Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin are co-producing film projects on Georgia writer Flannery O'Connor and 17th century Jewish poet Sarra Coppia Sulam. They are filmmakers who have recorded the environmental crises in Venice, Italy and southern Louisiana. Working with Louisiana poet Martha Serpas, their documentary, "Veins in the Gulf," highlights the community of scientists, engineers and artists trying to save the productive bayou region from a series of recent disasters--relentless coastal erosion, hurricanes, and oil spills.
Elizabeth and Ted are interested in communities recovering from disaster and trauma. Their first feature, "One More Mile: A Dialogue on Nation-Building" investigated the post-war situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the collision between international workers and communities trying to heal after the devastating wounds of genocide.
Elizabeth has published scholarship on early film, documentary media and violence. She wrote a column about being a "Long Distance Mom" for Inside Higher Ed and teaches at Loyola University Chicago. She has co-produced feature-length and short films and installations on writers, social conflict and environmental issues.
After receiving his M.A. from Florida State University in German Film Studies and an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University in Film and Video, Ted Hardin worked with a variety of artists at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada as director of photography, director, editor, lighting director, and assistant director.
Ted has collaborated with the alternative media collective Paper Tiger Television in New York, and researched and shot the documentary, Dark Near-Death Experiences for German Television. His own experimental narratives and movement-based films have shown at festivals and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe. Ted is a Film and Video Professor at Columbia College Chicago.