Director and Producer Holly Morris’s The Babushkas of Chernobyl premiered at the LA Film Festival, and won the Jury Award for Directing - the first of 20 awards the film has received. After its theatrical run, the film broadcast across the world. The story of the film is based on Morris' print journalism and popular TED Talk. Morris’ other films featuring female role models include Behind Closed Chadors (Iran), Holy Cow (India), Mana Wahines (New Zealand) and Paradox Found (Cuba), part of the Adventure Divas series broadcast nationally on PBS and worldwide. The author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (Random House), and former editorial director of Seal Press, Morris is a longtime host of Globe Trekker (PBS). Morris’ print journalism has been featured in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, SLATE & the New York Times and her film work has received many notable grants, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Redford Center, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures and the San Francisco Film Society.
Executive Producers: Katy Drake Bettner (Dark Money, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, The Infiltrators, Always in Season); Sarah Cavanaugh (Camp 72, Even Though the World is Burning, Love & Stuff); and Jill Mazursky (Oscar nominated documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, and The Babushkas of Chernobyl) are Executive Producers who bring financial and executive leadership to the team.
Producer: Michael Kovnat is a former Executive Producer with the National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw documentaries and science series such as StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brain Games. He is a three-time Emmy nominee and one-time Emmy winner. He has produced documentaries and series for Discovery, Science Channel, History, Animal Planet, New York Times Television, and many other networks.
Producer: Eleanor Wilson, an alumna of the Film Victoria Producer's Attachment Program and the Spruceton Inn Artists Residency, has worked with Holly Morris for 2 years as the Outreach & Festival Director for The Babushkas Of Chernobyl. Her commercial clients include Acne, Cadillac, ESPN, Fossil, IBM, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, Vogue, and West Elm. Her award-winning short films have screened worldwide, with the latest, Everything All At Once premiering on Sundance.tv.
Impact Producer: Colleen Hammond has worked on the release of several documentaries including Ferne Pearlstine's The Last Laugh, Penny Lane's Nuts!, Vanessa Gould's Obit and Frederick Wiseman's Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. She produced the award-winning scripted feature film Yes, God, Yes which premiered at SXSW in 2019. Prior to producing, she worked in development for the nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute for almost a decade. Colleen is also the cruciverbalist for the monthly newspaper The Smudge and lives off-grid in the northern New Mexico high desert.
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