Elisa is a Peruvian-American independent filmmaker who was raised in Peru. She studied film in Vancouver, B.C. where she co-founded Noonday Films. Her company has produced award-winning documentaries about guerrilla gardening in Vancouver, B.C., children with HIV/AIDS in Honduras (Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival), and elderly activists in the United States (DER Award, Hot Docs Festival).
The Bridge Master’s Daughter was born out of Elisa’s deep love of Peru and her passion for the stories of her people. As a Peruvian women Elisa has been allowed access to a significant aspect of Andean culture, which has been reflected in the intimacy of the shooting for this film.
In 2014, Elisa produced a video on the Qeswachaka bridge for the Smithsonian’s exhibition, “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.” Her bridge footage has been broadcast on Discovery Science and TVPERU.
Matthew studied film in Vancouver, BC and is now based in Columbus, OH. His company Noonday Films has been filming and producing documentaries and commercial video for 8 years.
The documentary he produced, directed and edited, MONTAÑA DE LUZ (a film about a home in Honduras for children with HIV/AIDS) won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival and is currently being distributed by Icarus Films. His short documentary OLD RADICALS premiered at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto and won the DER Award in the International Documentary Challenge. It was also broadcast on the Documentary Challenge.
Matthew has been working on The Bridge Master’s Daughter for the last three years with his partner and co-director, Elisa Stone Leahy.
Internationally renowned writer and speaker Fernanda Rossi has collaborated in more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries, proposals and fundraising samples. Two documentaries were nominated for the Academy Award®, and another was nominated for Best Script for the Wildscreen Panda Awards. Many others screened and were awarded at festivals such as IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sundance, DOCNYC and broadcast on PBS, HBO and BBC. The treatments she has written won funding from ITVS, NYSCA and the National Film Board of Canada.
Fernanda Rossi has given her signature seminars on story structure, proposals and demos in more than 15 countries for over 40 film organizations, festivals and markets. In addition, she is a trainer and mentor for special programs and a grant evaluator for foundations. Her book Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo (2nd Edition) is, according to industry professionals, the bible on demo production.
Naomi Rossman is an award winning graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design. With her degree in Cinematic Arts Naomi has versatile skill sets in lighting, color grading, and post production.
A Chicago native, Lisa has worked in independent film for over a decade, from film festival programming and management to marketing and publicity for Oscar-nominated narrative and documentary films. From the midwest to Park City to Manhattan and back again, she’s worked with Sundance Film Festival, Film Movement, Music Box Films, Chicago International Film Festival and more. Through it all, her work, from traditional publicity to social media management to grassroots marketing outreach, seeks to accomplish one thing: ensuring films find their audiences. Today, she works directly with filmmakers and festivals through her agency, 11th Street Lot, providing one-on-one marketing and publicity direction and strategies to achieve that goal.
Northern Light Productions is one of New England’s premiere film and video production companies. Its productions include include motion picture installations for museums and visitor centers, work for broadcast and independent projects. Our client list includes the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, NASA, International Spy Museum, New England Aquarium, History Channel, WGBH, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and many others. Presentations include audio/video environments for the Smithsonian’s African Voices Exhibit and Minuteman National Park, as well as critically acclaimed documentaries for Guildford County Courthouse in North Carolina, the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, and the El Portal Tropical Forest Center in El Yunque, Puerto Rico. Our productions have been broadcast on public and cable television, including PBS’ American Experience.
Since 2009 Cynthia has been a Contributing Editor/feature writer for DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE. From 1993 to January 2012 she was the Executive Director and President of Documentary Educational Resources. She served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Visual Anthropology and the Advisory Boards for The Margaret Mead International Film and Video Festival, NYC; Women In Film and Video New England Chapter, The Camden International Film Festival, The Do It Your Damn Self Film Festival and AmericanInsight, Inc. She taught courses at the Maine International Film and Television Workshops and seminars in the Business of Filmmaking, from funding to distribution via Community TV stations across the country. She has been a guest lecturer universities worldwide and programmed film retrospectives at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC. She has curated and presented programs at film festivals in Boston, New York, Toronto, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Taipei, Tartu, and Paris, France.
John Ochsendorf, Professor of Architecture and Engineering, MIT, is known for his unique way of combining interests in archaeology, engineering, and architecture. It all began with a fascination with Inca suspension bridges and his research now focuses on discovering sustainability lessons in historic masonry structures and on ways to determine the safety of cracked masonry vaults and domes. A former Fulbright scholar and MacArthur grant winner, Professor Ochsendorf enthusiastically encourages his students to participate in his building projects.