Gail Prensky, Director
As creator and director of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project, Gail brings to this project a deep and first-hand understanding of the Kulturbund’s spirit and recognizes that their issues of living under oppression continue with artists around the world today.
Gail has written, produced, and directed a broad range of media projects in film, multimedia, books, and exhibitions for clients such as the Banner Health's Alzheimer's Registry, the New America Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Time-Life Books, and Glaxo-Wellcome. Through her Meteopa Productions, Gail produces independent projects focusing on advocacy, art, human rights, international, and music themes. Gail is a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship American Impact Award; an Awardee of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (2019 and 202); and U.S. State Department Arts Envoy Program Awardee (2019).
Noa Zimmerman, Co-Director
Noa Zimmerman’s career has reflected her belief in the responsibility of artists to push society forward by using their platforms to raise awareness about injustices, and inspire others to take action to create positive change. As a musician and filmmaker, she strives to present herself and her art as authentically as possible and create human to human connections. In May of 2021 she graduated with a double degree from University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, studying Popular Music Performance with an emphasis on Songwriting, and Music Production. Upon admittance to USC, Noa was awarded a full-tuition Stamps Scholarship for her leadership, academic achievement, and community engagement. In March 2020, Noa co-founded and became Executive Director of the Artivist Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the voices of activist artists, and connecting them with local and global communities to advance social, racial, environmental, and economic justice.
Noa is an Awardee of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (2022).
Professor James Egan is an award winning documentary producer, screenwriter. He is the current CEO of Wild at Heart Films, a film and VR production company founded to create “Media that Makes a Difference” including Spirit Award winning, “Jackpot” (2001), Co-produced with Participant Media, the documentary “Angels in the Dust” (2007). With Mike Figgis, James executive produced “Kimjongilia” (Sundance 2009). For his documentary about racism in the world of Jazz, “Sound of Redemption” (2014), he partnered with international bestseller author, Michael Connelly. Wild at Heart films is currently producing “The Defector,” directed by Oscar winner Mark Harris. His award winning doc, “Raise Hell, The Life & “Times of Molly Ivins”, is currently streaming on Hulu, premiered at Sundance 2019, winning the Audience Award at SXSW 2019.
Monique Zavistovski, Editor
Monique Zavistovski graduated with an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has won awards worldwide, including at Sundance and the Emmys. Her latest project, “RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins”, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Festival Favorites Audience Award at SXSW. Her more recent work includes “The Light In Her Eyes” (a window into a Qu’ran school for girls in Syria, which aired on POV and toured the world with Sundance’s Film Forward series), “Limited Partnership” (Winner 2015 IDA Humanitas Award; Independent Lens), “CITY 40” (2017 Emmy Nominee for Best Investigative Documentary; Netflix; Hot Docs and Sheffield Grand Jury Prize Nominee), “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” (HBO Documentary Films; 2018 Emmy Nominee for Best Social Issue Documentary), “Served Like a Girl” (SXSW; 2017 theatrical release), “The American Meme” (Tribeca and Hot Docs; 2018