Creative Team

For HBO Cinemax

Producer, John Hoffman

Executive Proudcer, Sheilah Nevins

A Donald Goldmacher Production

Director/Producer – Deborah Dickson

Producer – Donald Goldmacher

Co-Producer – Sandra Butler

Co-Producer - Lynda Hansen

Editor – Rachel Kittner

Cinematographer - Ferne Pearlstein

Title Design and Animation — Rosenfeld and Bloom

Original Score and Music Performance – Chris Cunningham, Michelle Kinney

Sound Recordist – Justin Schein


Three-time Academy Award nominee, as well as an Emmy, Dupont, and Peabody Award winner, Deborah Dickson’s many critically acclaimed films include THE EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL, FRANCES STELOFF: MEMOIRS OF A BOOKSELLER, LALEE’S KIN (her eighth film in collaboration with Susan Froemke and Maysles Films) and SUZANNE FARRELL: ELUSIVE MUSE (Co-Directed with Anne Belle).  Most recently, Deborah directed and produced WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR and ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE. She produced Alexandra Codina’s award-winning documentary feature, MONICA & DAVID, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2010 and on HBO in October, 2010. Currently, Deborah is working on a personal documentary about romantic love. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and NYU Film School.


The making of RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE was Donald Goldmacher‘s brainchild. When he was a child, he lived next door to Ruthie, who was like an older sister to him and best friends with his real-life older sister. Ruthie and Connie remain family to Don and his sister today.

Don is currently in postproduction with his feature documentary, HEIST, examining the causes of the unraveling of America’s economy. For complete information about “Heist” and the trailer, go to

In his first film, DO NO HARM (1976), he was a gadfly to the medical industrial complex and dared to investigate and expose the controversial marketing and research practices of the pharmaceutical industry during that decade. In 1994, he produced and directed a short video about single payer health care insurance. In 2004, he produced  ONE VOTE,  a short video encouraging single women to vote. And in 2006, he released, on-line, HELPING YOUR BABY SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT, an educational video for new parents, which he co-produced with Michael Fox. The video is being sold worldwide on the Web at He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, took his internship and then residency in psychiatry at Mt. Zion Hospital and Lincoln Hospital respectively, and subsequently received his board certification


Sandra Butler is a writer/producer who has specialized in the politics of women’s health, both physical and mental. Her first book, CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: THE TRAUMA OF INCEST, was published in l978. A later work, CANCER IN TWO VOICES, was winner of the 1992 Lambda Nonfiction Award. A memoir written in collaboration with Barbara Rosenblum, it explores the impact of breast cancer on a lesbian relationship, and was described as “a landmark feminist perspective” by Publishers Weekly. In 1994, Butler went on to Executive Produce the film version of CANCER IN TWO VOICES, which premiered at both Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals.


Lynda Hansen has been active in the independent film scene and on the international film festival circuit for 25 years —discovering, championing, developing, financing, programming, selling and marketing hundreds of films and their makers. Many have achieved world-wide recognition and won major awards  — among them Amir Bar-Lev, Jennifer Fox, Maysles Films, Joe Carnahan, M. Night Shayamalan, Richard Linklater, Joe Berlinger, D.A. Pennebaker/Chris Hedgedus, Sandi Dubowski, and Errol Morris.

Since forming her own company, besides producing and consulting with film festivals and film companies, Lynda works with individual filmmakers in proposal writing/financing, scripting, packaging, editing, festival strategies, marketing and distribution.

Her executive credits include: Program Director, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA); Founder, American Independent and Features Abroad (AIFA) at the Berlin International Film Festival, serving American Indies and international buyers, under the auspices of NYFA; Co-Founder/Co-Chair, FIRST LOOK Screening Series, a joint project with Tribeca Film Center, Kodak, and NYFA; Executive VP, Mystic Fire Video; U.S. Representative to the Berlin Festival’s International Forum; Co-Director of Programming, Hamptons International Film Festival; Rights Agent/PMD, RUTHIE & CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE; Producer, the upcoming fiction feature, DETERMINISM, by the Majumdar twins.

Lynda’s career in independent film began with her producing, directing and editing the half hour short, WHAT’S IMPORTANT, on artists working with students in inner-city schools.  Her writing credits include articles on film, cable, and celebrity profiles for various film journals. She is a frequent Juror and Presenter/Moderator at film conferences and festivals and has curated festival sidebars in the U.S. and abroad. Lynda received a dual B.A. in Comparative Literature and Theatre from the City University of New York.


