Franco Sacchi is an Italian filmmaker and freelance journalist living in Boston. His most recent directorial work, THIS IS NOLLYWOOD, portrays the fascinating world of the burgeoning Nigerian film industry. THIS IS NOLLYWOOD aired on SABC 1 (South African Broadcasting Corporation), SKY UK and it won the Audience Award at the Abuja International Film festival (Nigeria).
Franco’s first feature length film, AMERICAN EUNUCHSscreened at dozens of festivals including the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) and it aired in 2004 on the Sundance Channel and on several European networks. Currently, Franco is a filmmaker in residence at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University.
KATE DAVIS and DAVID HEILBRONER
As a team, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner have been producing award-winning documentaries for 15 years. They produced PLASTIC DISASTERS for HBO (2006), which examines the hidden world of cosmetic surgery. Their film, SCOPES: The Battle Over America's Soul (The History Channel, 2006), was part of Ten Days Which Unexpectedly Changed America, a series which won the Emmy® for Best Non Fiction Series in 2006. JOCKEY (HBO, 2004), which follows the lives of three riders, was nominated for 3 Emmys® and won the Emmy® Award for Best Non-Fiction Directing. PUCKER UP: The Fine Art of Whistling, (Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, Florida Film Festival, 2004), was broadcast on the Sundance Channel, the BBC, NHK, CBC and a dozen other networks worldwide.
Kate Davis directed SOUTHERN COMFORT, which portrayed the life of a male transsexual. The Emmy-nominated film won over 25 awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival (2001), Best Documentary Feature at the Florida Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and Hot Docs in Toronto, First Prize at the Seattle Film Festival, the Grierson Award for Best International Documentary and the Special Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Davis’ GIRLTALK, (1988) about three Boston girls who live in the streets, was released theatrically and broadcast worldwide.
David Heilbroner, a former Manhattan prosecutor and author, was Senior Producer for Crime Stories, a series for Court TV (1999), and directed/produced TRANSGENDER REVOLUTION, LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW, THE DARK SIDE OF PAROLE, ANTI-GAY HATE CRIMES, and UNTYING THE STRAIGHTJACKET, (A&E Networks).