Jackie Weissman – Director/Co-Producer/Writer/Editor
Originally from New York, Jackie Weissman lives in Portland, Oregon where she works as a documentary filmmaker/Avid editor. Jackie received her MFA in film and video production from Columbia College-Chicago. Her award winning documentary, The Gorilla and the Piker, was featured on WNET, Channel 13 in New York, as a part of its Reel New York series. In 2004, Jackie was awarded a residency at Yaddo to develop ideas for Rock and Roll Mamas, which is currently in production.
Jackie has also worked as lead Avid editor at AGENCY.COM, creating documentary shorts for various websites including two about Mos Def and the Hot Boys for FUBU’s website, y2g.com and as an adjunct professor at The Art Institute of Portland and Columbia College-Chicago. She is a founding board member of Women In Film-Portland chapter and is currently serving as Board President. Jackie is married to Andrew Altschul and is mother to Lyle (12).
Tara Johnson-Medinger – Producer
With over fifteen years of experience in the film and television industry, Tara Johnson Medinger has produced programs for a diverse range of clients, from national news corporations to independent underground short films. Tara’s true love, though, is the film production process itself; national recognition is just the icing. Tara’s films have been featured on the Independent Film Channel, as well as selected for film festivals. Her most recent documentary, Military Families Speak Out – Oregon, has been applauded for telling the story of people who have relatives or loved ones in the military, but are opposed to the continued occupation of Iraq.
In the past few years, along with co-founding Sour Apple and producing the company’s first feature film, On the Eve of War, she has also overseen management of the 10 or Less Film Festival and POW Fest, the Portland Women’s Film Festival. Equally at home in the corridors of FOX Broadcasting Headquarters—where she was manager of affiliate promotion for six years—as she is at peace vigils and on military bases, Tara is an approachable and unflappable presence on set. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Chris and their two children, Avery (9) and Quinlan (7).
Allison Anders – Executive Producer
Allison Anders is a Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker. In 1995 she was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” and in 2002 she won a George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished achievement and meritorious service for her semi-autobiographical film “Things Behind the Sun”. From the release of her acclaimed first feature,”Border Radio” (1989; co-written and co-directed with Kurt Voss) through the recent critical and popular success of Things Behind the Sun, Anders has established a body of work that is innovative in its visual and sound style and marked by ensemble acting and strong women characters. Her films as writer-director also include “Gas Food Lodging” (1992), “Mi Vida Loca” (1993), “Grace of My Heart” (1996), and “Sugar Town” (1999; co-directed with Kurt Voss). Anders’ films have premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and retrospectives of her work have been held in Thessaloniki, Greece; Sheffield, England; and at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. She is a distinguished professor at University Of California, Santa Barbara where she teaches film one quarter a year. Anders has also directed episodes of the TV Shows “Sex In The City”, “Cold Case”, “The L-Word”, “Men In Trees”, “What About Brian”.
She is the proud mother of Tiffany (33), Devon (30) and Ruben Anders (17). She lives in Los Angeles with her fella Terry Graham.