CAMERON YATES (Director/Cinematographer) is a Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and the former Documentary Programmer for NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival.  He has also worked for the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Albert Maysles, and Zeitgeist Films, and has been a contributor to indieWIRE.  Cameron’s first film, 14 and Payrolled, a half-hour portrait of four teenagers working as Pages for the Virginia House of Delegates, premiered on PBS in 2003.  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival awarded Cameron the 2009 Garrett Scott Documentary Grant, given to emerging filmmakers who bring a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary production.  Cameron is a graduate of NYU, is a resident of Brooklyn, and has made frequent filmmaking trips to New Orleans since 2004.  The Canal Street Madam is his first feature documentary.


MRIDU CHANDRA (Producer) has been producing social issue documentaries and narrative films for the past decade. In addition to co-producing Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (Sundance 2003, POV 2003), she produced Let the Church Say Amen (Silverdocs 2003, Sundance 2004, Independent Lens 2005), which was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as one of the “most outstanding documentaries” of 2004. Her Indie feature projects include line producing Love, Ludlow (Sundance 2005), associate producing Punching at the Sun (Sundance 2006), and most recently producing three-time festival best film winner Poundcake. She has taught graduate level classes at The New School’s Department of Media Studies and has been a research fellow and director of the documentary ethics project at American University’s Center for Social Media, where she co-wrote, with Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, “Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work.” She also lectures in the “Made in NY” PA training Program, providing skill development and mentorship for individuals from diverse communities seeking entry level positions in the NY film and television industry. Currently, she is directing a trilogy of short documentaries about India in America.


PHILIPP ENGELHORN (Executive Producer) founded the not-for-profit Cinereach in 2006. Both a film foundation and production company, Cinereach empowers filmmakers working at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Cinereach has awarded more than $3 million in grants to over 50 films and is currently in production on its first fiction feature, shooting in New Orleans this summer. Philipp is a member of the Board of Directors of Synergos, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating global poverty and social injustice. He also serves on the board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


ESTHER B ROBINSON (Co-Producer) was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2006. Her critically acclaimed directorial debut, A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory, took top prizes at the Berlin, Tribeca, and Chicago film festivals and is currently in international theatrical release. From 1999-2006, Esther was the Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation and one of the principal architects of its innovative grant-making system. In 1998, Esther produced the feature documentary HomePage with filmmaker Doug Block, which screened in competition at the 1999 Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals and at South by Southwest before being broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, ZDF/ARTE, and in over a dozen different countries. In 1998, she also co-founded Wavelength Releasing, a company formed specifically to address new forms of distribution/exhibition. Wavelength was responsible for the first fully digital film release (The Last Broad- cast). Esther also produced the national PBS series Alive TV (formerly Alive From Off Center) and co-produced Cable Ace Award nominee Still/Here. In addition to co-producing The Canal Street Madam, she is also currently producing Strong Island (Yance Ford) and Savior (Darius Marder). Esther is also a quarterly contributor to Filmmaker Magazine, a Co-Chair of The Cinema Eye Honors, and the founder of ArtHome (, an entrepreneurial nonprofit that helps artists build solid financial futures through the creation of assets and equity. She holds a film and television degree from New York University.


BASIL TSIOKOS (Co-Producer) has been a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for the Sundance Film Festival since 2005. In addition to co-producing The Canal Street Madam, he also serves as a consultant for filmmakers and festivals, offering project feedback and advice on festival and promotional strategy. Basil was on the staff of NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival beginning in 1996, and served as the organization’s Executive and Artistic Director between 1998-2008. Since 2009, he has been the guest curator of an annual film series for the Jacob Burns Film Center. Basil has also served as a coordinator of the IFP’s No Borders Co-Production Market, screened for POV, and has been a guest programmer for the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and for Germany’s touring Verzaubert Film Festival. Basil has served on festival juries and panels for the Atlanta Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Full Frame, IFP, LaCinemaFe, Outfest, SXSW, Starz Denver Film Festival, and AIVF. He is an occasional contributor to indieWIRE, and may be found on Twitter as @1basil1 offering advice and information to filmmakers. Basil is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and New York University (MA). He blogs regularly at


SHANNON KENNEDY (Editor) is an award-winning documentary film editor, whose credits include A Walk into the Sea, which won the Teddy Award at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and the NY Loves Film Best Documentary Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and The Trials of Daryl Hunt, an official selection of the 2006 Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and a recipient of the DuPont Award. She also edited, along with director Kimberly Reed, Prodigal Sons, which has won numerous best documentary awards at festivals internationally. Her latest film is Vlast (Power), which just premiered at MOMA. Kennedy was also an Additional Editor on El General, which won Natalia Almada the Documentary Directing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and Life 2.0, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


SAKAE ISHIKAWA (Editor) began her editing career as a staff assistant editor at Maysles Films Inc, working with esteemed editors such as Deborah Dickson, Charlotte Zwerin, Bob Eisenhardt, and Bruce Sinofsky. Her credits include Todd Haynes’ acclaimed independent film Safe (first assistant), 1997 Academy Award nominated Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (associate editor), 2003 Sundance selection The Education of Gore Vidal (editor), NY Times Television programs Raising the Flag (editor) and Battle Plan Under Fire (editor), 2009 SXSW selection Still Bill (editor), 2009 PBS’ Global Voices episode Witnesses to a Secret War (editor), and 2009 Sundance selection Quest for Honor (contributing editor). Sakae is also a contributing editor to the Metropolitan Opera’s HD series.


MARY MANHARDT (Co-Editor) is the Emmy Award-winning editor of Liz Garbus and Jonathan Stack’s The Farm: Angola, USA (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Liz Garbus’ The Execution of Wanda Jean; Marshall Curry’s Streetfight (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2006) and Racing Dreams; Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini’s Farmingville; and Nanette Burstein’s American Teen which she edited with Burstein and Tom Haneke. Her work has aired on HBO, PBS, ABC, and MTV, and has been honored in film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, Hot Docs, and South by Southwest.


T GRIFFIN (Composer) is a songwriter, composer and producer working in Brooklyn, New York. Alone and with his band The Quavers he has released four critically-acclaimed CDs of songs in a homespun electronic style that’s been described as “porch techno.” He has scored films for Tze Chun (Children of Invention, 2009), Landon Van Soest (Good Fortune, 2009), Michael Almereyda (New Orleans, Mon Amour, 2008), Cynthia Lester (Slamdance Jury Prize Winner My Mother’s Garden 2008) Kim Reed (Prodigal Sons, 2008), Esther B Robinson (Berlin Teddy Award Winner A Walk Into The Sea, 2007) as well as shorts for Peter Sillen and Jem Cohen and others. He wrote original songs and a full score for avant-garde theater director Anne Bogart’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has created and performed live soundtrack shows for Sam Green (Utopia in Four Movements, 2010 Sundance Film Festival), Jem Cohen (Empires of Tin, 2007 Viennale), Brent Green, Lance Weiler and for an international tour of the late Danny Williams’ Warhol Factory films. As a producer and player he has worked with musical luminaries including the late Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, and members of godspeed you! black emperor, Fugazi, and The Ex. Griffin was a 2008 fellow at the Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab.



A FILM BY Cameron Yates PRODUCED BY Mridu Chandra EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Philipp Engelhorn CO-PRODUCERS Esther B. Robinson, Basil Tsiokos & Charlie Olsky

EDITORS Shannon Kennedy & Sakae Ishikawa CO-EDITOR Mary Manhardt ORIGINAL MUSIC BY T. Griffin


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