Bios

Director/Producer

Sam Lee has been working in film for fourteen years. Originally from Wales, she moved to New York to take up a teaching post in Harlem. After five years she changed careers, working in a commercial editing house for two years before moving into television. She has since edited and produced numerous projects for NBC News, CBS News, The Learning Channel, Bravo, VH1 and MTV. In addition, she has edited a number of promotional films for non-profit organizations, most notably, Amnesty International. In early 2000, Sam began working on feature documentary films. Her projects include; Trading Women, a film which focuses on sex trafficking of minority women in South East Asia and was released on PBS in April 2003. She co-directed and edited Pleasure and Pain, a 90-minute film on the musician Ben Harper that was released on DVD and distributed by 7th Art Releasing nationwide. She field-produced and edited 270 Miles from Graceland, a two-hour concert film on the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Tennessee. In 2002, Sam directed and produced her first feature documentary, The Perfect Life which premiered at the Slamdance film festival in 2006 and has since had a television premiere and been released on DVD. In 2008, Sam traveled for a year in India and South East Asia and it was a chance encounter with two clowns on a roof in Kolkotta, which lead to her current documentary project, Send in the Clowns. Sam continues to work on a number of highly rated reality and comedy shows for various television networks while pursuing her documentary career.

Producer

Nancy Roth has been working in documentary film production since 1999. Her most recent project took her to Nepal to document the work of an NGO creating health clinics in remote Himalayan villages. Prior to this she produced Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, which won the Best New Documentary Filmmaker award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, was acquired for broadcast by HBO and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010; When I Came Home, which won the NY Loves Film Documentary Award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival; Sam Lee’s The Perfect Life, which premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and has been distributed on DVD; Occupation: Dreamland, which was released theatrically in 2005, won the 2006 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award and aired on the Sundance Channel, and Pack, Strap, Swallow which also aired on the Sundance Channel. She co-produced Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which aired on the Independent Lens Series on PBS in 2003. Prior to this, Nancy worked in narrative feature production and earned a BA in Film from Hunter College (C.U.N.Y) in New York City.

Producer

Brooke Stevens has made her mark at a wide range of networks including ABC, A&E, Discovery Channel, WE, Style, E!. At MTV she produced multiple shows, including back-to-back episodes of MADE, for which the show won an Emmy Award in 2006. Two seasons as a Producer on Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane that won a WIN award in 2007. Most recently She has worked on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C. and a daytime talk show pilot for Sony Pictures. Along with the documentary Send in the Clowns, Brooke is working to produce a mini-series about WASPs, the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII. In addition, she is developing several television series.

Producer

Michelle Schiefen has worked in the film and television industry for nearly 15 years, having produced shows for channels including ABC, Food Network, VH1, and MTV. Most recently she has worked as a Supervising Producer for MTV’s docu-series, World of Jenks, which won a 2011 Banff World Media Award. In addition to producing, Michelle has written multiple television and film scripts with writing partner and Send in the Clowns director, Sam Lee. She is currently a Supervising Producer on a new docu-series, Washington Heights, and is developing the docu-series, Generation Zero, with filmmaker, Shima Razavi.