Attie & Goldwater Productions

Filmmaker Biographies


Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

BARBARA ATTIE and JANET GOLDWATER have been making award-winning broadcast documentaries for more than 25 years. They are recipients of the Pew Fellowship in the ArtsSABRINA SCHMIDT GORDON has been editing and producing high impact documentaries for more than 15 years.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is the second documentary produced by Attie, Goldwater and Gordon. Their previous collaboration, Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (2009), recounts a Malian mother's fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting/mutilation. Supported by ITVS and the Sundance Documentary Fund, Mrs. Goundo's Daughter was broadcast nationally on PBS' Afropop series in 2011. It has been shown at film festivals throughout the world, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs, and was named Best Social Documentary at the Addis International Film Festival in Ethiopia.

Attie and Goldwater's documentaries often focus on social justice issues affecting women and girls — reproductive rights, violence against women, female genital mutilation — but they also make films about women who have inspired them as artists and activists. In 2003, Maggie Growls, the biography of the founder of the Gray Panthers, Maggie Kuhn, was the premiere broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens. Landowska: Uncommon Visionary, nationally broadcast on PBS in 1999, explored the accomplishments of the pioneering harpsichordist, Wanda Landowska.

Gordon produced and edited the acclaimed documentaries Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, about manhood and gender politics in Hip-Hop, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Independent Lens, and Documented, the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant and today fights for immigration reform.

Creative Team
Producers/Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Editor: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Original Score: Evan Solot
Graphic Design and Effects: Michael Saul
Camera: Daniel Traub, Peter Brownscombe, Bobby Shepard, Brian Noreika, Eric Hurt, Mike Attie, Patrick Sheehan, Mike Dennis, Art Jones
Sound Recordists: Emmanuel Bastien, Sarah Charlesworth-Attie, David Miranda Hardy, Colin Heath, David Keller, Rich Mach, Wayne Reynolds, Juan Rodriguez, Andy Weinrich
Additional Editing: Sharon Mullally
Sound Re-recording Mixer: John Avarese
Post-production: Frame Runner
Creative Adviser: Louis Massiah

Advisory Board
Elijah Anderson
John H. Bracey, Jr.
Lisa J. Green
Peniel E. Joseph
Joyce A. Joyce
Michelle Nzadi Keita

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