Sweatshop Cinderella
Short Documentary, color
Director, Producer, Writer: Suzanne Wasserman
Director of Photography: Christina Voros
Editor: Ron Eyal
Original Score: John Putman
Still from Hungry Hearts


Director, Producer, Writer: Suzanne Wasserman

Wasserman is an historian and award-winning filmmaker. She has a Ph.D. in American History from New York University. She is the Director of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Wasserman lectures, writes and consults about New York City history, especially the history of the Lower East Side. She has published widely on topics such as the Great Depression, Jewish nostalgia, housing, restaurant culture, tourism, pushcart peddling, silent films, 19th century saloons and 21st century street fairs. She was an historical consultant on Ron Howard’s, Cinderella Man. She is the co-author of Life on the Lower East Side, 1937-1950: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006) Her 2003 award-winning film, Thunder in Guyana, is about her cousin, Janet Jagan, who became President of Guyana in South America. The film aired nationally on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series in February, 2005. Her second film, a short documentary, titled Brooklyn among the Ruins premiered at the Coney Island Film Festival in 2005 and was broadcast on PBS/WNET’s series REEL New York in August, 2006.

Director of Photography: Christina Alexandra Voros

Voros is a Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer, recently recognized by IFP’s Filmmaker Magazine as one of their “25 New Faces in Independent Film.” The only member of her family not to be born in Hungary, Christina was raised in Cambridge, MA, where she later attended Harvard University. Her careers prior to filmmaking have included that of a stage actor, restaurateur and nationally-ranked saber fencer. She was the recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship at NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s Graduate Department of Film and Television, and a Graduate Assistantship in cinematography in 2006, teaching under Tony Jannelli- whom she has continued to assist on projects with Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese. Her first documentary short, “The Ladies”, received a Gold Hugo at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival and Grand Jury Prizes at Slamdance, GenArt, San Francisco International, Seattle International, Expression en Corto, Ojai and Edmonton International Film Festivals in 2008. Ms. Voros’ recent projects include principal photography for “Let Freedom Sing”, a documentary on the music of the Civil Rights movement for PBS, as well as two of her own documentary features currently in production: Jogini: Sex or Culture – follows the journey of one woman’s efforts to end ritualized prostitution in rural Andhra Pradesh, and GARDEN IN TRANSIT: the movie – a portrait of the largest public arts project in the history of New York City.

Editor: Ron Eyal

Ron Eyal is a New York-based independent filmmaker and editor. He is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s Graduate Film Program, where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship from the Editing Department for his editing ability. Eyal has edited a number of narrative and documentary films, including The Pope’s Face, which won the 2007 Audience Choice Award at the Millbrook International Film Festival, Ruth and Maggie, which premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival, and the upcoming I Was Raped, a feature-length documentary directed by feminist activist and writer Jennifer Baumgardner. He was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film this year, and is currently editing his debut feature film, Stranger Things.

Composer: John Putnam

John Putnam is a guitarist and composer. He has recorded with artists including Madonna, Cher, Avril Lavigne, Melissa Manchester, Jimmy Cliff, John Denver, Manhattan Transfer, Southside Johnny, Desmond Child, Des’ree, Melissa Manchester, Angelo Badelamente, Darlene Love, and Richard Shindell. He collaborated on the score for “Methadonia,” an HBO film by Michel Negroponte, as well as “Inside Death Row” which aired in June of 2009 on National Geographic. He has also composed music for NBC TV shows “Friends” and “Joey.” He has played live with such artists as Tracy Nelson, Lucy Kaplanski, Donovan, Ben. E. King, The Bacon Brothers, Wayne Newton, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, Brookes and Dunne, and Soozie Tyrell (of the E Street Band), David Johansen, Lee Ann Womack, Raul Malo, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood among many others.

Gotham Center for New York City History
Pendant portiat of Anna