Director/ Producer Cynthia Lowen is the co-producer and writer of the Emmy-nominated documentary BULLY, following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, released by The Weinstein Company. Lauded by reviewers, BULLY was nominated for two Emmy awards. The film was awarded a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism, as well as the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, among other honors. Drawing on BULLY’s success, the filmmakers created The BULLY Project Social Action Campaign, a collaborative effort in partnership with multiple organizations, foundations, brands and corporate sponsors, sharing a commitment to ending bullying and transforming society.
The film and campaign have garnered support from such prominent voices as Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Justin Bieber, and many others. Featured at several summits on education and school climate, in April of 2012 BULLY was screened at the White House. The impact of this documentary and the associated social action campaign was recently explored in Anderson Cooper’s 1-hour special, The BULLY Effect, premiering on CNN. Through her work on BULLY, Cynthia has lectured extensively on filmmaking, bullying and school climate and culture, addressing the Producer’s Guild of America, the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, Ideafestival, Open Society Foundations, New York Women in Film & Television, Texas Trailblazer Awards, the Tribeca film festival, among others.
Cynthia has also authored several articles and has appeared widely on television shows and radio programs to speak on the subject. Cynthia is also an award-winning poet and winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series for her collection "The Cloud That Contained the Lightning." Using the character of J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the “father of the atomic bomb,” as a jumping-off point, the collection explores the enduring legacy of nuclear weapons. Of these poems, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes writes, “No biographer in 600 pages has come closer to understanding him [Oppenheimer]–and the bomb–than does Cynthia Lowen in these subtle, resonant poems.”
Executive Producer Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women's roles in the public sphere. Disney's 20+ films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power. Disney's directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, was selected for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Disney has also executive produced films on a wide array of social issues, including 1971, FAMILY AFFAIR, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE INVISIBLE WAR (Academy Award Nominee®, Best Documentary Feature), RETURN, and SUN COME UP (Academy Award® Nominee, Best Documentary Short).
Executive Producer Gini Reticker is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning director and producer with a distinguished career that spans more than 20 years. She recently directed THE TRIALS OF SPRING, which has played at Human Rights festivals around the world and was accompanied by six shorts that launched on The New York Times. Reticker previously won the Tribeca Best Documentary Award for PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, the story of Liberian women whose actions helped bring an end to a brutal civil war. She co-produced THE BETRAYAL (NERAHKOON) ¬ nominated for both an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award and served as executive producer on THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, 1971, LIVE NUDE GIRLS UNITE, CAMERAPERSON, ALIAS RUBY BLADE, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED and SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY.
Cinematographer Cailin Yatsko is a New York City-based cinematographer and co-founder of Bicephaly Pictures. Cailin has shot over 100 pieces of digital content for a variety of brands including Bloomingdale's, Artsy, Gagosian, MoMA, and Paperless Post. She conceptualized and shot four web series for James Franco TV, Glamour, and Dailymotion.
Cinematographer Rachel Lears’ most recent feature documentary, THE HAND THAT FEEDS, won awards and recognition at Full Frame, DOC NYC, AFI Docs, Chicago Latino, and numerous other festivals on the 2014-15 circuit. It was supported by Sundance Documentary Film Program, the Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Chicken & Egg Pictures, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, and the Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute.
Production Assistant Steffie van Rhee is from The Netherlands, where she earned a BA in Journalism. She worked as a researcher and producer for various award winning Dutch documentary filmmakers before pursuing a graduate degree in Documentary Media Studies at The New School. She's one of the co-founders of #girlcrew collective, an artist collective that focuses on female empowerment and social justice. She's the director of A LIFE BEFORE THIS, a short documentary about a police shooting in the Bronx.