EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

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Filmmaker Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan Robinson
Producer/Director

Robinson was born in New York City in 1960. He received a B.A. in Modern History at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an M.F.A. in Live-Action Film Production from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. His video on India, cultural difference and the contemporary colonial imagination, sight unseen: a travelog, was featured at the 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, won the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Video Art Award and was named Best Experimental Video at the Image Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Robinson has worked as a freelance editor and script consultant and extensively in the non-profit world of criminal and juvenile justice. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.

Sonia Rosario
Co-Producer

Rosario is currently vice president of production and executive producer at Home Vision Entertainment. Prior to her work there, she helped develop and produce over 100 episodes of two Emmy-nominated series for PBS: The Puzzle Place and Between the Lions. Rosario also produced Big Bird in Japan at the Children’s Television Workshop and while there, produced her first interactive titles on the CD-I platform. She was trained as a documentary filmmaker and worked as development executive in drama at Columbia Pictures Television. She earned her B.A. from Yale University.

Karen D. Davis
Co-Producer

Davis is a writer, director, producer and media studies instructor based in Berkeley, California. She began her professional career in 1992 as the producer of director Lisa Krueger’s (Manny & Lo, Committed) first narrative film, Best Offer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Davis’ humorous short documentary on “extreme gardening,” Over the Hedge, aired on P.O.V. in 1993 and at more than 40 domestic and international film festivals, earning high praise from the late New York Times critic Vincent Canby. Following a two-year Fulbright residence at FEMIS, the National Academy of Film in Paris, Davis began teaching at California State University Monterey Bay in the Department of Teledramatic Arts and Technology.

Karen McCabe
Co-Producer

McCabe has been involved in the production of film and television for more than 20 years. After her early “pioneer” cable T.V. days of producing and hosting her own health show, she moved into the world of independent films as an associate producer, production manager and assistant director on Signal Seven, Heat and Sunlight and On the Edge by Rob Nilsson. She was the U.S. unit production manager for the feature film Until The End Of The World by Wim Wenders, the line producer for La Pastorela for PBS’s Great Performances, directed by Luis Valdez, and line producer for the HBO movie And the Band Played On. McCabe co-produced and directed with Davia Nelson (of NPR’s award-winning Lost and Found Sound) the nationally broadcast PBS documentary Making Tutti, starring Don Novello, a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci, 600 school children and a herd of sheep. She has also produced hundreds of award-winning commercials, music videos, and PSAs.

Francesca Prada
Co-Producer

Prada is a freelance creative producer/director. Her film credits include Traveling Companion (IFC/Atom Films/Wolfe Video), Here Dies Another Day (AFI/IFC/Hypnotic) and Politically Correct (Columbus International Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, UD Film festival). She is the director of DhaiaTribe.org, an international poetry performance troupe which recently received a commission from the Zellerbach, W.A. Gerbode and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundations. Prada was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently lives in San Francisco.

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