The Film Makers
Completing a film is always a challenge. However, our documentary’s director, Norm Anderson and the film’s producer, Jess Hill have proven track records of successfully completing projects at the highest level.
While still in his teens, Jess started working on film sets in various roles. After earning a degree in filmmaking and screenwriting from NYU, he worked on several feature films and then was involved in a company that created long-form projects for HBO, including “Alexander the Great” and “The Pacific.” Being bilingual, he helped develop two series, “The Flower Merchant” and “Titanic: Blood and Steel,” with an Italian company, The DeAngelis Group, and the Fremantle Corporation. He recently completed work as producer on an untitled feature length film shot in Italy and Spain that will see international release later this year. Jess is very excited to be producing The Donut Dollies Documentary and has actually known Dorset since she babysat for him in the late 1970s.
Norm is a daytime Emmy nominated co-executive producer, writer and documentary filmmaker with credits on a variety of projects – from Discovery’s Shark Week to shows on A&E, CNBC, the CW, E!, Spike, VH1 and others. While earning an MFA from USC, he focused on screenwriting and documentary filmmaking and was mentored by Oscar-winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris. Since then, filmmaking projects have brought him to Cambodia, Malawi, Ghana, Europe, Peru and all over the States.
Furthermore, Norm’s personal connection to the project means his commitment to finishing the film is not only a matter of professional pride, but also a matter of deeply personal obligation. In short, making this film is a promise he made to his Mom, so he’s got to keep it.