PowersHausen, founded by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, is a company that specializes in film festival curation and production. Its main projects are Stranger Than Fiction and DOC NYC, in addition to consulting for other clients.
Thom Powers has been the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006. He oversaw TIFF’s Mavericks conversation series for nine years and created the TIFF Doc Conference. He curates the digital streaming platform SundanceNow Doc Club; and serves as the Artistic Director of Stranger Than Fiction and America’s largest documentary festival DOC NYC. He hosts the podcast Pure Nonfiction and WNYC’s Documentary of the Week. He was the founding Artistic Director of the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey from 2012-14. He programs for the Miami International Film Festival and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He is a co-founder of the Cinema Eye Honors and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. He previously spent a decade directing documentaries for HBO, PBS and other outlets; and worked as marketing director and editor at Fantagraphics Books. On Twitter: @thompowers
Raphaela Neihausen is the Executive Director of Stranger Than Fiction and DOC NYC. She was the founding Executive Director of the Montclair Film Festival from 2012-14. She’s currently producing the documentary short Joe’s Violin with director Kahane Cooperman (The Daily Show, The New Yorker Presents). She previously produced the documentary Miss Gulag which premiered at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast around the world. For seven years, she worked for Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) where she rose to the position of senior associate. She holds a BSFS/MA joint degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. On Twitter: @raphaellochka