Supergirl

Naomi Kutin seems like a typical eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl. Watching her lift nearly nearly three times her bodyweight tells a different story.

THE TEAM

Jessie Auritt - Director, Producer, Editor

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Jessie Auritt is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her short film, THE BIRDMAN, about the quirky owner of a used music store, premiered at DOC NYC in 2012 and was an official selection at festivals across the country and received numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Short Documentary at Slamdance in 2013. Jessie made her first film, THE PRICE OF EDUCATION, about a single mother struggling to provide a better future for her family, as an undergraduate at Tufts University. In addition to independent filmmaking, she has shot, edited, directed and produced videos for UNICEF, IFC.com, and The New York Daily News, as well as many other companies and non-profit organizations. SUPERGIRL will mark Jessie’s debut as a feature film director and editor.

 

Carmen Delaney - Cinematographer, Producer

Carmen Delaney is a NY/LA based cinematographer and filmmaker. She is known for her unique narrative approach to shooting documentaries. Delaney has shot corporate, industrial and commercial work for clients such as Google, Adobe, HP, AirBnB, Puma, Sephora, Chase and The City of New York. Her work has been screened at film festivals around the world including the Toronto Film and Music Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the European Film Festival. Delaney is currently in production on three feature films: SUPERGIRL, LAS CHAVAS, and SOLEDAD. She is a fellow of CIFF’s Points North Fellowship, Film Independent’s Fast Track program and Documentary Lab, and IFP’s Spotlight on Documentaries and Documentary Labs. She holds a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.

 

Justin Levy - Co-Producer

Justin Levy is a freelance film producer, editor, and writer working in documentary and narrative film. He recently worked with Academy Award nominated director Marshall Curry on his latest documentary, POINT AND SHOOT, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. After studying film at Johns Hopkins University, he worked as a public radio producer, creating programs heard on NPR stations throughout the United States. Interested in broadening his work to include film, he worked on Matt Porterfield’s film, I USED TO BE DARKER. He was hooked, and transitioned from radio to film, holding positions including PA, electrician, post-production coordinator, production manager and editor on projects ranging from feature films to commercials.


Erik Dugger - Editor

While working in Asia, Erik’s early projects explored topics ranging from innovations in stem-cell research, eco-tourism in Malaysia, to the UN’s land mine removal mission in Lebanon. Since moving to the US eight years ago, he has worked on a number of feature-length documentaries that include BLOOD, SWEAT + GEARS, featuring a professional American cycling team, THE MAGIC LIFE, which follows three aspiring magicians trying to turn their passion into a career, NO LE DIGAS A NADIE, the story of an undocumented immigrant activist publicly coming out of the shadows, and LITTLE WHITE LIE, in which a young Jewish woman raised in an all-white community confronts her family & her own identity after discovering she is actually black at age eighteen. His work has been featured on the Sundance Channel, the Discovery Channel, A&E Biography, as well as PBS’s Independent Lens and POV series.

 

Eliot Krimsky & Derek Nievergelt - Music Composer & Producer

Derek Nievergelt & Eliot Krimsky

Derek Nievergelt & Eliot Krimsky

Eliot Krimsky is a co-founder and lead singer of the band Glass Ghost, composer, and media artist. Glass Ghost has been called "delicately brave” by Andy McCluskey of the electronic group OMD, and “weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic” by Time Out New York. In 2015, Glass Ghost did an interactive new media performance at Lincoln Center. Krimsky has collaborated with Meshell Ndegeocello, Open House, Battle Trance, Here We Go Magic, choreographer Beth Gill, and director Dustin Guy Defa. His music has been featured for film and television on HBO and at the Sundance Film Festival, and for dance in the Laurie Anderson curated Live Ideas festival. Krimsky has done multimedia performances with the NY arts organization Performance Space 122, and has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, O2 Arena London, and Montreal Jazz Festival.

Derek Nievergelt is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music. After being selected for the Thelonious Monk Institute at New England Conservatory, Derek received one-on-one instruction from the institute‘s musical director, legendary bassist Ron Carter. Derek has toured internationally as a member of Terence Blanchard’s quintet. While in Blanchard‘s band, Derek recorded the trumpeter’s Grammy- nominated album, Let‘s Get Lost, and was featured on the score to Spike Lee‘s film Bamboozled. As a performer and recording artist, Derek has played with a diverse selection of artists like Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Coldplay, and Keb Mo to name a few. As a songwriter and producer Derek has written and released songs for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and he Co-Produced Robin Mckelle's Sony release Soul Flower and Co-Wrote many of the Songs on Soul Flower and her follow up release Heart of Memphis.