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. Since 2011, she has been a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and in 2013 she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. She has also taught courses at RISD and American University. Rebecca was a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow and a 2015 fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
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."
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.
Nathaniel Hansen is an Emmy nominated producer, and an award-winning director, cinematographer, and editor. His documentary work has screened in competition at festivals around the world, including SXSW, Hot Docs, and Camden International Film Festival, and has been featured online by the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the LA Times. In 2013, the Boston Globe called his feature documentary work “Outstanding” and “Remarkable.” His documentary and commercial work assignments have taken him around the world to film in India, Brazil, Venezuela, China, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Germany, England, and New Zealand, among others. Nathaniel lives in Boston with his wife Felicity and their two children.
Adam Pogoff is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in ethnomusicology from Brown University. Adam has worked as an Associate Producer on television documentary series for OWN and TV One, and traveled on assignment in India, Japan, the Balkans and throughout the US producing documentary film and public radio features. His first feature documentary film, BRASSLANDS, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival (2013) and was an Official Selection at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014). Adam has been a member of the Meerkat Media Collective since 2009.