Racing Horse Productions is a documentary film production company dedicated to illuminating vital stories about law and justice.
Rebecca Richman Cohen founded Racing Horse Productions in 2005. She is an Emmy Award nominated filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights, criminal defense, and drug policy. Currently, she is a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School -- and for fall 2013 she will be an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. She is also a 2012-2013 Soros Justice Fellow.
In law school she interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on a legal defense team for Alex Tamba Brima in the AFRC-accused case. Five months after leaving the Brima defense team, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on WAR DON DON, a film which profiles the trial of a leader of a separate warring faction.
WAR DON DON (HBO Documentary Films) was nominated for two Emmy Awards: Outstanding Continuing Coverage Of A News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing. The film won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival, the Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Editing at IFFBoston, and the Cinereach Award for excellence in vital, artful storytelling at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. In 2010 Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film."
Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and at American University’s Human Rights Institute. Rebecca currently teaches two reading groups at Harvard Law School on law, film, human rights, and social movements.
Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She is also an alumna of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy of the IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab.
Francisco Bello is an OSCAR® and EMMY Nominee. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, and has worked in the post-production of films by Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, and George Butler among others. His recent editorial work includes SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON (ITVS), NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC (MoMA Documentary Fortnight), BETTY LA FLACA (HBO), and JULIETA Y RAMON (Showtime).
He launched Ropa Vieja Films in 2007 with SALIM BABA (HBO, Canal+, EBS), which he shot and produced in Kolkata, India. SALIM BABA has screened in over 75 festivals worldwide including Sundance, Telluride, IDFA, Woodstock and Tribeca, and in 2008 was Nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Short Documentary, followed by a News & Documentary Emmy Nomination in 2009.
Most recently, Francisco was awarded the first Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing at IFFBoston for his work on WAR DON DON. Francisco also recently completed his directorial debut commissioned by HBO Documentary Films, "The Spirit of Salsa" which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. He has been awarded fellowships from the PBS/WGBH Producers Academy, the NALIP Producers Academy, Tribeca All Access, and a grant from the Urban Arts Initiative.
Francisco balances his time between freelancing as a filmmaker and developing upcoming projects for his own company, Ropa Vieja Films.