About the Filmmakers

Viviane Silvera

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Director/Writer/Producer/Painter: Viviane Silvera’s hand-painted videos have been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MGM National Harbor, Sarah Lawrence College, the 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 the Imagine Science Film Festival, among others. 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 Museum of Design. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Painting from the Edward Hopper House.


Jon Cornick

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Producer: Jon Cornick is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer. He produced of State and Maine by David Mamet, The Scarlet 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. His most recent release is the feature film Bolden with executive producer Wynton Marsalis. Jon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and is an avid photographer.


Michal Jarosik

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Co- Producer:  Michal Jarosik holds an MA in Film Production from Silesia University, Poland and a certificate from the Postgraduate Program of Business Psychology for Managers at Kozminski University in Warsaw, 2009, as well as certificate from the Professional Program in Producing from University of California, Los Angeles, 2018. He worked as TVC production manager and TVC producer in Odeon Film Studio, Warsaw. In 2009 he created MojoFilms where he produced over 300 TV and digital content commercials and music videos. Clients include Coca Cola, Heineken, L'Oreal, Diageo, Nikon, Kia, Sanofi Aventis.


Thomas Rivera Montes

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Editor: Thomas Rivera Montes recently edited The Gospel According to Andre, a documentary about the life of Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, which premiered at TIFF, and he recently edited, The Great Hack, Karim Amir and Jehane Noujaime's Sundance release, on Netflix in 2019. Other 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) Film Forum Premiere 2017. He also worked on Viviane Silvera’s See Memory, a stop motion animation featuring Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel.


Daniella Schiller, PhD

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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

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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.


Gillian Gordon

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Distribution Advisor:  Gillian Gordon is the executive director of the Sag Harbor Cinema. She is former chief operating officer of Harmony Pictures in Los Angeles and was a trustee and co-chair of Filmaid UK. She has also served as the executive director of the charity, Youth Culture TV; has been a film festival judge for BAFTA, mentored young filmmakers as a film consultant for the Singapore Media Development Agency; and has produced successful television drama for BBC and ITV, among others. As director of graduate studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, Gordon, who is a graduate of New York University, led a program in practical creative producing as well as screenwriting, script development, production management and global film finance. As an associate arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia from 2009 to 2012, she chaired the graduate international media producing program in Singapore.