ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
A multifaceted documentary filmmaker, Craig Atkinson is a notable producer, editor and cinematographer. Most recently, Craig was an additional cinematographer on the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Craig also produced and was the co-cinematographer on the feature-length documentary Detropia, a lyrical exploration of the city of Detroit trying to reinvent itself in a post-manufacturing United States. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the Editing Award for U.S. Documentary. Detropia went on to win 10 additional awards worldwide and was short-listed for an Academy Award. While in Detroit, Craig was also a cinematographer on The Education of Muhammed Hussein, a 40-minute short documentary exploring the Muslim population in the Detroit area. The film, made for HBO, was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2012. Earlier in his career, Craig was Enat Sidi’s (The Wolfpack, Jesus Camp) assistant editor during 12th and Delaware, an HBO film that takes a compelling look at the ongoing abortion debate in America. The film was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Craig holds an MA in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. Do Not Resist is Craig’s directorial debut.
Laura Hartrick started her career working as a production assistant in Detroit on the documentary Detropia in 2011. She went on to work at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, contributing to the documentaries We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. She also worked as an assistant to Director Jason Da Silva at AXS Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling stories of disability through new media and documentary film. Laura is the co-founder of Vanish Films. She holds a BA in Social and Historical Studies from Indiana University and finished her last semester studying International Journalism at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. This is Laura’s first credit as a producer and editor on a documentary feature.
David Menschel is a criminal defense lawyer and director of Vital Projects Fund, a charitable foundation with an interest in human rights and criminal justice reform. Through the Vital Projects Fund, Menschel has helped to fund several documentary films that advance progressive messages, including the Academy Award-winning film Citizen Four, about NSA bulk surveillance and whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as the Sundance award-winning films Detropia and The Oath. He received a B.A. from Princeton University (‘93) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (’02).
Grayson Sanders is a composer and performer from Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Classical Composition from NYU, where he was Composer in Residence with the university’s symphony. All four of his large-scale concert works have received premieres from New York symphonies, including an orchestral commission of “Cover Me” for Bjork. Grayson is also the lead singer/songwriter for the nationally touring indie outfit SNOWMINE. Do Not Resist marks Grayson’s first foray into feature-length documentary film.