Oren Jacoby is an Oscar® nominated filmmaker whose work has been recognized by the American Film Institute, Columbia/Alfred I. Dupont Awards, Britain’s Royal Television Society, and the Sundance Institute.
His acclaimed stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man premiered at Chicago’s Court Theater in January 2012. Also this season, he was director, writer, and executive producer for Risk Takers, an original five-part documentary series on Bloomberg Television.
His film, Sister Rose’s Passion, was winner of Best Documentary Short Film at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award®. Jacoby’s feature–length documentary, Constantine’s Sword, based on the best seller by James Carroll, had a nationwide theatrical release. Jacoby’s Lafayette: The Lost Hero, a drama-doc on the French general’s quest to bring democracy to America and France, aired in 2010 on PBS and Arté.
Other credits include: The Last Girl on Earth, a comedy short based on a screenplay by Richard Dresser, and Downtown Stories, both commissioned by the Tribeca Film Festival; The Topdog Diaries with the 2002 Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, and performances by Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright; The Shakespeare Sessions starring Kevin Kline, Cynthia Nixon, Liev Schreiber, and Charles S. Dutton; The Beatles Revolution, a TV special for ABC and VH-1; Swingin’ with Duke, featuring Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis; Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself; Master Thief, an ABC prime-time special on the “art heist of the century”; and Success for the Emmy award-winning PBS series, The Irish in America.
Jacoby also wrote, produced and directed The Return Ticket, adapted from a story by Anton Chekhov; Ghosts of the Bayou; Idols of the Game, featuring Michael Jordan; Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing for American Masters; and with Brian Lapping Associates, The Second Russian Revolution, a behind the scenes investigation of Gorbachev’s reforms and the ensuing collapse of the USSR, which won the Dupont Gold Baton and was called ‘the best BBC series of the decade’ by the London Independent.
Jacoby has directed plays at Theater for the New City, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, the West Bank Café and regional theaters, including new works by Richard Dresser, Quincy Long, and Franz Xavier Kroetz.
Betsy West joined Storyville Films in 2005 after an award-winning career in network television news. She is executive producer of MAKERS: Women Who Make America–the online video archive www.makers.com featuring groundbreaking women and the PBS documentary about the women’s movement. She served as co-producer of Storyville’s theatrical documentary Constantine’s Sword and is currently executive producer of the documentary in production, The Lavender Scare, about the U.S. government’s decades-long campaign to purge homosexuals from federal jobs. A veteran of ABC and CBS News, Betsy’s work as co-creator and executive producer of the documentary program Turning Point, and senior producer at Nightline, earned her 21 Emmy Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards. As senior vice president at CBS News from 1998-2005, Betsy oversaw 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, and was executive-in-charge of 9/11, winner of a Primetime Emmy Award. She was appointed associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2007.
Eric Forman is a Brooklyn-based documentary producer. Forman began his career in documentaries on an internship at Public Policy Productions working on the Academy Award nominated film, Sound and Fury. After working for various independent filmmakers in Boston, Forman moved to New York in 2005.
Forman was associate producer and assistant editor for Ambrica Productions’ award-winning film, Young & Restless in China, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2008. He was the Coordinating Producer on Globalvision’s Barack Obama: People’s President and the Supervising Producer on The Battle Of Durban II: Israel, Palestine & The United Nations.
He is currently at work on Dead Time a feature length documentary about a man on Alabama’s death row and a young attorney fighting for his freedom.