MEET OUR CREATIVE TEAM
Susan Hackley – Producer & Project Director
Previously she co-founded an Internet company, Givenation.com, that enabled people to connect and contribute to causes they cared about. She also served as Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and was a speechwriter and policy analyst for political candidates.
Her work has been published in National Geographic Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report, and she has taught negotiation workshops in Slovakia, China, Singapore, Spain, Denmark, France, and Italy. She served as Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to building sustainable peace and security worldwide. She serves on the board of Trustees for Alaska, an environmental law firm.
Her son was a Marine Corps infantryman who served in Iraq. Her college boyfriend served—and died—in Vietnam.
Michael Nash – Director/Producer
Michael Nash is an Irish/American filmmaker who was an honored recipient of the Social Change Global Institute Filmmaker of the Year Award. MovieMaker Magazine named Nash one of the “Top 10 MovieMakers Of The Planet,” along with Davis Guggenheim, Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle and Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). Nash has won Senator Boxer’s Conservation Champion Award and the Neiman Marcus Environmental Visions Filmmaker Award. Nash’s most recent documentary, the multi-award winning Climate Refugees, was the only film screened by the United Nations at the recent IIEA Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and at Davos for world leaders and policymakers. Climate Refugees had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and was noted by Robert Redford in the New York Times “as an agent for social change.”
Michael has traveled with USC Anneberg/Writers Guild of America Showrunner’s Program, (including creators from Grey’s Anatomy, Touch and a Disney animation executive) illuminating environmental and health issues to storytellers around the world. Nash’s other features, Nebraska and the critically acclaimed film Fuel, won top feature film honors around the globe. Nash has two films in development/pre-production, one with Paramount Studios that he’ll direct and the other in pre-production titled Big Hope. He also has three television shows in development/production; the first is a primetime reality show with Fremantle (American Idol and America’s Got Talent), the second is a scripted sci-fi series packaged by WME and in partnership with music producer Red-1 (U2,Lady Gaga, JLo), and the third is a reality show partnership with the state of California and its prison system. In the 90’s, Nash did consulting work with NBC, TNT, and TBS.
Stephen Nemeth – Executive Producer
Stephen Nemeth is the founder of Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced 12 films and executive produced 20 others. He is also working with Amnesty International through Artists for Amnesty on developing and producing human rights related motion picture and television projects. His producer credits include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam), Dogtown and Z Boys, 2102 Sundance winner The Sessions (starring Helen Hunt), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (starring Halle Berry), What We Do Is Secret, You and I (starring Mischa Barton and directed by Roland Joffe), and Radio Free Albemuth (starring Alanis Morissette and based on the Philip K. Dick novel.)
Nemeth executive produced the documentary War Dance about Ugandan child soldiers, which was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary and won the Director’s Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; Fuel about alternative energies, which won the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Flow about the world’s water crisis, which also competed at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was screened at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions; Pick Up The Mic, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and Climate Refugees about mass migrations due to climate change, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Nemeth has worked on numerous other documentaries, including Beisbol, chronicling the rise of Latin baseball; Mr. Bitchin about artist Robert Williams; Under the Boardwalk about the game of Monopoly; A Walk on Water about the connection between autism and mercury; White Man’s Burden based on the book by William Easterly; and films about George Plimpton, Budd Schulberg, and the new wave band Devo. He serves on the boards of the Woodstock Film Festival, the Wildlife Ecostation, Wheels For Humanity, Children Uniting Nations, Shine On Sierra Leone, OneVoice, the Hollywood Film Festival, the Veggie Van Organization, the One Second Film Foundation, and the Millbrook Film Fund in Zurich, and was previously on the boards of the Prints and Drawings Department of LACMA, Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty, and Rock the Vote.
He is a partner in a new online artist community “Planet Illogica” and was a consultant for Mobile Media in Norway. He serves as a consultant for Admetech, a Harvard Medical School foundation developing prostate imaging technology. Nemeth was the recipient of 2009’s Vision Award for Documentary Producer and 2009’s Artivist Award for advocacy and production of socially conscious films. He was named one of the “Top Ten Prolific Producers in Hollywood” by The Hollywood Reporter.
Jessye Kass – Production Coordinator
Jessye Kass became interested in working with A Child’s Guide to War because of her passion for social justice issues relating to youth, empowerment, conflict and trauma. In 2013 she graduated from Brandeis University, where she studied Anthropology and African and Afro-American Studies and held several leadership positions. While an undergraduate, she co-founded a local NGO in Ghana (Attukwei Art Foundation) that provided free, therapeutic arts programming to children living in marginalized communities. While in Kenya, she worked in a health clinic and in a camp with internally displaced persons. Following graduation, she worked in Thailand on a Fulbright grant, teaching English and working at a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the sex and labor trafficking of young boys.
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