Attie & Goldwater Productions

Filmmaker Biographies

Meet the filmmakers: Attie and Goldwater interviewed on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show

Attie and Goldwater interviewed for screening at Sundance Institute.

Barbara Attie interviewed on All Black Radio March 2011

Attie and Goldwater interviewed on Radio Times by Marty Moss-Coane February 2011

WITNESS nominates Mrs. Goundo's Daughter for human rights award, filmmakers interviewed.


Janet Goldwater and Barbara Attie

BARBARA ATTIE and JANET GOLDWATER have worked collaboratively since 1990 making widely acclaimed documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and internationally. In 2005 the Philadelphia-based filmmakers were awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Their most recent collaboration prior to MRS. GOUNDO'S DAUGHTER, Rosita (2005), is the story of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was raped and made pregnant, and her parents' struggle with the medical establishment, the government and the church to end her pregnancy. Broadcast in Latin America on HBO/Cinemax as well as in Europe and Asia, Rosita was selected to screen at INPUT 2007 and has been shown at film festivals worldwide, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs. Attie and Goldwater's 2002 ITVS production, Maggie Growls, a whimsical biography of Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn, was selected to be the premiere program on PBS' documentary series Independent Lens. Other Attie and Goldwater documentaries broadcast nationally on PBS include Daring To Resist: Three Women Face The Holocaust (2000) and Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1999).

SABRINA SCHMIDT GORDON, co-producer and editor, has been committed to documentary filmmaking as an editor and producer for over a decade. Her editing debut was on an Emmy-winning episode of WGBH's Greater Boston Arts series. She is the co-producer and editor of Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a ground-breaking documentary about manhood and gender politics in mainstream Hip-Hop. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS' Independent Lens. It has become part of a national dialogue, receiving coverage from numerous press outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, MTV, BET and O Magazine. Schmidt Gordon also works on media projects with non-profit and grassroots organizations. Among these is Witness, an international human rights organization founded by Peter Gabriel that trains activists around the world to use video as a tool for social change. She is an honors graduate from New York University.

Associate Producer MOUSSA TRAORÉ is the project's coordinator within the Malian community in Philadelphia. Educated at universities in Senegal and the Ivory Coast, Traoré works as an official translator for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS-formerly INS), criminal courts, hospitals and law firms in Philadelphia. As the elected President of the Malian Association of Philadelphia, he has helped prepare many asylum cases. Traoré has coordinated filming in Philadelphia. Fluent in Bambara, Woloff, French and English, he has also translated for the U.S. filming and has transcribed and translated the footage that was filmed in Mali.

SHANNON KANE-MEDDOCK, Associate Producer, first worked with Attie & Goldwater as a researcher in 1997, and was AP on two of their documentaries, Maggie Growls and ROSITA. She co-produced/directed, with Mike Attie and Andrew Schwalm, the 2008 short documentary HOOKED. Kane-Meddock also works as a film programmer and event producer, and recently established a program of screenings and events for BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Editor SHARON MULLALLY's most recent editorial work includes Rosita (by Attie & Goldwater) Daring To Resist (by Attie and M. Lubell) and Queen Of The Mountain (by M. Lubell). Mullally also edited NO! (by A. Simmons). Mullally began her career with 10 years in staff positions at broadcast television stations in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Since leaving the commercial broadcast world, Sharon has edited several national PBS programs for WHYY in Philadelphia, including The Dinosaurs! She received an Emmy in 1996 as editor of Yearbook-The Class Of '65 produced by Fox Philadelphia. As a producer/director, she completed Rufus Jones: A Luminous Life (with Attie), New Voice and many other programs.

PETER BROWNSCOMBE, director of photography, has been a freelance cameraperson since 1984. His most recent full-length documentaries are Rosita (by Attie & Goldwater), Maggie Growls (by Attie & Goldwater), Queen Of The Mountain, Daring To Resist, Landowska (by Attie & Goldwater), and Arguing The World. Prior to 1984 he did field camera for KTCA-TV (PBS) in St. Paul, MN. Freelance clients include Frontline, NOVA, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Great Performances, BBC Panorama, BBC Newsnight, ARD Television (Germany), and Deutsch Welan (Germany). Awards include: Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival; Blue Ribbon, New York Film Festival; Bronze, Houston International Film Festival; CPB award; Charles Stuart Mott Award; and the Dupont Columbia Citation.

MOUNTAGA TOURÉ, Adviser/location coordinator in Mali, is Executive Director for the Association Malienne pour la Promotion et Protection de la Famille. Touré, who is fluent in Bambara, French and English, has held a wide array of leadership posts in the Malian government and with NGOs in Mali, Niger and Senegal, including the position of general director of a state-run television station. Touré has ready access to government officials and NGOs alike, and through his work is deeply involved in health issues in Mali such as female excision and HIV/AIDS prevention. Touré coordinates and translates for all filming in Mali.

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