a feature-length documentary film

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Among the industrial ruins of America, in the iconic city of Youngstown, Ohio,
a new generation is determined to rebuild home.  

“Youngstown” is a feature-length documentary film that intimately weaves
together stories of people trying to make something of themselves and their city,
a town that lost over half its population since the steel mills closed down in the 1970s.

“Youngstown” creates a portrait of a community
working to wrest itself from the past and begin anew.



Karla Murthy
Director and Producer

Karla is an Emmy Award-nominated producer and began her career working for the veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers. She was a staff producer and shooter for the PBS news magazines “NOW” and “Need to Know,” and a special correspondent and producer for the "PBS NewsHour Weekend.” She was nominated for an Emmy for the “Battle Fields” about tomato pickers in Florida. Karla received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio. She is an alumni of the Third World Newsreel Workshop and the Documentary Institute at Antioch College in Ohio.


Alexandra Nikolchev
Producer and Director of Photography

Alexandra’s documentary credits include PBS, NBC, and HBO. Documentary. She won a Peabody Award as producer on "Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)," a feature-length documentary film that aired on P.O.V. in Fall 2015. In 2014 she received an Emmy Award as field producer for "Crossing the Line at the Border," a three-part PBS investigation into the U.S. Border Patrol. Alexandra studied journalism at New York University and received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley.


Kristen Nutile

Kristen’s work has shown around the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and she is a recipient of the Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. She recently edited the award winning film “Weed the People” by Abby Epstein and Ricky Lake, and “Warrior Women” for which she participated as a fellow in the Sundance Edit and Story Lab. She also edited the Netflix Original film, HEROIN(E) which was nominated for an Academy Award.