Peter Hutchison - Director/Producer/Writer
Peter Hutchison is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, NY Times Bestselling author, educator and activist. Based in Brooklyn, his experience in film and TV production – as a documentary director, producer and writer – spans nearly two decades.
He recently produced & directed Requiem for the American Dream: Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power – an exploration of wealth inequity in America, grounded in an intimate, long-form interview with Noam Chomsky (Netflix). A NY Times Critics Pick and #1 top-selling doc on iTunes, the book version of the film debuted at #6 on the NY Times Bestseller list (Seven Stories Press).
He is currently at work on a triad of films exploring hate in America, including the feature Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation, which examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of "Life After Hate" – an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis now engaged in de-radicalizing violent extremists, and transforming attitudes of intolerance. The companion pieces Angry White Men: American Masculinity in the Age of Trump, based upon the groundbreaking work of sociologist Michael Kimmel (Grasshopper Film), and Auschwitz: Facing the Legacy of Hatred, which follows ex neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Tony McAleer on a personal journey of atonement through the Polish death camps (currently in post), complete the trilogy.
His numerous documentaries include What Would Jesus Buy? (Sundance Channel) with producing partner Morgan Spurlock; the award-winning SPLIT: A Divided America (IFC Choice Indie) and follow-up SPLIT: A Deeper Divide (Documentary Channel); and Awake Zion, the Jerusalem IFF closing night event (Film Buff). He holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
David Kuhn - Producer/Writer
David has extensive experience in documentary film production, television, journalism, photography and law. He is currently producing Life After Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation, which examines the root causes and conditions that foster racism and xenophobia among the radicalized Alt Right (2019), Visible Man, on elevating the black experience in America for boys and men of color (in production), Give or Take, a feature on one man’s journey to accept his father, and change his life (in post-production) and Recovering West Virginia, on the beauty and struggle of this state of despair (in production). He recently produced a documentary feature, The King, on the life of Elvis Presley as a metaphor for the rise and fall of the American empire. He produced a short film in Cuba, The Cyclist (Una Cyclista) for “The New Yorker Presents...” series on Amazon (2016).
Before his current position as Senior Producer for The Nantucket Project, he has served as legal counsel and/or producer for documentaries such as: Denial (2016), (T)error (2015), Requiem for the American Dream (2015), The House I Live In (2012), Beyond the Boardroom (2006), and Capturing the Friedmans (2003). In prior work, he was a public defender litigating in Manhattan criminal courts for nearly a decade, embedded with US troops in northern Afghanistan, and was published in Vogue, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other publications for writing and photography. His films have appeared at Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and many others. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019 for his work in film and music and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
Lucas Sabean - Producer/Editor
Lucas Sabean is a professional video editor, producer and filmmaker with 20 years of experience. His work has played at the Telluride film festival, Seattle International film festival, Chicago International film festival, and Slamdance film festival among many others. He has extensive experience in the commercial field having produced and edited thousands of videos, a large body of experiential work, and feature-length independent narrative and documentary films.
He was named a "Filmmaker of Tomorrow" at the 1999 Telluride Film Festival for his short film Relievio (2000), and associate produced the feature-length Sundance Film Festival's Roof to Roof (2001). His film End of Era (2003) was selected as part of the Underground Zero film program, screening at more than a dozen International film festivals. The Last Stand (2008) won best feature film by a local filmmaker at the Backseat Film Festival. Choreographer Paul Taylor has called his films "superb - like poems made visible." He has an MFA from Boston University in Film Production.
Making The Film
I’ve had the privilege of spending the past several years working with anti-hate activists Life After Hate - a group of former neo-Nazis and Skinheads now working to de-radicalize White Nationalists (although they prefer the term “re-humanize”), and provide education & support for families & communities battling on the front lines of hate.
When I embarked on the project – initially envisioned as an examination of the “crisis of masculinity” in America – Trump had yet to settle into the Oval Office. Although the warning signs were surely there, I could never have anticipated what lay ahead in the form of Charlottesville, the rise of the Alt Right, executive branch-endorsed xenophobia & intolerance, and a truly shocking rise in hate crimes.
Now Nationalism and extremist hate crimes have been catapulted to the world stage – from the tragic anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh, to the brutal assault upon Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, NZ, to the senseless targeting of Hispanics in El Paso – along with a very public debate about who we aspire to be as a people. It was my good fortune to find myself in the company of this extraordinary group of individuals, committed towards creating a powerful force for good, instead of merely cursing the darkness.
It’s been an honor to work with and learn from such an inspiring group of people – not to mention having been given the opportunity to tell their remarkable story. In the midst of disturbing and uncertain times, they’ve shown me – time and time again – that there’s a hopeful way forward. I believe this film captures and conveys that crucial message and spirit.