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Brian Palmer is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. He has worked as a freelance producer for the Tribeca Film Festival and MTV’s True Life documentary series; contributed to the Public Broadcasting System’s program Now with David Brancaccio; and provided footage to ABC World News. Full Disclosure, for which Palmer received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Applied Research Center, is his first film.

From 2000 to 2002 Palmer was an on-air correspondent at CNN. He was a staff writer at Fortune from 1998 to 2000 and Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report for the two years prior to that. Palmer began his career in journalism as a fact-checker at The Village Voice.

Palmer has written for Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Pixel Press, Newsweek International, ColorLines, among others. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Politiken (Copenhagen) and other publications. He is a lecturer at The School of Visual Arts’ MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media Program in New York City.

Palmer earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University in 1986 and an MFA in Photography from New York City’s School of Visual Arts. In the mid-1980s he studied Mandarin and history at Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China.

Carol Dysinger,
Supervising Editor. Dysinger is a writer, editor, director, and educator. She was editor of Punk, nominated for a National Emmy Award, and Finishing Editor of the NBC TV version and feature version of Deadline (Sundance 2004). Dysinger’s feature editing credits include Santitos, directed by Alejandro Springall (Sundance 2000), and Rain, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Katherine Lindbergh (Sundance 2002).

Dysinger is now directing a documentary about the US nation-building effort in Afghanistan. She brings her substantial editing experience to emerging filmmakers as a consultant and advisor.
Dysinger is a tenured professor at New York University’s Graduate Film & Television Program.

Kirsten Johnson,
Editorial Consultant. Kirsten Johnson’s feature film script My Habibi was selected for the 2006 Sundance Writer’s Lab and Director’s Lab, and was awarded an Annenberg grant.Deadline, (co-directed with Katy Chevigny), premiered at Sundance in 2004, was broadcast on NBC to an audience of 5.5 million people, and won the Thurgood Marshall Award. Her previous documentary as a Director, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO in 1999. As Cinematographer, she recently shot Darfur Now, a Warner Independent/Participant Pictures documentary on the crisis in Darfur; Lioness, a film that follows returning women Iraq War veterans; and Pray the Devil Back To Hell, a documentary shot in Monrovia that chronicles the end of Liberia’s civil war. Johnson has worked with directors such as Raoul Peck, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, and Kirby Dick. Her cinematography is featured in Fahrenheit 9/11, the Academy Award-nominated Asylum, the Emmy-winning Ladies First, and Sundance premiere documentaries This Film Not Yet Rated, American Standoff, and Derrida.

Mark Meatto,
Consulting Editor. Mark Meatto is a documentary filmmaker and editor. His first feature, Bright Leaves (dir. Ross McElwee) premiered at Directors Fortnight at Cannes, aired nationally on PBS’s POV, and made Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 films of 2004. Meatto is currently directing and producing three features: The Ambassador, the story of tribal leader Moi Enomenga’s investigation into the mass murder of one of the Amazon’s last isolated tribes; What We Have to Say, an intimate portrait of a New York City theatre company for children who stutter; and How To Grow A Band, a musical coming of age story about 26-year-old mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile. Additional credits include Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L-1037 (Silverdocs), The Same River Twice (Sundance) and Always A Bridesmaid (Cinemax Reel Life). Prior to that, Meatto apprenticed with acclaimed filmmakers Ricky Leacock and Bob Gardner. He is an honors graduate of Harvard University, where he studied filmmaking and philosophy.

Adam Bolt,
Editor. Adam Bolt is a New York-based filmmaker. He edited and co-produced The Recruiter, which was in the Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released by HBO Documentary Films during the summer. Other recent editing credits include episodes of Dan Rather’s weekly newsmagazine, Dan Rather Reports, and the HBO/AOL online comedy series This Just In. He was an assistant editor on Why We Fight: PBS Version (Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2005). Adam teaches documentary film editing at The Edit Center in New York.

Olga Oros,
Assistant Editor. Oros has worked in all aspects of documentary filmmaking, from preproduction through post. Her first independent short documentary as a director, Birth of a New Nation, about Kosovo’s independence struggle, is near completion.

Oros did additional editing with Chris Seward on Wake Up (2008) and The End of America (2008) directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern and based on the book of the same title by Naomi Wolf. Oros was an associate/assistant editor for the Tangier Treehouse by wooway films; PBS American Masters Series in 2007; The History Channel’s one-hour documentary series The Revolution (2006); The New York Times/Discovery Times documentary Ballot Battles about the US electoral system (2004); and Showtime’s What’s Going On, 10 half-hour documentaries about child abuse around the world produced in conjunction with the United Nations.

Edith Palmer,
Financial Adviser. Edith Palmer has provided financial counsel and support to her son Brian during the production and post-production of Full Disclosure. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hunter College City of New York and Teachers College Columbia University. She worked as a speech-language therapist in school systems in New York and New Jersey, for over 40 years, providing direct service to speech and language impaired children in school and home-based programs. As a member of the Child Study Team in Elizabeth, N.J. she was responsible for evaluating and classifying appropriate pre-school and school-aged children for Special Education placement.

Karen Palmer,
Consulting Producer. Karen Palmer is an independent television and event producer, media trainer, and presentation consultant. She spent over 20 years at CBS News, CNN and MSNBC as a producer, writer and manager, working in day-of-air, long-form and talk programming. Over the course of her career, she has won four Emmy Awards, a Headliner Award and a Peabody Award.