BILL HANEY -Producer/ Director/ Writer
Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning documentary and narrative features for ten years.
His most recent feature documentary, The Price of Sugar, which he wrote, produced and directed, was short-listed for the Academy Award, nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award and was the recipient of numerous other honors, including the Gabriel Award and the Audience Award at South by Southwest.
For PBS, he produced The Road to Reconciliation covering Northern Ireland’s Troubles and highlighting the contributions of victims towards peace. Also for PBS he wrote, produced and directed Gift of the Game in which US baseball players retrace a league founded by Ernest Hemingway in 1940s Havana while exploring US/Cuban relations.
The documentary, A Life Among Whales, which he directed and produced, takes a look at one man’s lifelong passion for the wild, and won numerous awards including a Silver Hugo and the Earth Watch Film Award. His feature documentary Racing Against the Clock won the Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Humanitarian Award and the Humanitarian Prize from the Senior Olympics.
Dramatic feature films written and produced by Bill include Tempesta, starring Malcolm McDowell, Crusade: A March Through Time, starring Emily Watson and winner of major prizes for best children’s film of the year in Toronto, Chicago and Dublin, and American Violet. The latter premiered at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival, won the audience prize for best feature at The Mill Valley Film Festival, the national Excellence Award from the ACLU and was released in 2009 by The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
In addition to filmmaking, Bill is founder of the eco-housing startup Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener, healthier and more affordable. He is also chairman of World Connect, a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400 developing world villages.
PETER RHODES -Writer/ Editor
Trained at the BBC in London, Peter Rhodes is a veteran editor of documentaries for PBS, the BBC and major film festivals, with over 50 credits since 1986. His recent work includes Inside the Meltdown for FRONTLINE; The Price of Sugar, short-listed for an Oscar in 2008 for Uncommon Productions; Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America for NOVA and The War that Made America, which both won Cine-Golden Eagle awards; Harvest of Fear, a FRONTLINE/NOVA co-production which won a Dupont-Columbia award in 2001; and The People v. Leo Frank, PBS, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2010 History Maker’s Conference. Additional credits for FRONTLINE include Let’s Get Married, Real Justice, Diet Wars and for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Reconstruction, Public Enemy #1, Houdini, and Race for the Superbomb. For Uncommon Productions, Peter also edited A Life Among Whales, Racing Against the Clock and Gift of the Game, which won “Best of the Fest” at the Woods Hole Film Festival.
CLARA BINGHAM -Producer
Clara is an award winning journalist and author. She is a former Newsweek White House correspondent, and the author (with Laura Leedy Gansler) of Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (Doubleday 2002). Her book was adapted into the 2005 film North Country (Warner Bros.), staring Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand. Both actresses received Oscar nominations for their roles. Class Action was a Los Angeles Times best book of the year and won the AAUW Speaking Out For Justice Award.
Bingham is also the author of Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress (Times Books 1997), and she has written for many publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Talk, The Washington Monthly, Ms., and United Press International. She is currently a contributor to The Daily Beast.
While reporting a story in West Virginia, Bingham, a Kentucky native, witnessed the destructive effects of mountaintop removal coal mining for the first time. Ever since, she has dedicated her time and energy to producing The Last Mountain.
ERIC GRUNEBAUM -Producer
Eric Grunebaum has written, produced, and directed documentary films and other media for 20 years. For Uncommon Productions he co-produced the documentaries Racing Against the Clock and A Life Among Whales, and he produced the theatrically released documentary feature The Price of Sugar, which was short-listed for the Academy Award and nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Previously, Eric was a lead producer, director and writer for museum projects at the Chedd-Angier-Lewis Production Co. His media exhibits have been installed at cultural, art and science museums nationwide including Ellis Island, the Portland Museum of Art and the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Eric has hiked in New England since he was young and has a strong connection to the White Mountains in NH, part of the Appalachians. He finds it inconceivable that the form of mineral extraction and destruction seen in The Last Mountain would be permitted anywhere else in the United States.
TIM DISNEY -Executive Producer
Tim is the executive producer of Uncommon’s documentaries The Road to Reconciliation, Gift of the Game, Racing Against the Clock, A Life Among Whales and The Price of Sugar.
