SWEET FERN PRODUCTIONS is the multimedia production company of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck. We tell unique, playful and informative science stories, often with handmade elements. We’re based in Brooklyn, New York. (Sweet Fern, Comptonia peregrina, is a plant that grows near the Northern shores of Lake Michigan, where Sharon grew up.)
WHO WE ARE
FLORA LICHTMAN is a freelance video and radio producer based in New York City. For the past eight years she was the multimedia editor at National Public Radio’s Science Friday, where she made videos for the web and chatted about them on the radio. For awhile she then produced science videos for the New York Times, and she’s now a producer for Dean Olsher’s new PRI show ‘The Really Big Questions.’ She’s also the co-author of Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011), writes regularly for Popular Science magazine, and enjoys fishing.
SHARON SHATTUCK is a filmmaker, freelance animator, and lapsed botanist. She has worked on several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, THE CITY DARK, which aired on PBS’s POV series in 2012, and THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. Her short video and animation work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, ProPublica, and Radiolab, she’s a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post and The Advocate, and she’s currently working on her first feature documentary, WHERE THE MARSH MEETS THE LAKE, a story about her unconventional family. She has degrees in environmental science and journalism.
Emma Wiseman is our talented assistant artist and head puppeteer. She is a multidisciplinary performer and theater-maker originally from Weston, CT and now based in Brooklyn. Over the last few years she has been acting, singing, dancing, and puppeteering at Dixon Place, the Detroit Institute of Art, Triskelion Arts, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Bushwick Starr, Incubator Arts Project, Theatre for the New City, on film, in a field in Cold Spring, NY, and many other exciting venues. Emma has been fascinated by science and medicine from an early age and explores these subjects through live performance. She is currently a member of the dance-music troupe THE SPACE WE MAKE, and a 2014 Resident Artist with Mabou Mines.