Filmmakers

Neal Broffman: Director of Photography, Producer, Editor

Neal Broffman has spent more than two decades documenting stories around the world. His work for CNN International while based in London, Rome and Moscow throughout the 1990s took him from Africa to Asia to the Middle East and across Europe where he covered wars, elections, famines and upheaval in more than forty countries.

Broffman's work with One Production Place has received numerous international and domestic awards including 7 prestigious CINE awards. They have been shown at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, The Smithsonian Institution and at special events worldwide.

Voices of Freedom, produced for The High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of a comprehensive exhibition of Civil Rights Movement photographs, won the 2009 CINE Special Jury Prize for best in class and was screened at The Field Museum in Chicago, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and The Bronx Museum.

Produced for International Justice Mission and narrated by Danny Glover, At The End of Slavery has recently been re-mastered for international distribution.

Neal Broffman's approach to his subjects is deeply rooted in curiosity and respect and his creativity is supported by his technical expertise. His philosophy embraces the belief that the method should never overshadow the subject.

 

Elisa Gambino: Producer

Elisa Gambino didn't just read about the collapse of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the U.S. intervention in Somalia, the war in Bosnia, the 1991 Gulf War, and the first free elections in South Africa; she was there. Based first in Rome and then in Moscow, Elisa spent 15 years as a producer for CNN International chronicling world events.

From Amman to Mogadishu to Sarajevo and the deserts of Iraq, she covered each of these complex stories from the front row, and helped make them understandable for viewers around the world. 

Elisa received the 1992 News and Documentary Emmy for “Saving Somalia.”

 

Patrick Kirst: Composer

German-born composer Patrick Kirst is one of Hollywood's next generation of film composers providing a fresh and a unique voice in the film music industry.

Patrick has scored numerous award-winning features, shorts, and documentaries. In 2008 he collaborated with Disneynature on their first nature documentary Earth, based on BBC's highly successful Planet Earth TV series. Since 2007, Patrick has been working with composer Aaron Zigman on top-grossing romantic comedies including The Proposal (2009), The Ugly Truth (2009), What's Your Number? (2011), I Don't Know How She Does It (2011), Sex and the City: The Movie (2008 and 2010), and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007), starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman.

Patrick's recent documentary credits include The Golden Stool, released on Time Warner's Africa Channel (2008), At the End of Slavery, produced by the International Justice Mission, narrated by Danny Glover (2009), The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz (2011), released on regional PBS stations across the US, and the 2011 Sundance entry An African Election, about the process of democratization in Ghana, West Africa.

Patrick's style ranges from the grand classic symphonic setting to smaller, more intimate band settings. He mélanges various styles and injects his own personality into each project, while capturing the unique soul of the story. With his broad musical understanding, he is able to reflect the visual experience in a well-spotted score filled with dramatic subtext and emotional sophistication.

In 2007 he joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California. He is honored to be part of the incredibly talented pool of faculty members and enjoys sharing his experience as an artist in today's highly competitive film music market.

Music samples can be heard on Patrick's Web site.