Moderated by Kristen Wolf, award-winning filmmaker, producer and author.
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PANELESTS & MODERATOR BIOS
MARCIA ROSS – BIO
Marcia Ross produced the documentaries Nasrin (Critics Choice Nominee), Terrence McNally: Every Act Of Life (for which she received an Emmy nomination), 40 Million: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Iran, The State of Marriage, Father Joseph, and The Savoy King. Additionally, she has an over 3-decade career as an independent casting director and casting executive, serving 16 years as EVP for Casting at Walt Disney Motion Pictures, and 5 years as SVP for Casting and Talent Development at Warner Brothers TV. Some of her film and television casting credits include Clueless, Cujo, thirtysomething, Murder in Mississippi, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Princess Diaries, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Lookout, Enchanted, Oblivion, and Parental Guidance. She has received career achievement awards from the Casting Society of America and the Hollywood Film Festival.
Jeff Kaufman directed, produced, and wrote the Emmy-nominated American Masters documentary “Terrence McNally: Every Act Of Life” (with Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, and Bryan Cranston), and the Critic’s Choice-nominated “Nasrin” (narrated by Olivia Colman). Other documentaries include “The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America” (with John Legend, Janet Jackson, Billy Crystal, Tyne Daly, and Jeff Goldblum), “The State Of Marriage” (with Rep. John Lewis), “40 Million: The Struggle For Women’s Rights in Iran,” (for Time Magazine), “Father Joseph,” and “Brush With Life,” plus several short films with Amnesty International. He also contributed cartoons to The New Yorker and illustrations to The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, has written for The Washington Post and Ms. Magazine, edited and designed a book based on “Every Act Of Life,” wrote/illustrated several children’s books, and hosted a live daily radio talk show.
SUSAN MURRAY – BIO
Susan Murray concentrates in family law, appellate practice, estate planning, and mediation. She has briefed and argued leading family law cases in the Vermont Supreme Court, and handles divorces involving complex financial issues and extensive marital assets as well as more straightforward divorce matters. Susan has tried many divorce cases and supports a collaborative and cooperative approach to divorce whenever possible. In all cases her goals for her clients are the same: to help them maintain their dignity and integrity during a difficult time in their lives; to provide them with a fair financial settlement; and to help create a climate that will allow them to co-parent their children after the divorce is over.
Susan handles adoptions, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, and surrogacy and sperm donor contracts. Susan also works with clients on estate planning issues and property co-ownership agreements. She has been involved in a number of leading cases, including Baker v. State of Vermont, which established a constitutional right to marriage equality for same-sex couples, and was instrumental in lobbying for the passage of Vermont’s civil union law.
Susan joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1984 after clerking for the Hon. William Hill, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
When not practicing law, Susan enjoys walking with her dog and working in her garden while listening to the Red Sox on the radio.
Kristen Wolf is an award-winning author, filmmaker and producer. Her first novel, THE WAY: A Girl Who Dared to Rise, was hailed by O, The Oprah Magazine as, “A title to pick up now!” Her short documentary, CLUB Q: The Legendary Dance Party for Women, premiered at the DGA and went on to screen at dozens of film festivals worldwide. Kristen’s producing credits include NASRIN (dir: Jeff Kaufman), I WAS BORN THIS WAY (dir: Daniel Junge) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Broadway hit, A STRANGE LOOP. Her latest short feature, SPARKLE, about the struggles of a non-binary child, heads to film festivals this fall. Currently, she’s in pre-production on a new short feature and seeking producing partners for her first feature film, THE ADAGIO, a passionate queer love story adapted from her second novel. Kristen has received multiple awards for her writing including the IPPY, IAN, NIEA, BIBA, LesFic Bard Award, IndieReader Discovery Award and the Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award. She also co-founded Women Have Wings, a grant-making organization that annually honors and supports courageous women activists in their fight for a more just and peaceful world.