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James Redford

James Redford, Director/Producer

James Redford writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Toxic Hot Seat, is a documentary film that examines the possible health dangers of chemical flame retardants currently used in upholstered furniture made in the USA. He is also working again with Karen Pritzker on a new documentary that explores the emerging link between childhood trauma and life-long health problems – and what can be done about it. He produced the film Watershed about the Colorado River and the acclaimed HBO documentary Mann V. Ford. Additionally, James wrote and directed Quality Time, an award-winning short comedy starring Jason Patric. He recently combined his passion for music and directing in Andain’s new music video, Much Too Much.

Other credits include producing The Kindness of Strangers which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and was picked up by HBO as well as adapting and directing Showtime’s Spin starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, and Ruben Blades. Redford also wrote the original screenplays for Cowboy Up starring Kiefer Sutherland and Darryl Hannah as well as adapting Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers, a PBS/Mystery! Series that was the highest-rated PBS-scripted program of 2002. The Acting Thing, a comedic short written by James, was named best comedic short at the 1996 Houston Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel that same year.

After surviving two liver transplants, James founded JRI, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the miraculous gift of organ donation. His live musical event, “Share the Beat”, has been performed across the country with the help of notable talents such as:
Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Deana Carter, Ruben Blades, Dana Delaney, James Denton, Ryan Merriman, and Eric Stromer among others.

James also plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area rock and roll cover band. He is an avid surfer, cyclist, and skier and currently lives in Marin County, CA. To learn more, please visit

Karen Pritzker

Karen Pritzker, Executive Producer

Karen Pritzker is the mother of Allison Schwartz, who is profiled in the film. She is the co-founder of The My Hero Project, an interactive website for kids (, that is devoted to telling the stories of ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. She is also President of Seedling Foundation. As an accomplished editor and writer, her work has appeared in numerous publications including Working Mother Magazine, Success, Seventeen, Kirkus Reviews and Newsday. She is the mother of four children and lives with her husband and four dogs in Stony Creek, CT.

Windy Borman

Windy Borman, Producer

Windy Borman brings over a decade of professional experience in film, video, event planning, theatre, and the non-profit sector to The Big Picture. She is an award-winning Director and Producer, as well as an experienced Researcher, Screenwriter and Social Media Marketing Strategist, with field and studio experience on large- and small-scale productions in the United States, England, Ghana, Thailand and Laos.

As an independent filmmaker, Windy has produced and directed films, videos, PSAs, and documentaries, including the 8-time award-winning “The Eyes of Thailand” (, 2012). Other credits include developing the grassroots screening campaign for Little Town of Bethlehem (2010), the social media strategy for The River Why (2010), and writing for IndieWire: Women and Hollywood.

From 2003-2005, Windy dedicated two years of her life to teaching middle school Drama and Dance in the South Bronx with Teach For America. In 2006, she founded D.V.A. Productions ( to produce dramatic, engaging, life-changing documentaries, films and media in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Bay Area Women in Film and Media.


Diana Iles Parker

Diana Iles Parker, Director of Marketing & Communications

Diana Iles Parker is a documentary film marketing communication strategist, producer and publicist with more than 15 years of strategic public relations experience.

Since founding Spoken Media in 2007, Diana has been involved in the success of a diverse slate of important doc films, most recently Robert Redford’s Watershed about the declining Colorado River and what can be done to reconnect the river to the sea. Other film projects include Something Ventured, Central Park Effect, MINE, Motherland, and Beijing Taxi. Diana’s producing credits include Desert Runners (to be released in 2013) and Eat The Sun (2011). In addition to films, Diana currently works with international film distributor ro*co films and as publicity and programming advisor to The Sausalito Film Festival.