Filmmaker biographies

John Sharify, producer, director, writer and narrator continues his cinematic exploration of artistic resistance to oppression. In 2009 he produced the documentary UNSILENCED, about voices of musical witness to the Holocaust. To film The Boys of Terezín, Sharify traveled the world to meet with five of the six remaining survivors who created an extraordinary secret journal. Sharify is an eight-time recipient of the coveted National Edward R. Murrow prize for journalism, and the winner of 47 Emmy Awards. A graduate of Princeton University, he also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from Columbia University. Sharify's most recent awards include the the 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award in the Documentary category for his "Climb of a Lifetime," shown on Seattle's KING 5 TV. His work on that documentary won him a total of four 2012 Emmys as well, for top writer and top reporter in the News and Programming categories.

Tim Griffis, director of photography, is creative director of NorthWest Video Edge and the winner of seventeen regional Emmys, three Edward R. Murrow Awards, and dozens of National Press Photographers Association awards for documentaries, breaking news and feature stories. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Griffis is a faculty member for NPPA and NPPF courses, the National Press Club, and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Led by Artistic Director Mina Miller, Music of Remembrance fills a unique spiritual and cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings, and commissions of new works.