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Esther Podemski
is the producer and director of the Peasant and the Priest. Her previous film, House of the World, a documentary about the aftermath of the Holocaust, was shot in Poland, screened in Europe, and traveled throughout the United States with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Discovery Communication purchased the film for national broadcast and it was later purchased by the Jewish Broadcast Network. The film also screened at Lincoln Center and in the LA International Jewish Film Festival, as well as at numerous colleges. As a painter, Podemski has exhibited in the Pacific Northwest and in New York City. She won a painting fellowship from the New York State Council on the Arts and twice participated in the Yaddo Residency Program. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Parsons School of Design in New York and at Sarah Lawrence College.

Recent exhibitions include 5 Days in July, a two screen projection that re-visits the Newark riots of 1967.
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Kate Barkume
, Associate Producer and Associate Editor, has been a technical, administrative and creative collaborator on this project since its inception. As a post-production assistant, she has worked with New York-based clients including BBDO, Grey Worldwide, Kaplan Thaler Group agencies, USA Network, designer Donna Karan in collaboration with Gaiam, and the Foreign Policy Association.


Miriam Hess
, Assistant Producer, assisted with coordinating many aspects of production, including fundraising, research and additional writing. She remains actively involved with the distribution of the film.

For almost a decade, Miriam has worked with film in several different capacities: as an assistant to documentary filmmakers and projects, as a feature film crew member, and as an academic. She has collaborated extensively on projects with major documentary filmmakers and artists, including Eleanor Coppola, Barbara Kopple (with whom she traveled to the 2005 Munich Film Festival), Alexander Kluge, and Rosemarie Troeckl. She received a BA with honors in Cinema and Media Studies and Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago, and continued her academic studies as a graduate fellow at Princeton University, where she participated in the Program for Media and Modernity and presented papers on early cinema at university seminars, conferences and colloquia in the US and internationally. Prior to this, she worked in various capacities both in the production office and on set during the filming and pre-production of Sofia Coppola's Marie-Antoinette and The Making of Marie-Antoinette in Paris, and as a member of the art department on Mike Mills' debut feature Thumbsucker. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her gigantic dog, Ira.


Photo by John Campbell

Federico Marsicano
, Cinematographer, lives in Rome and has been an important collaborator on this project. Mr. Marsicano has worked for Italian television (REI) and Arabian Television, and has served as director of photography on numerous feature films and documentaries in America. His credits include The Devil and Daniel Webster, directed by Alec Baldwin, L’aria salata (The Salty Air), directed by A. Angelini, and Edo e Sam, an
E & S Production.


Gregory Loser
, Supervising Editor and Motion Graphics, was also the co-editor for the documentary film Moving Midway. This film screened in competition at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the New Director’s Festival in New York and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film was also released theatrically in New York. Greg Loser also wrote, directed, edited and co-produced End of the Season, which screened in festivals, including the Woods Hole Film Festival. He also produced and directed Worth It, a documentary about the creative process.

Daniel Lawren
, Co-Editor, was also one of the Co-Editors for Buried Above Ground. The documentary film, which explores the harrowing stories of four Americans living with these burdens of PTSD—a combat-wounded Army Captain returning from Iraq with a Purple Heart, a child having witnessed repeated community violence, a native New Orleanian survivor of Hurricane Katrina, and a rape/domestic violence survivor. Daniel also has been an editor for Consuelo Mack Wealthtrack, a financial news program for PBS. He edited a feature-length documentary on the epidemic of HIV within teen communities of color entitled America's Shadows, directed and produced by social activist Tchaiko Omawale. At Bad Boy Films, Lawren worked on the Citizen Change voter registration drive for Sean "Diddy" Combs, as well as a documentary on the world of mix-tape DJ's. Daniel’s other post-production work includes Assistant Editor positions on two films which were official selections at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival: The Lost Son of Havana for Hock Films, which won Best Film at the 2009 Baseball Film Festival, and then aired on ESPN, as well as Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio’s Cropsey for Ghost Robot Films.

Issar Shulman
, Composer, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Shulman has been a member of the Israeli opera orchestra for five years. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of music composition for the HBO documentary film To Die in Jerusalem, directed by Hilla Medalia. Issar Shulman is a principal bass player in the Herzelia chamber orchestra and has scored many major TV programs, movies, plays and dance shows.


Esther Regelson
, Sound Designer and Recordist, has directed and edited sound for film and radio for over twenty years. Her audio-documentary 109 on 9/11, about her neighbors’ experiences in Lower Manhattan during the Twin Towers attack on 9/11, has aired on numerous radio stations across the country. She has edited documentary and feature films for television and theatrical release. Recently, she edited dialogue for Kings on NBC and ADR for Night Catches Us, a narrative feature. This year she recorded sound for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and video for the All Eyes on the Gulf Expedition, documenting the effects of the BP oil spill on wildlife.


Simona Rodano, Narrator, completed her voice training at the International Music Academy of Milan and has a diploma in Acting from the Conservatory Centro Teatro Attivo (Milan). Prior to her training at the conservatory, she received a Masters degree in Science (Biology) from the University of Torino. She began her performing career on RAI television in Italy where she worked as an actress and singer in one of the most popular Italian TV shows: Ci vediamo in TV. Between 2002 and 2005, Ms. Rodano worked with one of the best-known theatre companies in Italy, “ Compagnia della Rancia.”


Andrea Carlisle
, Writer, published a book of fiction, The Riverhouse Stories. Short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Northwest Review, Calyx, Chicago Tribune, Texas Observer, Willow Springs, Seattle Weekly, Mountain Living, Funny Times, The Ledge, Melusine, and various other publications, both regional (Northwest) and national.

She co-authored and co-directed a video program on disability called Looking Up. This video won a first place award at the John Muir Medical Film Festival, honorable mention at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and was a finalist at the American Film Festival.


John Campbell,
Cinematographer, has worked as the Director of Photography on numerous features, documentaries and commercial films. Campbell’s work is impressive. In 1987 he received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award in part for his original use of black and white reversal in Mala Noche. After years of languishing in search of music clearance, Mala Noche finally became distributable and opened in a general release in France in 2009. It showed at Cannes at the Director's Fortnight and is hailed as one of the premiere films in the international independent film movement.

In 1991, Campbell was Director of Photography for the feature film My Own Private Idaho (Criterion Collection), which has become a classic of independent cinema. He has served as Director of Photography on many feature films including: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Gus Van Sant, The New Age by Michael Tolkin (Telluride), and two films nominated for Academy Awards: The Duke of Groove by Griffin Dunne, and Partners by Peter Weller.
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