Executive Producer and Co-Producer/Director
Barty’s commitment to making this film originated in her personal search for her father’s hidden Saloniki-Jewish roots. When visiting the Jewish Museum in Salonika, she learned of Stavroulakis’ contributions to preserving Greek Jewish history both through physical artifacts and in his Cookbook of the Jews of Greece, where she found some of her father’s family recipes. She was deeply grateful for his contributions to her own developing Jewish identity.
New to documentary filmmaking, Barty brings to this project a rich background in studying and participating in diverse communities. For twenty years she was a member of Synanon, an intentional community modeled after the Israeli kibbutz. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation about children raised in the kibbutz-inspired Synanon School.
Barty has international development experience from her work in Benares, India. She was educator/coordinator for water quality education as part of an international project to clean the River Ganges. She created a network joining environmental teachers and students in Gettysburg, PA with their Indian counterparts. As a writing instructor for many years, Barty taught memoir and creative writing for adults in a small town in Maine. A side effect of this process was community- building. She has specialized in ethical wills, a Jewish tradition for passing on deeply held values to subsequent generations.
Co-Producer/Director and Cinematographer
Ken is an award-winning director and cinematographer whose work ranges from documentaries and independent experimental films to commercials, music videos and long formats. His work has appeared on ABC, HBO, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Recent projects include the feature length documentary, 1913 Massacre co-produced by Louis Galdieri.
To advance his interest in socially responsible filmmaking, Ross co-founded Films for Non-Profits to help charitable and benevolent organizations get their stories seen, heard and remembered. Projects include films for Habitat for Humanity, UJA and Amfar. He recently launched a new project, Legacy Portrait Films whose mission is to preserve family history.
His experimental films Blessed in Exile and Crisis in Utopia have won numerous awards and have been shown extensively in museums, film showcases and colleges around the country (e.g.- Whitney Museum, "The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000", Museum of Modern Art and PS.1). Ken was a founder of the Collective for Living Cinema, Inc., a non-profit film art center in NY and started his NY based production company, Cyclone Pictures, Inc in 1988. Ross has taught film production and aesthetics at Bard College, Vassar College and SUNY Purchase.
Phyllis started her editing career as a news and documentary editor at NBC, working on news shows such as Prime Time Live, The Today Show, Nightly News and Overnight with Linda Ellerbee. After 10 years there, she opened Figments Editorial, where she edited award-winning commercials and videos for such clients as Versace, Banana Republic, Estee Lauder, and Armani. She's also edited numerous music videos, including The Pet Shop Boys Being Boring, which won Music Week's "Best Video of the Year".
She is the senior editor for Films for Non-Profits where she edits short films that tell the inspiring stories of non-profit organizations such as the Women’s Refugee Commission, LGBT Healthlink, Amfar and Habitat for Humanity.
A sought after documentary film editor, her credits include the highly acclaimed feature documentary Broken Noses for director/ photographer Bruce Weber, as well as his short film, Gentle Giants, both of which screened at Sundance and, most recently the feature documentary 1913 Massacre based on the Woody Guthrie song for co-producers Ken Ross and Louis Galdieri. Phyllis edited 666 which won the Silver Lone Star Award for best dramatic short at the Houston International Film Festival.
Louis V. Galdieri
Louis V. Galdieri has directed film and video shoots and hundreds of interviews around the world. He has written both short and long format films and has collaborated and consulted on a broad range of film projects, from documentary to feature, from story development to post-production. His work has received support and recognition from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Puffin Foundation, among others. With Ken Ross, he wrote, co-produced and co-directed the 2012 feature-length documentary 1913 Massacre.
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