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 MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C, University of Mary Washington, Davidson College, 4Culture in Pioneer Square, Seattle and Cube Art Project - Union Bank in Lincoln, NE.  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 and the winner of the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award from the National Academy of Design. She recently 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 work includes State and Maine by David Mamet and Nuremberg starring Alec Baldwin, for which he won the Gemini award for outstanding mini series. He has raised over 80 million dollars in independent financing for his projects. 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


Co Producer:  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


Co Producer: 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.

Staley Dietrich


Editor: Staley is an editor who started in commercials but is passionate about documentary film. He has been fortunate enough to work with some excellent directors in the genre, including Morgan Spurlock, Ric Burns, and Bret Morgen.  His most recent work includes acclaimed documentaries Tickling Giants and The Dwarvenaut.  Staley also does visual effects for commercials and film, and is coordinating the animation for Feel Memory.

Christina Li

Production Assistant: Christina has a B.A in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, where she focused her studies on human rights, communication, and journalism. She is currently working on filming and editing documentary shorts and feature films.

Oona Taper


Animator: Oona is a multimedia artist and experimental animator. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tufts University, where she graduated magna cum laude and a B.F.A from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her recent film Matter Out of Place has been screened at national and international film festivals. 

Jennifer Gyr

Consultant : Jennifer was the curator and archivist for the estate of photographer Horst P Horst and consultant on a retrospective exhibition of his work at The National Portrait Gallery in London along with the accompanying book, Horst: Portraits. Other books she has consulted on include; Beaton Portraits, The World's Most Photographed and Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. Jennifer was a photography consultant on the American Master’s, PBS film; Marilyn: Still Life in 2006. 

Ann Clark Priftis

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Consultant: Ann owns Clark Priftis Art LLC, whose corporate clients include Ameriprise Financial, Fox and Rothschild and White and Case.  As the Head of Art for The Faberge Big Egg Hunt New York in 2014, Ann coordinated the creation and sale of over 250 eggs created by Jeff Koons, Pat Steir, BHQ Foundation, Krink, DFace, and others to raise over $2.5M for charity. Ann represents artists and collaborates with brands, including lululemon athletica, Red Bull and Converse for art-based projects. Prior, Ann was Executive Director of the non profit, Defy Ventures. She sits on the board of Section1: Project in Baltimore and SAMS at the Seattle Art Museum.  She was associate producer on the short film Nothing Happened.