About the Filmmakers
Marjolaine Grappe is an independent documentary filmmaker, investigative journalist and a 2023/2024 MIT Open Doc Lab Fellow. Her work on the financing of North Korea's nuclear weapons All The Dictator’s Men (which had 28 million online viewers) was awarded the 2018 Albert Londres Prize, the highest French journalistic distinction. Her feature documentary debut The Color of Justice, about justice in the death of New Yorker Eric Garner, premiered at CPH:DOX in 2019. She started her career in Washington DC as a producer covering the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, and went on to work in Asia as a foreign correspondent reporting from India (2009-2012) and China (2012-2016). She has directed several award-winning feature-length journalism investigations including Guantanamo Limbo and a series of investigative reports about China's One-Child Policy. As an independent director, her work has been supported by the Catapult Film Fund, WIF/Sundance, SFFILM, Field of Vision, the Miller/Packan Documentary Fund, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Kingsberg Foundation, the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma), the PROCIREP, the SCAM Brouillon d’un Rêve Grant and the Lagardère Foundation. She was a 2020 and 2021 SFFILM FilmHouse Resident and has been awarded fellowships with the MIT Open Doc Lab and the Logan Nonfiction Program.
Amanda Pike is a veteran producer and journalist, and the director of TV and documentaries at The Center for Investigative Reporting. She recently produced the Netflix original documentary VICTIM/SUSPECT, which examines how police handle cases of sexual assault, and premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. She was the lead producer on the independently financed documentary THE GRAB, which premiered on opening night of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. The film uncovers covert efforts to control the most vital resources on the planet. She executive produced the Oscar-nominated short documentary HEROIN(E) for Netflix, which follows three women on the frontlines of West Virginia’s opioid epidemic. She was executive producer of the inaugural year of the Glassbreaker Films initiative, supporting a diverse cohort of women-identifying filmmakers and journalists. Her work has sparked congressional hearings, federal investigations, new laws and policies and real world impact. Her projects have been recognized with Emmys, a Peabody, a duPont, a Loeb Award, an IRE Medal and RFK Awards, among other honors. Before joining CIR, she spent many years reporting and producing documentaries around the world for PBS, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, A&E, Lifetime and The Learning Channel, among others. She was a senior producer for FRONTLINE/World, PBS Frontline’s international magazine series, and directed the premiere episode, investigating the legacy of the Cambodian genocide. Amanda has also dabbled in fiction filmmaking, producing the short film ON THE ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.