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Meema Spadola
Spadola is a producer, director and writer in television and radio living in Brooklyn, a short subway ride from Red Hook. She has produced documentaries for PBS, HBO, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, the Metro Channel and National Public Radio. Her past work includes the Independent Lens documentary GUNS & MOTHERS, about two mothers on opposite sides of the gun control debate, co-produced with director Thom Powers. Spadola's ITVS documentary OUR HOUSE premiered on PBS in 2000, and featured the sons and daughters in five diverse gay and lesbian American families. It received jury awards for Best Documentary at both the New York and Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals, and has been broadcast worldwide.

Spadola and Powers's documentaries Breasts and Private Dicks, about women's and men's attitudes about their bodies, have been broadcast on HBO to critical acclaim and high ratings, and interviews produced by Spadola were featured in HBO's 2001 adaptation of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Spadola produced the four-part series Shorts From the Underground for the Sundance Channel, and her radio documentaries have appeared on National Public Radio's This American Life. She is the author of Breasts: Our Most Public Private Part (Wildcat Canyon Press), based on her documentary of the same name, and was a contributor to Out of the Ordinary (St. Martin's Press) a collection of essays by sons and daughters with LGBT parents. Her knitting patterns have appeared in Stitch N' Bitch (Workman Press) and the magazine Interweave Knits. Spadola grew up in Searsmont, Maine and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.

David Moore
Moore most recently edited When Oceans Meet Sky, which screened at SXSW, The Newfest, and The Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. His other editing credits include GUNS & MOTHERS, Loving and Cheating (Cinemax) and Justifiable Homicide.

LisaGay Hamilton
Hamilton is an actor and documentary filmmaker. She starred on ABC's The Practice for seven years. Her film credits include The Truth About Charlie and Beloved for director Jonathan Demme and her documentary Beah premiered on HBO in 2004.

Justin Schein
Director of Photography
Schein is an award-winning director and cinematographer who specializes in shooting cinema vérité documentary. Most recently, he shot and produced a documentary about young gun owners for MTV. His past camera credits include America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (PBS), Kofi Annan Eye of the Storm (BBC), and Explorer (National Geographic), and numerous episodes of the MTV documentary series True Life. In 1998, he co-founded the New York-based Shadowbox Films with David Mehlman.

Ethan Stoller
Original Music
Stoller is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music historian in Chicago. RED HOOK JUSTICE was his first full-length score. Since then, he has created the score for Loving and Cheating (Cinemax). Stoller was a music advisor for The Matrix Revolution, directed by the Wachowski Brothers, and produced a CD called I Believe in You under the name Dynamite Ham.

Thom Powers
Powers is a documentary filmmaker and writer in Queens, NY. His previous film credits include Loving and Cheating (Cinemax) and the Independent Lens film GUNS & MOTHERS. In collaboration with Meema Spadola, he produced the widely acclaimed Private Dicks: Men Exposed (HBO) and Breasts (Cinemax). He teaches documentary film at New York University and is writing a book about the history of American documentary called Stranger Than Fiction for Faber & Faber.

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