A FILM BY
Nancy COOPERSTEIN CHARNEY
Nancy Cooperstein Charney is an American award-winning director and producer of both stage and screen. Career highlights as a producer include the original Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer-prize winning play - Talley’s Folly - and the Emmy-nominated and Wilbur Award-winner - Snow in August - based on the book by Pete Hamil. She produced Viet Rock, written by Megan Terry in 1966, which was the first of the anti-Viet Nam plays produced in New York City. As a director of television, Ms. Cooperstein Charney’s work includes the LA Emmy award-winning film –Pioneer Women - The Wonder Years and the ABC Afternoon Special - UNDER THE LIMIT. Cooperstein Charney’s film work includes the short film – Private Debts - that was featured at Sundance, London, Deauville and Toronto Film Festivals. It won the Chigago Film Festival’s Golden Hugo Award, was shown on SHOWTIME and was hailed by Variety as a “classic tragedy (whose) direction is right on the mark, going for the rich subtext of feeling.”
Cooperstein Charney’s latest work showcases her as both producer and director of the feature-length documentary film WHO’S NEXT? due to be released in 2019. This powerful and timely film shines a light on how Muslim Americans have suffered from bigotry post 9/11, while encouraging viewers to choose knowledge over ignorance, take action to prevent hate speech, and get to know those who are different from them so that the challenges of marginalized communities can be effectively addressed. "WHO'S NEXT? is the type of artistic expression essential to those who cherish the concept of democracy." David Rothenberg, Host of ANY SATURDAY, WBAI
Cooperstein Charney grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts where she began her professional acting career at age 11, appearing opposite Edward Arnold in The Apple of His Eye. She then went on to produce, direct and narrate the weekly radio program, Juniors Speak. Later in New York City, she continued her radio career on WEVD, where she wrote, directed and produced a weekly program called Women in the News.
Her acting credits include Elaine May's Name of a Soup and A New Leaf, Jean Claude Van Itallie's King of the United States and Mystery Play and Connie Kaiserman’s My Little Girl. She was an acting member of Andre Gregory's Manhattan Project, and an acting/teaching member of The Working Theatre, a project of Joe Chaiken and Kristin Linklater. As such she was awarded the title of “Master Teacher” from the Rockefeller Foundation. Cooperstein Charney has taught acting to prisoners on Riker’s Island and taught teachers how to use acting as an instructional tool through the Teachers and Writers Collaborative. A graduate of Bennington College, Cooperstein Charney continued her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse, The Berghoff School and Columbia University.
Cooperstein Charney lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jordan Charney. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Academy Award-nominated Luke Geissbühler has been called upon to film some of the most challenging projects in the world including Borat, Fahrenheit 11/9, Buck, Helvetica, a Muppets movie, an OKGo video, and Patrick Stewart’s dramatic feature Match. He has also been a trusted cinematographer for Victoria’s Secret for over 15 years. In 2010, Luke became unexpectedly world renowned when he and his eight year old son launched a homemade space capsule into the stratosphere and captured video of the curvature of Earth and blackness of space. A native New Yorker and consummate tinkerer, Luke received a BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before starting his career at R/GA doing visual effects and tabletop photography. Since then, he has traveled the globe many times over to orchestrate shoots for Adam McKay, Katherine Bigelow, Doug Liman, Barry Levinson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Moore, Jim Gaffigan, David Wain, Joe Berlinger, HBO, Netflix, Showtime, PBS, Universal, 20th Century Fox, and many others. Luke just completed filming Street Gang, a documentary on the founders of Sesame Street for HBO and Focus Features.
Lynn Stern has been working as a black-and-white fine art photographer for 40 years. She is known for her mastery of light and the subtlety of her prints, as well as her long-time use of translucent scrims or veils as a means of dematerializing her 'subjects,' with the aim of capturing what is felt rather than seen. Her work has been exhibited in both the United States and Europe, and is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Yale University Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others. Her work will be featured in a solo show at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in New York opening October 10, 2019, and a two-person show at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas opening October 12, 2019. Stern has published six monographs of her work. Her Archive is located at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.
Jay Keuper has been working as an editor of primarily documentary films for more than 25 years. His love of non-fiction filmmaking was cemented during a lengthy stint as an assistant editor and editor at Maysles Films. As a freelancer he has worked on a wide variety of projects including Michael Moore's award- winning satiric news magazine show TV Nation. He served as supervising editor on the WNET series City Arts, and began producing when that project morphed into the Emmy and Peabody award winning EGG, the arts show, on PBS. He worked as producer and editor on numerous projects for New York Times Television where he won an Overseas Press Club award for Terror’s Children, which he edited and co-produced. Some of his more recent editing projects have been Henry Louis Gates’ Reconstruction: America After the Civil War for PBS and Truth and Lies, Monica and Bill for ABC News, both of which aired in 2019. Additionally, he has edited the independent documentaries
Addiction Incorporated about the tobacco industry and Electoral Dysfunction, an examination of America’s voting laws. He is extremely pleased to have been part of Who’s Next?