Director and Producers

Robin Berghaus, Kevin McCarthy and Sam Kauffmann with Will Lautzenheiser at Spaulding Rehabiltation Hospital. Photo by Abbey Turner

Robin Berghaus, Kevin McCarthy and Sam Kauffmann with Will Lautzenheiser at Spaulding Rehabiltation Hospital. Photo by Abbey Turner

Robin Berghaus, Director/Producer

Robin Berghaus has directed, produced, filmed and edited more than 100 short documentaries, commercials and educational videos. STUMPED is her debut feature documentary.

Her partners have included the Mental Health Channel, Arcos Films, Boston University, Spectrum Media, Dorel Juvenile Group, Captains of Industry and ArtsBoston. Her work has received support from LEF Foundation, Austin Film Society, Frameline and Women in Film Dallas.

Her award-winning projects have screened on news websites and at international film festivals, including Frameline, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Cleveland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest and St. Louis International Film Festival, among others.

Sam Kauffmann, Producer

Since the late 1970s, Sam has directed, produced, filmed and edited documentaries, which have screened on PBS, at the White House, Museum of Modern Art, and at international film festivals, including Slamdance, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival. In 2004 and 2006, Sam was a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching video production in Rwanda and Uganda. While in Uganda, he directed LIVING WITH SLIM, a documentary about children who share what it’s like to be HIV positive. Later, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to direct a follow-up documentary about those children. He is a full professor at Boston University, teaching production and editing classes.

Kevin McCarthy, Producer

Kevin’s documentaries have screened at film festivals nationwide. He has produced films for corporate clients, including Isobar Communications and retailer Crabtree & Evelyn, as well as short documentaries for non-profit clients, such as the Cambridge Youth Dance Program. Kevin’s additional credits include roles on feature documentaries with PBS-distributed filmmakers David Sutherland (COUNTRY BOYS), James Rutenbeck (SCENES FROM A PARISH), as well as Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan (AN UNREASONABLE MAN). Since 2012, Kevin has been teaching documentary, film production and screenwriting classes at Fitchburg State University as a tenure track faculty member.

Robin Berghaus and Bryan W. Davies

Robin Berghaus and Bryan W. Davies at Independent Film Festival Boston on Opening Night for the screening of STUMPED.
Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Dr. Bryan W. Davies, Producer

Bryan is an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at The University of Texas at Austin. His research program focuses on understanding how bacteria cause disease and developing ways to treat bacterial infections. Bryan extends his research to the classroom where he educates students on the microbes around them and how to apply their knowledge to solve medical needs. STUMPED synergizes with Bryan’s passion to educate the public about science through engaging and deeply personal stories.

STUMPED Sponsors: Frameline, LEF, Austin Film Society and Women in Film Dallas