Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer
co-founders of UPF
Michael Wolfe is co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation and Co-Executive Producer for UPF Films. For 15 years, Wolfe was publisher of Tombouctou Books, a small press that published poetry and avant garde prose. Michael's first books on Islam were The Hadj, a first-person travel account, and One Thousand Roads to Mecca, an anthology of 10 centuries of travelers’ writing. After September 11th, he edited Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith which won a 2003 Wilbur Award. In 1997, Wolfe hosted a televised account of the Hajj from Mecca forNightline. The program was nominated for Peabody, Emmy, George Polk, and National Press Club Awards. In 2003, Wolfe worked with CNN-International reporter Zain Verjee to produce a documentary on the Hajj. Michael is the co-director of UPF’s Hollywood engagement program, called MOST – Muslims on Screen and Television, which works with writers and producers to develop more true-to-life characters and storylines of Muslims on television and in films.
Alex Kronemer is co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation and Co-Executive Producer for UPF Films. Alex is a frequent writer and lecturer on religious diversity, Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. He has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University. Alex has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals, including the Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. He’s lectured to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Harvard, Nike, Aetna, and Disney and has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions, including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998. In 2000, Alex served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U.S. State Department focusing on U.S. foreign policy and Islam.