Laura J. Lipson


Laura Lipson is the director, writer, and co-producer of “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders.”  She also penned the lyrics for the film’s opening song “Freedom Will Come.”

She fulfilled her elementary school dream to live in Paris, and had the opportunity to do that when she became an assistant film editor for auteur director, Raul Ruiz.  She worked on two of his films: “Treasure Island” and “Richard III.”

She’s an award winning writer/producer/director ad has worked with ABC, CBS, TV One, New World Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions.  She wrote and produced hundreds of television trailers and short form videos.

Recently, she has been a speaker for the State Department traveling to South Africa to talk to college and high school students and community members about filmmaking, interviewing techniques, mentorship, and the value of preserving grassroots history.

As a writer/producer director, she has worked on diverse projects including sizzle reels for ABC, a series for Veterans returning to Civilian life, a short film for school age children about the US flag, and a World War II documentary story in Rome with the Sadoffs.  She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and lives in Washington, DC.


Joan H. Sadoff


Joan H. Sadoff, M.Ed, MSW is the producer of “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” and the editor of the companion book, “Pieces From the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights.” She has spent her professional career as a clinical social worker and has lectured to academic, professional and community organizations on the subject of societal change in the family.

Ms. Sadoff has been listed in Who’s Who in Mental Health, Who’s Who in America and has appeared on NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations discussing marital and family issues. She has devoted over 50 years of service through board affiliations focusing on issues of education, women and children. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Temple University, School of Social Administration, Alumni Fellow Award and recognized in the university’s Gallery of Success. She was named Social Worker of the year by the NASW/PA, 2005 and most recently the recipient of the Annual Award for “Civil Rights and Social Justice” at the National Conference on Civil Rights.

Ms. Sadoff has presented “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” in over 200 venues; Pieces From the Past is now included in the programs.

She and her husband Robert have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.


Robert L Sadoff

Executive Producer

Robert L. Sadoff, MD is the executive producer of “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” and the co -editor of the companion book, “Pieces From the Past:

Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights.” Dr. Sadoff is a practicing forensic psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written extensively on legal and ethical issues in forensic psychiatry including eleven books and over 100 journal articles. He is Past President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law as well as the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry. He continues to speak on forensic and psychiatric issues of the day, nationally and internationally.

In 2004, the Robert L. Sadoff Library was established at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia when he donated 4,000 volumes that focus on forensic psychiatry and legal medicine.

He and his wife Joan have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

DeAnne Sakaguchi


DeAnne Sakaguchi, editor of the documentary, started her editorial career in commercials and went on to edit feature films, music videos, trailers, and television shows. She began editing on film and now edits on non-linear computer based technology. She is currently editing trailers and promos. DeAnne graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television/Film. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to bring to light the strength, bravery and spiritual courage of these remarkable women.

Associate Producers
Bozena Armstrong
DeAnne Sakaguchi

Additional Writing By
Josef Aukee
Merle Goldberg

Original Score By
Brad Warnaar

Original Music Supervisor
Rob Arbittier

Sound Mixing
J. Eby & Tony Friedman
The Outpost Sound Mixing Company

Music Clearance
Rob Aster

Benny Walls

Director of Photography
Kent Moorhead

Additional Photography
Don Warren
Rob Davidian
John Inwood

Bill Graham

Post Production Coordinator
Janice Friedman Prudhomme

Bart Gold
Brooke Hodess
Tamara Benefield

Dr. Chuck Bolton
Thomas N. Boschert
Norman Chronister
Dr. William Ferris
Karl Mannheim

Opening Song
Music and Lyrics composed by
John Goodwin, Rob Arbittier and Laura Lipson
Performed by June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters