Kevin Ferguson, Director, Writer, Co-Producer of 'Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads'
Kevin Ferguson, CEO of News & Analysis Inc., founded Narrowback Films in 2010 after working 30 years as a print journalist. His articles and photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Businessweek, Forbes, and other nationally known publications. His lifelong connection to the Irish Catskills impelled him to document its music and culture in 'Dancing at the Crossroads,' his first documentary film. Beyond filmmaking, Kevin's career for the past seven years has focused on development work in eastern Africa and Haiti.
HEATHER MERRILL serves as associate producer, archivist, and researcher for 'Dancing at the Crossroads'. In 2013, Heather was an associate producer for American Experience on public television. She has also served as AP on
'Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change' (documentary short) and 'War of the Worlds' (2013) .
P.H. O'BRIEN has had a long career of shooting and producing documentary films and TV shows. Among P.H.’s many director-of-photography/producer credits are Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams) 'Reel Paradise', 'Head Games' and 'THE WAR TAPES' (best documentary, Tribeca 2006). He shot and produced 'Bad Voodoo’s War' for Frontline on PBS, the MTV show How’s Your News? and recently, 'Earth Made of Glass 'for HBO which was nominated for a producers guild award and winner of a 2012 Peabody Award. His latest documentary Six Days to Air… the making of South Park was nominated for an Emmy.P.H. O'Brien, a cinematographer and producer known for '6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park' (2011), 'The War Tapes' (2006) and 'Earth Made of Glass' (2010), completed filming of 'Dancing at the Crossroads' in July 2015.
CATHAL HEGARTY, based in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is a award-winning (National IOV Awards, 2011) Stedicam operator, director and director of photography. Cathal's specialty is in music videos and was a natural choice to capture the 'Catskill Moon' sequence in Dancing at the Crossroads: The Irish Catskills. More of Cathal's work can be seen on his Web site: http://benburbproductions.com.
SABRINA ZANELLA-FORESI has been making films since 1991. In 2014 she edited 'Penn Station,' a documentary directed by Randall MacLowry and co-produced by Michael Rossi (see below) for PBS’s American Experience. Previously, she edited Sarah Colt Production's 'Henry Ford' for PBS’s American Experience (broadcast two hour premiere, January 2013); St. Quay Films, LLC., Editor for 'Photographic Memory', directed by Ross McElwee for ARTE (French television), world premiere at Venice Film Festival (September 2011); WGBH-LINCS (ITVS), Editor/Co-Producer for documentary 'Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)', directed by Monika Navarro, PBS’s Independent Lens (2010); WGBH, editor for documentary 'The Truth About Cancer', directed by Linda Garmon, PBS national broadcast, (2008); and many, many others. Sabrina also has six years of university teaching experience in Film/Video Production and Film Studies at Boston University, Harvard University, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts—Boston, and the Massachusetts College of Art.
As a filmmaker, DOUGLAS GORDON has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects including narrative film, documentary, and commercial productions. In the past two years, his focus has shifted toward feature films. Currently, he is directing a dramatic feature film, 'The God Question', which follows two computer science professors seeking an answer to the ultimate question in the world of supercomputers. He was also the cinematographer for a feature documentary 'Climbing with Pride', which balances the playfulness of the rock climbing organization HomoClimbtastic, while also poignantly exploring what it means to be LGBT in today’s world. Additionally, Doug also served as the director of photography on the psychological thriller 'The Muse', which was filmed in Granite Lake, NH, and Los Angeles, CA, for which he was fortunate to receive a Best Cinematography nomination. Doug's credits also include a number of short narrative films and documentaries.
JAMES RUTENBECK's films over the last twenty years have explored the lives of unemployed coal miners, small farmers and itinerant evangelists. In January 2009 Rutenbeck was awarded a Du Pont Columbia Journalism Award for his work as Producer and Director of Not Just A Paycheck, an episode of the PBS series Unnatural Causes, about health disparities in the United States, co-produced by California Newsreel and Vital Pictures. Editing credits include over fifty films for PBS, BBC, Channel Four (UK), Discovery Channel and Showtime. They include the 2008 ALMA award-winning Roberto Clemente for American Experience, Emmy award-winning Siamese Twins for NOVA and the groundbreaking People of the Shining Path for Britain’s Channel Four.
MICHAEL ROSSI is a producer at WGBH in Boston and is an independent producer of documentary film and non-fiction television. He has spent the last thirteen years producing, directing, shooting, and editing on national programs for public television. Since May, Michael has been producing a one-hour historical documentary for American Experience about the bombing of Wall Street in 1920. In 2012, Rossi received an Emmy Award for his work as coordinating producer of the children's engineering series Design Squad Nation, which premiered nationally on PBS in January 2011. His production credits for American Experience include: 'Building the Alaska Highway', 'The Gold Rush' (winner of the 2007 Erik Barnouw Award), and 'We Shall Remain', a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history. In 2011 he served as an embedded filmmaker on the Student Freedom Ride for American Experience. Rossi's credits for Frontline include 'The Silence', a thirty-minute documentary, which traces the healing between the small, Yup'ik village of St. Michael, Alaska, and the Catholic Church in the devastating aftermath of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.