SUSAN SALADOFF (Producer, Director) spent twenty-five years practicing law in the civil justice system, representing injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. She stopped practicing law in 2009 to make the documentary, HOT COFFEE, her first feature-length film, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and had its broadcast premiere on HBO in June 2011. HOT COFFEE and Susan have received many awards since the film’s debut, including the Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Tampa and Albuquerque Film Festivals, and the award for the Documentary that Every American Should See 2011 Traverse City Film Fest (Michael Moore's Film Festival). Most recently, HOT COFFEE received a 2012 TV Academy Honors award given by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (which gives the Emmy awards) celebrating “Television with a Conscience”—for shows that inspire, inform, motivate, and even have the power to change lives.
The power of Hot Coffee lies in its ability to add a fresh perspective to a debate that has been fiercely one-sided for the past two decades. Since its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, HOT COFFEE has screened at dozens of film festivals across the USA and the world, and has been broadcast in many countries, including Israel, Japan, Denmark and Venezuela, just to name a few. Susan is currently on tour with the film, going state by state, screening at local movie theaters, law schools, universities, churches and community events, encouraging people to take action to protect our rights to access the courts.
Susan is a frequent guest on TV and radio shows, including The Colbert Report, The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC, Democracy Now, Bloomberg News, public radio programs including Here and Now with Robin Young, On the Media, The Leonard Lopate Show, and Media Matters with Bob McChesney, as well as many NPR and local radio shows. The film has been reviewed by both the Hollywood and political press and the response has been overwhelmingly positive: The Washington Post called the film a “stunning debut…” and added that the film “sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.” The Hollywood Reporter called the film “entertaining, informative,” and “vividly illuminating.
Susan began her career as a public interest lawyer with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, now known as Public Justice, an organization that has been at the forefront of keeping America’s courthouse doors open to all for the last 30 years, and was the organization’s national President in 2002. Susan was recognized by her peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010. She is a graduate of Cornell University and George Washington University Law School.
HOT COFFEE had its broadcast premiere on HBO in June 2011 as part of the Summer Documentary Series, continues to re-air on HBO, and is available to stream on HBO GO. The DVD is available for purchase and to rent on Netflix. In June, a digital download will be available from iTunes and Amazon. For more information, and to learn how you can TAKE ACTION, go to HotCoffeethemovie.com.
CINDY LEE (Editor) Feature editing credits include No End In Sight (Oscar nominee 2007, New York Film Critics Circle 2007 Best Documentary, Sundance Special Jury Prize 2006), Hotel Gramercy Park (Tribeca Film Festival 2008) and Manhattan, Kansas (SXSW Film Festival 2006). She was an additional editor on Swing State and an assistant editor on Half Nelson. Her television credits include e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious, a PBS series narrated by Brad Pitt.
CARLY HUGO (Producer) is a founding partner of The Group Entertainment, an NYC film production and talent management company. She is the producer of Higher Ground, directed by and starring Vera Farmiga, and the documentary Hot Coffee, both of which will premiere in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Her other producing credits include Beautiful Darling (Berlin & ND/NF 10), Beware the Gonzo (Tribeca 10), Peter and Vandy (Sundance 09), Bass Ackwards (Sundance 10), and Loggerheads (Sundance 05). Carly has several films in post-production, including The Art of Love, which stars Virginia Madsen and Aidan Quinn. Carly is the Executive Director of At Play Productions, a theater company for emerging artists, and is the producer of the 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University.
ALAN OXMAN (Producer) began his career as an editor and his credits include Welcome to the Dollhouse (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival), Happiness (International Critics Award, Cannes Film Festival) and Storytelling (Cannes Film Festival), all for director Todd Solondz. He was a consulting editor on the Oscar-nominated No End In Sight, which also won the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Alan co-edited Unzipped (Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival), which won the A.C.E. Award for Best Documentary Editing. He won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Documentary Editing on the PBS series City Life. He co-produced the Oscar-nominated documentary film Children Underground and was the co-producer and supervising editor of the Al-Jazeera documentary Control Room (Grand Jury Prize, Full Frame Film Festival).
MARTINA RADWAN (Director of Photography) started in her native Germany in the film industry as a Camera Technician at ARRI, Berlin and consequently worked as an Assistant Camera, for DPs like Robby Mueller and directors like Wim Wenders and Albert Maysles. In 1995 she moved to New York where she attended the film program at NYU. Shortly after, she started to work as a Director of Photography. Her features and documentaries could be seen in theaters, festivals, HBO, Sundance Channel and PBS. Ferry Tales, a documentary she shot in collaboration with Katja Esson, was nominated for the 2004 Academy Award. Her narrative work includes Flannel Pajamas, by Jeff Lipsky, Singapore Dreaming one of the first Singaporean feature productions, which won numerous international awards and Killing Floor, a thriller directed by Gideon Raff and produced by Doug Liman & Avi Arad. Martina Radwan also photographed Rain, the first indigenous film of the Bahamas, produced & directed by Maria Govern. In the summer of 07 she re-teamed with Gideon Raff for a horror film, Train produced by Millennium Films. Her recently completed documentaries include William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which premiered at Sundance 2009 and was picked up by Arthouse Films for a mid-2009 theatrical release. Other documentary projects include Through a Lens Darkly by the award-winning director Thomas Allan Harris and Poetry of Resilience and Skywalkers, both by Academy Nomine Katja Esson.
