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Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Directors and Producers

Carl and Tia

Carl Deal & Tia Lessin (directors and producers) are Academy Award®-nominated directors and producers of Trouble the Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival. They also were co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story. Carl previously worked as an investigative journalist and international news producer and has contributed to many documentaries. In television, Tia line-produced Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and she received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism for Behind the Labels, a film she directed about labor trafficking in the US garment industry. Her work as a producer for the acclaimed series the Awful Truth won her two Emmy nominations, and one arrest. Trouble the Water was included in the top ten lists of The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and the LA Times in 2008, and is still used by dozens of institutional partners to create dialogue and inspire action.

T. Woody Richman

Editor & Co-Producer

T. Woody Richman edited Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story, and was associate editor of Bowling for Columbine. He has cut many other documentaries, among them American Crossroads (2010), Unstrung (2007), and Odyssey in Rome (2005). Woody began his career working as an assistant editor in the cutting rooms of Nick Gomez, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone, and has cut several other independent fiction features, including Sooni Taraporevala’s Little Zizou, and Destination Unknown, winner of the Hamptons Film Festival.

PJ Raval

Director of Photography

PJ Raval’s work has been showcased at both Sundance and Cannes and earned him the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. PJ has been featured in American Cinematographer; his other feature cinematography credits include, the 2006 Independent Spirit Award nominated Room, the Los Angeles Film Festival Narrative Feature Award winner Gretchen, and the Burnt Orange produced Cassidy Kids.

PJ recently co-directed with Jay Hodges Trinidad, a feature documentary about a small Wild West outpost town turned “sex change capital of the world.”

Kimberly Rivers Roberts

Director of Photography

Kimberly and her husband Scott were born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and are featured in Trouble the Water. Just 24 hours before Hurricane Katrina flooded her city, Kimberly recorded a day in the life of her neighborhood on her hi-8 camcorder, and continued to tape through the storm until a lack of electrical power forced her to stop.

Before the storm, Kimberly was working on her music career in the 9th Ward and, using the MC name Black Kold Madina, had recorded an underground demo album called Tryed and True. She believed all her music was lost in the storm, until she discovered that one of her relatives in Memphis had the only existing copy. Kimberly and Scott recently started a record company, Born Hustler Records, where she distributes and records new music.

(photo courtesy of Godlis)

Mary Lampson

Additional editor

Mary Lampson was co-editor of Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award winning film Harlan County, USA. She was the co-producer and editor with Emile de Antonio and Haskell Wexler of Underground and edited several more de Antonio films. She recently edited Anne Makepeace’s Rain in a Dry Land and Julia Reichart’s Emmy nominated film A Lion in the House. Mary began her editing career with Ricky Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker as an associate editor on Monterey Pop and One P.M., a film by Jean-Luc Godard.

Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes

Executive Producers

In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 30 years from Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series and the award-winning To Sleep with Anger, Danny Glover has also produced, executive produced and financed numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are Good Fences, 3 AM, Freedom Song, Get on the Bus, Deadly Voyage, Buffalo Soldiers, The Saint of Fort Washington and To Sleep with Anger, as well as the series Courage and America’s Dream. The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.

Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer with experience in several fields. She is the author or co-author of twelve commissioned screenplays for feature films including the upcoming epic Toussaint, and the award-winning film Bàttu, directed by Cheikh Oumar Sissoko (Mali), which she associate produced with British Screen and EMET Films. Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover and Barnes have executive produced the award-winning feature Bamako (currently in release), the music documentary Africa Unite, Salt of The Sea and Soundtrack For A Revolution.

(photo by Jan Baracz)

Amir Bar-Lev


Amir Bar-Lev’s feature directorial debut, Fighter, won Best Documentary at the Newport and Galway Film Festivals, Audience Choice at the Hamptons Film Festival, and a Jury Citation at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It was released theatrically in Fall of 2001. Bar-Lev’s second film, My Kid Could Paint That, premiered at Sundance 07 and was released internationally in Fall of last year by Sony Pictures Classics. My Kid Could Paint That was nominated for a Gotham Award and an IDA ABC News/VideoSource Award. Bar-Lev has also taught documentary at NYU, Produced and Executive Produced shows for Sundance Channel, VH1, MTV, Spike!, and TWC as well as directed numerous award winning short films. He recently completed The Pat Tillman Story, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Nadia Hallgren


Nadia Hallgren is a filmmaker and cinematographer from the Bronx, NY. Her camera credits include Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Academy and Emmy award nominated ‘Trouble the Water'.

Most recently, Nadia was cinematographer on HBO’s ‘War Don Don’ which has been nominated for two Emmy awards in 2011.

Traveling across 5 continents, Hallgren has filmed with a range of public figures from Dan Rather to Desmond Tutu as well as cultural icons including Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz.


Davidge / Del Naja

Original score

Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge brought their cinematic fusion of hip hop, soul and hypnotic melodies to Trouble the Water, Del Naja is one half of Massive Attack the pioneering Bristol, UK based band who’s last five cds have sold over 12 million copies world-wide.

Together with Davidge, his writing and producer partner, they have written and produced music for three films in 2007: In Prison My Whole Life, Battle In Seattle and Trouble The Water, as well as working on the new Massive Attack record due in Fall 2008.