Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist. She is currently finishing a trilogy of films about post-9/11 America. The first film My Country, My Country, focused on the Iraq War and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007. The second film, The Oath, was about Guantanamo, and it won a cinematography award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Stanley Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” Fellow, is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians; and co-founder of the for-profit documentary production company, Firelight Films. Nelson’s film, Jonestown, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage. Nelson holds a B.F.A. in film from the City College of New York.
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