Our Team

Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller Co-Directors

Deb and Denis’ films examine significant social and political movements. The FBI’s War on Black America is a rigorous examination of the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO program. It remains a relevant cautionary story about the dangers of government surveillance. Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train (short-listed for an Academy Award in 2005) looks at the history of social movements of the 20th century through the eyes of activist and historian Howard Zinn. Peace Has No Borders is another chapter, reflecting on the impact of social activism and war.

Alex Lisman – Principal Photography

Lisman has been actively covering the War Resisters Support Campaign efforts since 2004. He has created numerous video advocacy clips for use in social media campaigns supporting the resisters for the past 6 years. His short film, Let Them Stay: Voices of U.S. War Resisters in Canada, is featured on the NFB’s CitizenShift website

David Cohen – Consulting Editor

DAVID COHEN is an editor and filmmaker based in New York City. His short and long form work has premiered in the New York Times (Op Docs), The Nation, film festivals (SXSW, New Directors/New Films, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival) and PBS’ Independent Lens. His feature film editorial department credits include Holy Land (directed by Peter Cohn), Cooked (directed by Peabody and Sundance award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand), Radical Love, Coming Up Roses (directed by Lisa Albright, starring Bernadette Peters), The Toe Tactic (directed by Emily Hubley), and Randell Terry & Me (directed by Katherine Linton). His editorial work has garnered numerous grants, including ITVS, the MacArthur Foundation, and Sundance Documentary Fund. His own work has premiered at NYC’s Here Arts Center, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Frameline (San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival), among others. David received his B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Richard Martinez – Composer

Martinez has worked as a composer, music producer, music director and performer in New York City since his arrival in 1978. He has composed music for the documentaries The Longoria Affair, The Miracle of Spanish Harlem, Antonia Pantoja Presente!, BLAST!, The Last Conquistador, and Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. He also composed music for the film Bossa Nova, and a score for The Daytrippers, His music also appears on recordings by Dave Valentin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Al MacDowell.