SHEILA GANZ, Director / Producer / Editor. Making PIECE OF MIND comes out of Sheila Ganz’s personal experience. Her sister lives with schizophrenia. The agonizing powerlessness Sheila felt over her sister’s need for treatment drove her to support groups at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Francisco, where she heard many different stories of family members with loved ones living with serious mental illness. “This issue was staring me in the face. I knew I had to make the film.”
Ganz’s credits include the documentary On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery The film was nominated for a regional Emmy® 2016. The film launched on public television via National Educational Telecommunications Association in August 2015, screened at film festivals and conferences and is currently in distribution to addiction / treatment / recovery programs, colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Ganz is a recipient ofthe City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors Certificate of Honor, and California State Legislature Assembly District 27 Certificate of Recognition for “Outstanding contribution for raising awareness about rehabilitation efforts for women battling substance abuse.” Ganz created a 22-page study guide to accompany the film,
Ganz’s first documentary, Unlocking the Heart of Adoption, explores the lifelong process of adoption for adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents in same race and transracial adoptions with illuminating historical background. The film aired on public television from 2003-2006 and on The Documentary Channel from 2012-2014. It is in distribution to adoption agencies and educational institutions worldwide. Ganz wrote a discussion guide and three-hour curriculum on the issues of loss and identity for the film. She received the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award, 2006.
Ganz came to make this film out of her experience as a birthmother in 1969 after becoming pregnant as the result of rape. In an attempt to move to another state, she totaled her car and fractured her pelvis at five months pregnant. After recuperating in a hospital, she went into a home for unwed mothers. She unwillingly relinquished her baby for adoption. She later found her daughter. Ganz is an activist for adoption reform and testified before the California State Judiciary Committees for adult adoptee civil rights and birthmother rights. While her first film is about adoption, Ganz wanted her next film to be about family preservation.
Ganz was an instructor at Film Arts Foundation and guest-lectured on filmmaking at City College of San Francisco and Academy of Art University from 2005-2007. She wrote two full-length stage plays, PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, about her experience as a birthmother, and LEAVING JOE, about domestic violence. Both plays had staged readings in San Francisco. Ganz attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts and BA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University. Ganz is also a martial artist, holding a black belt in Karate.
NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM, Composer, Grammy Award-winner writes music for concert halls, film and theatrical stages internationally, film scores include: THE SHATTERING, THE APOCALYPSE ACCORDING TO DORIS, JOBURG, MESMERIZE ME, BACK TO THE FRONT and TEMPORARY OBSESSION, among others, in addition to collaborative work on numerous projects including KINECT DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES, CRAFT IN AMERICAN, VITO, IN JUSTICE, AMERICAN MASTERS, ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE JR., KUNG FU PANDA 2 Video Game, THE TOURNAMENT, among others. Among her documentary film scores is ON LIFE’S TERMS: MOTHERS IN RECOVERY. Kroll-Rosenbaum won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for her work, Two Songs from DAYS OF INNOCENCE, published by Boosey & Hawkes and released by Vital Records. From 2003-2005, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as the Director of the Composers’ Forum at The Juilliard School, and as a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. As a co-founder and six-year co-director of the interdisciplinary new music group, VisionIntoArt, she collaborated on creating multimedia programming and music for over 30 productions that were presented throughout the United States. Kroll-Rosenbaum has received grants from The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, NFAA, among others. In 2009, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as co-librettist and executive music producer for the Carnegie Hall world premiere of Langston Hughes’ ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia collaboration between Jessye Norman, Laura Karpman and The Roots.
GLORIA MARTINEZ, Assistant Editor, credits include several short films and collaboration in creating social conscious videos such as Tent City, a social experiment she made with Thrive Film. Edited the independent, documentary-style television pilot episode for Teen Chef USA. In addition, she was part of the post-production team at Cisco TV, Cisco System’s internal broadcast department for two years. She does freelance editing. Gloris started pre-production on her documentary about the indigenous people of Guam (where she am from) preserving their culture despite centuries of colonization.
NANCY ERICSSON, Camera Person, has worked as a director, cinematographer and producer. She applies her natural composition and lighting abilities, and extensive still photography experience to her video productions. Her motion work, which includes online advertising, fashion videos, documentaries and interviews. Nancy is also a successful pro still photographer who shoots Fashion and Lifestyle imagery for clients like: The BBC, Eddie Bauer, Fox, The Gap, Seventeen Magazine, Parade Magazine, and Town & Country. Nancy has also photographed a number of celebrities including: Robin Williams, Russell Brand, Danny Glover, Robin Wright, Boys to Men, Tyler James Williams, Jade Anderson, and NBA star Chris Mullin. Her fine art images have been exhibited in prestigious galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
JENNIE-SUE NUCCIO, Camera Person, is an alum of Lucasfilm, NBC News, and the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Trained as an A.D. under Danielle Rigby at the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, she has worked as First A.D., Producer, and Cameraperson on a number of documentary and feature film projects. Her work as a director/producer has been seen at festivals around the globe and on the Investigation Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Biography Channel.
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