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JEDD AND TODD WIDER
For over sixteen years, Jedd and Todd Wider have produced numerous critically and commercially successful feature documentary films including Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award winner for Best Documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, Academy Award nominated King’s Point, the multiple Primetime Emmy Awarding and Peabody Award winner Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, directed by Alex Gibney, the Emmy Award nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, the multiple Emmy Award nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, directed by Alex Gibney, the Sundance favorite Kicking It, broadcast by ESPN, about the Homeless World Cup soccer tournament, the POV film A Dream in Doubt about the first post 9/11 revenge killing, Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy?, about our obsession with materialism and consumption, the critically acclaimed Beyond Conviction directed by Rachel Libert, about restorative justice and victim-offender mediation in the Pennsylvania prison system, broadcast on MSNBC, and Paul Cronin’s A Time to Stir about the Columbia University student uprisings in 1968.
Jedd and Todd Wider have also directed and produced the critically acclaimed God Knows Where I Am, which has won numerous awards, was widely distributed theatrically and was nationally broadcast by PBS, as well as festival favorites, To The Edge of the Sky and The Winds of Downhill.
In 2011, Todd Wider and Jedd Wider were each nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures.
The Wider’s commitment to social justice through film has been and remains informed by their respective professional endeavors.
TODD WIDER was a Columbia University trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon, focusing on cancer surgery. He was active in the passage of the Women's Health and Cancer Act of 1998, federal legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton which mandated insurance coverage for breast cancer reconstruction, and was named for his patient. He also was a volunteer surgeon for Victims Services, an organization providing surgery to victims of abuse, and was a volunteer surgeon at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City, where he helped establish the initial triage center. His social activism continues to galvanize others and to direct Wider Film Projects towards documentary work that can effect serious change.
JEDD WIDER graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law. He is a partner at a prominent international law firm in New York, a Board Member of the not-for-profit New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a long term supporter of Facing History in its fight against intolerance. Through his dedication to social issues and volunteer legal work, Jedd has assisted abused women, victimized children, evicted tenants in poverty stricken regions, and elderly prisoners including those wrongfully convicted and victimized by racial discrimination. Jedd's knowledge and appreciation of the law and international legal systems along with his lifelong dedication to social justice has contributed a strong investigative approach to their films and helps to influence the selection and direction of subject matter for Wider Film Projects.
GERARDO PUGLIA, Cinematographer
Puglia is an international cinematographer and active member of the International Cinematographers Guild since 1990. Beginning his career at Age 16, he has gone on to work as Director of Photography for myriad film and television entities, including BBC, PBS, CBS, National Geographic, RAI (Italian Television), Imagine Entertainment, and Warner Brothers.
Puglia is the recipient of two Emmys and a Peabody, along with two qualified Academy Award entries. He is an Eastman Kodak Company preferred cinematographer, consulting in the testing and development of Kodak film products. His work has been featured in numerous industry periodicals, such as iCOM Magazine and INCamera.
BRIAN J. ARIOTTI, Associate Producer
Ariotti is an up-and-coming documentary editor and producer whose film credits include Delta Boys (2012), Madina's Dream (2014), The Home Front (2015), and Meru (winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award). He began his career in 2007 as an intern for Nickelodeon, and has gone on to work for MTV, NBC, SCI-FI CHannel, AMC, The Onion, Vogue, HGTV, The Food Network, Bravo, VH1, Logo, Overture Films, and National Geographic.