About the Filmmakers

Viviane Silvera


Director, Painter, Writer:  Viviane is an award winning artist and filmmaker. Her hand-painted stopmotion videos have been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. MGM National Harbor, University of Mary Washington, Davidson College, 4Culture and Cube Art Project - Union Bank. Exhibitions include the Edward Hopper House, the Albright Knox Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, The Masur Museum and The Museo de la Cuidad - Mexico. Her short film See Memory, is available on Amazon and was a selection of multiple film festivals. Her sculpture, The Fault, was made for the Women’s Studies Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where it is permanently installed. She is a two time recipient of the Chaim Gross Award, winner of Valerie Delacorte Award and the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award from the National Academy of Design. She received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House.

Jon Cornick

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Producer:  Jon Cornick is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer. His produced of State and Maine by David Mamet, The Scarlett Letter starring Demi Moore and Nuremberg starring Alec Baldwin, for which he won the Gemini award for outstanding mini series. Jon formed the production company El Dorado Pictures with Alec Baldwin and has worked with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Demi Moore, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Blake Lively and Burt Reynolds on many other films. Jon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is an avid photographer. 

Karen Silvera


Fundraising Consultant:  Karen has a degree in Journalism from New York University and began her career  as a reporter for Gralla Publications. She went on to have a 20-year career in non-profit leadership, building community engagement, designing special event programs and campaigns that have translated into highly successful fundraising campaigns. Understanding the vision of the institution and aligning her creative strategic planning with it, she has consistently exceeded targeted goals. Her campaigns have enabled the building of a one-of-a-kind STEM building for an educational institution, funded arts programming, scholarships and retained key faculty.  Karen sits on the Dean’s advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at NYU and is a prior baccalaureate graduation speaker. She is a former board president and trustee emeritus at Dwight-Englewood School.

Stuart Zuckerman


Producing Consultant: From 1998 - 2015, Stuart raised over $60 million in corporate sponsorships for national PBS programs. While most of those years were spent on Nightly Business Report and BBC World News, he also raised funds for “Washington Week”, “3 Tenors in Paris”, and “Teletubbies”. Prior to moving to the non-profit sector, Zuckerman managed national ad sales for major market TV station groups, including Metromedia, and Fox. He began his media career at local TV and radio stations in San Francisco, Boston and New York.  He holds an A.B from Dartmouth College and did graduate work in documentary film and marketing at Stanford University.

Thomas Rivera Montes


Editor: Thomas recently edited 'The Gospel According to Andre', a documentary from Magnolia Pictures which premiered at TIFF in 2017. Other editing credits include 'Bronx Gothic', a feature documentary about Bessie winner Okwui Okpokwasili from Emmy-nominated director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times and The First Monday in May), which premiered at Film Forum 2017. He has also worked on Viviane Silvera’s 'See Memory', a stop motion animation featuring Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel as well as multiple narrative shorts and feature films.

Daniella Schiller, PhD


Advisory Board: Daniela Schiller is a neuroscientist who leads the Schiller Lab for Affective Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neuroscience. She holds a Ph.D in cognitive neuroscience from Tel Aviv University and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for her research.  In 2004 she began working as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, where she led a groundbreaking study that focused on memory reconsolidation. Schiller’s work is published in journals, including The Journal of Neuroscienceand the Journal of Psychiatric Research; she served as a contributing author for several books, such as The Human Amygdala (2009). Schiller was the recipient of the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists (2010) for her research on how to rewire the brain to eradicate fear as a response to memory.

Silvana Riggio, M.D


Advisory Board: Dr. Riggio is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has won teaching awards form the Department of Psychiatry and from the Institute for Medical Education (IME). She is one of only few Mount Sinai physicians to have achieved both “Master Clinician” and “Master Educator’ status. Dr. Riggio has lectured nationally and internationally and has participated on National Committees related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Riggio is the Medical Director for the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai. She serves as an independent Neuro Trauma Consultant for the NFL. She has served on the advisory board for SAVI (Sexual Assault Violence Intervention). In 2010 she received an award from the Italian government for service in the community (Commendatore OSSI. Ordine della Solidarieta’Italiana). She has served on the NYCPS UN Committee on Women Issues around the World and is a member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health. Dr. Riggio has authored over 50 articles and book chapters, has edited 8 books and journal supplements, and co-authored one book. Dr. Riggio is a member of the advisory board for the Indian Head Injury Foundation and also for the Foundation for Education and Research in Neurologic Emergencies (FERNE). She has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on 22 grants.