The Film Team

YAEL LUTTWAK | director/producer

Yael is an award-winning director and producer who premiered her first feature, A Slim Peace at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Sundance Channel broadcast the documentary in the United States, and it was distributed worldwide. Yael recently completed co-directing/producing an award-winning documentary MAINE GIRLS that premiered at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival. MAINE GIRLS is currently screening at festivals across the country and distributed on Kanopy. Yael also produced a documentary feature on Boko Haram for Voice of America/Creative Associates. Yael's prior films include My Favorite Neoconservative, which screened at the San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Jewish Film Festivals; and To Step Forward Myself, which premiered at the 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and The Robinson International Short Film Silver Prize. Currently, Yael is making films for production and commercial companies, organizations and non-profits, and serving on the Advisory Board of Stone Soup Films. Yael's first job after film school was as Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh's researcher on his production of "Two-thousand Years," a play at London's National Theatre. Her first couple of short films have been widely distributed, among them Hans Rausing and Yitzhak Rabin: 1922-1995, a New Regency production.

ABIGAIL TANNEBAUM SHARON | director/producer

Abigail Tannebaum Sharon is a native Washingtonian and discovered her love for cinema at the age of two during a drive-in movie. Her love for film has not faded and she has been telling stories ever since. Abigail feels fortunate to make a living at it as a documentary filmmaker – she has produced and directed three independent documentary films. Her first independent film Rudy and Neal Go Fishing is an award-winning film about a U.S. Veteran coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who goes fishing for therapy. Rudy and Neal Go Fishing made its broadcast premiere Memorial Day 2015 on Fox Sports 1 and will air on PBS nationwide on Veterans Day 2017. Her work over the past two decades includes an Emmy-award winning program with clients ranging from a national commercial campaign, National Geographic Channel, UpWorthy, PBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, and VOA. Abigail graduated from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, and received McGill’s Scarlet Key Award celebrating excellence in leadership and is a member of McGill's Scarlet Key Society.

Yael Luttwak & Abigail Tannebaum Sharon | Directors and Producers of MAINE GIRLS

Yael Luttwak & Abigail Tannebaum Sharon | Directors and Producers of MAINE GIRLS

SONNIE DOCKSER | executive producer

Sonnie is President of the Sonnie Foundation. The foundation supports education, humanitarian needs, scientific and medical research, and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Vital Voices, and a member of the Executive Committee. Since 2003 she has played an active role in Vital Voices Middle East/Northern Ireland program, working with women leaders from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Arab Israeli, and Arab leaders from the West Bank and Gaza. The program grew to include women from South Africa to bring greater understanding as they work toward peace. She is a member of the International Governing Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is president of Slim Peace Groups. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

SUSAN BAROCAS | co-producer

Susan Barocas is a writer, producer, and director specializing in documentary film and films for non-profit organizations. Her broadcast credits include projects for Discovery, Channel 4 (London), PBS, Maryland Public Television, and Sierra Club, among others. Recently, she served as the National Outreach Manager for National Geographic’s North American release of the award-winning 3D giant screen film Jerusalem and in a similar position for the Justice Matters Impact Project for the Washington, DC International Film Festival. Also, an experienced producer of special events, Susan served as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival for several years as well as the Women in Film and Video International Film Festival. A board member of CINE, she chairs the Circle Award jury for the Washington, DC International Film Festival.

SHEILA KINKADE | co-producer

Writer, storyteller, and filmmaker Sheila Kinkade has spent much of her career advocating for the needs of young people in the U.S. and internationally. She is co-producer of Cafeteria Man, a feature-length documentary chronicling a pioneering school food reform effort in Baltimore, MD; co-author of Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, a book profiling 30 young heroes in 20 countries; and the author of four nonfiction children’s books celebrating our world as a common home. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism with roots in Maine, Sheila brings to Maine Girls a passion for the documentary tradition, combined with 25 years of experience in developing results-based communications strategies for nonprofit organizations.


David Grossbach has been editing films professionally for more than 30 years, including Cafeteria Man, which was an Official Selection at the prestigious Silver Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C. He has produced, written, and edited shows for PBS, DISCOVERY Channel, National Geographic, The History Channel, and for theatrical release. Currently he’s editing films about Henrietta Boggs, the former first lady of Costa Rica and the DC Divas Women’s full contact football team. He lives in Baltimore and NYC with his wife, the novelist Jessica Anya B.


Carol Slatkin is a highly regarded video editor and post-producer based in Washington, DC. Her career in post-production spans over 30 years and covers a wide variety of programming including broadcast documentaries, web videos, and museum and corporate projects. Her credits include the Peabody awarded PBSseries “180 Days - A Day in the Life of An American High School”, Frontline’s “Is WalMart Good for America?” and National Geographic’s “Search for the Afghan Girl”.