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As a photographer and filmmaker Daniel is committed to exploring and expanding human rights for all people. Between 2007 and 2012 he visited Bedouin communities in the Negev and Sinai deserts, exploring through film the issues that confront these indigenous groups in an age of globalization. Living in Tel Aviv, he documented the difficult realities facing communities of African refugees in the city, and he traveled to the West Bank to film and photograph Palestinian political protests. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti he visited the villages at the epicenter in Leo Gan and photographed the daily life and struggles of the Haitians. During this period he worked as a photographer and media consultant/ producer for various organizations involved in community development and committed to human rights. In 2008-10 he worked with Physicians for Human Rights, traveling through Israel and Palestine and documenting many activities throughout the region.


Shannon Sonenstein is a Director/Producer at DCTV. Her directing/producing credits include:  The Bridge - Egyptian American Exchange (Hallmark 2007), Million Minutes for Peace PSA (Hallmark 2009), and Talkin' Water, an award-winning documentary short that is currently screening at festivals. Producing credits include: Dirty Driving - Thundercars of Indiana (HBO 2008). Shannon associate-produced both Addiction (Parkland Segment, 2007) and HouseArrest (2005) for HBO. Shannon is one of the directors/shooters for DCTV's anti-gun violence campaign. Shannon also co-runs Productions For Hire, a DCTV program that produces low-cost broadcast-quality films for non-profit and community organizations.


Nyneve draws on an eclectic background in field biology, philosophy, fine arts, percussion and dance to inform her filmmaking interests and style. She began work in documentaries for PBS-Frontline/NOVA and HBO, and has since gone on to edit and produce award-winning independent non-fiction films. “Blast!” (co-editor 74 mins) has had over 100 screenings and broadcasts worldwide since its premiere at Hot Docs 2007. Highlights include BBC Storyville, Sheffield Doc Fest, NHK-Japan, and NASA Headquarters. “Girl With Black Balloons” (editor, co-producer, co-writer 59 mins) premiered and was chosen “Best of the Fest” at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2010, later winning a Grand Jury Prize at DocNYC2011. “The LuLu Sessions” (editor, co-producer, co-writer 84 mins) has screened internationally, from France to India, Taiwan and beyond, winning six Best Documentary, Emerging Filmmaker, and Audience awards. In 2009, Laura broadened her focus to include journalism, where her work for Dan Rather Reports has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious honors, including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, multiple awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and in 2011, Laura was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews.


Pete was born in New York and grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. He started playing piano at age 6, clarinet at 9, guitar at 11, and alto sax at 12. He’d listen to Miles, Bird, and Dexter with his dad; he’d check out Yes, Living Colour, and Tower of Power with his friends. Robbins moved to Brooklyn in 2002 after attending Phillips Academy (Andover), Tufts University, and New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Bley, George Garzone, John McNeil, Allan Chase, George Russell, and others.

He leads “an ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock” (New York Times), and has been called a “style master” (, “fiercely creative” (Time Out New York), and “a real force” in jazz (pianist Paul Bley). His studio releases “Waits and Measures” (Playscape), “Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy” (Fresh Sound/New Talent), and “siLENT Z – live” were all named as top-10 jazz releases.

For his compositional achievements, Chamber Music America recently awarded Robbins with their prestigious “New Works: Creation and Presentation” grant as well as their “New Works: Encore” award on behalf of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Robbins was also a 2009 guest adjudicator for the Brooklyn Arts Council regrant program. Robbins is also the Dean of Programs at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Photo credits: John Rogers

Eric Milano is a two time Emmy nominated sound designer. He has been working in film, television, and music for the past 15 years. Eric started working on our documentary sound mixing during the summer of 2014. A short list of awards:

Nominated for 2012 Emmy for "Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)" as a dialogue editor on Under African Skies: Paul Simon's Graceland Journey (A&E).

Nominated for 2010 Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound" as dialogue editor and sound editor on In A Dream (HBO).

2014 Best Documentary Emmy Winner Years of Living Dangerously - re-recording mixer

2011 Best Documentary Oscar Nominee Paradise Lost 3 - re-recording mixer: pre-dubs.

2010 Best Documentary Oscar Nominee GasLand - re-recording mixer.

2010 Best Documentary Short Oscar Nominee Poster Girl - dialogue and sound editor.

2007 Best Documentary Short Oscar Nominee Rehearsing a Dream - sound editor.

2004 Best Documentary Oscar Winner Born Into Brothels - sound editor, VO recordist.

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