Dempsey Rice - Director/Producer

Dempsey Rice is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Like Dr. Sacks, listening is at the heart of Dempsey’s documentary work -- she believes that we all have a story to tell and that those stories should be heard. Her documentary projects are acts of listening to and documenting personal stories. In this work she explores who we are, why we do what we do and what we choose to make of our lives.

Her documentary film Daughter of Suicide played at film festivals around the world and premiered on HBO in 2000.  It went on to win multiple awards for mental health programming.  Her most recent documentary work, The Listening Project: Brooklyn, explores universal themes through individual stories.  It broadcast on Brooklyn Independent Media in NYC.  In 2003, Dempsey received a New York Emmy award as Series Producer of the youth documentary series IMNY.

Dempsey first met Oliver Sacks in 2002 as a Producer for the Public Radio program The Infinite Mind.  Their first videotaped interview was in 2003. Over the course of their interviews together, Dempsey captured something of Sacks that no one else has on tape:  the man behind the famous neurologist and author.  These interviews document the ways in which Sacks thought, analyzed, and articulated ideas and discoveries.  We see a scientist enthralled by neurological disturbance and a man who speaks passionately about his life and work.  

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Lori Cheatle - Producer

Lori Cheatle founded Hard Working Movies, an independent production company based in Brooklyn, NY, that produces stories that are bold, creative and entertaining, focusing on high-profile, documentary features and series. HWM’s films have screened at all the top international film festivals, in theaters and on platforms around the world.  Titles include MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. dir. by Steve Loveridge, winner of a Special Jury award at Sundance 2018; I AM ANOTHER YOU by Nanfu Wang, which won two jury awards at SXSW before its release by FilmRise and Independent Lens; KIKI, directed by Sara Jordeno (IFC Films/Sundance Selcts) premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival before screening at festivals in 70 countries. KIKI won a Berlin Teddy Award, the Kathleen Edwards Bryant Award for Human Rights, the Emerging Artist Award from Outfest, and Independent Spirit Award and GLAAD Award nominations; CAPTIVATED THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART, (Dir. Jeremiah Zagar) for HBO and Sky Atlantic, and three films by Doug Block- the audience favorite 112 WEDDDINGS (HBO, BBC, Dogwoof, ZDF/Arte), THE KIDS GROW UP (HBO, Channel 4) and 51 BIRCH STREET (HBO) which was on several Best of 2006 lists, including The New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year.

Hannah Buck - Editor

Hannah Buck is a New York-based editor with a background in visual arts. Hannah's artistic sensibility informs her approach to editing film. Since moving to New York in 2011 Hannah has edited several award winning films, with a focus on creative non-fiction cinema. Her recent credits include The Proposal (Tribeca 2018), directed by Jill Magid and produced by Field of Vision, Chef Flynn (Sundance 2018), directed by Cameron Yates, and Black Memorabilia(MoMA Doc Fortnight 2018), directed by Chico Colvard. In 2014 Hannah was awarded a MacDowell Colony Residency Fellowship to edit Memories of a Penitent Heart (Tribeca, 2016), directed by Cecilia Aldarondo, which broadcast on POV in 2017.Earlier credits include Terence Nance's documentary series Triptych (PBS, 2015), as well as Nance's acclaimed debut feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Sundance, 2012) for which she was an animator. Hannah has been a fellow at the Sundance Edit and Story Lab and a consultant for the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Program. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, The Jerome foundation, Women Make Movies and the Tribeca Film Fund.

Jonathan Corbiere - Director of Animation

Jonathon is a Creative Director/Co-Founder of Thought Café and is educated in graphic design, film and visual effects. He has taught Masters students in the Digital Media graduate program at UBC/Emily Carr and has over 6 years of managing creatives in a studio environment. Through serving in the Canadian Forces as well as founding various start-ups Jonathon is a natural leader. During his early years of freelance work in the film, television and advertising industry, Jonathon realized that communicators have an inherent responsibility to spread important and relevant knowledge with their mediums. He co-founded Thought Café on the simple idea that he could help pave space in the industry for like-minded creatives, who too wished to work on socially relevant projects.

Thought Café - Animation Team

Thought Café sets itself apart from many other animation and visual effects studios by focusing our skills and conceptions on concrete fundamental design and communication principles. Our studio currently houses 20 artists, animators, and designers, consistently outputting concept-driven animation solutions that favor function and substance over pure visual stimulation. Through our work, we offer each of our clients the benefit of a unique style, look, and feel.  

Art Director: Nicholas Counter
Technical Director: Tyler Sammy
Lead Animator: Adam Winnik
Animation team: Adam Winnik, Nick Counter, Tyler Sammy, Jonathon Corbiere
Lead Illustrator: Nicholas Counter
Illustration Team: Nicholas Counter, Adam Winnik, Vivian Rosas, Nikkie Stinchcombe

Kate Edgar - Executive Producer

Kate Edgar was named the Executive Director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation following the death of Dr. Sacks in August 2015. Ms. Edgar began working for Dr. Sacks in 1983. For more than three decades, she collaborated with him as editor, researcher, assistant and friend. In addition to working on Dr. Sacks’ books, she has consulted television programs and feature films based on his work.

Joanne Nerenberg - Co-Producer

Joanne Nerenberg works on all aspects of documentary film as a producer, director and editor. She is the co-creator of move it! A dance TV show for kids sold to Sesame Workshop in 2003. Joanne has produced video for Harvard University, The New York Historical Society, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and The Lincoln Institute in Cambridge, MA. She is currently producing a new documentary film by Lizzie Gottlieb, featuring writer Robert Caro and his legendary editor Bob Gottlieb. 

Michael Hearst - Composer

Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. His film scores include Chicken People, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, To Be Takei, Magic Camp, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, The Good Mother, and The House of Suh. Hearst is co-founder of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums. As a solo artist, his projects include Songs For Extraordinary People, Songs For Unusual Creatures, Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, and Songs For Fearful Flyers. He is also the author of the books Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, and Curious Constructions, as well as co-director and host of the PBS Digital series Songs For Unusual Creatures.