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Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
(Co-directors/Co-producers)

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler grew up in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and attended the Little Red School House. In 2000, they founded Off Center Media, a company that produces documentaries focusing on injustice in the criminal-justice system.

The Kunstler sisters have produced, directed and edited a number of short documentaries, including Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War (2002), which won Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival and helped exonerate 46 wrongfully convicted people, and Getting Through to the President (2004), which aired on the Sundance Channel. Other Off Center Media credits include A Pattern of Exclusion: The Trial of Thomas Miller-El (2002), The Norfolk Four: A Miscarriage Of Justice (2006) and Executing the Insane: The Case of Scott Panetti (2007). William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is their first documentary feature.

Emily Kunstler graduated in 2000 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a bachelor of fine arts and honors in film and video; she previously attended Vassar College. She was a video producer for the independent national television and radio news program “Democracy Now!” and a studio art fellow with the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2004. Emily lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sarah Kunstler graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of arts in photography in 1998 and from Columbia Law School with a Juris Doctor in 2004. She is currently a criminal defense attorney practicing in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, music producer Jesse Ferguson.





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While our father lived in front of news cameras, we found our place behind the lens. We hope our film communicates that the world we inherit is better because someone struggled for justice, and that those changes will survive only if we continue to fight.”

— Sarah Kunstler, Filmmaker

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