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David Cassidy has produced documentary series and features with Barbara Kopple and Cabin Creek Films for over ten years. He recently produced Running from Crazy (OWN, 2013) which had its’ world premiere at Sundance 2013. Engaging his passion for baseball, Cassidy produced The House of Steinbrenner (ESPN, 2010) which aired as part of ESPN's Peabody Award Winning 30 for 30 series. He produced the verite documentary Shut Up & Sing, produced & directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (2006), about the Dixie Chicks. Cassidy served as Co-Producer on the recently aired documentary, Gun Fight, which examined the varied debate about guns throughout America. Cassidy directed and produced the documentary feature One Small Step: The Story of the Space Chimps (2003) with Kristin Davy, about the chimpanzees used by NASA in the space race and what became of them. He began his career in documentary independently but moved on to work with Cabin Creek Films where he was part of the producing team behind the A&E Indie feature Bearing Witness (A&E, 2004), the VH1 verite documentary series I Married… (VH1, 2003-2006) and he co-produced a segment of HBO's Governor’s Award Winning special on Addiction (HBO, 2007). Cassidy continues to produce with Cabin Creek Films where he is currently working on a broad development slate. Outside the office he lives in Red Bank, New Jersey with his wife and three cats and is proud to serve as a volunteer firefighter. He recently entered the world of fatherhood (Dashiel Liam, 2010) and is enjoying the beauty that comes with discovering things for the first time all over again.

Maureen Dougherty studied fine art at Carnegie Mellon University and the NY Studio School. She has spent the past twenty-five years in the film industry, the last five of which at Cabin Creek Center. In 2003, her own production company, MOJO FILMS INC was incorporated. Currently two films are in production: “Failure is not an Option” is about the Abysinian Development Corporation’s creation of the first high school to be built in Harlem in over fifty years (the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change), which opened on the 50th Anniversary of Brown Vs the Board of Ed, and “Listening to the Mountain,” which is about the first US Outward Bound instructor Tap Tapley and the future of outdoor education in today’s virtual world.

Ray Nowosielski has been a producer in the documentary film, television, and commercial worlds for nearly twenty years. Growing up in the Midwest, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia College Chicago. He has lived in Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and his current home New York City. Nowosielski arrived at Cabin Creek Films in 2014 following his time as a freelance producer with the Emmy-winning docu-series VICE on HBO. He has produced commercials for Fortune 500 companies including Verizon Wireless, DELL, and Office Depot, specializing in non-fiction and reality spots. Nowosielski was senior producer for the Emmy-winning docu shingle Globalvision and is proud to have worked in various capacities with some of the most esteemed individuals in the documentary field, including Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Kurt Engfehr, Patrick Creadon, Christine O’Malley, Jeff Scheftel, Rory O’Connor, Danny Schechter and, of course, Barbara Kopple. As an investigative journalist, he has written pieces for Salon and Truth-Out and contributed to articles for The Daily Beast, Gawker, The Intercept and Newsweek.

Jen Ackerman graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She knew she wanted to do something that created change so she started with a Social Work background to provide a foundation for civic progress. She recently graduated from Hofstra University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Documentary Studies and Production because she believes film as the vehicle for that change. After completing an internship with Cabin Creek Films, Jen joined the company as an Associate Producer and has currently taken over as the Post-Production Supervisor. Jen’s short form work has been featured in over 20 film festivals nationally and internationally. Jen continutes to work on deveopling short form content in the hopes making some type of difference, somewhere. TV.

Michelle Purpura graduated with honors from SUNY College at Old Westbury earning her B.A. in Media and Communications. She has worked for The Bill Cunningham Show and She joined Cabin Creek Films in 2016 as an assistant editor. Michelle has been filming and editing her own films for 10 years. Aside from filmmaking, she loves to paint and draw in her spare time.

Christy Lamberjack graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Film/Video. She is credited on several feature and short films, joining Cabin Creek as an Associate Producer in 2016. Aside from filmmaking, her other interests include snowboarding, running and writing.

Eric Forman is a NY based documentary filmmaker. He has played an active role in many areas of documentary programming, from development, through production, post, distribution and outreach. Projects have ranged from large-scale documentaries with national television premieres and successful theatrical runs, to multi-part prime-time documentary TV series, to smaller films that went on the festival circuit and built an audience through DVD sales and online marketing. Notable credits include: Associate Producer – YOUNG & RESTLESS IN CHINA (PBS Frontline, 2008); Archival Producer TEENAGE PAPARAZZO (HBO, 2011); Coordinating Producer – RISK TAKERS (BloombergTV, 2011) and MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA (PBS/AOL, 2012); Co-Producer – PATROLMAN P (DIRECTV, 2012); Line Producer – MY ITALIAN SECRET (NETFLIX, 2014) about the untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II and SHADOWMAN about the chaotic life of legendary NY street artist Richard Hambleton. After producing for the weekly documentary news show ‘VICE on HBO’, Forman is currently producing for Barbara Kopple’s Cabin Creek Films.