MICHAEL MOLLURA (Composer) composed the score for Hot Coffee which features everything from piano, orchestral, guitar, electronica, clarinet and cello solos.
Michael also scored the haunting (Variety Magazine Review; 2010) score for the feature film Climate Refugees which had its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is currently being considered for a nomination for Best Documentary for the next Academy Awards. Recent work also includes a feature length score for the drama Reconciliation (2010).
Michael just started work on another feature film titled The Highest Pass which is in post production. His also recently completed a score was for a special DVD/Art project in collaboration with well known writer/poet/philosopher Robert Romanyshyn. The project is titled Antarctica (2010) and the music is hypnotic, transformational and soulful.
Samples of Michaels scores can be heard by pulling down the Music Samples Window on his website at www.michaelmolluramusic.com. Molluras work includes music compositions which have been used for theater, cinema, TV, commercial and world music genres in more ways than can be documented here.
BRIAN OAKES (Motion Graphics Designer) designed the graphic visuals for the film Wordplay, the 2006 documentary about New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz and his annual crossword puzzle tournament.
The success of Wordplay launched Brian into the world of film and television and he has since designed motion graphics for such films as I.O.U.S.A., Constantine's Sword, Of All the Things, and Freakonomics. Brian Oakes television projects include designing the motion graphics for HBOs Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House, Comedy Centrals Night of Too Many Stars and Important Things with Demetri Martin, PBSs African American Lives 2, The Botany of Desire and Faces of America.
Brian Oakes received his BFA in Communications Design from Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Hannah and their two children Auden and Marigold.
REBECCA SALADOFF (Co-Producer, Assistant Editor) recently completed her BA in Music History from Whitman College. She also completed the 6-week Art of Editing course at The Edit Center in New York City. Rebecca was a Production Intern on East Fifth Bliss starring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu. In addition, she was a key intern leading up to and during the 2010 Independent Feature Project (IFP) Film Week. She was Operations Intern at the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville, OR; the largest outdoor, summer-long music festival in Southern Oregon.
ERIN CRUMPACKER (Associate Producer) is a TV and documentary film producer based in New York City. She is an associate producer of Pretty Old, a feature-length documentary currently in post-production. Most recently, she served as an associate post-producer on the Discovery Channel documentary series Storm Chasers. Her other television credits include production and post-production work on ABC, BBC, and MTV productions. Prior to film, she managed corporate PR and social media campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including HP and Wyeth.
BETSY RATE (Associate Producer) is a freelance TV news and documentary producer based in New York City. Her work has been featured on network, cable and public television stations nationwide. Currently, Betsy produces for Need to Know the new PBS weekly news magazine. There shes reported on voting machine technology, the democracy movement in Iran and political hate speech. Prior to that, she tackled a variety of stories for Bill Moyers Journal, from mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia, to the global food crisis, to the work of a controversial Christian Zionist movement. In 2005, Betsy traveled to Uganda to produce an Emmy-nominated documentary about the evolution of U.S. global HIV/AIDS policy for Now on PBS. Proving that journalism isnt all work, Betsy walked the Miss America runway for MTV News, toured the Vegas strip with Penn & Teller for NBC, and sampled Chef Thomas Kellers culinary delights for 60 Minutes Wednesday. Betsy is the recipient of fellowships with ABC News, the Knight Science Journalism program and the CPB/PBS Producers Academy. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas and Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism.
PRUDENCE ARNDT (Archive Producer) has over 25 years experience as an visual media researcher and documentary producer.
She has found archival film and photos on award-winning films and TV shows including: I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (HBO); Why We Fight (BBC/Charlotte Films); Still Bill (re Bill Withers); African-American Lives, Series 1, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Looking For Answers (Dupont-Columbia Award, Frontline); Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Side Effects of Being American; Inside Deep Throat (HBO), and The Endurance (White Mountain Films/Nova).
Early in her career she was Associate Producer on Eyes On The Prize, the Academy-award nominated civil rights series. She has produced/directed documentaries for PBS Frontline and for The American Experience, ABC News, MSNBC, and David Grubin Productions. Prue has also worked with feature film directors John Sayles, Spike Lee, James Marsh and Volker Schlondorff.
RENIQUA ALLEN (Archive Producer) is a journalist based in the New York City area. She has written and produced for several media outlets including Congressional Quarterly, Black Enterprise, MSNBC, Fox News and PBS. She currently works as a producer for Make It Plain on Sirius XM Radio. In the past few years she has worked with Bill Moyers on his critically acclaimed documentary series Moyers in America and Faith and Reason. She also served as an senior associate producer for his Emmy-award winning news magazine, The Bill Moyers Journal. When she isnt writing or producing shes often thinking about the complexities of race and ethnicity in America at Rutgers University, where shes working on completing a Ph.D in American Studies.
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