Neal Broffman grew up in his father’s photographic darkroom where he was mesmerized by the powerful and iconic images of the American Civil Rights Movement his father had taken. For more than two decades Neal has been filming and documenting stories around the world and that early and influential aesthetic informs his work to this day.
Neal’s decade with CNN International, while based in London, Rome and Moscow took him to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East where he covered wars, elections, famines and upheaval in more than forty countries and where he solidified his credentials as a journalist.
Working with One Production Place since its founding in 2001, Broffman’s work has received many domestic and international awards. Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South was featured in the Arte Cinema Festival of Contemporary Arts in Naples, Italy in October 2013 and was screened in Paris at the prestigious Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Hot Spots received a 2012 southeast Emmy nomination for best documentary.
Voices of Freedom, produced for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of a comprehensive exhibition of Civil Rights Movement photographs, won the 2009 CINE Special Jury Prize for best in class and was screened at The Field Museum in Chicago, The Smithsonian Institution, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and The Bronx Museum.
Elisa Gambino brings to bear an extraordinary journalistic foundation to her film productions. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Gulf War in 1990 from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Somalia, Elisa was there. Her work in Somalia was recognized with a News and Documentary Emmy Award.
Based first in Rome and then in Moscow, Elisa spent 15 years chronicling world events for CNN International. She interviewed Nelson Mandela, Yasser Arafat, refugees in Bosnia, war criminals in Serbia and South Africans in Johannesburg celebrating their first free vote.
Founded in 2001, One Production Place, her Atlanta-based company, produces award-winning short films for organizations on issues related to human rights, public health and the arts.
Elisa’s recent work took her across East Africa to produce a series on maternal and children’s health issues.
Heather O’Neill is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her films include two feature documentaries, the most recent, Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi.
With CNN Presents, CNN’s award-winning documentary series, Heather directed, produced and wrote more than 20 films and specials, creating powerful stories with unforgettable characters. For more than a decade, she spearheaded documentary projects for CNN around the world. From the melting ice sheet in Greenland, to conflicts across the Middle East, to the dangers journalists face covering the drug trade in Mexico.
She has earned more than a dozen major journalism awards including a News and Documentary Emmy Award, the first ever News and Documentary Emmy President’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and two Peabody Awards.
Patrick Kirst is one of Hollywood's next generation of film composers providing a fresh and a unique voice in the film music industry. He worked for Aaron Zigman on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, and Sex and the City: The Movie.
Patrick has scored numerous features, shorts, and documentaries. He has worked with composer Steve Porcaro on the PBS documentary The American Experience - John & Abigail Adams and on Lifetime's TV miniseries based on four of Nora Roberts' acclaimed novels, for which he wrote and orchestrated additional music. The short film, Have You Ever Heard About Vukovar? was shown at the prestigious Aspen and Tribeca film festivals.
After extensive studies at the Classical Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe, Germany, Patrick was awarded a national grant to do research on the perception of film music. In 2000, his journey continued abroad through a generous scholarship from Rotary International. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, followed by New York University, and then the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles where he studied under distinguished composers such as Academy Award nominee David Raksin, Golden Globe nominee Christopher Young, Jack Smalley and Grammy Award winner Joe Harnell.
In 2007 he joined the adjunct faculty at USC. He is honored to be part of the incredibly talented pool of faculty members and enjoys sharing his experience as an artist in today's highly competitive film music market.
Composer: Patrick Kirst
Carlton Eden has built his career and reputation on his skills in the edit room and on his belief that through the process of story-telling the human condition can be better understood. Carlton is highly regarded for his ability to skillfully merge concept and emotion into thought-provoking and entertaining productions.
In addition to working on national commercial campaigns from his studio in Atlanta, Carlton has also created significant pieces for Brawny in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and has worked with One Production Place on productions for Johnson & Johnson, Fistula Foundation and AmericasMart. Carlton’s documentary work with One Production Place includes Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South and The Chattahoochee: Re-imagine Our River.