The Filmmakers

Rebirth Productions - Rebirth Productions was founded in 2007 by a team of award-winning filmmakers to produce innovative multimedia projects empowering people to take action on the most pressing issues of our time. Founded on the principal of thinking globally and acting locally, Rebirth aims to deliver breakthrough projects that nurture and restore the symbiotic relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Robbie Gemmel, Producer/Director – Mr. Gemmel is an award-winning filmmaker focused on environmentally oriented documentaries and outreach campaigns. After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Visual Media Arts in 2003, he took a position at the PBS series NOVA where he worked on four full-length NOVA documentaries and twenty-seven segments of NOVA ScienceNow. Those programs received numerous awards, including an Emmy Award, AAAS Science Journalism, CINE Golden Eagle, CINE Special Jury, and a Population Institute Global Media Award for Best Documentary.  In 2006, Robbie was and associate producer for Saved by the Sun, a documentary for PBS/NOVA about solar energy, and The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED.  Cape Spin and the Electron Project are currently his primary focuses.

Daniel Coffin, Producer/Writer/Editor – Dan is a technology consultant and energy aficionado. His work for the last several years has been primarily focused on the production of Cape Spin and the development of an innovative web platform called the Electron Project.  Mr. Coffin has a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and as the lead writer, Mr. Coffin has been instrumental in weaving the Project’s regional significance into the dual national crises of energy independence and climate change. Mr. Coffin continues to work at Development Guild/DDI, one of the nation’s leading consulting service firms for non-profit organizations.

John Kirby, Director/Editor – John Kirby began his career as a film researcher and assistant editor on Blowback Productions’ Columbia-DuPont Silver Baton-winning CIA: America’s Secret Warriors for Discovery Channel. He has since edited, produced and directed for a number of broadcast outlets and independents, including editing and field producing the cult HBO classic Gladiator Days: Anatomy of A Prison MurderThe American Ruling Class, a dramatic-documentary musical marked Kirby’s directorial debut. Featuring Lewis Lapham, the legendary editor of Harper’s Magazine and founder of Lapham’s Quarterly, the acclaimed documentary is currently being distributed by indie veteran Richard Lorber’s The Alive Mind Label.

Libby Handros, Producer/Executive Producer – Libby Handros began her career working on the critically acclaimed series Inside Story, hosted by former State Department spokesman Hodding Carter. At the time, the series was the first regularly scheduled examination of press performance to appear on American television. In its five years as a weekly staple of the PBS public affairs lineup the series garnered every major award including the coveted Edward R. Murrow award for overseas reporting and 6 Emmys. Since then she inherited the company, The Press & the Public Project, and has been responsible for documentaries on a wide range of subjects for PBS, ESPN, Showtime and Fox. Recent credits include, Legacy of a Kidnapping: Lindbergh and the Triumph of the TabloidsThe Good Fat DietThe Future Belongs to the EducatedTrump: What’s the Deal? and Baseball From the Inside Out. Her most recent film, The American Ruling Class is currently available on DVD.

Josh Levin, Executive Producer – Josh, the President and CEO of Gallant Films LLC, is a documentary film producer, as well as sales and marketing consultant for filmmakers. Besides Cape Spin, Josh’s executive producer credits include Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Official Selection at Sundance 2011 and Cannes 2011 ); Demon on Wheels (in production) and James Blunt: Till You’re Told To Stop. Josh also served as associate producer of From Texas To Tehran (IDFA Forum 2010). As a consultant and sales representative, Josh’s portfolio includes The Garden, nominated for the 2009 Academy Award ® for Best Documentary Feature. Josh’s background is as a film distribution executive, having served as the Chief Marketing Officer for art-house specialty distributor Film Movement. In 2010, Josh co-founded West End Cinema, a three-screen arthouse movie theater in Washington, DC.

Jim Butterworth, Executive Producer – Jim is the founder and president of Naked Edge Films (NEF) and a technology entrepreneur.   Since its founding in 2008, NEF has produced and/or funded a number of award-winning documentaries, including Donor UnknownWar Don DonGONE and The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, each of which Jim executive produced.  Jim’s film Seoul Train, which he directed, produced and filmed, won the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism and investigative reporting, and was runner-up for the National Journalism Award.  Jim is also the founder of a number of technology companies, and holds 12 issued patents in streaming media.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a member of the Advisory Board.

Daniel Chalfen, Consulting Producer – Daniel is a founder of and producer at Naked Edge Films. His credits include the multiple-award winning “Donor Unknown,“ “GONE,” “War Don Don,” “Budrus,” “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan,” “Meeting Resistance,” “Encounter Point,” “39 Pounds of Love,” and “Pulled from the Rubble.” His films have premiered at festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Dubai, Hot Docs, IDFA, Sheffield, Silverdocs, SXSW and Tribeca, have been theatrically released across the US and Europe, and have been broadcast globally on many of the world’s leading networks including ABC, ARTE, CBC, Discovery, HBO, More 4 and PBS.   Chalfen’s non-fiction television series include “Happy France” for ARTE and “Ordinary People,” which was broadcast worldwide. His forthcoming films include “Cape Spin”, “Untitled Haiti Project,” “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest” and “Pretty Old.”

Bradlee Hicks, Associate Editor/Animator/Graphic Design – Bradlee Hicks is a producer and editor who has worked on corporate videos for the International Copper Association and award-winning short film projects and music videos with his company Yellow Arrow Film. He began studying film while in graduate school for Sculpture at the Yale School of Art, and has continued to work as both a filmmaker and internationally exhibiting Artist, including writing and directing a series of theatrical works at avant-garde theater pioneer Richard Foreman’s ‘Ontological Theater’ in New York. Since 2009 he has been involved in many of the creative processes of Cape Spin.  This is his first feature length project.

Marcel Quiroga, Consulting Producer – Ms. Quiroga is a private wealth specialist and advisor to several international sustainable development organizations. Ms. Quiroga currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Association of Latin American Professionals in Finance and Accounting (Women Executives), chairs the Women of the Harvard Club, and serves as a collaborator and mentor on the Red Sox Advisory Board for Multicultural Marketing. In 2008, Ms. Quiroga accepted the chair position for financial services tracking of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Innovation Summit. Her previous experience includes working for Morgan Stanley’s Individual Investment Group and Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group. Ms. Quiroga holds a BS in Business Administration and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Steven Latham, Co-Producer – Mr. Latham is an award-winning filmmaker and the President of Steven Latham Productions. He has produced and directed several feature documentary films, including, The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED and Saved by the Sun, produced for NOVA/PBS. Mr. Latham also produced and directed the PBS series, The Living Century. Prior to the formation of his production company, Mr. Latham ran the affiliate relations department of Universal Worldwide Television, served as director of affiliate relations at Polygram Television, and served as a senior manager at Paramount Pictures, Ketchum Communications, and Grey Advertising.

Caitlin Rotman, Production Assistant/Blogger – Caitlin Rotman is fresh out of Harvard University, having graduated with the class of 2010 Magna cum Laude in the field of Earth Science and Media. Her academics focused on how to engage the public on Earth science and environmental issues through modern multi-media: photo, video, journalism, and the web. During her summers, she attended film school at the prestigious La Femis in Paris, France; she helped develop a geology show as an intern for the PBS series NOVA; and she worked as a production assistant for the Harvard Smithsonian Science Media Group, helping to develop The Habitable Planet, an award winning environmental teacher-education series. Caitlin has been working as a Production Assistant with Rebirth Productions since May of 2010, and aids with producing and executing shoots, blogging, research, and anything else the production team needs!

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