Ms. Gardner garnered a number of industry awards following a trilogy of documentaries from the Vietnamese perspective. A World Beneath the War, nominated for an Emmy, explored the operation of secret tunnels during the American war. Precious Cargo, produced in association with ITVS, chronicled the return to Vietnam of the first generation of Vietnamese adoptees from Operation Baby Lift. Last Ghost of War follows the court trials resulting from the grim aftermath of herbicides sprayed during the war.
Two more documentaries cover the Indochina War as it affected Cambodia. Dancing Through Death: The Monkey, Magic and Madness of Cambodia tells the story of Cambodian monkey dancers striving to rebuild their centuries-old tradition of storytelling after Asia’s most devastating holocaust. The compelling personal account of a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey, has garnered awards at film festivals and was presented by WNET for broadcast on PBS stations from April 2015 to 2018.
Ms. Gardner was attracted to the little known story of 19th century inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper. Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story won a CINE award and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Janet Paxton Gardner
Ms. Gardner began her career as a field producer, film editor and news writer for NBC News and WNBC-TV, WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.) and CBS News. As a print journalist, she was a feature writer for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and contributed to The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Globe. Ms. Gardner is an alumna of New York University’s Graduate Institute of Film and Television (now Tisch School of the Arts) and Cooper Union.
Richard A. Nurse
Senior Producer and Narrator
Director of Photography/Cinematographer
Ms. Israel studied film at New York University and landed several jobs editing various music videos, commercials, and experimental films as a student. Of the latter, Israel worked closely with famed photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank cataloging and preserving his own experimental films and documentaries.
Israel made the leap to directing her own documentary with the controversial 2010 film “Windfall,” a project that originated from her own experiences in the Catskill Mountains when the small town near the cabin she regularly retreated to plunged into a contentious debate about wind energy when some residents agreed to allow towering wind generators to be built on their land, and others opposed it.
Previous credits include Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! and House of Z (as associate editor). In addition to editing, Chelsea has also worked as a graphic designer on projects such as Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, and “Burt’s Bees: From the Source.”