Sam Ball is a director and co-founder of Citizen Film, a nonprofit storytelling organization dedicated to serving coalitions devoted to civic, cultural and educational engagement. Sam’s work has been exhibited at many of America’s most prestigious venues, from the Sundance Film Festival to MoMA-NY, and disseminated widely on public television in the US and Europe. Citizen Film launched the New Media in Jewish Studies Initiative with Columbia University in order to collaborate with major Jewish Studies scholars on multimedia documentary exhibitions shown at cultural institutions (the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Jewish Film Institute, the Magnes at UC Berkeley, the Yiddish Book Center, etc.), in public spaces from New York’s Times Square to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, and online. Sam’s previous humanities-based works include a live multimedia performance exploring the legacy of the Group Theatre (supported by a Hewlett and Gerbode Foundation Grant to collaborate with playwright Corey Fischer), and a multimedia project about Chagall and the Artists of Russian Jewish Theatre shown at the Jewish Museum NY, LACMA, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University, where he also serves as director of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and teaches in the American Studies program. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. His books include In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern, also Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, and The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem. He frequently lectures on topics related to Jewish literature, history, humor, and popular culture at the 92nd St Y and other venues throughout the United States.
Sebastian Schulman is the Executive Director of KlezKanada, a leading organization in the world of Yiddish culture and Jewish music, and a literary translator from Yiddish and other languages. He previously directed translated initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center and served for several years on the faculty of Jewish Studies at Smith College. His original writing, scholarship, and translations have appeared in Words Without Borders, Forward, Electric Literature, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Schulman's translation of Spomenka Stimec’s Esperanto-language novel Croatian War Nocturnal was published by Phoneme Media in 2017. He lives in Montréal, Québec.