David Leitner, Sandy Gotham Meehan, Williams Cole
David Leitner, Sandy Gotham Meehan, Williams Cole

Sandy Gotham Meehan, Producer, works with independent filmmakers on narrative refinement and project development. Meehan produced and directed the documentary James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime, a selection of the 2011 Hampton International Film Festival. For Checkerboard Films, Meehan produced and directed a short filmed interview, Barney Rosset: Combat Publisher. Meehan rewrote and restructured a 14 part French-produced documentary series, The Last Kings of Thule, about the geopolitical, human and economic issues of the Arctic, centering the script on the life of the French explorer, author and scientist Jean Malaurie. Meehan is a Trustee Emeritus of Checkerboard Film Foundation and serves on the boards of The Paris Review and Lapham’s Quarterly. Meehan holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.


Williams Cole, Producer, has been producing, directing and editing documentary film for over 15 years. Feature-length credits include Sundance Film Festival premieres Finding Fela! (2014), 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013), the HBO feature Gun Fight (produced with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple), and the documentary Giuliani Time. Cole recently produced a film about the poet WS Merwin that is slated appear on PBS in 2016 and directed a short film about Design Thinking that premiered on public television in Utah.  He is also working on a film about his Irish revolutionary relative Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.  Over the past year Cole filmed in Lebanon, Senegal, India, Chile and Thailand for the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, and previously produced and directed over 60 short documentary profiles of authors for Open Road Integrated Media. Cole was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics, and was a founder of the Brooklyn Rail where he writes about documentary film, politics and culture.


David Leitner, Cinematographer, is a Director/Producer and Emmy-nominated Director of Photography (Chuck Close: Portrait in Progress) with over sixty credits in feature-length dramas and documentaries, including eight Sundance premieres. Credits include Alan Berliner’s Nobody’s Business, and Sandi Dubowski’s Trembling Before G-d. His cinematography has been seen on Showtime, Bravo, Sundance Channel, HBO, MTV, PBS, and theatrically. As co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary For All Mankind,Leitner spent nine months at NASA’s Johnson Space Center restoring and enlarging 16mm lunar footage. Since 1995 Leitner has photographed several dozen films about writers, poets, artists and architects for New York’s Checkerboard Film Foundation. Leitner is an author, columnist, speaker, and ongoing contributor to the classic textbook, The Filmmaker’s Handbook.


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