A former war correspondent, Greg Barker draws on his years of experience overseas, filming and working in more than 50 countries across six continents, to make thought-provoking, character-driven documentaries about the complex world we live in. His films include the award-winning GHOSTS OF RWANDA and several other investigative films for the flagship PBS series "Frontline." SERGIO is his first feature documentary.
Julie Goldman has produced a wide range of award winning documentaries, working with a line-up of talented and acclaimed filmmakers. Her documentaries have been featured at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and London. She has recently been nominated by the Producers Guild of America for the PGA Producer of the Year Award. Julie had several films premiere in 2009, including Sergio, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power, directed by Greg Barker, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. She was a consultant on the Academy Award® winning The Cove directed by Louis Psihoyos and Matt Tyrnauer's acclaimed Valentino The Last Emperor. Julie was also Executive Producer of Sundance Audience Award winner In the Shadow of the Moon, which was released by THINKFilm. Julie recently started a new company, Motto Pictures, that produces and executive produces high-end documentary films and non-fiction programming.
Julie's combination of production and co-production expertise positions her to creatively develop projects as well as secure both funding and distribution. Her slate of films for 2010 include several films that are already in production: Hungry in America directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, 1971 directed by Johanna Hamilton and a new film with Greg Barker and John Battsek for HBO.
During her tenure as founding partner of Cactus Three, Julie executive produced a wide and varied slate of acclaimed, award winning feature
documentaries, including: Once in a Lifetime (Miramax/Pathe/BBC); Sydney Pollack's Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sony Pictures Classics/PBS); Three of Hearts (THINKFilm/NBC-Bravo); BAFTA-nominated Black Sun; Emmy®-nominated What Remains (HBO/BBC); Emmy-winning Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (PBS/BBC); SXSW Audience Award winner Cat Dancers (HBO/Channel4); Office Tigers (Sundance Channel/BBC).
Julie was Senior Vice President of Original Production and Co-production at Wellspring, where she executive produced such celebrated films as Devil's Playground (co-produced with HBO/Channel 4), Mama Africa hosted by Queen Latifah (PBS) and Grammy-nominated Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied (PBS American Masters/Channel 4).
John Battsek runs Passion Pictures' film department and is one of the most successful and prolific feature documentary producers in the UK. Having also produced a number of drama feature films, and with a background in theatrical distribution and marketing, Battsek brings
a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of filmmaking and distribution.
In 1999 John conceived and produced ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER which won an Academy Award in 2000 and an Emmy in 2001. He has since been responsible for a variety of high profile feature documentaries, all of which have achieved International theatrical distribution.
These include LIVE FOREVER (Selected for the 2005 London Film Festival); ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Nominated for the 2007 WGA Award, 2006 IDA award and selected for 2006 Berlin Film festival); BLACK SUN (Nominated for the prestigious BAFTA Award in 2007, winner Grand Jury prize 2006 Newport and Sarasota Film festival, selected for 2005 Toronto and London Film festivals) and PEACE ONE DAY (nominated 2004 BIFA Best Documentary) in 2004.
Battsek Executive Produced THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES (Winner 2004 RTS Best Sports Documentary Award); A STATE OF MIND, CROSSING THE LINE (Selected for 2007 Sundance and Berlin Film festivals); IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (Audience Award winner, 2007 Sundance Film Fest World Documentary Competition) and MY KID COULD PAINT THAT
(Selected 2007 Sundance Film Fest main competition). More recently, John has produced THE JOHN AKII-BUA STORY and SPRINT for the BBC, as well as I'M NOT DEAD YET for BBC Storyville. He has recently completed production on two films selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival: Ondi Timoner's WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and SERGIO, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power and directed by Greg Barker.
John is on the voting panel for the BIFA BestDocumentary Award and has recently been appointed Chair of the Grierson London Film Festival Documentary Award, and sits on the Grierson Trust.