About the Filmmakers
Our Ben Hecht Team
William Levine is a businessman, community leader and philanthropist. He was previously Executive Director of the documentary about Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate.
Levine has worked extensively with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to diversify its outreach and education efforts through the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education.
An Emmy award-winning editor who has been telling compelling stories for over thirty years. She has edited films and videos on topics as diverse as tango dancing to PTSD. Her films have appeared in movie theatres, on network television, cable television, streaming platforms, and in film festivals around the world. Her current films explored the life of baseball player and spy Moe Berg, the legacy of Justice John Marshall, the Right to Die Movement, oil spills, and autism.
Alison Richards has worked in documentary film and television production and research for the past 20 years.
She was the Associate Producer of both Aviva Kempner’s The Spy Behind Home Plate and Rosenwald, special DVD package which includes over four hours of extras and an educational packet.
Most recently, Richards was an Archival Producer for John Marshall, The Man Who Made The Supreme Court. She was Associate Producer of NOVA’s Spies that Fly, a history of unmanned aerial vehicles. Her work in research and production also includes: When My Time Comes: A Conversation about Dying with Diane Rehm; Smithsonian’s Stories from the Vaults with Tom Cavanagh, a behind-the scenes look at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex; the WGBH Emmy Award-winning story, Why the Towers Fell, about the collapse of the World Trade Center; NOVA’s Bioterror: Coping with the New Reality; the WGBH Peabody award-winning series Building Big with David Macaulay: Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, Tunnel; and the independent film, Tale of the Tongs.
Richards received a Master’s in Documentary Film from American University and a certificate in Copyright from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Yemen, grew up in Southern California and has a BA degree in English from the University of California at Irvine.
A 2019 graduate of the George Washington University Documentary Film Center, he wrote and directed the award-winning documentary short One Fall, which explores the return of independent professional wrestling to the District of Columbia. Prior to filmmaking, he was a practicing attorney, most recently with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, where he prosecuted ethical misconduct in the DC government. He also owns and manages his family farm in Lincoln County, West Virginia, which produces 100% grass-fed Hereford beef. Burns holds a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University, a JD from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic Communication at the GWU School of Media and Public Affairs. He is an Associate Producer on Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting.
Social Media Coordinator and Website Administrator
Jessie Atkin is a 2015 graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at American University. She writes fiction, poetry, essays, and plays. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The YA Review Network, Writers Resist, Flock Lit, and elsewhere. She is also the Social Media Coordinator for the documentary, Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting.