The war is over, a trial begins
“A cinematic dream team”
— Pamela Cohn, Still In Motion
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER  Rebecca Richman Cohen is an Emmy Award nominated filmmaker and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before becoming a filmmaker, she interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on a legal defense team for Alex Tamba Brima in the AFRC-accused case. Five months after leaving the Brima defense team, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on WAR DON DON. Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and most recently at Columbia University. Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she now teaches. For her work on WAR DON DON she was awarded the Cinereach Award for excellence in vital, artful storytelling and the Hugo Munsterberg Award for psychology of human nature in cinema. WAR DON DON also won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival and was nominated for two Emmy awards: Outstanding Continuing Coverage Of A News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing. In 2010 Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film." She completed her second film CODE OF THE WEST in 2012. She is also a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow.

PRODUCER / EDITOR  Francisco Bello is an ACADEMY AWARD® and three time EMMY Nominee. He launched Ropa Vieja Films LLC in 2007 with SALIM BABA, which was Nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Short Documentary, followed by a News & Documentary EMMY Nomination in 2009. Francisco produced and edited WAR DON DON, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, and for which he was awarded the first Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. "War Don Don" was nominated for two 2011 Emmys in the categories: Outstanding Coverage of a News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing. He spent most of 2012 editing BEST KEPT SECRET (2013 IFF Boston Audience Award Winner + PBS/POV broadcast) and OUR NIXON (2013 Rotterdam, SXSW, New Directors New Films + CNN broadcast) for which he won his second Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. Francisco is currently co-directing a new film entitled DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD (formerly, "Mu Xin: Notes from the Underground"), due for release in 2014.

LINE PRODUCER  Abu-Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean journalist and filmmaker. He currently works as news editor with Deutsche Welle's English for Africa program in Bonn, Germany where he is writing his thesis for a master’s degree in international media at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Applied Science University. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Abu-Bakarr has worked as a video journalist for Associated Press Television News before he moved to Germany to study. He is one of the main producers of a documentary film titled "Guns to Mics, the sound of politics in Sierra Leone" which is currently in post production. He has produced mini-documentary films that were shown on film festival in Europe and North America. In Sierra Leone, Abu-Bakarr reported stories for ABC-TV, a private television company in Freetown. He contributed to the publication of Salone Times Newspaper in Freetown and he served as Editor-In-Chief for Aureol Touch magazine, a student semester magazine published by the Mass Communication Department at Fourah Bay College, USL. A number of his films have appeared on Current Television in the United States and excerpts of his work were screened on “Unreported World” a British Foreign Affairs program on Channel 4 TV and the British Broadcasting Corporation Television BBC-TV.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  Jim Butterworth is the Founder and President of Naked Edge Films, a Producer and Director of SEOUL TRAIN, as well as a technology entrepreneur. Jim’s first film, SEOUL TRAIN, has been in competition at more than 90 international film festivals (winning more than a dozen awards), was broadcast in 20 countries (including PBS in the U.S.), and has inspired countless grassroots and policy-level actions worldwide. In 2007, SEOUL TRAIN was bestowed the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Award, and was also runner-up for the National Journalism Award. Jim also founded and has led several successful companies, among them an early Internet company and a venture capital firm. He is also one of the pioneers in the development of streaming audio and video over the Internet, and holds 10 issued and numerous pending patents in this field. Jim holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He is an inductee into the Georgia Tech Academy of Outstanding Engineering Alumni and also the recipient of the Dartmouth College Social Justice Award for significant contribution to social justice.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER David Menschel is a criminal defense lawyer and the President of the Vital Projects Fund, a charitable foundation with an interest in human rights, criminal justice, and mass incarceration – including issues like death penalty abolition, sentencing reform, parole, prosecutorial accountability, drug policy reform, solitary confinement, and post 9/11 civil liberties. He also helps to produce documentary films that reflect his progressive worldview, including Sundance award winning films like THE OATH and DETROPIA, as well as the Emmy-nominated WAR DON DON. Formerly, David was an attorney and the Arthur Liman Fellow at the Innocence Project in New York City and the legal director of the Innocence Project of Florida in Tallahassee, where he helped to free individuals who had been wrongfully convicted. He is the author of Abolition Without Deliverance: The Law of Connecticut Slavery, 1784-1848 (2001), published in the Yale Law Journal. Before attending law school, David taught American history to high school students. He received a B.A. from Princeton University (’93) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (’02).

CO-PRODUCER Daniel J. Chalfen is the founder of and producer at Naked Edge Films. His recent producing credits include Participant Media’s STATE 194 (TIFF ’12, Berlin ‘13), THE REVISIONARIES (Tribeca ’12) and DONOR UNKNOWN (Tribeca ’11) for PBS' Independent Lens, GONE (Tribeca ’11) for Discovery ID, and Emmy-nominated WAR DON DON (SXSW ’10) and Oscar short-listed 39 POUNDS OF LOVE for HBO. Other credits include the Danny Glover Executive Produced THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN, the Sarah Jessica Parker Executive Produced PRETTY OLD and the Tribeca and Berlin award-winning BUDRUS, and, more recently, the ITVS funded TOWN HALL, FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD (IDFA '13), and CODE OF THE WEST, distributed by Sundance Artists. Chalfen is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Founding Member of the DCTV Cinema Advisory Council, and an on-screen judge in the non-scripted television competition series PURSUIT OF THE TRUTH.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY  Nadia Hallgren is a filmmaker and cinematographer from the Bronx, New York. Her camera credits include Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, the Academy Award nominated TROUBLE THE WATER, WAR DON DON, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and THE NEW BLACK. As director, Nadia is a Cinereach fellow whose most recent film LOVE LOCKDOWN premiered at the SXSW film festival, and won best short film at HBO’s Urbanworld film festival. Her other film SANZA HANZA, a documentary about teenage train surfers in Soweto, South Africa was acquired by PBS.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY  William Charles Moss is a cinematographer and photographer whose work has appeared on HBO, Discovery, PBS, BBC, VH1, MTV, Outdoor Life Network, and others. Most recently, his work as the primary DP helped create the look of the popular HISTORY DETECTIVE series on PBS. Moss has served as DP on the award-winning feature film THE NEW GUY, as well as the short documentary THE OLD MAN AND HEMINGWAY which was designated by MoMA an outstanding short film in 2005. He has also served as the DP on the feature-length documentary, NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC, which chronicles the life of Hungarian poet, Miklos Radnoti and ITVS funded SUMMER SUN, WINTER MOON. Moss also shot and co-produced BETTY LA FLACA, which was the recipient of the 2006 HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Short Film Award and has since aired extensively on HBO.