To better understand AIDS, motherhood and teenagers she gathered up her camera and tape recorder and traveled to meet people to find answers. In her words: "I collect stories of individuals to help explain to others why we do the things we do. I find that we each have value as human beings and that we are infinitely interesting in our ways of dealing with one another. I've always wanted to celebrate the positive, tell the stories of the optimistic, show us for the best of who we can be. I prefer talking to regular people about life, not famous people, not privileged people, but just the people getting through the days with kindness. I find great richness there and I am endlessly fascinated by what we can learn from one another. Everything I have done has been about telling a story about a person that has gone through something, overcome a hardship, or risen to great personal heights. It's the underlying stories that I care about — who helped along the way, why did someone make the choices they did."
Known internationally for her socially pro-active medium-format photographic portraiture, Jones has worked in a wide variety of film and video formats, primarily in documentary production.
Collaboration with Oxygen Media produced Womenshands, a series of documentary films of women artisans from around the world and broadcast for Oxygen's cable network. Additionally, she produced and directed Women...On Family, a one-hour special that aired on Public Television on Mother's Day, 1993. In 2000, Avon selected her to direct four short documentary films called Women of Enterprise, celebrating the lives of remarkable American businesswomen.
Jones' most widely acclaimed work, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, was published in 1994 by Abbeville Press. A series of portraits of American people living with AIDS, the book was accompanied by a traveling exhibition of the portraits that included shows in Tokyo, Berlin, USA, and the United Nations Worlds AIDS Conference. A documentary film inspired by the book screened as a part of MTV World AIDS Day broadcast.
She also earned much praise for her portraits of American mothers and daughters, published in the book The Family of Women: Voices across Generations(1996) by Abbeville Press.
Most recently she has collaborated with The Girl Scouts of the USA to create Every Girl Tells a Story: A Celebration of girls speaking their minds, a book of portraits and interviews of 85 American Girls. Published by Simon & Schuster in March 2002 the book was released in Washington D.C. during Women's history month at the National Building Museum.
In 2001 she was named one of New York State's Women of Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and 11 year old daughter.
To see Carolyn's work please visit www.carolynjones.com
Lisa spent the first part of her career as an actress and teaching artist in Chicago, Paris, London and New York. She gradually shifted her focus from the stage to the screen, founding a trans-Atlantic production company and producing both narrative shorts and a French-language documentary about France's 2007 presidential elections. She holds a B.S. in Theater from Northwestern University, and certificats des Beaux-Arts from L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq and L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, where she also taught movement, dance and acrobatics.
Isabel Sadurni was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent the first year of her life in Veracruz, Mexico. Her nurse mother and doctor father rode horseback to provide western medical treatment to mountain Mexicas relying upon “sorceros” and shamanistic ritual remedies. It is here she believes she began to investigate cross-cultural narrative.
After an upbringing in the mid-west, she moved to San Francisco at the age of eight where simultaneously pursued work in theater. She began collaborating as an actor on stage with new American playwrights in various festivals and subsequently with Mel Gordon to create contemporary interpretations of Meyerhold and Russian avant-garde theater and worked briefly with feature film director, John Korty.
She attended U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Philosophy where she received her B.A. and Stanford University’s Graduate Program for Documentary Film where she received her M.A.. She moved to Paris where she collaborated with writer Nestan Njaradze and photographer Kristine Potter on the award-winning short film Tu Me Souviens, for which Isabel was honored as the featured artist for Ninthletter, a printed and on-line arts and literary journal. During her sejour in Paris she met and began a collaboration with photographer, Carolyn Jones.
Since moving to New York in 2004, she has shot, edited and produced several films, including the upcoming features 100 People: Voices of a City and Flamenco: Aqui y Alli and as Editor for the award-winning feature, Tootie’s Last Suit and A Case of Mistaken Identity, shot by Albert Maysles. She continues to work with Martin Scorsese to create tributes to master filmmakers, and is a regular editor for The Criterion Collection/Janus Films.
As a writer, she has been published in ArtNews, Wired, Variety and Filmmaker and ArtForum.online. She acted as consultant for the Frida Kahlo biography for The Biography Channel and is development on a screenplay about Mexican-Americans in the wild west.
She currently lives in New York, NY.
Michael has brought this full range of experiences to bear in a nimble company that works primarily with Fortune 100 companies and start ups, offering strategic marketing services with an emphasis on live events. Michael is most engaged by learning about the challenges that Opts' clients face in their industries, and helping to provide targeted solutions that meet their business objectives.
Michael's current mantra "Life is Work, Work is Life" takes him globetrotting - laptop in hand - from Asia to the Caribbean, courtside to poolside, making sure he is never far from current projects.