise Lecavalier, Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Simone Aughterlony, and Antonija Livingstone. He is active as a composer for film and television, creating scores for films such as Clean, Shaven by Lodge Kerrigan, Spring Forward and The Cold Land, by Tom Gilroy, Married in America by Michael Apted, and Sing Your Song by Susanne Rostock.

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Michael Jones(Sound Editor and Mixer) is a sound recordist, editor and mixer who runs Studio 44 in Brooklyn. As a recordist his films include: Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning Inside Job; Lauren Greenfield’s Sundance darling The Queen of Versailles;and Barbara Kopple’s intimate Miss Sharon Jones! for which he was also an audio post-production mixer. In 2014, Michael won a Peabody Award for his decades-long career as Chief Audio Engineer and Co-Producer of PRI/PRX’s Afropop Worldwide. In 2018, he was the sound editor for two award winning documentaries: The Cat Rescuers, and While I Breathe, I Hope– both mixed at Studio 44. Currently he’s a sound supervisor for DIY’s Barnwood Builders while continuing his work on documentaries.


Evan Anthony (DI Colorist) has over two decades of experience working on a wide variety of genres. His work has been featured regularly at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes, SXSW, DOC NYC, FullFrame, and Hot Docs. Several projects have been nominated for or won Emmys and Academy Awards. Evan’s enthusiasm for the craft of film making and the unique insight he brings to each project is matched only by his world-class technical proficiency, reliability and expertise, and a total dedication to this precise art.


Helen Garrett (Creative Consultant) is an innovative marketing and artist engagement expert who has spearheaded human rights and media projects for over 25 years. As head of creative services at Amnesty International USA she produced highly visible campaigns that contributed to major human rights victories. She also raised millions of dollars through two benefit albums – the first featuring the songs of John Lennon with artists like U2 and Green Day, and the second featuring the songs of Bob Dylan with Miley Cyrus, Adele, Sting and many others. She currently works as a consultant on branding, creative projects, and artist engagement and activism.