Creators (l-r) Duke Erikson, Allison McGourty, and Bernard MacMahon


Creator, Writer, Producer & Director

MacMahon is an award-winning film director and writer based in Los Angeles. He is a Sundance alumnus, a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and is recognized as one of the world authorities on early American recordings. He is co-author of the American Epic companion book, published by Simon and Schuster in 2017.



Creator, Writer, Producer, Photographer

Allison McGourty is an award-winning film producer, writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. She is the creator, writer and producer of American Epic, and co-author of the American Epic book to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2017, for which she took many of the photographs. She is a Sundance alumnus, a member of the Writers Guild of America, the International Documentary Association and is co-founder of Lo-Max Films.


Creator, Writer, Producer

Duke Erikson is an award-winning songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for his work with the critically acclaimed rock band Garbage. He is one of the co-creators, writers and producers of American Epic and has been particularly involved in driving the research and development of the audio restoration side of the project - which is rather like a fine art project. He founded the American Epic project with MacMahon and McGourty.

Nicholas Bergh

Nicholas Bergh received his B.A. and M.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA where he specialized in the history of recording technology and sound preservation. In 2000, he began his career in sound restoration, doing the re-mastering and digital restoration of numerous feature films for DVD distribution.  It is here where he was confronted with the limitations of the analog work being done for even high-budget restoration projects.  In 2003, he started Endpoint Audio Labs in order to focus on improving the quality of digital restorations from the analog side. Endpoint has become known for both unique transfer technologies as well as using historical research to improve transfer and restoration. Nicholas is a member of the AMPAS Sci-Tech Council Historical Subcommitte and is active in conserving the full range of motion picture and music recording artifacts.  He is also a member of the SMPTE, AES, AMIA, and ARSC. Click his name above to find out more. 


Supervising editor Dan Gitlin is well-known for his work with director Bernard MacMahon. The American Epic films that he has worked on have been selected for a number of film festivals, including the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, the 2015 IDFA, the Hawaiian International Film Festival (where the film was nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award), the North American premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, and the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at a special event, produced by Allison McGourty and introduced by Robert Redford. Gitlin lives in Culver City, California with his family.


Jack's bio will be coming soon!

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Hailing from Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern University, Bill Holderman is an independent film producer and screenwriter. Previously, Holderman wrote and produced A WALK IN THE WOODS, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – and was released by Broad Green Pictures becoming one of the highest-grossing Sundance films of the last decade. Prior to venturing out on his own, Holderman spent 14 years at Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises. As Redford’s producing partner he successfully guided Wildwood and Redford to some of the most productive years in the company’s storied 46-year history

His projects include a wide spectrum of films ranging from ALL IS LOST to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Holderman recently rewrote PETE’S DRAGON for Disney. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.


Adam Block

President of Sony Music's Legacy Recordings since 2012, Adam Block is redefining the role of a global catalog label through dynamic marketing strategies, progressive innovation, visionary acquisitions, new artist signings and more.  During his tenure with the label, Adam has played a key role in the creative direction and marketing of countless successful Legacy titles including catalog releases by Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Pearl Jam, Journey, Billy Joel, Santana, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and others. Recent Legacy releases include new recording projects from Ray Davies, Willie Nelson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Loretta Lynn.

 A seasoned and committed music industry veteran, Adam connects Legacy to artist/estate and management communities, media-at-large (online/social, broadcast and print) and the corporate partnership space.  He serves on the advisory board of Eko, an interactive storytelling company, and is on the board of the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. Block is on the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy's New York Chapter.


 Patrick Ferris is the guitarist and vocalist of rock band The Americans, and appears throughout the American Epic series. Prior to this, he also performed soundrack work for films like Public Enemies and Texas Killing Fields.