BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dana Nachman’s 2015 film Batkid Begins was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries Witch Hunt, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; Love Hate Love, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and The Human Experiment, which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals. She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, and more than a dozen Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.
Dana is currently in production on a feature documentary called Pick of the Litter which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program (think Spellbound or Hoop Dreams for dogs.) Nachman is also in production on a documentary short called, “Sandman” about a man whose only relief from excruciating chronic pain is to make magnificent sand mandalas that are swept away by the tide hours later.
Don Hardy is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of KTF Films – a documentary production company based in Northern California. His most recent film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents premiered at SXSW in 2015 and is slated for theatrical release in early 2016.
Don is currently in production on a feature documentary called Pick of the Litter which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program, and a documentary about the birth and development of an aid organization in Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the county in 2010.
Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.
Nikki Pope is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi but prides herself on a rather nomadic existence before moving to the Bay Area (for the third time!). She counts among her “hometowns” Chicago, New York, Paris and Vienna. Prior to attending law school, Nikki was a marketing professional in various industries including consumer package goods, telecommunications, digital technologies and software.
Nikki began her legal career as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., after which she joined the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP where she had a general corporate practice counseling early stage private companies and public companies. Nikki is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bar Associations, a member of the advisory board of the Northern California Innocence Project.
Adam Steinberger is a California native with a lifelong interest in documentary film. Adam is a licensed CPA and is a Managing Director at the tax and valuation services firm, WTAS LLC, working with with a variety of multinational technology, media and broadcasting companies. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two sons.
Liza is an award winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of experience producing news shows and in-depth and investigative stories. Since 2001, Liza has worked at NBC Bay Area, in San Jose, California. Liza’s work at NBC Bay Area has won multiple Emmy, Gracie and Society of Professional Journalism awards.
It was at NBC Bay Area where Liza met Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, and became interested in documentaries. Most recently, Liza worked as a producer on the documentary, Batkid Begins, which won numerous audience awards at film festivals, and was acquired by New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Brothers.
Liza graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. Liza lives in Redwood City, California with her husband Van, and their three daughters.
Lisa Kim is an award winning former journalist with more than 25 years experience in broadcast news on the national and local level. She has worked in San Diego, Chicago, New York and the Bay Area. Among her awards are three Emmys, three Associated Press awards, two APTRA awards and a Radio and Television News Directors award. and It was at NBC Bay Area where Lisa met and worked with Dana, Liza and Don.
Lisa currently is a media relations specialist at Stanford Health Care. She resides in Menlo Park with her husband and two sons.