Colleen Shaw, Director / Producer

Colleen Shaw is a New York based documentary filmmaker from Chicago. She views projects on a larger scale that extend across multiple platforms. She believes projects should enhance a stories value, improve engagement & strengthen community ties. Her unique approach to business was shaped by her background. After graduating from Marquette University, advertising led her to New York City. Her focus on the importance of story and visual aesthetics can be traced back to her time spent on the creative side of advertising. Colleen is currently working on biographical, social & cultural, and sport related projects.

Bob Eisenhardt, Editing Consultant

Three-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Bob Eisenhardt is broadly considered one of-if not the - best documentary editor in the business. A frequent HBO collaborator, Bob tends to cut for top documentary directors like two-time Oscar-winner, Barbara Kopple and the legendary Albert Maysles. Films that he has edited have garnered two Oscar nominations, nineteen Emmys, two Peabodys, and numerous other awards. Two of his films, VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR and DIXIE CHICKS: SHUT UP & SING are among the highest earning documentaries of all time.

James Lescene, Story Editing Consultant

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Writer Academy Award-winning, short film, TREVOR. Co-founder, The Trevor Project. Adapted Armistead Maupin's FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY into an Emmy nominated mini-series for SHOWTIME. Wrote one of the final episodes of WILL & GRACE. Eve Ensler recently commissioned James to write some monologues for men to add to her famous, VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Winner of the NY Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the LA Theater Weekly Award, James' first solo show, WORD OF MOUTH was presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler. His young adult novel, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS, (published by Harper Collins) was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association. His new novel, VIRGIN TERRITORY, was published by Egmont USA in 2010. James' first editing venture, THE LETTER Q, a collection in which famous writers (including James) write letters to their younger selves, was just published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Conor Dwyer, Affiliate

Olympic Gold Medalist and 2016 Olympic hopeful, Conor Dwyer, shared an identical background as Patrick up until one defining day. As former teammates, they have a unique bond and Conor represents the polar opposite of “life changing in the blink of an eye.” Both athletes are currently training for their livelihood. Connor training for the 2016 Olympics, meanwhile Patrick’s training to come out of his LIS - each day is a battle of physical and mental toughness.

Andrea Swift, Story Consultant

Andrea Swift is a multi-award-winning film and television Writer/Director/Producer. As Director, and then Executive Producer/show runner of the PBS series, “In the Life”, Swift dramatically raised the production values, profile, and ratings of the two-time Telly winner and three-time Emmy nominee – without increasing its budget. She wrote for and directed a range of celebrity talent most of whom, she also brought to show. These included Academy Award winners Laura Linney and Susan Sarandon, and Tony Award-winners Alan Cumming, Cherry Jones and Harvey Fierstein among many others.

Mary Jo Harte, Medical Consultant

Mary Jo Harte is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience. She is currently a hospice nurse in Chicago. In September of 2011 she became Patrick's first nurse when he returned home from the hospital. Mary Jo, who was never particularly interested in working with teenagers or in rehab, found her days becoming filled with learning and laughter and her life was fundamentally changed. She now functions as Patrick's friend and advocate. She celebrates Patrick and their friendship by participating in the Chicago Triathlon each year as a fund raising project.

Linda Hattendorf, Consultant

Linda Hattendorf has been active in the New York documentary community for nearly two decades. Her directorial debut, The Cats of Mirikitani, won prizes at more than 25 festivals worldwide, including the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere, was broadcast nationally on PBS's series Independent Lens, and played theatrically in the US and abroad. Her editing work has aired on PBS, A&E, and The Sundance Channel as well as in theatrical venues and many festivals. She edited 7th Street, directed by Josh Pais; Julia Pimsleur's Brother Born Again; Christina Lundberg's On the Road Home: A Spiritual Journey Guided by Remarkable Women, Nancy Recant's Jin Shin Jyutsu, and Danny Schechter's In Debt We Trust. She was Associate Editor on Frontline's The Choice '96, and on Barbara Kopple's Bearing Witness; Contributing Editor on POV's American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii; a cameraperson on William Greaves' Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take 2 1/2 , and a researcher on the Ken Burns series The West. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds degrees in Literature, Art History, and Media Studies.

Immy Humes, Consultant

Immy Humes is an independent documentary filmmaker and TV producer. Her work has a wide range of subject, with underlying social and political themes related to justice, class, gender, and race. It has a distinctive, recognizable, voice and often uses an indirect approach or humor. Her most recent film, Doc, opened at Film Forum and aired on PBS. About her late father, HL “Doc” Humes, it is a political, personal, and cultural tale of mental illness, drugs, and creativity. Critics called it “exquisite,” “fascinating,” “engaging,” nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic.” Immy’s first film, A Little Vicious, about an alleged pit bull, was nominated for an Academy Award. She has won a MacDowell Colony fellowship; screenings at MOMA and festivals from Amsterdam to Arkansas; grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Soros, ITVS, NEH, CPB and others. Her work has aired on PBS, NBC News, A&E, National Geographic, Court TV, and Michael Moore’s TV Nation.

Ron Kopp, Consultant

Ron Kopp received his MFA in Film from Columbia University. He recently completed directing a feature-length film version of Jeff Cohen's off-Broadway play "The Soap Myth." He has worked as an editor, a sound editor, a music consultant and an archival film researcher on a wide variety of projects. For a number of years he was the Film Program Director at the Paramount Center for the Arts, a landmarked movie palace in Peekskill, NY. He has also been a regularly featured commentator on movies for NPR. For barnesandnoble.com, Ron was "Dr. Video": he wrote a humorous column that prescribed videos to help readers cope with their real life problems.