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Q&A with WAR GAME Filmmakers
Jesse Moss & Tony Gerber and film participants Janessa Goldbeck & Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Saturday, August 3

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Moderated by CNN Anchor John Berman

JESSE MOSS – Co-Director / Writer / Producer Jesse Moss co-directed BOYS STATE with Amanda McBaine. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary, and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. It was released by Apple and A24. Barack Obama included BOYS STATE on his list of favorite movies of 2020. Moss’s film THE MISSION, also co-directed with Amanda McBaine, premiered at the 2023 Telluride Film Festival and is currently in theaters in the United States and the UK, via National Geographic Documentary Films. He also directed THE OVERNIGHTERS, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for the Academy Award, and released by Drafthouse Films and Netflix. He has twice been nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. His past work with Netflix includes The Family, a 5- part series, and Payday, an episode of the series Dirty Money. In 2008, he co-directed FULL BATTLE RATTLE with Tony Gerber, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW.

TONY GERBER – Co-Director / Writer Tony Gerber is an Emmy and PGA award-winning writer, producer, and director. He has written and directed over a dozen documentaries for National Geographic, filmed in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of the world. In 2018 Gerber wrote, directed and produced Kingdom of the White Wolf, a 3-part series (for Disney+) filmed in the High Arctic. His other directing credits include FULL BATTLE RATTLE, with Jesse Moss (Berlinale premiere and SXSW Special Jury Prize), THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT about the Russian arms dealer (Sundance 2014), and CNN Films' WE WILL RISE: MICHELLE OBAMA’S MISSION TO EDUCATE GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD (Television Academy Honors, CINE Golden Eagle). Gerber has collaborated with artists Matthew Barney, Allora & Calzadilla, Blane De St Croix, and Ann-Sofi Sidén on various film and installation projects. He recently produced the Emmy-nominated, Oscar-shortlisted short documentary Takeover (Tribeca, 2021) about a group of Puerto Rican activists, the Young Lords, who take over a decrepit hospital in the South Bronx. This award-winning doc will be adapted into a feature film for the independent studio Sister, produced by Gerber with Oscar-nominated screenwriter José Rivera writing the adaptation. In 2005, he co-founded the New York-based production company Market Road Films with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. He has been a board member of UnionDocs since 2020. Photo by Josiah Bania

JANESSA GOLDBECK – Vet Voice Foundation, Game Producer Janessa Goldbeck is CEO of Vet Voice Foundation, a national nonprofit organization with over 1.5 million members that mobilizes veterans to have a voice in our democracy. Goldbeck, a Marine Corps veteran, deployed overseas as a Combat Engineer Officer, managing engineering, logistics, and explosive ordnance disposal missionsin support of NATO operations.


SENATOR HEIDI HEITKAMP –  Portrays Senior Advisor to the President Heidi Heitkamp is a former Senator from North Dakota, serving from 2013-2019, where she served on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Regulatory and Federal Management. Previously, she was the Attorney General for North Dakota from 1992-2000.



John Berman is an Emmy-award winning CNN anchor and currently co-anchors CNN News Central weekdays from 9am – 12pm ET. He previously served as co-anchor of New Day and a number of other CNN broadcasts. Since joining CNN in 2012, Berman has been at the forefront of the most pressing news events, including elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine (for which CNN’s coverage was acknowledged with a DuPont-Columbia Award.) Before CNN, he worked at ABC News for nearly 17 years, and appeared on television there since 2001. He was a regular contributor to all of ABC’s broadcasts, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. In 1999 and 2000, Berman worked as an off-air reporter for ABC News covering George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. He logged more hours with then-candidate Bush than nearly any other reporter, following Bush to 45 states. In his career, he has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Mike Pence to Mitt Romney to MC Hammer. He was embedded with the Marines for the U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has covered countless hurricanes and natural disasters. From 1997 to 1999, Berman was the head writer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He has also been part of teams winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for best broadcast, and was awarded a James Beard Award in 2010. Berman started at ABC News as a desk assistant working the overnight shift in 1995. A native of Carlisle, Mass., he graduated from Harvard University, where he was president of Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He likes the Red Sox. Have a problem with that?

Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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