Stephanie Soechtig (Director/Producer/Writer): Stephanie Soechtig (director/writer/producer) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Atlas Films. She is a 2016 Sundance Institute Catalyst fellow, and her most recent film, The Devil We Know, will premiere at Sundance in January 2018.
Under the Gun (2016) received a prolonged standing ovation when it premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Lionsgate and Epix acquired the award-winning film, which critics called “masterfully crafted” and "the best film on firearms since the 2002’s Oscar-winning doc Bowling for Columbine.”
Two years earlier, FED UP, premiered at Sundance where it was acquired by Radius/TWC and received a wide theatrical release. A New York Times Critic's Pick, many have likened FED UP to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth for the way we eat. The film spotlighted our addiction to sugar and the ensuing obesity epidemic, and succeeded in bringing the issue into the mainstream.
Stephanie's directorial debut documentary, Tapped, focused on the high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of the bottled water industry. Hailed by critics as “stunning” and “whip-smart,” Tapped swept film festivals across the country while picking up six awards for Best Documentary Feature.
Jeremy Seifert (Co-Director): Jeremy Seifert is an award-winning filmmaker and the co-director of The Devil We Know, his debut film at Sundance.
His past films, GMO OMG and DIVE! Living Off America's Waste, won over 30 awards at festivals around the world, including Best Documentary at the Environmental Media Awards. The personal nature of his films, using both heart and humor, finds instant connection with viewers and inspires real change, both personally and socially.
Jeremy has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, NPR's The Story, and has spoken at universities and conferences across the country. Jeremy is currently developing a series about makers, musicians, farmers, artists, and chefs called TRUE FOLK.
Andrea van Beuren (Executive Producer): Andrea van Beuren is the founder of Sustainable Films, a company that invests equity into non-fiction projects. Sustainable Films works with filmmakers who are telling powerful stories and raising awareness about critical issues. The company's goal is to support projects that will have a profound impact on the audiences that see them, films that will inspire social change and environmental action on a global level. Past films include Chasing Coral, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory and Emptying the Skies. Current projects with Morgan Neville, Lauren Greenfield, Laura Nix and Matt Tyrnauer (among others) are in the works.
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Kristin Lazure (Producer): Kristin Lazure is a 2016 Sundance Institute Catalyst fellow whose past three films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Devil We Know, slated to make its 2018 premiere, is an eco-thriller that tells the story of citizens in West Virginia who took on a chemical giant when they realized it was dumping a toxin into their drinking water. Kristin also served as executive producer on this film.
Variety said Under the Gun (2016), about America's gun violence epidemic, “potently combines statistics, expert commentary and personal stories into a well-researched and easy-to- consume piece of nonfiction filmmaking.”
Kristin co-produced the critically-acclaimed documentary, FED UP (2014), focusing on securing and producing on-camera expert, political, and high-profile interviews for the film.
Kristin also coordinates the social impact campaigns of Atlas' feature films. Before joining the Atlas Films team, she spent almost a decade working in television news.
Josh Kunau (Producer): Josh Kunau studied law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and after working as an attorney for a number of years, he decided to follow his love of film and his desire to bring forth issues of truth and justice. Josh’s introduction to production began with the award-winning film, DIVE!: Living off America’s Waste, which won awards at 22 film festivals around the world
Following DIVE!, Josh began producing the critically acclaimed and highly contentious documentary, GMO OMG, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival and was released in theaters across the country. During that same time, Josh worked on a number of independent projects designed at creating change, which included a series of celebrity PSA’s for the Environmental Working Group and Prop 37 in California.
Most recently, Josh produced The Devil We Know, a feature film about a West Virginia community that uncovered a toxic chemical contaminant. Prior to that, he produced Under the Gun, which tackled the devastating issue of gun violence in America. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Josh currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and daughter.
Carly Palmour (Producer): Carly Palmour is a documentary producer whose previous credits include Under the Gun and FED UP, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She recently worked as an associate producer on Eve Marson's Dr. Feelgood, and assisted with the archival portions of Sam Pollard's Two Trains Runnin'. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and is currently living in Los Angeles.
Jill Latiano Howerton (Co-Producer): With a lifelong passion for activism, and after years of working as an actress, Jill found it a natural progression to move into producing content that highlights the issues she cares about most. In 2014, she produced the highly anticipated documentary, GMO OMG (Submarine, 2014), which delves into the contentious world of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMO OMG premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, had a nationwide theatrical release and won Best Documentary at the 2014 Environmental Media Awards.
In 2016, Jill co-founded Roots Productions as an outlet to tell powerful, character-driven stories that seek to illuminate important issues of our time and foster human connection and social change.
Jill is currently co producing The Devil We Know, a documentary which follows the residents of a small town in West Virginia as they uncover the truth…that one major U.S. corporation has been dumping a toxic chemical into their water supply for decades. The Devil We Know premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2018.
Mark Monroe (Writer/Consultant): Mark Monroe is an award-ˇwinning documentary filmmaker whose theatrical writing credits include: Under the Gun, FED UP, Racing Extinction, The Summit, Who is Dayani Cristal?, Sound City, The Cove, Mission Blue, The Tillman Story, Chasing Ice, Stolen Seas, Last Play at Shea, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and writer/director of Morning Light. His latest project, Icarus, about Russian doping, was purchased by Netflix for a record-ˇbreaking $5 million.
Rod Hassler (Cinematographer): Rod Hassler is a cinematographer working out of Philadelphia and New York City. He has years of experience shooting commercial, documentary, and unscripted television content all over the globe. Rod partnered with director Jeremy Seifert for the first time on 'GMO OMG' ("attractive lensing"- Variety, "beautifully shot"-Indiewire) and has worked with him on several projects since. When he isn't holding a camera, he can usually be found in the woods foraging for mushrooms or splitting firewood.
James Andre Leche (Editor): James Andre Leche is a documentary film editor from Austin, Texas. After receiving his degree, he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and has worked primarily in documentaries. His films have ranged from social, environmental, and personal documentaries featured at multiple festivals including Tribeca, SXSW, and Sundance.
Dan Reed (Editor): As an editor on 2016's Under The Gun, this is Dan's second documentary to premiere at Sundance. A California native and resident, he has also lived in Iceland, Germany and Turkey.
Brian Lazarte (Editor): Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian Lazarte is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and documentary editor. His credits include a variety of award-winning documentaries and series. Most notably: Fed Up (Sundance 2014), Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, HBO's Emmy award-winning Sonic Highways and Showtime's Time of Death, which won IDA's Best Limited Series in 2014. Brian has also worked as an additional editor or consulting editor on several other films, including ESPN's Emmy award-winning Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau 30 for 30, Alive Inside (Sundance 2014 Audience Award) and Holy Hell (Sundance 2016). A recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker grant, Lazarte has additional credits in writing, producing and directing. His work has been seen over the last 12-years on major networks, including NBC, ABC, FOX, TNT, PBS, NAT GEO, Animal Planet, OWN, MTV and VH1.