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Key Crew

Max Lowe

Director and Producer

Known for his ability to capture deeply human stories on the exposed edges of our world, Max Lowe has honed his skill as a director and photographer in his search of narratives unheard.

With more than 10 years of experience in documentary filmmaking, and having shot and directed short docs that have screened at festivals such as Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW and Berlinale, Max most recently directed his feature doc debut “Torn” which premiered at Telluride Film Festival and is now streaming on Disney+. His most recent short documentary “Camp Courage” was acquired by Netflix for release in the fall of 2023, and he has partnered with Academy Award winning producers Melanie Miller and Diane Becker on his second feature doc which is currently in production. 

With a background in journalistic style photography, and a curiosity for the human experience, Max has honed his skill as a director, producer and photographer telling stories that appeal to the commonality of the human experience.

Katy Chevigny

Producer 

Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Big Mouth Productions. She has produced and/or directed over a dozen documentary features, including the Netflix Original documentaries BECOMING, about former First Lady Michelle Obama (dir. Nadia Hallgren) which was nominated for four Primetime Emmy® awards, and DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD (dir. Kirsten Johnson) which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction Storytelling, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and later earned a Primetime Emmy®. She recently directed two episodes in the Emmy-nominated doc series HOME. Katy also produced DARK MONEY (dir. Kimberly Reed), which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and CHARM CITY, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Both DARK MONEY and CHARM CITY were shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Awards® – Best Documentary Feature. Katy also co-directed (with Ross Kauffman) the documentary E-TEAM, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, won several festival awards around the world, was nominated for two Emmy® Awards and was acquired as a Netflix Original. She also directed one of the storylines in Kartemquin Films’ documentary series HARD EARNED — winner of a 2016 Alfred I. DuPont Award. Previously, Katie directed ELECTION DAY which premiered at SXSW and was broadcast on POV in 2008. She also co-directed (with Kirsten Jonson) DEADLINE, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award, and, in an unusual acquisition, was broadcast as a primetime special on NBC. Her work has won multiple awards, been shown on networks including Netflix, PBS, NBC, HBO, AppleTV+, Arte/ZDF and has played in theaters and at festivals around the world. In 2018, Katy (together with Marilyn Ness and Big Mouth Productions) was honored with the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award.

Marilyn Ness

Producer 

Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker and works as a director and producer. Most recently, she produced ANONYMOUS SISTER (dir. Jamie Boyle) about one family’s fall into opioid addiction. Before that, she produced the Netflix Original documentaries BECOMING (dir. Nadia Hallgren), about former First Lady Michelle Obama, which was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards as well as DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD (dir. Kirsten Johnson), which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction Storytelling, was nominated for a PGA Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and later earned 3 Primetime Emmy® nominations winning one. Marilyn directed the Emmy®-nominated documentary CHARM CITY which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award® – Best Documentary Feature. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in April 2019. Before that, she produced CAMERAPERSON (dir. Kirsten Johnson), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, was released by the Criterion Collection and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards® – Best Documentary Feature. TRAPPED (dir. Dawn Porter), about the struggle to maintain access to abortion in the South, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens, and was awarded a Peabody. She also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-TEAM, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was bought by Netflix Original, and later earned two Emmy nominations. She directed the documentary feature film BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011. She is currently at work on a multi-disciplinary theater and documentary project entitled POSTMORTEM. Ness is a partner in Big Mouth Productions, a women-owned, women-led award-winning documentary film and theater production company. Marilyn is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association.

Yuliia Pavliuk

Producer / Assistant director 

Yuliia is a Ukraine-born professional with a passion for the art of filmmaking. 

With over a decade of experience in the advertising and film industry, Yuliia has had the opportunity to work on more than 100 productions worldwide, from commercials and music videos to shorts and documentaries. Starting her career as a creative agency project manager, she worked her way up to become a Producer and Assistant Director. 

With her extensive experience in all aspects of production and on-set filming, she has developed a keen eye for detail, ensuring that no part of the creative process is overlooked.

Axel Stasny

Director of Photography

Born in Austria, with a professional background in photography inherited from a family tradition spanning four generations, Axel began his journey to becoming a filmmaker at the age of 19 while studying at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna.Eager to expand his horizons, Axel relocated to the US, where he completed his education at the NewYork Film Academy and embarked on a career as a director and cinematographer. During his time abroad, he found himself drawn to the realm of social realism, exhibiting a deep empathy for human stories and a commitment to capturing the essence of his subjects through long-term portraitstudies.Axel’s work has been featured at international film festivals, including the Busan Film Festival, LAPacific Filmfest, Montreal World Film Festival, New York Independent Film Festival, Raindance FilmFestival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.Based in Vienna, Axel contributes to the local film community as an active member of the AustrianFilm Association dok.at

Andrey Alistratov

Editor 

Andrey Alistratov is an award winning filmmaker based in New York. His cinematography and editing work has broadcast across multiple outlets and publications, including Netflix, MAX, PBS, MTV, VH1, Time, and The New Yorker to name a few. 

Born in Donetsk, Ukraine, Andrey came to the US with his family in 1994 and has lived in Brooklyn ever since. He received a BS in Economics and a minor in English literature from Pennsylvania State University and worked in finance for multiple years before shifting focus to filmmaking and has been active in the industry since 2009. Along with narrative and documentary projects, Andrey has created commercial content for brands and organizations including NYU, Sotheby’s, Lenovo, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ferrari.

More recently Andrey’s work on the Peabody winning Netflix documentary series “Immigration Nation” has earned him an Independent Spirit Award. Currently, he is directing his first feature documentary project and is an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. 

When not busy making movies, Andrey is likely hiking, rock-climbing or turning lumber into noise and dust in the wood shop.

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