A veteran of the film distribution and exhibition worlds, Claire Weingarten has worked with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The American Film Institute, and on the inaugural two years of AFI’s documentary film festival, Silverdocs. In 2005 Weingarten co-founded Birdgirl Productions and Burning in the Sun is her initiation into the world of documentary production. Weingarten’s work at Silverdocs cemented her love for the documentary film genre and paved the way for her role as a producer of Burning in the Sun. Weingarten received a Masters degree in Cinema Studies from New York University and graduated cum laude from Columbia University with degrees in Film Studies, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. In addition to her role as a documentary film producer, Claire currently oversees new media programming and publicity for the Chelsea-based foreign and independent film distribution company, Film Movement.