Carolyn Jones, Director
Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. From people “living positively” with AIDS to women artisans supporting entire communities and nurses on the front lines of our healthcare system, Carolyn has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. She founded the non-profit 100 People Foundation which creates educational films and curricula and has students participating in thousands of schools in over 90 countries worldwide. Her most widely acclaimed book publications include Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary included in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. Jones’ career was punctuated by two brushes with death: first, running out of gas in the Sahara as a race car driver, and second, a breast cancer diagnosis. Defining Hope, is the culmination of a journey investigating how we can make better end-of-life choices.
Lisa C. Frank, Producer
As an independent producer and as Director of Programs and Production for the 100 People Foundation, Lisa oversees the planning, execution and delivery of groundbreaking creative projects, from documentary films to corporate video content to award-winning short documentaries on global issues for students worldwide. She has spent the last four years in collaboration with Jones to produce the book, film and website that comprise The American Nurse Project. She is currently producing the follow-up to that project, a feature documentary called Defining Hope. She holds a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University.
Jaka Vinšek is a Slovenian-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and cinematographer. His personal projects focus on the passion of others, from athletes pushing their bodies to the limit to medical professionals helping those in need. Exploring diverse cultures and alternative lifestyles, Jaka’s work seeks intimate moments within the unfamiliar. Before moving to New York, Jaka worked for several major Slovenian publications as well as international news agencies like Reuters and the Associated Press. For over three years, beginning in 2004, he travelled the world as the personal photographer to the President of Slovenia.Since relocating to the United States, Jaka has worked with a variety of documentary, fashion and lifestyle clients. He shot two award-winning, feature-length documentaries: Defining Hope, which examines end of life treatment in America, and The American Nurse, which showcases the lives and incredible stories of nurses across the country.
Marc Ribot, Original Music
Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a “down-in-mouth-near master piece” by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board. 2013 saw the release of “Your Turn” (Northern Spy), the sophomore effort from Ribot’s post-rock/noise trio Ceramic Dog, and 2014 saw the monumental release: “Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard” (Pi Recordings), documenting Marc’s first headline and the return of Henry Grimes at the historical venue in 2012 already included on Best of 2014 lists including Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites.
Laura Israel, Editor
Laura Israel cut her teeth editing award-winning commercials and music videos while still a film student at NYU. By the time she graduated she had formed her own editorial company, Assemblage. Her client list included: John Lurie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Sonic Youth, New Order, Ziggy Marley, David Byrne, artists Laurie Simmons and Robert Frank. The films she edited with Frank have screened all over the world and won many awards. WINDFALL, her debut doc, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won top prize at Doc NYC. A NY Times Critics Pick, the paper dubbed it “Urgent, informative and artfully assembled”. WINDFALL is distributed by First Run Features, and Ms. Israel was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.
Chelsea Smith, Editor
As a freelance editor and graphic designer, Chelsea Smith has worked on a wide array of projects including art films, commercials, and web content — but her first love is documentary. Previous credits include Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! and House of Z (as associate editor), which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Candace Thompson, Editor
Candace Thompson is a Brooklyn-based freelance editor and independent performance & video artist. Candace dedicates her work on Hope to the memory of her friend and fellow artist Crystal Ruth Bell, who lost a 2 year battle with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma in August 2014 at the age of 28.
Barbara Glickstein, Nursing Consultant and Advisor
Barbara Glickstein is a public health nurse, health reporter and media strategist. She is co-director of the Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing. She produces and hosts HealthCetera, an award-winning, weekly program on public radio in New York City. She views her radio program as a public health practice, providing ongoing coverage of issues that make a difference in our everyday lives. She is committed to putting a human face on important social issues.