Creative Team

Director, Producer Jenny Mackenzie, Ph.D. is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose mission is to produce films that promote social change. Her films include KICK LIKE A GIRL, WHERE’S HERBIE? SUGAR BABIES, LEAD WITH LOVE, DYING IN VEIN, THE OPIATE GENERATION and the 2018 Sundance Film QUIET HEROES. Her films have aired on top broadcast and VOD channels such as HBO, HULU, PBS, and Amazon, and have received praise in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. These social impact documentaries have screened at international film festivals and are currently being used by the US State Department to discuss public health and social justice issues around the globe. As a clinician, researcher, former non-profit administrator, and mother of three, Dr. Mackenzie also uses her professional experience, humor, and real-life passion to address the power of social impact film making as a teacher & motivational speaker.

Writer, James S. Hirsch is a New York Times's best-selling author, he is a former reporter for the Times and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, Hirsch wrote Cheating Destiny, Living with Diabetes, America's biggest Epidemic. He has Type 1 diabetes and lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett.Writer,

Elizabeth Diggs is a playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway in New York and in regional theatres across the country. For television, Liz wrote for the ground-breaking drama, St. Elsewhere. Her many awards include Guggenheim, NEA and Kennedy Center grants as well as the Los Angeles DramaLogue award for playwriting.

Executive Producer, Geralyn White Dreyfous produced the Academy Award winning film Born into Brothels, directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman and distributed by HBO and Think Films. In 1994, she established the center for Community Service and Documentary Studies with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University.

Editor, Christine Siegel Elder, is an Emmy-nominated editor who has had work shown on multiple broadcast networks. She was an editor for the PBS kids show ZOOM at WGBH in Boston, and edited the award-winning documentary KICK LIKE A GIRL, which premiered on HBO. She lives in Alabama with her husband, three dogs, and one cat.

Co-producer, Ann Marie Kreft, M.Ed. spent 17 years with her dad before he died of complications of type 1 diabetes, then 27 years later her own son was diagnosed at age 7. At that point, she seized every opportunity to increase public awareness of diabetes and foster working relationships among the community, the public health sector, and the academic and clinical sectors in the Boston area and beyond.

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