Jonathan Olshefski & Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Jonathan Olshefski is an artist and documentary filmmaker. His debut feature documentary, QUEST was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmys in 2019. The film premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 festivals nationally and internationally. In 2017 he was named as one of 25 New Faces in Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and mentioned in the New York Times as one of “The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch.” In 2018 he received the “Truer Than Fiction Award” at the Independent Spirit Awards and was selected for a Pew Artist Fellowship. Olshefski strives to tell intimate and nuanced stories that honor his subjects’ complexity by employing a production process that emphasizes collaboration, dialogue, and relationship in order to amplify their voices and reflect their points of view in an artful way. He has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and is an Associate Professor at Rowan University where he teaches in the department of Radio, TV, and Film. He lives in Philadelphia with his two sons. Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an American documentary filmmaker. She is known for producing and editing films on cultural and social issues. In 2018, she was invited to become a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).[1] Gordon co-produced and edited DOCUMENTED, a documentary about Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and immigration activist. DOCUMENTED was nominated for the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary. She won ADIFF 2015's Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color for BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez about poet and activist Sonia Sanchez. It was broadcast on America ReFramed and nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Other notable filmography include Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, produced with Byron Hurt, and Quest, which was nominated for the 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, the 2019 Peabody Award and the 2019 News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Social Issue Documentary. Gordon graduated from New York University and is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University.