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Producer and Director 
Tina Traster is a socially-conscious, award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her 30-minute documentary, This House Matters, is an examination on historic preservation in the Hudson Valley. The film has screened at the YoFi Film Festival, the Kingston Film Festival, the Hoboken International Film Festival, and the Nyack Film Festival. Traster's work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Redbook, Family Circle, Parade, Time Out New York, Audubon, Ski Magazine and many others. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder. Since 2006, Traster has written the "Burb Appeal" column for The New York Post.

Writer, Editor, and Producer

Lennon Nersesian is the editor of the award-winning 2014 documentary, TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO, which was awarded the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary at ARPA International Film Festival, and the prestigious Best of Fest honors at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He is also the editor of the feature documentary, IN OUR BACKYARD, exposing sex trafficking in Brooklyn. The film garnered Best Feature Documentary and the Audience Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and is a Silver Spotlight Winner for the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. In addition to filmmaking, Lennon is a published author of four novels, THE GREEN DOOR, ATOM, THE PALISADES, and DIARY OF A PICKY EATER. Lennon has written several award-winning screenplays, including NATIONAL PASTIME, winner of the 2005 Expose It! Comedy Screenwriting Competition and the teleplay, ATOM, second rounder in the Sundance Episodic Story Lab Competition and finalist at the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. Lennon Nersesian is a graduate of Fordham University, where he won first prize at the inaugural Fordham Film Festival and wrote, produced, and directed three plays performed on Fordham’s stage.

 

Lennon teaches a film budgeting and film editing lab at Sarah Lawrence College.

Cinematographer
Karin Hayes is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has done camerawork for all of her films including: “We’re Not Broke” (Sundance Film Festival / Netflix), “The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt” (HBO / CNN Presents), “Held Hostage in Colombia” (History / CBS / SundanceTV), “Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship” (PBS / MPT). Hayes shot for the Emmy-winning PBS POV documentary “When I Walk,” among others. She is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the International Documentary Association.