ALBIE SACHS FILM

A FILM BY ABBY GINZBERG

 

Alfre Woodard | Executive Producer


One of the most accomplished actors of her generation, Alfre Woodard earned an Oscar ® Nomination and multiple Emmy wins in a prolific film and TV career that has spanned over three decades. From August Wilson's Piano Lesson to Miss Evers' Boys; from American Violet to Crooklyn and in Down In The Delta, Alfre Woodard's work entertains with a social consciousness that invites the viewer to a higher level of understanding. Star Trek, Holiday Heart, Grand Canyon are included in a long list of purposeful projects that Woodard feels the audience deserves to ponder. Her latest film is Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.In particular,  HBO's Mandela and Morgan Freeman's Bopha, combined with 22 years of her work as a founder of Artists For A New South Africa, reflect her commitment to the democratic aspirations of the South African people.  Alfre's work as a social activist and her drive to preserve the legacy of freedom fighters and protectors of democracy in the new age leads directly to her deep respect for Albie Sachs, the man, and her passion for the film Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.

Rick Goldsmith | Consulting Producer


Rick Goldsmith co-produced and co-directed The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 and won a Peabody Award and awards from both the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH). It was the centerpiece of 2010 POV (PBS series) season and re-broadcast in 2011. He has produced a number of other award-winning films and has collaborated with Abby Ginzberg on several films.

Ken Schneider | Editor


Ken Schneider was the editor on Connie Field’s seven-part series on the history of the anti-apartheid movement, Have You Heard from Johannesburg? A documentary film producer and editor, Ken has edited 20 feature-length films, about war and peace, artists’ lives, American history, and contemporary social issues.  Films he edited have won an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit, top awards at Sundance, other major festival awards, and have been nominated for an Oscar and additional Emmys. His film, Speaking in Tongues, about bi-lingual education won the audience award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In addition to co-directing, co-producing, and editing recent PatchWorks' films, SPEAKING IN TONGUES and HAVANA CURVEBALL, Schneider has edited 30 feature-length documentaries for other filmmakers that have been recognized by an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit, top awards at Sundance and other major festival awards, and been nominated for an Oscar and additional Emmys. Noteworthy projects include: SOFT VENGEANCE, HAVE YOU HEARD FROM JOHANNESBURG, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE, THE GOOD WAR AND THOSE WHO REFUSED TO FIGHT IT, RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY, STORE WARS, SCHOOL COLORS, and BOLINAO 52.

Berkeley Sound Artists | Sound design


James LeBrecht is an award-winning sound designer for film, games and exhibitions. In 1996, James founded Berkeley Sound Artists, a complete audio postproduction facility, located in the Zaentz Media Center. Berkeley Sound's extensive feature and documentary film portfolio includes Academy Award™ winner The Blood of Yingzhou District, Daughter from Danang, We were here, The Devil and Daniel Johnston and The Barber of Birmingham. Game credits include work for Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Midway Studios-Austin. BSA's involvement in live events has taken them to the Webby Awards, numerous E3 Conventions in Los Angeles, the California State Capitol Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. LeBrecht is a frequent lecturer on the subject of audio for film.

Colorflow Post-Production facility


(Post-production facility on The Kill Team, A River Changes Course and The Barber of Birmingham)

Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg has been producing and directing award-winning documentary films for nearly three decades . Her work has focused on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination and social justice issues, and has been screened at film festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally.


Her most recent feature-length documentary, SOFT VENGEANCE: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, was an official selection at IFP in 2013 and premiered at Full Frame in the US and is currently traveling internationally throughout the festival circuit, where it has screened at the Berkshire International Film Festival, AFI Docs in Washington, DC, the Durban International Film Festival. It  won the People's Choice Award from the Vancouver South African Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best International Documentary from the Encounters Film Festival in South Africa.


Abby is currently in post-production on AGENTS OF CHANGE, co-produced with Frank Dawson which features actor/activist Danny Glover, sociologist and sports expert, Harry Edwards, among many others. This film seeks to tell the untold story of the civil rights movement on college campuses, particularly at  San Francisco State and Cornell, as emblematic examples of protests taking place all over the United States challenging the status quo and creating demands for black studies programs and increased minority representation on campus


Abby was Consulting Producer on THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM, produced by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday, which was an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award in the Short Documentary category and was part of the 2012 POV television series on public television.


Abby's feature-length documentary, CRUZ REYNOSO: Sowing the Seeds of Justice won Accolade and Davey Awards and screened at the Cine las Americas, Mill Valley, Boston Latino, Chicago Latino, Santa Cruz and Havana Film Festivals. It wonthe Best Feature Documentary Award from the Sacramento Film and Music Festival. It also screened at the Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires and in Montevideo, Uruguay. The film received major support from Cal Humanities and Latino Public Broadcasting.


SOUL OF JUSTICE: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey is another award winning documentary which  profiles one of the first African American federal judges whose fearless efforts to make real the promise of the US Constitution for all Americans has won him praise and opposition. Winner of a Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association and a CINE Golden Eagle, the film has been featured at film festivals and broadcast on public television stations and become a staple of Black History Month programming.


Abby has also produced numerous award-winning films documenting the successes of programs for at-risk and under served youth that deserve, but rarely get public attention. These films, whose “stars” include college bound low income students in VANGUARD IN THE VANGUARD, graduates of successful drug court programs in recovering lives, uncovering dreams and A TALE OF TWO CITIES and AmeriCorps members in EVERYDAY HEROES, co-produced with Rick Goldsmith.  Without her sensitivity and her tenacity, these compelling stories would never be told.


Her work documenting the need to increase HIV screening in cities across the country has culminated in a trio of films--GET SCREENED OAKLAND; THE BRONX KNOWS and TEST MIAMI.  Abby also produced the Opening Session film for the 2012 International AIDS conference in Washington, DC , entitled TURNING THE TIDE.


Profiling another unsung hero of the legal profession, Abby produced and directed DOING JUSTICE: The LIfe and Trials of Arthur Kinoy which portrayed civil rights lawyer Kinoy’s landmark cases which began with the Rosenberg case and continued through Watergate. The film has become a staple in law schools helping to inspire the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”


Abby's interest in justice and her efforts to shine a spotlight on important legal themes stems from having started her career as an attorney. In 2014, Abby directed the half hour dramatic film entitled, WALK THE WALK, which is designed to jump start a conversation about how to confront and overcome the current obstacles to creating a truly diverse work force within the legal profession. The film was sponsored by the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation.


Abby is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has given out over $700,000 to local filmmakers in the past 6 years. She is on the Board of Advisors for The Impact Fund; the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project. She has received a Champion of Justice award from the National Lawyers Guild and was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008.