ZANDER COWEN

CO-FOUNDER

Zander Cowen likes to tell real stories through documentary films that explore the world around him. He strives to find the emotion in everyday life, and his passion for good design has influenced the creative process at Pelham Island Pictures. Cowen loves speaking with his local community to find the most compelling stories. He is studying film and political science at Bard College in New York.

JACOB SUSSMAN

CO-FOUNDER

Jacob Sussman is a Film Studies major at Wesleyan University (CT) who is passionate about digital media, interactive arts, and the potential of storytelling to accomplish social impact.  At Wesleyan, he founded and serves as Creative Director of Cardinal Pictures, a student-run production house that receives $8,000 in annual funding and supports nearly 20 student works each year.  His work has been recognised three years concurrently in the Arlington International Film Festival, where he has received Best Narrative film and Honorable Mention awards in the student category.  In the summer of 2015, he was awarded a $4,000 Summer Experience Grant by Wesleyan University to support the production of a documentary film at Parque Ambue Ari in Bolivia.