COLLABORATORS

Dan Habib
Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Dan Habib is the Director/Producer/Cinematographer of the Disability Road Map (working title, in production) and the nationally broadcast documentary films Intelligent Lives, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connnolly Has ALS and Including Samuel, as well as many other short, disability-related films. His films have been nominated for Emmy awards, translated into 17 languages, and used worldwide to support inclusive education and disability rights. From 2014-2017, Dan served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities under President Barack Obama.

Samuel Habib
Co-Director and Star of Disability Road Map

Samuel Habib is an aspiring filmmaker and community college student. In 2016, he made a film about disability rights leader Judith Heumann that was featured in the Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival in Moscow, Russia. Samuel was also a story editor on his father Dan Habib’s nationally broadcast film Mr. Connolly Has ALS. He has been featured in magazine articles and has presented nationally on disability rights, inclusive education, and his educational and social transition to adulthood.

Sara Bolder
Executive Producer of Disability Road Map

Before producing the 2020 documentary Crip Camp, Sara Bolder spent twenty years as a sound editor, working on The English Patient, Terminator 2, The Horse Whisperer, Mrs. Doubtfire and many other films. She won Golden Reel Awards for the Motion Picture Sound Editors for Best Sound Editing for Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan and was nominated for 9 other films. Sara also spent fifteen years as a Development Director at various non-profit social justice organizations including Death Penalty Focus, Progressive Jewish Alliance and MoveOnPAC. During this time she also edited a series of videos for Criminals & Gangmembers Anonymous at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, CA.

James LeBrecht
Executive Producer of Disability Road Map

James LeBrecht is the Director/Producer of the award-winning 2020 documentary Crip Camp. James has over 35 years of experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, author and disability rights activist. A complete list of his film credits (over 145) can be viewed at IMDB. James’ work as an activist began in high school and continued at UC, San Diego, where he helped found the Disabled Students Union. Jim is currently a board member of the Disability Education and Defense Fund, which works for the rights of the disabled through education, legislation, and litigation.

Andraéa LaVant
Consulting Producer of Disability Road Map

Andraéa LaVant is a nationally and internationally respected disability inclusion expert, widely recognized for spearheading a global disability justice movement as impact producer for Netflix’s Oscar-nominated film, Crip Camp. She is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc. (LCI), a social impact communications firm dedicated to shaping the way the world reaches, views and values people with disabilities.

Amy Brenneman
Executive Producer of Intelligent Lives

Amy Brenneman divides her time evenly between acting, producing, and political activism. She has extensive theater credits and her film and television history includes award-winning roles on NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Fear, and The Leftovers. She produced and directed the documentary The Way the World Should Be about the trailblazing work of the CHIME Institute and its mission of inclusive education. Her 16-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality (only diagnosed at age 15, with only 1,400 cases worldwide), so throughout her early school years she qualified through services through a label of intellectual disability.

Chris Cooper
Executive Producer and Narrator of Intelligent Lives

Chris Cooper, Executive Producer and Narrator of Intelligent Lives, won the 2003 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Adaptation. He has been an actor on stage, screen, and television for three decades, with notable roles in Lone Star, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity, October Sky, August Osage County, Lonesome Dove, and dozens of other films. In 1987, Cooper and his wife, Marianne Leone, had their son Jesse, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy. They became advocates for inclusive education, and Jesse became a high school honor student. In 2005, Jesse died suddenly from a seizure at age 17. Cooper worked tirelessly donating his time working on the film.

Marianne Leone Cooper
Executive Producer of Intelligent Lives

Marianne Leone is an actress who appeared in The Sopranos, a screenwriter, an essayist published in The Boston Globe, and author of the 2010 book, Jesse: A Mother’s Story. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, actor Chris Cooper, and two rescue dogs. The Jesse Cooper Foundation funds inclusion and adapted sports for children with special needs, and supports disabled orphans in Romania.

James Rutenbeck
Film Editor of Intelligent Lives and Disability Road Map

James Rutenbeck is a nationally renowned filmmaker and editor, with 25 editing credits, including Dan Habib’s most recent film, Intelligent Lives. His nonfiction films have screened at Cinema du Reel, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Flaherty Film Seminar. James is a two-time recipient of the Alfred I. du Pont Columbia Journalism Award. His films have been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, LEF Moving Image Fund, Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. James was a 2019/20 Fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University. He is the father of an adult son with autism, Anthony.

Matisyahu
Contributing Musician for Intelligent Lives

Matisyahu is a world-renowned reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician. Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock, and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu's 2005 single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the United States. Based on his commitment to human rights, Matisyahu is donating the use of his songs to INTELLIGENT LIVES.

Keith Jones
Contributing Musician for Disability Road Map

Keith Jones is a co-founder of founders of Krip-Hop, a movement that uses hip-hop music and other forms of artistic expression to allow disabled people to communicate and share their experiences. Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, and a community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy. He is active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts. He received an Emmy award for his music and lyrics for the title track of the 2020 documentary Rising Phoenix. dasoultoucha.com

Max Avery Lichtenstein
Contributing Musician for Disability Road Map

Max Avery Lichtenstein has written scores and songs for critically-acclaimed narrative features such as James Marsh’s The King, Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, and the film adaptation of Denis Johnson’s novella Jesus’ Son. His scores can be heard in renowned documentaries including the Academy Award-nominated Mondays at Racine. His most recent project is The Janes, from acclaimed directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes, which was featured in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2022.

Tariq Zubhuza
Contributing Musician for Disability Road Map

Tariq Zubhuza is a musician, tattoo artist, and mental health advocate who was incarcerated for a large portion of his life. He discussed his mental health and substance abuse challenges in Dan Habib’s short 2012 film Tariq. He performs his music as Te Uno.