Jackie Rivet-River, Producer
Jackie, who won an Emmy Award for her documentary "Too Flawed to Fix" about the
injustices of the American capital punishment system, began her film
career in Chicago at the Fred A. Niles Communications Center—now Harpo Productions.
Among the projects she has written, produced and directed are: Where Is Dead? for Encyclopedia Britannica Educational
Films which won a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, and 12 additional awards nationally; Planned
Parenthood's 50th Anniversary, dozens of half-hour specials for NBC and ABC television that included issues such as
latchkey children, battered women, programs for persons with AIDS, ad civil rights for gays and lesbians, protesting the
School of the Americas, and children of war; an ABC-TV Network special for the National Council of Churches Someone is
Listening: Teens from Crisis to Caring with host Walter Payton; an anti-nuclear film If The World Goes Away Where
Will the Children Play? narrated by James Earl Jones with an original score by Martin Rubenstein played by the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Peace Like A River, aired on PBS-TV with hostess Ellen Burstyn and others.
Robert Williams, Writer and Director
As a seasoned art director working for the past 12 years in the New York advertising business,
Robert helped create ad campaigns for large corporations such as Sharp
USA and GE Healthcare. However it was on a trip to South America when he’d discovered a new, more fulfilling
calling: using his creative ability to help disadvantaged people in crisis. Utilizing the documentary form, Robert seeks to
take the viewer into a dangerous world to portray those whose suffering
goes unrecognized. Robert’s aim with Tirados is to elicit a deeper empathy for the film’s
subjects, who, as child addicts and prostitutes, have been abandoned by society and completely isolated
by their circumstance.
Alexandra Nichols, Associate Producer
After earning her degree in Art History and English Literature at SUNY Purchase College, Alexandra
began working as an archivist for the US National Parks service. Recently she finished a research
project that involved collecting the voluminous field notes, journals, drawings, papers and other
materials of her own grandfather's work, the naturalist, John Nichols. Now she's putting her
research acumen to work as a producer of Tirados. According to Nichols, "Toluene abuse is a
complex problem that others have been trying solve for a long time. This is something that's
been raging since the 1980's, so it's important to understand its history to understand the
predicament of our subjects. By putting it all together, by having a good overview of the
problem—of what countries have been successful in dealing with this, and just why others
have not, who is responsible, etc., we have a real chance at tackling this."
Joseph Sannicandro, Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Publicist
Joseph, who earned his Masters in Communication Studies from McGill University, will be working in a dual capacity for the Tirados production.
First he'll be working to help Tirados reach its fundraising goal utilizing his expertise in social media, as well as skills he's developed as a freelance journalist.
Later his responsibilities will shift to publicizing the finished film. According to Joe, "Tirados is a project whose success is
largely dependant on building a community online from the crowd that cares enough about certain issues so that the film gets made. The next step
will be to expand that community into an audience. Then hopefully, the film's storytelling goal of getting the audience to care also, will be accomplished.
It's very exciting."