GLENN HOLSTEN, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Glenn is an award-winning director of documentary films.
The Barefoot Artist, about global artist Lily Yeh, was filmed on four continents and had its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles in December, 2014 and is currently available on Netflix. His most recent national broadcast on PBS, The Barnes Collection, follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. SEE, a film that he created in collaboration with painters Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby premiered at the Camden Film Festival in 2013.
He directed an eight-part series titled Women In Chemistry, about pioneering women chemists for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Women In Chemistry appeared on public television as a one-hour television special, as will Scientists You Must Know, a documentary about the people behind the discoveries that changed our world.
Other long-form documentary directing credits include OC87: The Obsessive-Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, (theatrical release, 2012, Netflix); Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968, (OVATION, 2010); Saint of 9/11, about Father Mychal Judge, the beloved chaplain to the NYC Fire Dept. (Tribeca Film Festival, IFC theatrical release, 2006, Netflix); Gay Pioneers (PBS, 2005); JIM IN BOLD, which harnesses the power of young voices to reveal the challenges and triumphs of being young and gay in America; Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life (PBS, 2001), a lyrical examination of America through the eyes of the 19th century painter; and HOUSE, a 30-minute film about The Korman Residence in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that was famed Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn’s final residential commission.
He was commissioned by both The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts to create a series of moving portraits about artists and their work processes. Glenn is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. He has been awarded silver and gold awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for innovative television production. He has been honored with sixteen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. A collection of his work was exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 20th Century Video Gallery.
Glenn has directed films in China, Portugal, Kenya, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia. In 2000, he traveled to Mongolia, where he conducted a workshop for television professionals that explored creative methods for storytelling on television.
Glenn graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a B.A. in English.
DANIEL TRAUB, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Daniel is an American filmmaker and photographer who divides his time between New York City and Shanghai, China. He has been the director of photography for numerous documentaries and reports for networks and production companies including PBS, German Television ZDF and Arte. His photographic work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His images have also appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, London Telegraph Magazine, Time and Wallpaper.
ANN TEGNELL, EDITOR
Ann is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated producer–director and editor. She has worked with Glenn Holsten onHollywood Beauty Salon, The Barefoot Artist, twenty-four short films of Pew Fellows in the Arts and a bevy of non-profit projects. Long-form documentaries for public broadcast include ITVS funded Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory (Global Voices) and Mirror Dance (Independent Lens), Emmy nominated Knee Deep (American Public Television), Ballycastle (American Public Television) and A Family Gathering (The American Experience), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab.
MICHAEL AHARON, COMPOSER
Michael Aharon is an Argentina-born, Philadelphia-raised, New York-dwelling composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is the owner and principal composer at Quiver, an original music house in Manhattan.
As a songwriter, his work has been featured on TV shows including Dawson’s Creek, Dora the Explorer, and Dora and Friends: Into the City.
He was an arranger / musician on the scores for both Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia and James Foley’s film Two Bits (starring Al Pacino) and he produced the soundtrack and composed add’l music for Ed Burns’ The Brothers McMullen.
Michael has composed the scores for numerous award-winning documentary films. His most significant collaboration has been with the documentarian Glenn Holsten, with whom he has scored many films, including Jim in Bold, Saint of 9/11, OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, and The Barefoot Artist.
Michael has composed music for hundreds of TV commercials for clients including Comcast, KFC, Verizon, Samsung, Showtime, Toys ‘r Us, Modell’s, and in 2008, The Philadelphia Phillies and Barack Obama, who went on that year to win The World Series and the Presidency, respectively.
LEAH ALEXANDRA GOLDSTEIN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Leah is an artist who has fully embraced the Internet. She is a designer of web sites for art centered experiences, diverse teachers, and mental health recovery stories on OC87RecoveryDiaries.com. Leah has worked on documentary films that have screened on Ovation TV, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and on Netflix. You can see her work and sign up for her mailing list at healwithleah.com. Trained as a Reiki Master, Leah is also a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Media. Visit her website, healwithleah.com, to learn more.
WILLA ROHRER, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Willa’s professional background spans public relations, documentary film research/production, and non-profit arts administration. Before joining the Hollywood team, she was a Senior Program Associate at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, a multi-disciplinary grantmaking program funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She is currently the Program and Development Associate for PRISM Quartet, Inc., founded to commission and disseminate contemporary music for saxophones through performance, residency/outreach, and recording programs. After hours, she writes fiction and designs posters for fictional bands.