The Five-Finger Discount Filmmakers
Helene Stapinski is the author of three memoirs: Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family and Forgiveness in Southern Italy; Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, and Baby Plays Around. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, most recently, Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up. Stapinski has also written extensively for The New York Times, for Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Salon, Real Simple, New York magazine and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and blogs. She’s been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Today Show and as a performer with The Moth main stage. Stapinski has taught journalism and creative writing at Fordham and New York University, her alma mater, and has lectured at Columbia University, where she received an MFA.
Steve founded Pacific Street Films with Joel Sucher in 1971 and they have produced, directed, written and edited over 100 films on a wide variety of subjects, including the widely-praised From Swastika to Jim Crow (for PBS), the story of Jewish refugee scholars driven from Germany by the Nazis who found new lives teaching at black colleges in the Jim Crow South. PSF is also well known for documentaries about Hollywood filmmakers like Martin Scorsese Directs (for American Masters), Oliver Stone Inside/Out (for Showtime and the BBC) and Jessica Lange: It’s Only Make-Believe (for HBO/Cinemax). Both the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archives have celebrated Pacific Street Films with career retrospectives. Fischler is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in film; he is the director of Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & The Movies, a look at Italian Americans in Hollywood; and he is the producer of Dressing America: Tales From The Garment Center, recently broadcast on PBS.
Rosanne DeLuca Braun
President of Beachcomber Films, Rosanne created and produced Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies, executive produced by actor/director John Turturro, and co-produced with award-winning Pacific Street Films. It aired on PBS stations in the United States and on public television worldwide. Previously Rosanne was Director of Marketing and Fundraising for the Cinema Arts Centre, a leading New York and national showcase for classic and contemporary films, where she produced programs and film festivals on cultural, social and film-related topics.
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