Founder and Director / Producer
Oren Jacoby is a filmmaker, writer and founder of Storyville Films. He has produced and directed over 30 films that have been distributed in theatres, on major broadcast or cable TV networks and streaming platforms. His film, Shadowman (Amazon Prime) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Sister Rose’s Passion (HBO Films) won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and was nominated for an Academy Award. His theatrical adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man won the Joseph Jefferson Award in 2013 for best new play adaptation. His new film Reinventing Broadway will be released in 2019.
Director and Producer
Betsy West is a filmmaker, journalist and professor. She co-directed RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films 2018,) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a 21-time Emmy Award winner for her work as an ABC News producer and EP of the documentary series Turning Point. As Vice President at CBS News from 1998 to 2005, she oversaw 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. She was executive producer of the MAKERS (AOL & PBS) documentary and digital series, the documentary The Lavender Scare, and the short doc The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Epix). She is the Fred W. Friendly professor at Columbia Journalism School.
Director and Producer
Julie Cohen has directed and produced nine feature documentaries, including RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films), The Sturgeon Queens (7th Art Releasing/PBS); and American Veteran (Freestyle). She has won a duPont Columbia Award, two Gracie Awards, three New York Emmy Awards and the 2017 Panavision Showcase Award for best New York filmmaker. Before she started making documentaries, Julie was a staff producer for Dateline NBC and the creator and producer of Supreme Court Watch on Court TV. She holds a B.A. from Colgate and master’s degrees from Columbia Journalism School and Yale Law School.
Sam Jinishian is a producer for independent documentary films and public television. Her recent projects include Storyville Films’ Shadowman, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and was runner up of the Audience Award for Best Documentary, and Time for School: 2003 – 2016, the final film of a longitudinal PBS global education project. She is currently working on The Long Friday, a film about the Iceland women’s movement.
Nadine Natour is the associate producer for RBG. She has shot, field produced and edited a feature-length doc, American Veteran, (Freestyle Releasing; Winner of the G.I. Film Festival Founders Award and the Panavision Showcase Award) and co-edited The Sturgeon Queens (PBS: 2015 Berlinale Official Selection). She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2012 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and a 2012 – 2013 News Associate at NBC.
Holly Siegel is a documentary filmmaker currently producing Reinventing Broadway which will be released in 2019. Her recent projects include Mars (National Geographic, 2016), Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS, 2016) and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS, 2016). She has also worked as a producer for WME | IMG's fashion network M2M, producing documentaries about fashion and culture.
Brooke Bassin has overseen accounting for all Storyville productions since 2015. A playwright and filmmaker, she has directed productions of her work in New York and Los Angeles and was privileged to document the first year of A River Blue Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Center in Alebtong, Uganda. Her plays include Yank's Glory Dreams, Charlie Rips and the upcoming Alibi Room. She lives in New York City with her partner, Stuart, and their two bulldogs.