ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH, Producer/Director
I am grateful for the worldwide interest in our documentary and especially proud it was chosen by the organization Movies that Matter (Amnesty International) as a film to show around the world as a “tool against indifference”. I hoped that audiences would find our film provocative and am deeply gratified to think it might play even a small role in helping end indifference to human rights crimes.
Elizabeth Farnsworth was chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer from 1995-2000. She then became a senior correspondent, reporting mostly from overseas. She now free-lances for The NewsHour and makes documentaries. Her 2001 four-part series on the AIDS crisis in Botswana and Malawi (produced by Joanne Elgart) received the 2001 Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals and a national Emmy nomination. Her documentary Thanh’s War (co-directed with John Knoop), which aired on PBS in 1991, garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and an Asian-American Journalists Association award. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Mother Jones and other publications. She has lived in Peru and Chile and has a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from Stanford University. She is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
PATRICIO LANFRANCO LEVERTON, Producer/Director
After a screening at the university in Santiago, students told me that it was the first time they “understood” the tragedy of Chile, and they were grateful for the “deeply ethical” point of view of the film. I think this is the best reward for our committed and professional production team. I feel not only proud, but grateful and moved, by the affection and love put into the treatment of such painful issues, resulting in our documentary, The Judge and the General.
Patricio Lanfranco, a Chilean citizen living in Santiago, Chile, has been an independent researcher and producer for two decades. He assisted in the production of feature stories for, among others, PBS, BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Company. In 1994, Lanfranco became the head producer of the News Department at Televisión Nacional, the public television of Chile. Then, he founded his own independent production company, producing and directing many short films: Parque Huerquehue (1997); El Sueño Posible (2003); Las Dos Alas (2006); Bellavista, Patrimonio de Todos (2007). His production Chronicles of an Imaginary Region, Myths and Legends of the Fifth Region won the National Television Council Award: Best Regional Series (2003). He studied economics and environmental economy, and got a post graduate degree in Communication and Education (Diego Portales University). He is married, has 3 children and one grandson.
RICHARD PEARCE, Executive Producer
Richard Pearce began his professional career in the late 1960's as a cinematographer. His credits include four Oscar-winning documentaries: Woodstock, Marjoe, Interviews with My Lai Veterans and Hearts and Minds. He made his directorial debut with the period drama Heartland which earned a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival's first Showcase of American Independents. Other feature films of his include Country which brought Jessica Lange an Academy Award nomination; The Long Walk Home (Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek); Leap of Faith (Steve Martin, Deborah Winger, and Liam Neeson). Recently Mr. Pearce returned to making documentaries, including The Road to Memphis, which he directed for Martin Scorsese's series on the Blues, and Food Inc, which he co-produced (with Eric Schlosser) and photographed. Pearce is a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
BLAIR GERSHKOW, Editor
Blair Gershkow is an editor with credits on all the major broadcast networks, including PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline, NBC’s Dateline, PBS’ Great Performances, and CBS’ 60 Minutes. Gershkow edited Silicon Valley: The New Gold Rush for CNN and Fox 2/5, the story of the first U.S. Marines into Iraq, which won a national Emmy for ABC Nightline. He completed two 3-part series' entitled Keeping Score: MTT on Music for Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, which airs nationally on PBS. He has just completed editing the four-part independent series, Saving the Bay. Narrated by Robert Redford, it chronicles the history of San Francisco Bay. Gershkow will soon begin editing the final series of Keeping Score, which includes a film on the life of Gustav Mahler. He has won numerous awards for his work.
ANDRÉS CEDIEL, Co-Producer
Andres Cediel is the director and producer of Shellmound, a documentary film about Native American burial desecration in California. Cediel has also produced pieces on refugees of violence in Colombia, and environmental justice in Ecuador. Currently he is the Broadcast Associate producer for the PBS series FRONTINE/World, where he reported on the influence of Barack Obama on Brazilian politics.
ROB WEISS, Coordinating Producer
Rob Weiss has been an editor and/or producer for ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC News, WGBH-Boston, Oprah, CNN, The Discovery Channel, The Disney Channel and The Learning Channel among others. His most recent producing work is Saving the Bay, a four-part television series narrated by Robert Redford, which details the colorful history of San Francisco Bay. Rob is also a founder and the Chief Financial Officer of West Wind Productions, a non-profit 501(c)(3) film production.