Favela Rising was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2005, and among the 36 international awards it has won are Film of the Year by the International Documentary Association, Best Film at the Sydney International Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival, as well as Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival. Favela Rising was theatrically exhibited in five continents, held over in theaters in the United Kingdom for six months, and theatrically released by ThinkFilm and HBO in 34 cities in North America. Favela Rising was also nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award.


The FilmMakers

Jeff Zimbalist
Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor

Jeff ZimbalistJeff is an Emmy Award nominated writer, director, and editor whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Cinemax, PBS, Channel 4 in the UK, the BBC, Current TV, BET, and WE television, as well as theatrically distributed throughout North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. Jeff´s work has been featured at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.

Jeff’s production company, All Rise LLC, has produced international documentaries on third world development issues for clients such as the United Nations Development Program’s South Asian Poverty Alleviation Project, the infoDev pilot program of the World Bank, and Legatum Global Capital. Jeff teaches at the Maine Photographic Workshops and The New York Film Academy and was a 2006 Ford Foundation grantee.

Jeff is currently working on a narrative feature he wrote and will direct with his brother, Michael Zimbalist, and developing a 3D IMAX film on Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro with Quincy Jones. Jeff’s segment on The Addiction Project, HBO’s 14 part series on drug abuse, premiered in 2007.

Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2000.


Matt Mochary
Director / Producer / Co-Cinematographer

Matt MocharyMatt is a new filmmaker. FAVELA RISING is his first piece of co-direction and production. Before FAVELA RISING, Matt was a Partner at Spectrum Equity Investors, the founder and Chairman of Totality Corporation, the Chairman of AEKus Properties, and the founder of The Mochary Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes public education, www.mochary.org. Matt received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.



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