Kristi Jacobson - Founder; Director / Producer
is an award-winning director and producer of non-fiction films and television whose work has been presented nationally and internationally, both in theaters and on networks including HBO, PBS, Channel Four/UK, ESPN, ABC, CSB, A&E and Lifetime. Her work has premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Men’s Vogue, Filmmaker Magazine, Time Magazine and many others. Jacobson’s most recent film, A Place at the Table, produced by Participant Media, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in early 2013.
Lori Silverbush - Director / Producer received her Master’s Degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was chosen in 2000 to participate in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, whose graduates include Maya Angelou and Joanne Woodward. Her thesis film, Mental Hygiene, won the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2001 Deauville Festival for American Cinema and first prize in the Marie Claire Magazine Stop the Violence Film campaign, which traveled around the U.S. to help end violence against women. Silverbush is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America, East, and the Independent Feature Project. She graduated from Cornell University, with a B.S. in Communications.
The New York Times called writer-director Lori Silverbush’s first feature film, On the Outs, “shockingly fresh” in their July 2005 review. New York Newsday dubbed the film “a small miracle” and likened it to the films of directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. On the Outs had its world premiere at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival and its European debut at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. It went on to win both the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival – the first film to garner both top awards in the history of the fest – and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for best feature film under $500,000. The film was released theatrically by Polychrome Pictures in January 2006 and on DVD by Warner Bros. Home Video in April of 2006, and aired on Showtime in the winter of 2007. Silverbush has since adapted the German box-office hit FC Venus for Focus Features as part of a two picture writing/directing deal. She works as a screenwriter in New York City and is preparing to direct a feature film about the U.S. Mexico border and illegal immigration.