The Filmmakers

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Laura Hart, Director

Laura has worked as a communications professional for more than 20 years. She served on the staff of Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins, was appointed Deputy Press Secretary of his successful 1989 campaign for Mayor of the City of New York, and rose to senior positions in the Dinkins administration.

  

As a Press Secretary and Speechwriter, Laura served in City Hall and at city agencies addressing a range of issues, including human and civil rights, education, health, and housing. She was appointed Media Director of NY’92, the city’s host committee for the 1992 Democratic National Convention, which launched Bill Clinton’s successful campaign for the presidency. She has since worked on media and logistics for many national and local political campaigns as well as several Democratic National Conventions.


After his tenure at City Hall, Mayor Dinkins invited Laura to become Chief of Staff of his office at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs as well as Producer for his new radio show “Dialogue with Dinkins,” on station WLIB. Laura also worked as a Senior Associate for Washington, DC-based Langhum Mitchell Communications, serving as New York City representative for this comprehensive communications firm specializing in public policy and issues faced by nonprofit organizations. LMC’s clients include national foundations, cultural institutions, health and human services organizations and environmental advocates. 


Laura is a graduate of New York University where she majored in Politics and minored in American History and Journalism. She also continues her lifelong interest in visual media; she studied film theory at Columbia University and has continued her studies at Docs in Progress, a non-profit that supports documentary filmmakers. She is currently at work on “Run DND,” a documentary about the campaign and administration of David N. Dinkins, the first African-American to serve as Mayor of the City of New York.

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Nina Streich, Producer

Nina Streich has an extensive background in both the film and television industries and in politics, from film editing and documentary production to producing and managing film festivals and other high profile events. Career highlights include cutting trailers for over 50 major studio and independent feature films, serving as Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, managing the Newport International Film Festival and creating and running the Global Peace Film Festival.

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