Joseph Dorman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed, theatrically released documentary, Arguing the World about the controversial sixty-year political journey of the eminent political writers and thinkers, Daniel Bell, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer. The New York Times described it as “enthralling… one of the deepest portraits of… of ideas ever filmed,” and The New Yorker raved “Superb.” It was named one of the best films of 1998 by The New York Times, and New York Magazine.
His most recent film, Colliding Dreams, a history of Zionism, was released in 2016. The Nation called it “as good a feature-length history of Zionism as we’re likely to get: judicious, sophisticated, attentive to a range of viewpoints.” His award-winning Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011), was called “compelling” and “wonderfully rich,” and had a 100% positive rating from national critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website. It was one of the top grossing documentaries of 2011, playing across the country and simultaneously in 14 theaters in the New York City area.
Mr. Dorman co-wrote the script of the documentary blockbuster, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Journey, which played to packed houses across the country and was named the best documentary of 2001 by the National Board of Review and described by film critic Andrew Sarris as “extraordinary.” He also wrote the theatrically released documentary Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry.
He was a senior producer for the prime time PBS newsmagazine series on the news media, Media Matters hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones, has produced numerous films on the developing world for PBS, Discovery and the United Nations including a profile of Jordan’s Crown Prince Hassan, and was a producer for the PBS series The Eleventh Hour.
Mr. Dorman also writes for The New York Times Book Review and other publications. In 1999 he was invited, along with playwright Arthur Miller and director Joan Micklin Silver, to give one of Harvard University’s annual William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the history of American Civilization. He currently teaches at New York University.
Toby Perl Freilich wrote, directed and produced Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment, for which she won a 2008 grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Lynn & Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film. Inventing Our Life was released theatrically in 2012, and hailed by the NY Times as “fascinating;” “poignant… and thought-provoking… rises above standard histories” by Variety; and “excellent and recommended” by NPR, which remarked that “Freilich comes to her subject with a generous curiosity and a gift for digging beneath the usual debates.”
Freilich co-produced and wrote the documentary film, Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers, selected by Andrew Sarris as one of the ten best non-fiction films of 2003, featured on HBO/Cinemax, and winner of numerous festival awards.
For Secret Lives, Freilich was nominated for a news and documentary Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement in a Craft: Writing, and Secret Lives was nominated in the category of Outstanding Historical Programming.
Freilich was also co-producer of the Emmy-nominated RESISTANCE: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans, an independent documentary that was broadcast nationally on PBS.
Prior to that, she was a producer for the Garth Group, Inc., an internationally known media consulting firm specializing in political, corporate and public interest campaigns.
While living in San Francisco, Ms. Freilich was staff producer for Colossal Pictures, a special effects and animation company. She also researched and produced independent educational shorts and series on topics ranging from democracy to a special report on AIDS for the New York City Department of Health.
Freilich is a contributing writer to the magazines Tablet, Sh’ma, the Jewish Review of Books and the Forward, where she was awarded a 2007 Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.
Maura Moynihan is a journalist and author based in New York City. Ms. Moynihan attended high school in New Delhi when her father served at the US Ambassador to India, and spent many years working in Asia, with the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of India in 1985, and as Radio Free Asia bureau chief in Kathmandu Nepal. From 1994-6 Ms. Moynihan worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In recent years she has worked at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Ms. Moynihan created the letters anthology “Daniel Patrick Moynihan: American Visionary” edited by Steve Weisman, and is a proud supporter of the AAPSS Moynihan Prize, created by Sara Miller McCune after Senator Moynihan’s death in 2003.
Aaron “Shooter” Kuhn is an internationally acclaimed editor of documentaries, feature films and fictional television who has been working for over 20 years. His work has appeared on PBS, FX and many other channels. His many credits include the theatrically released documentaries, Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, Colliding Dreams, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, Operation Filmmaker. He also worked on the television series, Damages, starring Glenn Close, and Bloodlines, starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn .