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Caught in the Crossfire


The Filmmakers

  (L-R)  Brad Lichtenstein and David Van Taylor
(L-R) Brad Lichtenstein & David Van Taylor

David Van Taylor (Producer/Director/Camera) and
Brad Lichtenstein (Producer/Director/Camera/Sound)

David Van Taylor is vice president of Lumiere Productions, where he completed Local News (PBS). He began in the company as series producer of With God On Our Side: The Rise Of The Religious Right In America, 1950-1994 (ITVS). Van Taylor's feature documentary A Perfect Candidate was nominated for an Emmy. Since 1986, Van Taylor has written, directed and edited for PBS, HBO (She's Having A Baby Brother), Discovery (Hollywood Talent Agents), MTV (I Want To Be A Millionaire), and TV Nation with Michael Moore. His first film, Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance Vs. Judas Priest, won an International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

Brad Lichtenstein directed Safe, about a Brooklyn battered women's shelter for the Discovery Channel. Prior to that he directed André's Lives, which tells the story of "the Jewish Schindler" and his confrontation with a long-buried past. Brad first worked with Lumiere as an associate producer of With God On Our Side. He was associate producer of Frontline's Peabody Award-winning special, The Choice '96. Since 1992, Lichtenstein has worked on numerous films including History Of The Blues, Lost In Mississippi, and a film on Israeli arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe. He was also a producer of the recent Lumiere series Local News.

Together, Lichtenstein and Van Taylor produced the feature-length documentary, Ghosts Of Attica, which premiered on Court TV. The film helped spur a re-examination of the iconic uprising and helped convince the State of New York to reconsider demands for compensation from the victims of that tragic event.

Calvin Skaggs
Calvin Skaggs


Calvin Skaggs
Executive Producer

Calvin Skaggs is president of the company he founded, Lumiere Productions. With more than two dozen films and television productions to his credit, Skaggs has spent 25 years creating both dramatic and documentary films. He made his producing debut on public television in 1975 with the award-winning series The American Short Story, then went on to create productions for American Playhouse, including the feature Go Tell It on the Mountain, and for other PBS series such as American Masters and WonderWorks. Skaggs executive produced and directed the documentary series With God on Our Side, as well as the verité series Local News. Skaggs's work has also included The Circus (HBO), Vanished: Inside the Witness Protection Program and Diamonds! for Discovery. Among his acclaimed theatrical features are Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, Fly By Night (Best Dramatic Film at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival) and The Wash.

Jonathan Oppenheim

Jonathan Oppenheim is one of New York's premier documentary editors. His credits include the acclaimed feature docs Paris is Burning, Arguing the World and Sister Helen. His latest, Children Underground, was a 2001 Oscar nominee.

Teese Gohl

Teese Gohl has composed, arranged, produced, and/or performed music for a dazzlingly wide array of projects. A small sampling of his collaborators includes musicians Carly Simon and David Stewart, theater directors Julie Taymor and Anne Bogart, and filmmakers Neil Jordan and Ken Burns.

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