Curt Fissel (Director/Director of Photography/Editor) began his career as a news cameraman with an NBC affiliate station, then moved to NJN (PBS) where he became Chief Photographer and Manager of News and Documentary Staff. Credits at NJN include cinematography, editing and producing on over 20 documentaries that garnered him the Cine Golden Eagle, NATAS nominations for Individual Achievement in Photography and Outstanding Historical Documentary, and an Associated Press Outstanding Documentary award. For the past 12 years he has been working with Ellen, directing, photographing and editing six documentaries for national PBS audiences and international events. Curt and Ellen also own a corporate video production business called Voices & Visions Productions.
Ellen Friedland (Producer/Writer) also produced, wrote and researched six documentaries widely distributed to PBS stations and screened at worldwide events; awards received include the silver Telly, Summit, Communicator, and Aurora. She began her career as an attorney, serving as a law clerk to a US Judge in NY and a consultant to NJ bioethics commissions, then became the founding and an award-winning political correspondent for a NJ weekly. She has written articles for numerous publications and has had her poetry exhibited. In 2008 she was selected as a finalist in the Make Mine a Million small business owners competition sponsored by American Express.
Ed O’Neill (Narrator) plays Jay Pritchett in the popular current TV series Modern Family. He also played the iconic Al Bundy in Married With Children for more than ten years and has starred in countless TV shows, movies, and theater productions. He said he chose to narrate the documentary because: “This co-op puts food in the mouths of kids. The documentary can raise awareness about it, which will ensure better food, medicine and education for the farmers.”