After reading newspaper articles about Greg Louganis’ return to diving, Producer Will Sweeney knew that Greg’s story would make a great film. He thought of Director Cheryl Furjanic immediately. Cheryl is no stranger to making films about decorated Olympians. Will and Cheryl reached out to Greg in the spring of 2011 and they began shooting with Greg in May 2011.
CHERYL FURJANIC (DIRECTOR) is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened at 100+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her first feature documentary, Sync or Swim (2008), received numerous awards including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Cheryl holds a BFA in Film & Television production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters from NYU/Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She has been teaching documentary production at New York University for over a decade. She has yet to attempt diving or synchronized swimming.
WILL SWEENEY (PRODUCER) is a writer, producer and director based in New York City. Will was a producer on the award-winning The Royal Tenenbaums and has worked in production and development at Miramax Films and Walt Disney Pictures. With an emphasis on story and character development, Sweeney has worked on dozens of major motion pictures including Rounders, Cider House Rules, and The Squid and the Whale. Will also is active as a strategist in several progressive and grassroots political campaigns in New York City including marriage equality, expanding open space, and reforming immigration. Will graduated from the New York University-Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film & Television production.
KAREN K. H. SIM (EDITOR / CO-PRODUCER) won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Editing Award for “Watchers of the Sky”. She began her documentary filmmaking career as an editor on Maro Chermayeff’s Juilliard, a 2-hour special for the PBS series American Masters. She then further honed her skills in storytelling by working with Frontline producer/director Ofra Bikel, editing a number of her films, including the Emmy award winning An Ordinary Crime and The Burden of Innocence. Since then, she’s edited Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie and has worked with Liz Garbus as her producer and editor on a number of projects, including Shouting Fire: From the Edge of Free Speech which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and most recently, a Focus Forward Films short documentary, Robot which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
DIANA HOLTZBERG (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) has been with Films Transit International, one of the longest running (since 1982) renowned and respected agencies specializing in the worldwide release and marketing of high profile, unique theatrical and TV documentaries and miniseries, since 2001. In addition to her acquisition, festival strategy and sales work, Diana acts as executive producer / creative producer on a select number of film projects each year. Some examples: Bert Stern: Original Madman; Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould; The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale – for which she won an Emmy Award in 2009 in the Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming category; End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones; Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust; Open Secret; Loving & Cheating; and Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives Of Women Over 65. Based in New York, Diana has her own company, East Village Entertainment for independent projects, including Design Is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli – currently in theatrical release; Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve – successful theatrical release in the US and upcoming in Canada, broadcast on Al Jazeera America; Broken Heart Land, funded by ITVS, will premiere on America Reframed June 2014; and currently in production Mr Gaga; Growing Up Coy, and Back on Board: Greg Louganis.