Award-winning filmmaker Slawomir Grünberg is a veteran documentary producer, director, cameraman and editor with more than 40 television documentaries to his credit. Born in Poland, he is a graduate of the prestigious Polish Film School in Lodz. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1981 and became a visiting scholar at MIT, and later taught film and television at other universities. In 1987, Grünberg established Log In Enterprises, a professional film and video production company located in Ithaca, New York. Grünberg has been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS series Frontline, NOVA, and People’s Century. In 1997, Shtetl, the epic film which Grünberg photographed and served as second unit producer for, was awarded the Silver Baton for Excellence in Radio/Television Journalism by duPont-Columbia University. Chelyabinsk: The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet, which Grünberg produced and directed, was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Environmental Film Festival in Grenoble. From Chechnya to Chernobyl won the Grand Prix at the International Environmental Film Festival in Prague, and the Golden Cine Award in 1998. Slawomir Grünberg was named a 1997 Guggenheim Fellow for his documentary film work. He speaks Polish, Russian and English.
Ben Crane is an associate professor of communications at Ithaca College, New York, where he teaches documentary, ethics and critical thinking. As a writer/producer/director, his honors include the Gabriel Award, the Ohio State Award, and Columbia University’s Major Armstrong Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.