Rachel Kittner began her career in editing with the Maysles Films where she worked as an assistant editor on the documentary feature, LALEE’S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON (Oscar nominee, 2001). She went on to edit notable feature length documentaries such as THE AWFUL TRUTH for Bravo; SCENES FROM A TRANSPLANT: A CANCER DIARY for HBO’ RISK/REWARD, for Oxygen; STREET FIGHT (Oscar Nominee, 2006), and ORTHODOX STANCE. Rachel’s work on fiction feature films includes SINGAPORE DREAMING and FIGHTING FISH. Recently she worked as Co-Editor on episodes for THIS EMOTIONAL LIFE, a six-hour exploration of human emotions for PBS (broadcast 2010). Also, in 2010, she edited the documentary short, MISSED CONNECTIONS, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival Spring 2010. Rachel received a BS in Broadcasting and film from Boston University in 1996,


Ferne Pearlstein has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. Her credits include one fiction feature and over 25 documentaries, many of them award-winners that have screened and been broadcast domestically and internationally. One of only a handful of female cinematographers featured in Kodak’s long-running “On Film” advertising campaign (American Cinematographer magazine), Ferne was awarded the Sundance Film Festival’s 2004 Grand Jury Prize for Best Cinematography in the Feature Length Documentary Category for the highly acclaimed IMELDA.

Her earliest accolade was for the DuPont-Columbia Award-winning short, THE MINORS (Co-Producer and Cinematographer). Feature length documentary credits include SUMO EAST AND WEST, which screened at festivals worldwide before its U.S. television premiere on Independent Lens (Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor); DITA AND THE FAMILY BUSINESS (Co-Directed with Josh Taylor) and SECRET PEOPLE for PBS (Associate Producer and Cinematographer); TAKEN IN: The Lives of America’s Foster Children, winner of a Dupont-Columbia Award (Co-Producer, Cinematographer).  She had four credits on her first fiction feature, LAND OF THE BLIND (Rotterdam 2006), starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland (Associate Producer, Editor, Second Unit Director, Second Unit Camera).

Ferne is currently in development with EVIE’S TEA, a personal project. The film will mark her fiction feature directorial debut. She received a Masters Degree in documentary film from Stanford University.


Justin Schein is a documentary filmmaker who has shot over 50 films internationally for broadcasters including HBO, National Geographic, The BBC, The Discovery Channel and PBS. No Impact Man, a film he shot and directed with Laura Gabbert, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and had a major theatrical release. It documents a man and his family as they struggle to spend a year in the heart of New York City while having no net impact on the environment. Justin shot and co-produced My So-Called Enemy, which premiered at the 2010 Silverdocs Film Festival and follows the lives of 6 Palestinian and Israeli girls over the course of 8 years and. Currently Justin is shooting and co-directing Upside Down and Backwards a hybrid documentary and animated film about dyslexia with Academy Award winning producer Peggy Stern. Justin received his Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University and went on to found Shadowbox Films in 1998. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, filmmaker Eden Wurmfeld and their two sons.

CHRIS CUNNINGHAM AND MICHELLE KINNEY, Original Score and Music Performance

Chris Cunningham launched himself into the early 1980s No Wave and downtown punk-funk scene on the U.S. East and West Coasts. Playing lead guitar with James Chance (James White) and The Contortions (Blacks) began a twenty-five year period of musical global wandering, involving a multitude of subsequent groupings, pairings, and breakups. He turned to composing after years of collaborating on stages and in studios with an imposing roster of international artists. Among them: Marianne Faithfull, The Lounge Lizards, Gavin Friday, Boukman Eksperyans, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, Katell Keineg, The Golden Palominos, Marshall Crenshaw, Richie Havens, and The Saqqara Dogs. In the early 1990’s, he began a continuing collaboration with cellist/composer Michelle Kinney, with whom he has produced CDs, concerts, and tours. Relocating to the Twin Cities in 2002, he has branched out, composing for film and dance, producing, mixing and re-mixing albums, and creating sound design for film, video, and multimedia. His 1999 solo CD, “Stories to Play,” was nominated for a Grammy and earned international critical praise, as did his 2007 release “Neverwas.” He has composed scores for numerous award-winning documentaries, TV series, shorts and features (including the Israeli film, THE HOLY LAND, which won Best Feature at the 2002 Slamdance Festival). The score for RUTHIE & CONNIE is Chris and Michelle’s second collaboration with Director Deborah Dickson; the first was for Dickson’s documentary for the Bravo Network, THE ART OF INFLUENCE. Chris holds the position of Department Head of Music Composition at McNally Smith College of Music.

Michelle Kinney has recorded, performed and toured throughout Europe and the United States with some of the most respected innovators in new music today: Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Myra Melford, Leroy Jenkins, Shi-Zheng Chen, John Zorn, Bun-Ching Lamb, Brandon Ross and Steven Bernstein are among the artists calling on Michelle’s talents as a cellist. She has also worked extensively in pop music, including many recordings and appearances, both live and on TV (Tonight Show, David Letterman, VH1 Storytellers) with artists such as Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed, John Cale, Hal Wilner and Richie Havens. Michelle co-founded the music label, Sugarfoot Music, which recently released “Touch It,” featuring some of Michelle’s compositions with her cello-focused project, Jelloslave. She has composed scores for dance, theater and film throughout her career in both The Twin Cities and New York City, where she lived for 13 years. She continues to perform frequently, and has led several of her own ensembles. As a composer, Michelle has received awards and grants from The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, NEA/Rockefeller, Harvestworks/Studio Pass, and the American Composers Forum. Since 2010, Michelle has been a faculty member at McNally Smith College. Her primary department is Strings. She holds a BA from Northwestern University in Cello Performance and Composition, and an MA from New York University in Performance Studies.