About The Filmmakers
In 2003, Rebecca Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 OSCAR®-nominated documentary, “Which Way Home,” for which she received a 2006 Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking.
“Which Way Home” aired on HBO and was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, and received four EMMY nominations. The film won the 2010 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming and also received a 2010 Imagen Award for Best Documentary on Television.
Ms. Cammisa co-directed, co-produced, and shot the feature documentary film, "Sister Helen," which aired on HBO, and won the Sundance Film Festival's 2002 Documentary Directing Award, was nominated for both a 2004 EMMY Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming, and an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award by the Directors Guild of America. Rebecca has worked on various films and television series for IFC, A&E Films, and the History Channel.
In 2010, Rebecca was honored with a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize. In 2012, Rebecca directed and produced the OSCAR®-nominated documentary short, "God is the Bigger Elvis."
In 1998, Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith created the production company Mr. Mudd, whose first film was the notable Ghost World, directed by Terry Zwigoff. In 2003, Malkovich followed this up with his own feature directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, starring Academy Award winner Javier Bardem. Other Mr. Mudd credits include The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton and Art School Confidential, also directed by Zwigoff and written by screenwriter/cartoonist Dan Clowes.
Mr. Mudd landed its biggest box office and critical success with Juno, starring Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. The film, distributed through Fox Searchlight, received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody) and three other nominations, for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Director (Jason Reitman). Recently, Halfon, Malkovich and Smith joined Bristol Baughan, Jack Turner and Bette Cerf Hill to executive produce Which Way Home.
Pax Wassermann is a New York-based editor and producer with over fifteen years experience in film and television. In addition to the Oscar-nominated Which Way Home, his work as an editor includes the Amish teen documentary Devil's Playground, Adrien Grenier indie Bringing Rain, and Full Battle Rattle, which won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW. Pax has also produced or executive produced numerous films and television projects, including the National Geographic series Night Shift and the HBO film I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. He is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara Film Studies Department and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and family.
Madeleine Gavin is currently completing the film THE DETAILS directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and starring Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. She is also completing Miranda July’s new feature,THE FUTURE. Recent work includes Rebecca Cammisa’s Academy Award nominated documentary WHICH WAY HOME, Scott Glosserman’s TRUTH IN NUMBERS? (a film that explores the power and impact of the online site, Wikipedia) and Scott Rosenbaum’s PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL to be released in 2011. Other credits include: THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN which was produced by Ricki Lake and had a national theatrical release; Irena Salina’s FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Best Documentary, Vail International Film Festival, Best Documentary, U.N. Association Film Festival); THE CALLER (Made in NY Award, Tribeca 2008); MEAN CREEK (Sundance Humanitas Award, John Cassavetes Award), WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU (Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award), INSIDE OUT (Discovery Award) and SUNDAY (Sundance Grand Jury Award winner, Deauville Grand Prize). Madeleine’s work can be seen on PBS, Bravo, A&E, Discovery, Lifetime and MTV. Madeleine received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her M.F.A. from New York University, where she taught in the writing program for three years.
Eric Goethals, A.M.C. is a director of photography and member of the Mexican Society of Authors of Cinematography, with 28 years experience in film and video, documentaries, commercials, feature films, in Latin America, Europe, United States, Canada, and Asia. His work on numerous documentaries that have been internationally recognized; Juan Carlos Rulfo's "In the Pit" won the Grand Jury Prize for Best World Cinema Documentary at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and Rulfo's "Those Who Remain" won the Best Documentary Award at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, and "Which Way Home" which has been nominated for a 2010 Oscar®, and four 2010 Emmy Awards - one of them for Best Cinematography. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute in Film & Photography. He currently lives in France.
Lorenzo Hagerman started his career as war correspondent in the former Yugoslavia in 1991. For the last 17 years, he has worked as a cinematographer for various television broadcasters and film production companies in Europe, Latin America and the U.S.A. His latest film, “WHICH WAY HOME," received a 2010 Oscar® nomination for Best Feature Documentary Film, a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, and was also nominated for a Best Cinematography Emmy Award. Lorenzo has shot several fiction films including "REVOLUCIÓN," by Amat Escalante, “River of Gold” by Pablo Aldret, and “Second Century” by Jorge Bolado. In recent years he independently produced, directed, and edited several documentary projects including, ”0.56%," that was produced by Lynn Fainchtein and will be released in Spring 2011. He lives in Merida, Mexico and operates the open air cinema LA68 which is dedicated to screening and documentary films.
Field Producer/Production Manager
Alejandra Liceaga has been dedicated to filmmaking since director Juan Ibañez gave her the opportunity to manage his feature film “MEXICO DE NOCHE.” Since then, she has worked as a production manager, field producer, and line producer for many directors and producers such as: Jean Michel Lacor, Arturo Ripstein, Luzma Rojas, Paul Leduc, Alex Cox, Errol Morris, Roberto Hernández, Layda Negrete, Carlos Carrera, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Carlos Hagerman, Lynn Sherr, Jorge Fons, and José Cohen. Alejandra’s clients include: ABC News, PBS, Granada TV, BBC, and World Focus. Recently, Alejandra was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming for Field Producing the feature documentary, “Which Way Home.”