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 programs for the Toronto International Film Festival, overseeing the documentary section and Mavericks conversation series since 2006. He serves as the Artistic Director of Stranger Than Fiction; the DOC NYC festival; and recently resigned from the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey. He consults for the Miami International Film Festival; curates the monthly Doc Club for SundanceNOW; and teaches at SVA. 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, DOC NYC and recently resigned from the Montclair Film Festival. She 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.