shaleece haas

Director/Producer

Shaleece is a documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. She is the co-producer of the 2013 documentary film, The Genius of Marian, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2014. Her 2010 documentary short, Old People Driving, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was broadcast on the PBS News Hour as part of the Economist Film Project. In addition to her work as a director/producer, Shaleece is an instructor of video storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute. She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow and a member of the Queer Producer’s Collective. Prior to starting her work in documentary film, Shaleece worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, Story Corps. She is a graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

andrew gersh

Editor

Andrew’s editing work has appeared on PBS, ABC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC, Channel 4, UK and in theaters worldwide. He is a Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow. Andrew began his editing career on staff at WGBH in Boston, working on many groundbreaking series for PBS, including NOVA, FRONTLINE and the ten-hour WGBH/BBC co-production on the history of rock ‘n’ roll. His latest feature documentary, SPARK: A Burning Man Story, premiered at SXSW 2013, was an official selection at the Seattle International and Ashland Independent film festivals, and was the opening-night film of the 2013 San Francisco DocFest. His 2013 film, The Revolutionary Optimists, was awarded the Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens, followed by ITVS Community Cinema screenings and a national theatrical release. Other work includes Ask Not, National Geographic Explorer: Inside Guantanamo, and Ready, Set, Bag!

charlotte lagarde

Executive Producer

Charlotte has over 20 years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent documentaries. She is the award-winning producer/director of Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002), a documentary about the Hawaiian surfing legend Rell Sunn, which won numerous awards including the 2003 PBS/Independent Lens Audience Award. She has produced four ITVS-funded documentaries, including Beautiful Son and Deann Borshay Liem’s In The Matter Of Cha Jung Hee (PBS/POV 2010). Charlotte was co-executive producer of Carrie Lozano’s Academy Award-winning Reporter Zero (2006), which was also nominated for a Teddy Award at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Her films have received funding from ITVS, the NEA, the NEH and the Sundance Institute, among others. Born and raised in France, Charlotte lived and worked in San Francisco for 25 years. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

william ryan fritch

Composer

Will is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has scored and contributed music to numerous critically-acclaimed narrative and documentary films (e.g. the Independent Spirt award winning The Waiting Room, and Cannes Cinéfondation prize winning Skunk). His music has been featured in television shows and miniseries for CBS, IFC, Showtime, Discovery, AMC, AXS TV, Al Jazeera and PBS as well as for numerous dance and theatre productions, art installations and in national ad campaigns and PSA’s. In addition to his commissioned multimedia work, he has a very active recording career, releasing numerous Psych-Folk, Contemporary Classical, and Experimental recordings under his own name and under the moniker Vieo Abiungo. His distinct, organic sound is the product of his unique talents as an instrumentalist and recordist, utilizing a vast and varied arsenal of live, acoustic instrumentation to fully realize his compositions as a solo endeavor.

molly schwartz

Animator

Molly animates, designs, composites, codes, and creates special effects for work ranging from documentary film titles, film poster design, motion graphics, animation, compositing and special effects, installation design and site­ specific projection mapping. Her team (she was lead animator and designer) won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation January 2014 for the documentary film Watchers of the Sky. Recent film projects include Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, A Good Job: Stories from the FDNY, Back on Board, The Abominable Crime, and CANCER: Emperor of All Maladies. Schwartz is an adjunct professor teaching at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She also shows her animated videos, drawings, interactive artworks in public art commissions, installations, exhibitions and festivals worldwide.

sam berliner

Associate Producer

Sam is a Bay Area-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films, FLOAT, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, and Genderbusters have screened at over 100 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC and Frameline Voices. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival. He also leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013.

kyle ranson-walsh

Associate Producer

Kyle spent a decade at Pixar Animation Studios helping bring animated films to the screen including Academy Award®-winning features Ratatouille, WALL•E, and UP, and Golden Globe®-nominated Cars 2. Most recently he worked on the producing team for Pixar’s short film The Blue Umbrella. Kyle also produced the award-winning live action short Cologne, which premiered at Frameline 2013 and won “Most Innovative Short Film” at Seattle’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Since leaving Pixar, Kyle has worked as an independent producer, director, and strategist based in Brooklyn. Kyle is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and the California College of the Arts’ innovative MBA in Design Strategy program.

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