Janet Cole, Producer/Executive Producer
Producer Janet Cole's early credits include the 1987 PBS series We the People and The AIDS Show: Artists Involved With Death and Survival, for which she was associate producer. She produced several works by director Peter Adair, including Absolutely Positive, which won the 1991 International Documentary Association Award for Distinguished Achievement and was invited to the Berlin and Sundance film festivals. Cole conceived, developed, and supervised production of the four-hour television series POSITIVE: Life With HIV for the Independent Television Service (ITVS), which was broadcast on PBS stations in 1996. She also produced Pink Triangle with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for Channel 4 and HBO/Cinemax.
Lucy Massie Phenix, Editor
Best known for her editing of international award-winner The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, Lucy Massie Phenix has worked as a producer, director and editor. She began her filmmaking career on the 1971 Vietnam War film Winter Soldier that received acclaim at the Cannes and Berlin festivals, but was largely shunned in the U.S. Phenix was co-director and co-editor of the landmark film Word Is Out (1978), a profile of American gays and lesbians that received extensive international distribution and a Columbia-Dupont Citation for Excellence in Broadcast journalism. You Got to Move (1985), a feature documentary about community activists in the American South, was invited to the 1986 Berlin Film Festival and won the Ecumenical Award at the International Festival of Documentary Film in Nyon, Switzerland. Phenix's other credits include Cancer in Two Voices (1993).
Ken Schneider, Editor
Ken Schneider has edited several documentaries for PBS, including Ancestors in the Americas, Part 2: Pioneers in the American West by Loni Ding and Frontline's Columbia-Dupont-winning School Colors by Telesis Productions and The Center for Investigative Reporting. More recent projects include Lieweila, a personal history of the Micronesian island Saipan; The Return of Sarah's Daughters, an exploration of contemporary Jewish women's spirituality; and Making Peace: Rebuilding Our Communities, a look at community efforts to address violence in black urban communities. Schneider was sound editor and assistant picture editor on the Emmy-winning Last Images of War.
Xuan Ngoc Nguyen, Translator
Now an American resident, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen grew up in a poor Vietnamese village in the 1950s. At age 14, American bombs destroyed her home and three years later she lost her first husband who was fighting for South Vietnam. Nguyen has been involved in numerous healing and reconciliation projects in the U.S. through several different national veterans' organizations. She met director Barbara Sonneborn in Washington, D.C. while serving on a panel at the National Archives on War and Remembrance. Sonneborn invited her on the journey because of Nguyen compassion and her ability to see the pain of war, not the different sides. Although Nguyen is a South Vietnamese widow, she formed bonds with North Vietnamese and National Liberation Front widows, creating a dialogue within the film that would have been otherwise impossible.
Emiko Omori, Cinematographer
In addition to gaining acclaim as a cinematographer for many productions, Emiko Omori has directed several films, including Hot Summer Winds for American Playhouse, The Departure, and Tattoo City. Her latest film, The Rabbit in the Moon, won a cinematography award at Sundance and was released in 1999. Omori was the cinematographer in Vietnam for Regret to Inform.
Daniel Reeves, Cinematographer
As a Vietnam verteran and video artist, Daniel Reeves was involved in the early conceptual stages of Regret to Inform and was the cinematographer for the initial American interviews. Mr. Reeves has been working in video, film, photography, and sculpture since 1970. His video credits include the Emmy award-winning Smothering Dreams (1981), a vivid autobiographical work dealing with the myths and realities of war as it relates to the artists' personal experience of being in an ambush in Vietnam. He was a recipient of a USA/Japan fellowship through the National Endowment for the Arts and a John S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Art. He was awarded The Rockefeller Film/Video/Multi Media Fellowship and has received several Video Artist Fellowships and Video Production grants from the NEA, as well as grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Television (CAT) Fund in Boston, Channel 4 in London and new Television/WNET.
Nancy Schiesari, Cinematographer
In a career spanning 20 years, Nancy Schiesari has worked for the British Film Institute, the BBC, Channel 4 in Britain, and ABC in the U.S. Her independent features and documentaries include Partition for Channel 4, Warrior Marks, A Place of Rage, Not Just a Fish Finger, Menu for a Multinational, and Flesh and Paper. Schiesari shot most of the U.S. interviews in Regret to Inform.
Todd Boekelheide, Composer
Todd Boekelheide began his work in film in 1974 as a member of American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola's San Francisco production company. In 1976 he was assistant editor on Star Wars and edited picture and sound for The Black Stallion two years later. This film sparked Boekelheide's interest in film music and he began music studies at Mills College in Oakland shortly thereafter. He won an Oscar for mixing the music in Amadeus in 1984 and has scored several feature films, including Dim Sum, Nina Takes a Lover, and, most notably, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.
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