His feature credits include co-writer of Oliver and Company, an animated children’s film, and producer of The Giving, which was a gold prize winner for best first feature at the 1992 Houston WorldFest.
He directed A Question of Faith, selected for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, and Tempesta, a Venice art world thriller based on the novel by Juan Manuel de Prada.
His most recent feature, American Violet, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2008, won the audience prize for best feature at The Mill Valley Film Festival, and was released in 2009 by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. He is currently at work developing a play, several feature projects and has just completed a short film, Southbound.
TIM ROCKWOOD -Executive Producer
Tim has helped produce coverage of international sporting events and critical social issues for 30 years. His credits include the Winter and Summer Olympics for ABC Sports; NBA Basketball and the Goodwill Games for Turner Broadcasting; the FIFA World Cup for German television; the Women's Health Alliance news reports for ABC Television stations; Discovery Health Channel's launch; and Avoiding Armageddon, the eight-hour PBS series on weapons of mass destruction hosted by Walter Cronkite. In addition to co-founding Solid Ground Films with Clara Bingham and executive producing The Last Mountain, Mr. Rockwood is producer of the recent documentary feature, The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women with Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
LAURA LONGSWORTH -Co-Producer
Laura Longsworth is a producer and director who has played significant roles in the making of nearly a dozen documentaries for PBS, primarily for the history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and the public affairs series FRONTLINE. Most recently, Laura directed and produced Luckey, a film for the Sundance Channel about a family coping with a devastating accident, and she produced The People v. Leo Frank, a film for PBS about a young Jewish man who was lynched in Georgia in 1915. For AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Laura produced Golden Gate Bridge and Gold Rush, which won the Erik Barnouw Prize from the Organization of American Historians for its telling of the chaotic pursuit of wealth in 19th century California. Work for FRONTLINE includes associate producing Inside The Terror Network (winner of a Columbia-DuPont gold baton) and Let’s Get Married, an essay-style documentary about some of America’s poorest citizens. Prior to making documentary films, Laura was a reporter at a daily newspaper.
JERRY RISIUS -Cinematographer
Raised on an Iowa farm, Jerry served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador in the mid-1980’s, and began working as a DP in New York in the early ‘90s. Most recently, he field produced and shot the Emmy nominated documentary, The Devil Came On Horseback and he shot much of HBO’s Brave New Voices and the soon to be released Mann v. Ford. He also shot The Price of Sugar for Uncommon Productions and two IDA Documentary of the Year projects: Our Brand is Crisis and A Walk to Beautiful, which also won an Emmy for Best Informational Documentary (Long Format) for PBS/NOVA. Jerry’s 20-year career is dedicated to documentary filmmaking and he has worked extensively with PBS (Nature, Frontline, Independent Lens, NOVA, POV), HBO, Showtime, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and UNICEF, among others. He is also a professor in the new MFA program in Social Documentary at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.
STEPHEN McCARTHY -Cinematographer
Stephen McCarthy is a Boston-based Director of Photography with over twenty five years' experience in non-fiction filmmaking. His work appears regularly in prime-time documentary series on PBS, HBO, Discovery, BBC, Channel Four Television and more.
Recently completed work includes Digital Nation for FRONTLINE, My Lai for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Master Class/Rehearsing A Dream for HBO and Faces of America with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for PBS.
For director Marco Williams, Stephen shot Banished which screened in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's documentary competition. He is currently shooting a biography of President William Jefferson Clinton for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
CLAUDIO RAGAZZI -Composer
For over fifteen years, Argentinean Claudio Ragazzi has composed for film and television and performed with respected musicians including Yo Yo Ma and Mili Bermejo. His work includes elements of jazz, Latin American and classical guitar traditions. His score for Next Stop Wonderland (Miramax) was on Billboard’s charts for three months and his score for the feature, The Blue Diner, blended Cuban and modern urban sounds. Claudio has scored numerous programs for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Telemundo, and PBS – including Sesame Street, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and NOVA. Claudio scored Uncommon’s films Gift of the Game and The Price of Sugar.