Filmmakers

 Director, Claire Panke

Director/Producer

Claire Marie Panke

A graduate of Georgetown University, Claire studied film at New York University, including documentary directing and producing, earning a Certificate in Film.  Light Years is her second feature documentary.

Her first documentary, A Chance to Grow (2000) had its broadcast premiere on The Discovery Channel, and also aired on National Geographic Television and other international venues on several continents. A Chance to Grow was shown at festivals and won several awards, including a CINE Golden Eagle. Claire has also directed three short documentaries, Liberty Street, Christina, and Glacé.

Claire is also a neonatal intensive care nurse, and has worked as a writer, editor, photographer, and medical/nursing consultant for films, television & print ads.

In front of the camera, Claire served as the spokesperson for a national campaign to raise awareness of health care issues, appearing in nationally broadcast commercials, print & radio ads, and Congressional publications.

 

Editor, Sandrine Isambert 

Editor

Sandrine Isambert

Sandrine was the first editor at the human rights organization Witness, where she edited over 15 documentaries and trained activists on effectively using video for advocacy work. These include Rightful Place, Awaiting Tomorrow, Against the Tide of History: Landmines in Casamance,  and Refugees: The Last Resort. 

She also served as editor on Persons of Interest (Sundance, Rotterdam, Human Rights Watch, Locarno, and Seattle Film Festivals), Tea & Justice, Western Sahara: The Story of Africa’s Last Colony, and Arise: The Battle Over Affirmative Action.  Her work has been shown in theaters, film festivals and on television.

Sandrine also freelances at NBC Universal where she edits shows for MSNBC, History Channel and Bravo. Sandrine has Bachelor degrees in Architecture and Film Studies from Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La-Villette and Paris 8 in France, and a Certificate in Film Production from Brooklyn College.