Directors Allyson Sherlock and Nicole Prowell Hart
NICOLE PROWELL HART
Producer & Director
Nicole Prowell Hart is a documentary filmmaker who works with both traditional narrative and more experimental idioms. Her films include Black Box, an experimental, hand-processed film shot on 16mm, which premiered at the 2014 Athens International Film and Video Festival, and Happy Hunting, which premiered at the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival.
Nicole’s educational and non-profit clients include the Jacob Burns Film Center, MIT, Emerson College, Harvard University, and filmmakers Ross McElwee and Sarah Jane Lapp. Her educational projects have screened at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. She received her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Emerson College in Visual Media Arts, and was one of the first recipients of Emerson’s Media Art Fellowship for her MFA studies. She also holds a production certificate from FAMU/Prague.
Nicole has served on the board of Women in Film & Video/New England, and is a member of both Connect the Docs and the University Film and Video Association. She currently is a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, and teaches media production at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Losing LeBron is her first feature-length documentary.
Producer, Director, & Editor
Allyson Sherlock is a Boston-based documentary filmmaker and editor. She received her Masters in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts from Emerson in 2012. Allyson is co-founder of a production company that specializes in socially conscious media projects; and her clients have included several of the leading non-profit organizations in the country. Additionally, she teaches a wide variety of production and postproduction courses at Emerson College and Harvard University Extension School. In 2011, Allyson received the Petra T. Shattuck Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Allyson’s work is dedicated to creating films that explore the essence of community and how individuals come to define themselves in relation to others. Her films have screened in both festivals and on television. Losing LeBron is her first feature-length documentary.
As a journalist, Menounos holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family. Menounos is also the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight,” “the Today Show,” and “Nightly News.”
On the big screen, Maria has starred in “Kickin It Old Skool,” and appeared in “Tropic Thunder,” and “Fantastic Four.” Her acting endeavors also include guest roles on “Without a Trace,” “Scrubs,” “Entourage,” “Louie,” “The Mindy Project,” and “One Tree Hill.”
Maria joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars for Season 14. She has also appeared as a part-time professional wrestler for the WWE.
In March 2014, Oxygen Network premiered the first season of the new half-hour docu-series, “Chasing Maria Menounos,” taking viewers inside Maria’s very busy life.
Maria is founder and CEO of AfterBuzz TV, the largest new media platform on the world web. She is also a NY Times Best Selling Author with her critically acclaimed “EveryGirl’s Guide to Life” published in 2011. Her second book in the series, “EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness” hits stands summer of 2014.
Director and Producer Keven Undergaro, like most indy filmmakers you hear about, made his first film in elementary school. As Maria’s partner for over 15 years, Keven has supported Maria’s flourishing career, while continuing to make his own films, including “Adventures of Serial Buddies,” which premiered in 2013.
Kirsten (Brown) Brownrigg is a Cleveland native and multimedia journalist with an eclectic background in sports and news. Kirsten’s experience includes anchoring for both TV and radio, reporting on Capitol Hill for Scripps News Wire, assisting producers at the Today Show in New York City, and documenting her two years living in China. Losing LeBron is her second feature-length documentary; in 2009 PBS aired her investigative documentary “Good Neighbors, Bad Blood,” a program she single-handedly filmed and produced and which later earned her a first-place award in Enterprise Reporting from the Ohio Associated Press. She has also received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her short-form TV reporting.
Kirsten runs a weekly tweetchat under the hashtag #muckedup exploring topics in investigative journalism while also writing a daily email newsletter for journalists called the Muck Rack Daily, which was recently nominated for a Webby. She is a proud alum of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where she was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Top 10 National Scholarship. Kirsten runs a weekly tweetchat under the hashtag #muckedup exploring topics in investigative journalism while also writing a daily email newsletter for journalists called the Muck Rack Daily, which was recently nominated for a Webby. She is a proud alum of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where she was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Top 10 National Scholarship.
Liz Jones is an independent producer and filmmaker. She received my MA from Emerson College in 2007, focusing in documentary and experimental film production. She has freelanced as a production assistant, coordinator, researcher, photographer and videographer in independent film, television, and educational media production. Her credits include programming for PBS (American Experience, Design Squad, NOVA scienceNow) and HGTV (Property Virgins, Design Wars).
Most recently, Liz has served as a producer and production technical advisor for the start-up creative production company Fantastic Soup, as Associate Producer and Cinematographer on the independent documentary Losing LeBron (2013), and as Unit Production Manager for the independent film Rubberneck (2012), directed by award-winning Boston actor and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky. She is currently developing a feature documentary project on politics and secession movements in the United States.
Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and adjunct professor at Emerson College whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. A Cleveland native, his most recent films, People Aren’t All Bad and The Lower 9: A Story of Home, have screened in film festivals throughout the world and in May 2013, People Aren’t All Bad screened at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
Matthew is currently in post-production for his latest documentary film, Good Luck Soup, which tells the post-World War II experience of his Japanese American family in the American Midwest. In addition, he is also developing Good Luck Soup Interactive, a web-based, community storytelling project on the victims of the Japanese American Internment Camps.