Ben Cotner has served as an executive for ten years at Paramount Pictures and Open Road Films, where he most recently oversaw acquisitions and production. He has worked on such films as An Inconvenient Truth, American Teen, Mad Hot Ballroom, A Haunted House, Side Effects, The Grey and End of Watch.
Ryan White is the director/producer of Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia Pictures), which tells the story of the Beatles’ longtime secretary Freda Kelly, and Pelada, a journey around the world through the lens of pick-up soccer. White’s other credits include: Capitol Crimes (Bill Moyers, PBS); Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown (CNN); 9/11: For the Record (Bill Moyers, PBS); and Country Boys (Frontline, PBS).
Kate Amend is the editor of two Academy Award-winning documentary features, Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home, and the Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.Amend edited many additional award-winning films and is the recipient of the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award as well as the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab since June 2004.
Blake Neely is an award-winning composer whose work spans both film (Life As We Know It, The Great Buck Howard, Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope) and television (The Mentalist, Arrow, The Pacific). He has received three Emmy Award nominations and numerous BMI Film & Television awards for his scores and themes. He also serves as an advisor to the Sundance Composer Lab.