Susanna Styron, Director/Producer
Susanna Styron is the director and co-writer of the critically acclaimed Columbia Pictures feature film, Shadrach, starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell (Venice Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival). For television, she wrote and directed Bottlecaps, for A&E's 100 Centre Street, created by Sidney Lumet. She directed and co-produced A Day Like Any Other, a half-hour film starring Richard Beymer and Ally Sheedy (Special Jury Award, San Francisco International Film Festival; Special Jury/Gold Award, Houston International Film Festival).
As a documentary filmmaker. Susanna wrote, produced, directed and edited In Our Own Backyards, an award-winning documentary about the nuclear industry on the Navajo Reservation (PBS; Museum of Modern Art). Other documentary credits include Suspended Sentence, which she produced, directed and edited; and Avenue Of The Americas, on which she was assistant editor. She has also worked as an Associate Producer for Close-Up, ABC TV's documentary division.
Susanna co-authored (with Bridget Terry) In From The Night starring Marcia Gay Harden, and Back When We Were Grown-Ups starring Blythe Danner, both for Hallmark Hall of Fame; Taking Back Our Town for Lifetime Television (2001 Christopher Award; 2002 Environmental Media Award); and Crossing The Line, also for Lifetime.
Susanna has worked in various capacities on several feature films, including assistant to the director on Altered States directed by Ken Russell, and production assistant on That Obscure Object Of Desire directed by Luis Bunuel. She served as both associate producer and script supervisor on Stars Above The City, an Italian feature film produced by Andrew Karsch.
The author of several screenplays, Susanna has also had articles published in Spin Magazine, The Yale Revue and The New York Times. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. She currently teaches directing in the graduate film program at Columbia University.
Jacki Ochs, Producer
On September 11th, Jacki Ochs' daughter watched the towers burn from her classroom window two blocks away from the WTC. Shortly after the impact of the second plane, Jacki and family were fleeing north. Her daughter's school reopened February 2002 when the fires were finally extinguished.
Jacki's film work includes both experimental and documentary genres, which have been broadcast worldwide. Her film, The Secret Agent about the chemical Agent Orange received many awards including the John Grierson Award for Best New Director from the American Film Festival (1984), Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival (1984), premiered at the New York Film Festival (1983), Mannheim Film Festival, Germany (1983) and Cinema du Reel, Paris (1984). Other awards she has received for her work include a NYFA Fellowship (1987), two MacDowell Colony Fellowships (1986,87) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2001).
Jacki's more recent feature release, Letters Not About Love (1998) based on a Russian and American correspondence between two poets, received Best Documentary Feature from the SXSW Film Festival, and Dziga Vertov Visionary Artist Award, Huntington International Independent Film Festival, 1998 among others. It features actor Lili Taylor narrating the voice of poet Lyn Hejinian. It has been televised internationally.
Articles about Jacki's work have appeared in most major US News and Film publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Plain Dealer, Film Comment, Cineaste, International Documentary Magazine and many others.
Jacki is Executive Director of the Human Arts Association, a not for profit arts foundation, created in 1976. HAA has produced music, dance, multimedia productions and publications, as well as sponsoring more than a dozen film productions. In addition, she has taught documentary film production at SUNY Purchase and Pratt Institute. Currently Jacki is Acting Chair of the Film/Video Department at Pratt Institute.
Jacki recently finished producing and directing a 15th anniversary tribute film for MergerWatch. She is now producing a film with Susanna called Out of My Head, about the disease migraine. Prior to 9/12 she was Executive Producer for award winning Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till, directed by Keith Beauchamp, released Fall 2005.
Jacki attended University of Pennsylvania, and received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Stephanie Zessos, Co-Producer
Stephanie Zessos volunteered at Ground Zero for several months. Her 9/11 work also included helping downtown residents and workers receive financial assistance from the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way September 11th Fund. After the official end of the recovery effort at Ground Zero in May 2002, she produced Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11, a feature length documentary about men who lost their brothers on September 11th, which premiered on HBO/Cinemax Reel Life on September 11th, 2006.
Stephanie began her film career working for feature film directors Phillip Noyce, Sam Shepard and Hector Babenco. Some of the films she worked on include The Saint, Clear And Present Danger, Carlito's Way, The Doors, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Point Break and Barton Fink.