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Doreen Ringer Ross is the Vice-President of Film/TV Relations at BMI. She has worked in the music industry for over two decades and currently specializes in outreach to the film and music communities.
Summer Love (Naomi Preney)
Kenneth Bowser is a director of documentaries, feature films and episodic
television and specializes in crafting stories about American culture. In addition
to “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune,” he is the writer, producer and director of
NBC’s Emmy-nominated network special, “Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday
Night Live,” celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SNL. He also worked on the SNL network specials
for the 80s and 90s and is currently creating the 2000s episode. His next project is a narrative
feature based on Peter Biskind’s bestseller entitled “Down & Dirty Pictures.”
BMI Composer Miriam Cutler co-produced and scored the documentary "One Lucky Elephant" competing this year at the Woodstock Film Festival. Other scores include "Ghosts of Abu Grhaib", "Family Affair", "Chris and Don", "Lost in La Mancha", "Licensed to Kill". Cutler is a lab advisor at the Sundance Documentary Composers Lab and has served on documentary juries at the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, IDA and AFI Awards.
Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist.
Deyhim’s wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists have included Peter
Gabriel, Jerry Garcia, The Blue Man Group and prominent female visual artists Shirin Neshat
and Sophie Calle. Currently Deyhim is working on “The House is Black,” based on the work
and life of the literary icon of Iranian contemporary poetry Forough Farrokhzad.
Summer Love (Naomi Preney) has produced several short documentaries
showcasing up-and-coming Canadian fashion designers and musicians. With her
company, Deltatime Productions, she heads up a team of creative talent
whose passion for music and politics helped create her fi rst feature documentary, “Sounds
Like a Revolution.”
Ron Mann makes award winning feature documentaries that focus on alternative
and dissent culture. WFF has been showing Mann’s films since “Go Further,” a
musical-eco-road movie about activism and sustainable living. This year, WFF is pleased to present “In the Wake of the Flood,” which puts Margaret Atwood’s words to music for change.
As the leader of the folk-rock band the Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian was responsible for a string
of Top Ten hits in 1965-1967 that included the chart-toppers “Daydream” and “Summer
in the City,” and he returned to number one in 1976 as a solo artist with “Welcome Back.” As an instrumentalist, primarily playing harmonica, he has accompanied a wide range of artists including Judy
Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Doors, Bob Dylan, Laura Nyro, Graham Parker, Dolly Parton,
Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, and Bonnie Raitt. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 2000.
Justin Sane is the founding member of the seminal punk band
Anti-Flag. Sane is a founding member of the non-profit Military Free
Zone. He has worked with Amnesty International, Green Peace, PETA and numerous other organizations.