Susan Rivo, Director and Producer of LEFT ON PEARL, holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Peace in Conflict Studies (1990) and an MFA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University (2002). She received a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council award for film and video work. Her award-winning short film AMY was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. AMY screened at over twenty film festivals and was broadcast on a number of PBS stations, including San Francisco’s KQED and New York City’s WNET, as well as on Czech Republic Television. AMY was licensed to stream on KQED Interactive, and is distributed by the National Center for Jewish Film.
Susan’s documentary-in-progress, “Guardians of the City” was awarded funding from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking. Other directing/producing credits include: “Facing Climate Change in Boston”, produced for Mayor Tom Menino’s series of public workshops on the city’s 2010 Climate Action Plan; “The Spirit, The Struggle and the Songs: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising”; “Harvard Contract 2001” for the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Local 26; and “The Safest Four Walls”, for Jewish Family and Children’s Services AIDS Project. She also shot and edited the video content of a National Institutes of Health-funded “ELGAN” instructional CD Rom in Pediatric Neurology.
Iftach Shavit has cut more than a dozen documentaries including: "The Floating Market," by Joan Kaufman "Sidet," by Salem Mekuria, shown on Channel 4 in England and on WDR in Germany (Outstanding Independent Film Award, New England Film and Video Festival, 1992; Juror's Citation, Black Maria Film Festival, 1991); "Songs of Sorghum" by Joan Kaufman (Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association, 1992); "Oasis of Peace" by Jocelyn Ajami (1995 Certificate of Merit Finalist, Worldfest Houston) and "Nu'ada," a children's science video. He edited an EPK for Aerosmith’s “Honkin’ on Bobo Album”. He has also edited industrials, commercials, programs for the Discovery Channel and a weekly program for Boston Catholic Television.