BIOS

JANICE ENGEL - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Award winning filmmaker, JANICE ENGEL has directed, produced, written, edited numerous documentaries and television series exploring a range of fascinating characters and subcultures.  Her work has been viewed by thousands on CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, History Channel, MTV, PBS, Showtime, SyFy, TLC, USA and VH-1.

Critically acclaimed feature documentaries she directed and edited include: Motown on Showtime presents Marvin Gaye (Cable Ace nomination); Jackson Browne: Going Home, Cable Ace Award winner; and, Ted Hawkins Amazing Grace awarded a Rose D’Or Special Jury prize for the film that best reflected human values.  They ignited her passion for political activism, speaking truth to power and standing up for the underdog.

As a show-runner and executive producer Janice created a variety of series including the provocative embedded docu-series, Addicted, the recipient of a 2011 Prism Award for Accuracy in Depiction of Drug Addiction.

Under her own banner, Two Rivers Productions, Janice created What We Carry, an ongoing, interactive documentary series dedicated to preserving Holocaust survivors’ stories for generations to come. Screened to a full house at the Simon Wiesenthal’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, WWC was presented at Israel’s Yad Vashem in July 2014.Three more stories of survival are currently in post-production with completion scheduled for Fall 2015.

Most recently Janice produced and directed 2015’s, “Vanity Fair Confidential: The Robert Durst Story.” She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Motion Picture Television Department of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and sits on the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation as Vice President and Chair for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

JAMES EGAN - PRODUCER
Professor James Egan is a producer, screenwriter, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures and Television at the Academy of Art University. He founded Wild at Heart Films in July 2000 to create "Media that Makes a Difference." With Wild at Heart, James has produced a number of award-winning films, including Jackpot (2001),co-produced with Participant Media the documentary Angels in the Dust (2007), with Mike Figgis Executive Produced Kimjongilia (2009), and Sound of Redemption (2014) partnered with international best seller, Michael Connelly. Wild at Heart films has also produced The Defector directed by Oscar winner, Mark Harris. James was the editor of "John Waters Interviews", a book in the prestigious series, Conversations with Filmmakers. Professor Egan serves as a National Trustee the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation which works with entertainment professionals to train wounded members of the military, aiding them in finding careers in the film and television industry.

CARLISLE VANDERVOORT - PRODUCER
Carlisle Vandervoort is a native Texan, residing in Houston where she manages her urban beekeeping business, Bee Mission. After receiving her undergraduate film degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Carlisle left for New York City, and worked as a production manager and in-house television commercial producer for Macy's. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in public relations. In Houston, Carlisle has served as board president for two non-profit arts organizations, Aurora Picture Show and Diverse Works. Both of these organizations focus on emerging and avant-garde artists working in the visual and performance art mediums.

More than an admirer of Molly Ivins, Carlisle shares a similar background. Both women were born and raised in Houston, attended the same school. Something else links these daughters of Texas - the Oil and Gas business and the volatile race issues dividing Texas and the South in the 1950’s and ‘60’s that informed their social consciousness and progressive politics. Molly Ivins’ father, General Jim Ivins more than likely encountered Carlisle's grandfather Clayton Orn at the prestigious Petroleum Club as both men were O&G (as it's called in Houston) lawyers representing two of the big players at the time, Tenneco and Marathon Oil. During that same period, Carlisle’s paternal grandmother was an early advocate of school integration while serving on the Houston School Board. As a result, she was subject to vitriolic hate mail and a cross burning in her front yard. Carlisle carries on the spirit of her grandmother’s work as advocate of all of those who are disenfranchised.

SUNDANCE PRODUCTIONS - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Launched and founded in 2012 by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Productions develops and produces innovative, compelling television content for linear and digital platforms in the U.S. and around the world. Sundance Productions partners with leading story-tellers, directors, and producers for the production of authentic tentpole series and specials across all platforms.

MARK MONROE - WRITER
Mark Monroe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose theatrical writing credits include:
"The Summit", (Winner, Best Editing Sundance 2013); “Who is Dayani Cristal?”, (Winner, Best Cinematography, Sundance 2013); “Sound City”; “The Cove” (Winner, Best Documentary 2010 Academy Awards & Best Documentary Script, W.G.A. 2010); “The Tillman Story”; “Chasing Ice” (Winner, Best Cinematography Sundance 2012); “Stolen Seas”; “Last Play at Shea”; “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos”, (W.G.A. nomination "Best Documentary Script", 2007); “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who”, and writer/director, “Morning Light”, Disney Pictures.

A journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Mark began his career in television as a newswriter for CNN in Atlanta. Before writing for film, he produced more than sixty hours of biography-style programming for TV.

KATE AMEND - EDITOR
Kate Amend is the editor of the Academy Award-winning documentary features The Long Way Home (1998) and Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2001) for which she received the American Cinema Editors' Eddie award. She teaches fiction and documentary production courses for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Amend edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom and the Peabody Award winner Beah: A Black Woman Speaks. She is a frequent advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Storytelling Lab and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' Academy.

BETSY MOON - CONTENT ADVISOR
Betsy Moon is an independent political & publishing consultant living in Austin, Texas. Her work with Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins and the ACLU of Texas over the last 20 years has given her a wide knowledge of and contact with many luminaries, journalists & progressive populist organizations.

Betsy was Molly Ivins’ “Chief of Stuff” during the final six years of Molly’s life. As Molly’s researcher, scheduler and executive & personal assistant, she was liaison with Ivins' lecture agency & newspaper syndicate, public interest groups, other reporters, media outlets, journalism groups, universities, personal friends, the public, fans, medical advisors and supplicants of every sort. She researched for and helped Molly produce several syndicated columns a week, countless magazine articles and three books; Bushwhacked, Who Let the Dogs In? and Bill of Wrongs. The connections she has established in the last two decades are invaluable as a resource for RAISE HELL.