KIEF DAVIDSON (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) is an Academy Award®-nominated director who makes films that inspire and entertain. His most recent film, Bending the Arc, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation, follows Dr. Paul Farmer and his organization Partners In Health.
His previous film, the Ivory Game, follows undercover operatives and rangers who are fighting the elephant ivory cartels. Executive Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film premiered at Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and was released as a Netflix Original in November, 2016.
A Lego Brickumentary, released theatrically in 2015 by Radius/TWC and narrated by Jason Bateman, delves into the extraordinary impact of the Lego brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world.
Kief also directed Open Heart, which was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject of the 85th Academy Awards. The film took him and a small crew to the heart of Rwanda and Sudan. They followed eight children on a perilous journey to get high-risk surgery at Africa’s only high- tech, free-of-charge heart surgery hospital. The film made its US broadcast debut on HBO and internationally on ARTE Germany/France.
Kief has had international success from his award-winning feature-length documentaries Kassim the Dream and The Devil’s Miner. Kassim the Dream, about a former child soldier turned boxing champion of the world, premiered at the Tribeca film festival and won over a dozen international film festivals, including AFI, IDFA and Silver Docs. A co-production with ARTE Germany/France, the film was theatrically released by IFC Films. His first feature, The Devil’s Miner, made its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival and won over 15 awards at international film festivals including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Chicago, and Woodstock. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Director by the Directors Guild of America and won the Fipresci prize at Toronto.
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PEDRO KOS (DIRECTOR/EDITOR) is an award winning director and editor living in Los Angeles. Bending the Arc marks Pedro’s documentary feature directorial debut.
Pedro recently edited Jehane Noujaim’s Academy Award and Spirit Award nominee, The Square, which also won the DGA and IDA Award for best Feature Documentary film, the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, and earned Pedro an Emmy Award for Best Editing for a Non-Fiction program.
His other work includes editing the Academy Award nominated documentary feature Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker, for which he also won the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for best documentary editing. The film went on to win Audience Awards at both the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, and the IDA Award for best feature documentary film. Pedro also edited Ms. Walker’s documentary feature film, The Crash Reel, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival. Prior to that he edited Jon Shenk’s, The Island President (2011 Toronto Film Festival Documentary People’s Choice Award winner). Additional past work from Pedro includes Elemental, directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan, and Freida Mock’s Sing China! He also served as 2nd unit director on both projects. In 2008, Pedro was the 2nd unit director on Jessica Sanders’ March of the Living.
Pedro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and raised both there and in New York City and Miami, Florida. He received his B.A. in Theater Directing from Yale University.
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CORI SHEPHERD STERN (PRODUCER/WRITER) is an Academy Award nominated producer focused on both documentary and fiction film projects. Her most recent film, Bending the Arc, explores the epic arc of the global health rights movement through the intimate story of the extraordinary team who led the fight.
Her credits include box office and critical success Warm Bodies, released by Summit, which originated from an unpublished short story by writer Isaac Marion discovered by Cori. She also produced Open Heart, nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject of the 85th Academy Awards. The film followed eight children on a perilous journey to get high-risk surgery at Africa’s only high-tech, free-of-charge heart surgery hospital. The film made its US broadcast debut on HBO and internationally on ARTE Germany/France.
Current projects include a narrative feature film based on a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalism series, in partnership with ROCKLIN|FAUST (SPOTLIGHT). Additional projects include The Arizona Project with Miramax and Adaptive Entertainment, a narrative feature about the historic collaborative investigation by 35 journalists following the murder of journalist Don Bolles. Cori has also executive produced two virtual reality films: Collisions, which premiered at Davos and Sundance, and Francis, which premiered at the World Bank and WHO in support of world body policy change for global mental health.
In addition to film, her experience includes hands-on work as a social change strategist and social entrepreneur. She appeared in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winning documentary Sonita, working to help the young woman/rapper escape child marriage in Afghanistan and pursue her art. Cori’s social justice projects have been featured on BBC, NPR, The Today Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been a Media Advisor as part of the Skoll Foundation and Sundance Documentary Film Programs, well as a speaker at international conferences including the Skoll World Forum Stories of Change project—and the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival. She was the architect of the highly effective impact campaign for Open Heart—which resulted in a historic financial commitment and specific action plan to eradicate rheumatic heart disease in Rwanda through a public-private partnership of Skoll Foundation and the Government of Rwanda.
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