Director & producer
Susan Hagedorn has been making documentary films for 10 years. Educated and practicing as a nurse practitioner, educator and qualitative researcher, as well as in media studies, Dr. Hagedorn brings a humanistic and intimate style to filmmaking. She founded Seedworks Films as the action arm of the Seedworks Fund, a 501(c)(3) private foundation whose mission is seeding social change. Deputized is her first feature-length film.
Co-director & editor
Amanda Zinoman has been working as a producer, director, writer and editor for documentary film and television for more than 25 years. Her work has appeared on PBS, HBO, Sundance Channel, ABC, Discovery and in festivals and theaters all over the world. Selected Credits: Sholem Aleichem, Laughing in the Darkness,(Theatrical Release 2011), Thunder in Guyana, the true story of a Jewish woman from Chicago who became president of Guyana, Drinking Apart, (HBO), Frontline:The Lost Children of Rockdale County and The Shvitz, a history of Russian baths in America. She was on staff at Bill Moyers NOW for 3 years. Amanda has been nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for her editing and two of her projects have won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.
Hope Reeves is a widely-published journalist currently writing for The New York Times Magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Bates College. Hope lives in New York City with her husband and three young sons. This is her first film.
Carlos is a camera operator and filmmaker. Like other crew members on this film, he also completed the Documentary Studies program at the New School. Carlos is currently working on various short narrative films and commercial projects.
Field Producer & associate editor
Selena Rhine earned a Master’s Certificate in Documentary Studies from The New School. Her first film was In Our Care, a short documentary about the lives and struggles of Caribbean and Latina nannies in New York City. In Our Care has screened at El Museo del Barrio, Anthology Film Archives, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, and the Municipal of Culture in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. She has also directed and produced videos for the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance and The International Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Before working in film, Selena worked as an outreach worker, using arts-based therapy to help adolescents recover from trauma.
Saman was born in Malawi to Iranian and English parents. Before getting her Masters Certificate in Documentary Studies from the New School in 2011 she lived throughout Africa and the U.S. working as an educator in schools and rural development projects. Her first documentary, completed in 2011, is an intimate portrait of two immigrant New York City cab drivers.
Jerry Risius is a Brooklyn-based producer/cinematographer with over 20 years of documentary and filmmaking experience. He has shot on 6 continents and his client list includes PBS (Frontline, NOVA, Wide Angle, Independent Lens, Nature, POV, etc.), HBO, Showtime, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, among others. His films have appeared in many festivals around the world, 2 of his films garnered IDA Documentary of the Year awards (“Our Brand Is Crisis’ – 2005, and “A Walk to Beautiful” 2007), one Emmy (“A Walk to Beautiful” and several Emmy nominations (“The Devil Came on Horseback”, “Anthony Bourdain/ No Reservations: Beirut”, both of which he produced and shot, a Peabody award (“Silence of the Bees” – PBS/Nature), among others.
Eric V. Hachikian is an Armenian-American composer, whose music has been hailed by the New York Times as “lovely and original.” His compositions and orchestrations can be heard in a variety of major motion pictures (Project X; 50/50; The Wrestler; New York, I Love You) and network television shows (Revenge; Entourage; How To Make It In America; The Big C; LIFE: The Series). As Creative Director and co-founder of Soundcat Productions, a music house based in New York and Los Angeles, Eric has written and produced music for national and international ad campaigns including Schick Razors, Budweiser, Oreo Cookies, Charles Schwab, Macy’s, BMW, Kate Spade, Maxwell House, Mountain Dew, Wendy’s, Ford, among many others. Eric has also written for Off-Broadway productions, and his compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Pops Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and The Getty in Los Angeles. A classically trained composer, as well as a self-taught DJ and perpetual student of world music, Eric’s musical instincts have no boundaries, and his multi-genre interests result in a unique and personal sound.