Meet the team
Elise Jaffe is the “Spokesteeth” and Executive Producer of Big Teeth Productions. Aside from managing much of the business she is also the lead Producer and one of the company’s Directors, focusing on documentary style and animated projects.
Her career began in children’s television at Reading Rainbow and Blue’s Clues. Her advertising, TV and new media production experience includes agency producing: JWT, Grey New York, DraftFCB, MatchMG and Edelman and post/design producing: VSA Partners, Vitamin Pictures and Foundation Content. She also created, produced and directed the kids web series “Fooditude,” which taught tweens about life through food.
"A Production of"
Founded in 2005 and owned by Gregg and Elise Jaffe, two Ad Agency vets, Big Teeth is a creative production studio specializing in entertaining and strategic video content (live action and animation) for advertising/PR campaigns and social media. Telling compelling stories about real people has
always been one of Big Teeth’s strengths and has allowed for many documentary style pieces to be produced by the company. Big Teeth’s Sixty Second Film Festival, now in its 6th year ties art to film by randomly assigning works of art to filmmakers to use as inspiration. The annual festival has now spun off into a quarterly shorts festival curated by the team at Big Teeth and screening short films (narrative, animated, documentary) from all over the world.
David Allen is a tattooer and painter. He’s also a father to two magnificent children. He splits his time between tattooing and The Self Reclamation Project, a non profit organization that facilitates
healing through empathy, art, and science.
His mastectomy tattoo work has been shown at the MOMA. And his article on the importance of empathy was published in JAMA...which called his work the “intersection of art and science”.
Molly Weingart graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies and Visual Arts. After working for 7 years in community engagement in the arts and technology, Molly made the choice to return to school for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In 2017, her plans were interrupted when she was diagnosed with Stage II DCIS and invasive ductal carcinoma/ ER +, PR+, HER2-. While in treatment, Molly had the good fortune to be introduced to David Allen, who created and tattooed the tableau of peonies that now cover her scars from a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
Finally in that messy stage called recovery, Molly is thrilled to be a physical therapist with an emphasis on pelvic health at Activcore Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Molly’s favorite coping mechanism is humor. In her free time, Molly loves practicing yoga, reading, writing, and being outside. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her dogs and lots of plants.
Cecilia's love of storytelling began when she was just six years old when her mom handed her a tape recorder and let her run wild (in the local grocery store, that is). After interning with the NPR affiliate station, WYSO, she set out to continue helping creators make non-fiction projects that sought to inspire, change and challenge. Cecilia also works as a production coordinator for brands and non-profits.
Award winning director of the break-out documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, Christian’s 45-year entertainment industry career spans stage, screen, and decades of professional voice over work. She has worn many hats such as talent, producer, director, casting director, and coach. While attending The Catholic University of America’s theater program, Christian began her career in the entertainment industry interviewing Senators on Capitol Hill with the TV/Radio department of the United States Senate. The Girl Who Wore Freedom and Grueling Glory are her directorial debuts. Her work in progress, Carentan: Unlocking the Road to Liberty completes Christian’s hat-trick of professional documentary projects. Christian is also a co-host on the Documentary First Podcast and The Holy Post Podcast and lives with her husband Jeremy in the Chicagoland area.