MEET THE TEAM
MARGARET MUNZER LOEB
Director, Executive Producer
Margaret Munzer Loeb is a filmmaker and philanthropist who founded and manages MML Productions. In addition to Chasing Childhood, she has executive produced several other feature-length documentary films including Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Found, Driving While Black and New York: Episode 9: The Future of Cities. Margaret earned her bachelor’s in history and visual art from Brown University and her master’s from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is a member of the boards of Prep for Prep and PEN America and both the President’s Leadership Council and President’s Advisory Council on the Arts at Brown University. A strong supporter of reproductive freedom, Margaret previously served on the boards of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Eden Wurmfeld is an Emmy-nominated fiction and documentary producer and director who is committed to ushering compelling characters and moving stories to the screen. Most recently, Eden produced The Big Scary “S” Word, currently in the 2020 festival circuit. Before that, she produced Netflix Original Saving Capitalism, featuring Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, which launched worldwide in 2017. Among her other documentary credits are No Impact Man, Left On Purpose, My So-Called Enemy, Romeo Romeo and Sunset Story. Eden’s earlier fiction films include the award-winning indie hit Kissing Jessica Stein. For a full filmography, see her IMDb page.
Lisa Eisenpresser is a producer and entrepreneur. She was President of Relativity Digital Studios where she made Summer Forever, the first musical feature film for digital platforms. She also created one of the first branded entertainment TV series, Motor City Masters, for Tru TV and TNT. Lisa founded three companies: The Story Lab, the branded content division of global agency, Dentsu Aegis; SaysMe, backed by Intel and partnered with Comcast, which enabled individuals to create and run their own political ads on TV; and Sunshine Direct, a DRTV venture that launched celebrity lifestyle brands. She has also built two apps, one called Marble Jar, designed to foster autonomy in children. Lisa grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University where she received a Ford Foundation Grant in Modern Culture and Media and now serves on Brown’s Arts Advisory Council. She has two children at Wildwood School in Los Angeles and sits on its Board of Trustees. For a full filmography, see her IMDb page.
Justin has been shooting and directing character-driven social issue documentaries for 30 years for broadcasters such as HBO, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery and PBS. His feature documentary No Impact Man (2009) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened throughout the world. More recently, his film Left On Purpose (2016) won the Grand Prize at the Florida International Film Festival and the Audience Award at Doc NYC. Justin was the lead cinematographer on Crip Camp, the Netflix documentary which won the Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Justin received an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University and lives in Brooklyn, where he runs Shadowbox Films.
MARY ANN TOMAN
Mary Ann Toman is an accomplished documentary and television editor. Credits include Art21’s Peabody Award-winning documentary William Kentridge: Anything is Possible as well as the Emmy-winning series Reel 13 and NYC Arts, both on WNET/Thirteen. Independent documentaries include Soldier's Stories and the award-winning Losing It. Her film The Female Offender was screened internationally, including New Directors/New Films, The Brooklyn Museum and the Leipzig Documentary Festival.
David Cieri is a musician and composer and makes music for film, concert, and album release. Cieri has worked extensively with numerous celebrated filmmakers including Ken Burns, the Ewers Brothers, and Barak Goodman. He has recorded nine acclaimed albums under his own name, that last three of which were released by Ropeadope Records. He has collaborated on a major live documentary project with the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and has made two records with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. David wrote and performed the live scores for the first two seasons of The Paris Review podcasts. He teaches courses on Film Scoring, Music for Film, Intro to Music, and Intro to Jazz at The City College of New York.
Martine Phelan-Roberts is an award-winning documentary producer and has a hunger for telling real, awe-inspiring stories. After working at Showtime Networks as a Senior Producer for eight years, Martine left to explore her passion for documentaries. She has since worked on doc-series, digital series and features, including a vérité investigative thriller about the illegal jaguar trade. She most recently co-produced a series about youth civic engagement called Divisible / Indivisible with The Documentary Group.
Kiana Jackson is an independent producer living and working in New York City. She has worked in documentary for 5 years, producing and developing content for TV, film, and digital platforms; most recently as an Associate Producer for the broadcast series, PBS American Portrait. Kiana has always had a passion for honest storytelling and the people who make these stories worth sharing.
Anita Hei-Man Yu is a New York-based, multi-faceted assistant editor. After an early career in short-form videos and web series, she has transitioned to feature documentary projects. She has assisted on several major feature documentaries, including Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Academy Award-nominated Strong Island, as well as an Academy Award Winner documentary short Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl). She has also executed motion graphics for the documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry and The People vs. Agent Orange. She looks forward to advancing her experience in the realm of documentary editing.