Jeremy Engle Writer & Director Jeremy Engle was a classroom teacher and educator for over 15 years; and taught documentary-making workshops to students and teachers across the country. He recently wrote and directed a short film“Mosquito” , about young kids growing up in NYC in the ‘70’s. NY Press called it a “spot-on depiction of NYC in the 1970’s” and championed Engle as a “great new voice in directing.” Mosquito screened in festivals throughout the world – including Edinburgh, Oberhausen, Gijon and Seoul – won the “Spirit of Slamdance” Award” and is included in writer Dave Eggers’ DVD Magazine Wholphin. Engle was selected as one of 20 filmmakers to participate in the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 2011 “Emerging Narrative” program. His experience as a teacher and filmmaker make him uniquely qualified to create an ensemble piece about the current public school experience.

 

Jeremy Engle
Writer & Director

Jeremy Engle was a classroom teacher and educator for over 15 years; and taught documentary-making workshops to students and teachers across the country.

He recently wrote and directed a short filmMosquito” , about young kids growing up in NYC in the ‘70’s. NY Press called it a “spot-on depiction of NYC in the 1970’s” and championed Engle as a “great new voice in directing.”


Mosquito screened in festivals throughout the world – including Edinburgh, Oberhausen, Gijon and Seoul – won the “Spirit of Slamdance” Award” and is included in writer Dave Eggers’ DVD Magazine Wholphin.

Engle was selected as one of 20 filmmakers to participate in the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 2011 “Emerging Narrative” program. His experience as a teacher and filmmaker make him uniquely qualified to create an ensemble piece about the current public school experience.

 
  Vanessa Roth  Producer Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth has worked with school districts, non-profits, philanthropists and thought leaders across the country to create award-winning films around issues of education, poverty, child rights, equity and social justice.  Her work, including films such as The Texas Promise, American Teacher, and Freeheld,  has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award and a MacArthur grant. Her films have screened theatrically around the world and have been distributed by HBO, PBS, and Netflix. Ms. Roth is a Thought Partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation around empowering public school teachers, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Journalism, and a frequent key-note speaker about ethics, equity, and child advocacy through a storytelling lens. She is excited to use her experience telling stories about teens and NYC schools for a project that blends fiction and non-fiction so beautifully. 

 

Vanessa Roth 
Producer

Academy Award winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth has worked with school districts, non-profits, philanthropists and thought leaders across the country to create award-winning films around issues of education, poverty, child rights, equity and social justice. 

Her work, including films such as The Texas Promise, American Teacher, and Freeheld,  has earned her dozens of honors including an Academy Award, Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, a Dupont-Columbia Award and a MacArthur grant. Her films have screened theatrically around the world and have been distributed by HBO, PBS, and Netflix.

Ms. Roth is a Thought Partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation around empowering public school teachers, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Journalism, and a frequent key-note speaker about ethics, equity, and child advocacy through a storytelling lens.

She is excited to use her experience telling stories about teens and NYC schools for a project that blends fiction and non-fiction so beautifully. 

 

 

 

  Tarisai Gombe Producer Tarisai Gombe is a writer, director and producer. She has a Graduate degree in Communications from Ithaca College and  is pursuing a Masters degree in Film & Media Management at the New School in New York City – with a focus on emerging new-media distribution platforms.  She has worked on numerous TV and film sets for such companies as “Summit Entertainment”, “Reilly Worldwide” and “Left Right Productions.”  Tarisai has a passion for film and storytelling. In particular, stories often ignored or misunderstood. She sees film as a way to challenge assumptions as well as an opportunity to express deep and powerful truths – particularly for those without traditional access to power and mass communication. Tarisai was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and plans to return and start a film school there.

 

Tarisai Gombe
Producer

Tarisai Gombe is a writer, director and producer. She has a Graduate degree in Communications from Ithaca College and  is pursuing a Masters degree in Film & Media Management at the New School in New York City – with a focus on emerging new-media distribution platforms. 

She has worked on numerous TV and film sets for such companies as “Summit Entertainment”, “Reilly Worldwide” and “Left Right Productions.” 

Tarisai has a passion for film and storytelling. In particular, stories often ignored or misunderstood. She sees film as a way to challenge assumptions as well as an opportunity to express deep and powerful truths – particularly for those without traditional access to power and mass communication. Tarisai was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and plans to return and start a film school there.

  Melanie Vi Levy  Producer  Melanie Vi Levy is an editor, producer and director with a passion for arts and education. She has worked on projects supported by NYSCA, The Ms. Foundation for Women, The Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. As editor she has contributed to features including Kivalina People (supported by NAPT, Tribeca All Access, IFP) Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (SXSW premiere, supported by the Sundance Institute), and the Sundance award-winning film E-Team by Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman and Katey Chevigny.  She holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is thrilled to combine these skills to support the telling of an authentic, powerful and meaningful story with The Teacher.   

 

Melanie Vi Levy 
Producer 

Melanie Vi Levy is an editor, producer and director with a passion for arts and education. She has worked on projects supported by NYSCA, The Ms. Foundation for Women, The Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. As editor she has contributed to features including Kivalina People (supported by NAPT, Tribeca All Access, IFP) Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (SXSW premiere, supported by the Sundance Institute), and the Sundance award-winning film E-Team by Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman and Katey Chevigny. 

She holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is thrilled to combine these skills to support the telling of an authentic, powerful and meaningful story with The Teacher.