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Documentary Biographies


Rebecca Schanberg
Producer, Director
Rebecca Schanberg is a producer and director with The Kindling Group. Schanberg served as the Associate Producer of the PBS documentary, A Doula Story (2005), and was also responsible for coordinating the national educational outreach campaign for the film. Prior to joining Kindling, she was Director of Corporate Philanthropy at Polo Ralph Lauren, where she managed the corporation's charitable giving program, and helped create and run the company's widely publicized "Pink Pony Campaign." Schanberg has also worked as a Community and Women's Liaison in The Office of the Manhattan Borough President under Ruth Messinger, and as a Team Leader and Program Designer for City Year, a national urban peace corps. Do No Harm represents Schanberg’s directorial debut.

Danny Alpert
Executive Producer

Danny Alpert, Executive Director of The Kindling Group, is a producer, director and editor whose films have aired on PBS, HBO and A&E, among others. Alpert is currently producing The Calling, a groundbreaking four-hour documentary series that shares the journeys of Muslims, Christians and Jews who have decided to enter the clergy. The Calling has been funded by ITVS, PBS, CPB and others and will air nationally in 2010. His most recent film, A Doula Story, documented one woman's fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers. This film was distributed to PBS stations nationwide and was the centerpiece of a national community engagement and education campaign. Previously, Alpert co-produced and edited Legacy, a feature length documentary for HBO, which was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was an official selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Susanne Suffredin
Editor, Co-Producer

Suffredin has been editing feature and documentary films for 20 years. Working for Kartemquin Films, she served as Post-Production Supervisor of Hoop Dreams and Contributing Producer and Editor for 5 Girls, which aired on the PBS series P.O.V. in 2001. Recent editing credits include the feature films The Rest of Your Life, winner of the audience prize at the Angelciti Film Festival and Prefontaine, produced by Hollywood Pictures. Suffredin was also Editor and Post-Production Supervisor for the feature film Sacred Hearts, screened at the New Directors series at the Lincoln Center. She edited A Doula Story (PBS 2005) for The Kindling Group, and is currently editing The Calling.

Dana M. Kupper

Dana Kupper has been an active member of the independent filmmaking community in Chicago for over 15 years. She was one of the main Directors of Photography for Stevie, a feature documentary by Steve James, Director of the critically acclaimed Hoop Dreams. Stevie won the ‘Excellence in Cinematography for a Feature Length Documentary' Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. She was Cinematographer for the feature documentary 5 Girls, and shot for the documentary series The New Americans, both of which aired on PBS. A Doula Story, which recently aired on PBS, was also partly filmed by Kupper.





Denise Godoy