Amy C. Elliott
Amy C. Elliott is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in New York City. She has been shooting motion and still editorial assignments for over fifteen years, with a particular focus on regional American culture. She directed and shot the feature documentaries Wicker Kittens (2014) and World’s Largest (2010). She was awarded the American Society of Media Photographer’s Best of 2012 honors for The War Within, a major multimedia project for The American Legion, focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. Other clients include The New York Times, American Road and The Public Art Fund. She is a graduate of Princeton University.
Elizabeth Donius is a producer, filmmaker and arts administrator. In addition to Salvage, she collaborated with Amy Elliott on the documentary World’s Largest, on several segments for the Independent Film Channel series Split Screen, and on their first film project, the narrative feature Headless. Elizabeth served for many years as the Executive Director of the IFP Chicago, a member-advocacy organization for filmmakers across the Midwest. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she produced the Children’s Film Festival for the Yale Center for British Art and managed the Community Programs for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, identifying and developing programs at the intersection of the New Haven community and visiting international artists.
Sabrina Zanella-Foresi is a feature-length documentary editor/producer whose editing credits include: Salvage (2019); Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads (APT, 2016); The Rise and Fall of Penn Station (2014) and Henry Ford (2013) both for PBS’ American Experience; Photographic Memory by Ross McElwee (2011); Animas Perdidas: Lost Souls (PBS Independent Lens, 2009); The Truth About Cancer (2008); Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell, directed by Allie Humenuk (2007);Twisted (PBS Independent Lens, 2007); A Jew Among the Germans (PBS Frontline, 2005).
Legendary folk musician Bill Staines has been performing and recording for over 40 years. The quintessential folk troubadour plays over 200 dates and travels 65,000 miles annually. Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. He has recorded 26 albums and his songs have recorded by many artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Highwaymen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith and Glen Yarborough. His film music credits include The Return of the Secaucus Seven (John Sayles, 1979) and Salvage (Amy C. Elliott, 2019).
Mike Scholtz is a documentary filmmaker from northern Minnesota. His first feature-length documentary, “Wild Bill’s Run,” was an Arctic crime caper that screened around the globe as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. He also produced the competitive jigsaw puzzling documentary “Wicker Kittens,” which premiered at SXSW in 2014. And he co-founded the Free Range Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent cinema that takes place in a rural Minnesota barn converted into a movie theater.
Michele Meek is a writer, filmmaker, and professor who has written and directed several award-winning short films. Her most recent short documentary Imagine Kolle 37 (2018), about two girls who imagine their way through a real Berlin adventure playground, has screened at the Institute of Contemporary Art and festivals across the U.S. such as the Independent Film Festival of Boston, Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Free Range Film Festival. She has worked in the media industry in film journalism, distribution, and film festivals, and she has served on film juries including the Coolidge Award, Women in Comedy Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She co-edited The Independent’s Guide to Film Distribution (2014) and her edited compilation Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos was published in 2019 with Routledge. For more information, visit www.michelemeek.com.