The
Diplomat

David Holbrooke

David Holbrooke is a filmmaker and programs the festival Mountainfilm in Telluride. He is currently working on a film about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke called The Diplomat.

His last film was a feature length documentary for HBO called Hard As Nails.The film is about an unusually charismatic yet controversial Catholic youth Minister named Justin Fatica. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2007 and aired on HBO in 2008.

Holbrooke has made several other films about faith including the short documentary, Freaks Like Me, which took conversations from the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions and weaved them into a tapestry that explored faith and fanaticism in these unsettled times. Before that, Holbrooke directed the short documentary, Time for a New God. Filmed at Coney Island and featuring Rabbi Irwin Kula, this walking monologue re-imagines and rethinks the role of God in our society today.

A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn features acclaimed nature photographer Jim Balog who illustrates how this relationship became so deeply damaged and how we can fix it. All of these films have played at festivals around the world and are part of an ongoing series he created called Original Thinkers. (www.originalthinkers.com)

The first Original Thinker film was Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor, which premiered at Sundance and won awards at the Tribeca and Santa Cruz Film Festivals. Produced by Holbrooke and directed by Richard Linklater, the film features underground tour guide Speed Levitch’s thoroughly original vision of what to do with Ground Zero.

Other projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra, which he directed for PBS. Holbrooke also co-produced The Trials of Henry Kissinger. He has also directed several short pieces for corporate and non-profit clients including Meredith Corporation, the Visiting Nurse Service and a proposed center for inter-religious understanding in the Middle East.

Before he became a filmmaker, he spent a year in the dotcom world developing content for the Internet. Previously he worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for the Today Show, CBS News and CNN. He also produced a show about the outdoors for PBS, U.S. Open coverage for USA Network, two Summer Olympics for NBC and was also involved in the start up of CNBC.

He has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing a narrative feature, several other documentaries and a non-fiction series.

Stacey Reiss

Stacey Reiss is an Emmy award-winning producer whose experience includes more than ten years with "Dateline NBC." Stacey has written, directed, and produced documentaries and long form programs for HBO, WNET, NBC, CNBC and National Geographic. 

Stacey produced the documentary, I KNEW IT WAS YOU, about the late actor John Cazale, best known as "Fredo" in the "Godfather" movies. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2010.

 

Other programs include VISION QUEST the documentary about an experimental treatment for blindness for which she won the prestigious Front Page Award for Best Documentary; and TREASURES OF NEW YORK: PRATT INSTITUTE, the Emmy nominated documentary for the WNET series.

She's a veteran television news producer covering major events such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina (Emmy nom), the NY Blackout (Emmy nom) and the Elizabeth Smart case (Emmy.)  Stacey has produced countless hours of long form programming, including network specials. 

Stacey also produces documentary style campaigns for a number of corporate clients including Comcast, the Reebok Foundation and Diageo.

Current projects include THE DIPLOMAT, a feature length documentary about the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, UNTITLED HILARY KNIGHT documentary, about the Eloise illustrator, for HBO, and JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT, a one hour documentary about the Jewish representative at the March on Washington. 

Stacey holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a Harvard Medical School Journalism Fellow.  

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