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Sam Katz, Producer & Executive Producer

Philadelphia-based civic leader and documentarian, Sam Katz has produced several films and is the founder of History Making Productions, which has dramatized Philadelphia history through the Emmy-winning series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. His upcoming movie Gradually, Then Suddenly, which he co-directed and produced, recounts Detroit’s monumental climb out of bankruptcy.

Jennifer Lin, Producer and
Co-Director

Following a 31-year career with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jennifer Lin launched Beethoven in Beijing in 2015. An award-winning former correspondent in Beijing, New York and Washington, D.C., she has written three books, including a family memoir, Shanghai Faithful, and an oral history of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 1973 tour by the same title as the movie.

Sharon Mullally, Co-Director

An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Sharon Mullally began her career in television in Philadelphia and Baltimore before shifting to independent film. The 2015 film on Pope Frances’ visit to Philadelphia, which she directed, received the Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

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Rachel Sophia Stewart, Editor

Rachel Sophia Stewart has edited several films and projects for History Making Productions, including Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. Her intuitive approach to pacing and storytelling has earned her five Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards.

Paul Van Haute, Director of Photography

A cinematographer for 30 years, Paul Van Haute has been recognized with six Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work with History Making Production’s Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies.

Jindong Cai, Producer and Script Consultant

The inaugural director of the U.S.-China Music Institute at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Jindong Cai is a composer and author. He co-wrote with his wife Sheila Melvin Rhapsody in Red: How Western Classical Music Became Chinese and Beethoven in China, How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People’s Republic (Penguin Books, 2015).

Jon Kohl, Archival Producer

Winner of three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, Jon Kohl shapes our documentaries through archival footage and photographs. He formerly worked at Temple University’s Samuel L. Paley Library.

Jacob Rivkin, Animator

An artist focusing on the connection between art, science, and history, Jacob Rivkin has shown work at the Animation Block Party and Factual Animation Film Festival. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.

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