Jessica HarropHead of Production & Development, Sandbox Films
Sandbox Films’ “Fire of Love” tells the story of renowned volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft. The couple forever changed the field of volcanology through their dedicated research and up-close documentation of volcanic eruptions all over the world.
The visually stunning film, which recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film, masterfully interlaces footage from their adventures and beautifully captures the couples’ love for volcanoes and each other.
Join director Sara Dosa as she sits down with Jessica Harrop, head of production and development at Sandbox Films, for a conversation about her creative process and her inspiration to make this incredible tribute to the Kraffts, their love for volcanoes and the impact of their research.
Those who want to watch “Fire of Love” before the conversation can find it on Hulu and Disney+.
About the Speakers:
Dosa is an Academy Award, BAFTA and Indie Spirit Award-nominated documentary director and Peabody award-winning producer whose film work focuses on the human relationship with non-human nature. Her work has been shown at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, CPH:DOX and Visions du Réel, among others, and has screened in partnership with museums such as the MOMA, BAMPFA and The Louvre. In 2018, Dosa was named to the inaugural class of DOCNYC’s “40 under 40″ and inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture’s Documentary Branch. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds joint master’s degrees in cultural anthropology and international development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dosa lives and works in California.
Harrop is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who has dedicated her career to inspiring passion for science through film. She heads development and production for Sandbox Films, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning production company specializing in creative and boundary-breaking documentaries rooted in scientific ideas that inform society and culture. Harrop is a hands-on executive producer. Her credits include “Fire of Love” (nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film), “All Light, Everywhere” (Sundance 2021 special jury prize winner released by Neon and Hulu), “Fireball” (co-directed by Werner Herzog and released by Apple TV+) and “Fathom” (winner of the Emmy Award for Best Sound in a Documentary). Before Sandbox Films, Jessica produced content for a variety of outlets, including Netflix, Showtime, Discovery, National Geographic and PBS. Her credits include the Netflix documentary series “Follow This,” James Cameron’s Emmy Award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously,” “Bill Nye Saves the World” and “First in Human.” She holds a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in theater from Princeton University, where she co-teaches an undergraduate film course on communicating climate change.
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5:30 p.m. Doors open
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. In Conversation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception