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Katy Chevigny is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Big Mouth Productions. Most recently, she produced DARK MONEY, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award® - Best Documentary Feature. In 2015, Katy directed one of the storylines in Kartemquin Film’s documentary series HARD EARNED, winner of a 2016 Alfred I. DuPont Award, which explores the lives of five American families struggling to get by in today's economy. She co-directed (with Ross Kauffman) the Emmy-nominated documentary E-TEAM, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Chevigny has produced and/or directed 12 critically acclaimed feature-length documentary films through Big Mouth, including DEADLINE, ELECTION DAY and also 1971 with Marilyn Ness. Her work has won multiple awards, been broadcast on networks including PBS, NBC, HBO, Netflix, Arte/ZDF and has played at festivals around the world.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and works as a producer and a director. Most recently, she directed CHARM CITY which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award® - Best Documentary Feature. The film was broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens in April 2019. Before that, she produced CAMERAPERSON (dir. Kirsten Johnson), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, was released by the Criterion Collection and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards. TRAPPED (dir. Dawn Porter), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens, and was awarded a Peabody. She also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-TEAM, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was bought by Netflix Original, and later earned two Emmy nominations. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971 which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2014, broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens in 2015, and earned an Emmy nomination. She directed the documentary feature film BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011.
Simon Mendes is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and producer. Simon joined the Big Mouth Productions team as Associate Producer in December of 2016, after working for more than a year in communications and outreach for PBS' POV series. In addition to his work with Big Mouth, Simon has directed short documentary films of his own, which have screened and won awards at several festivals across the country.