director/producer: Gillian Ray
Gillian is passionate about storytelling and believes filmmakers are uniquely positioned to bring attention to social issues that affect our lives and shape our values. As an undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania, Gillian fell in love with documentary filmmaking (learned on a 16 mm bolex!) yet drifted away from it, building instead a rewarding career in public affairs. Nearly 25 years later she dove back into film, enrolling in American University's graduate program in film and media arts. Through the program she produced several documentaries that screened in film festivals and on public television. One of the films even won a few regional Emmys.
Director of Photography: mayra linares rodriguez
Mayra Linares is a Master's candidate in film and video from American University through a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Scholarship and a graduate fellow at the Center for Media and Social Impact with a focus on fair use. She specializes in cinematography for narrative and documentary filmmaking. Her latest films include Not Enough a fiction piece on Latina representation in media and Latina Rising, a documentary on reproductive health of immigrant women in Washington, DC.
Editor: Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath
Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath is the film's editor whose experience includes filming and editing three full-length documentaries on topics including the oil industry, youth in Honduras and individuals who suffer compassion fatigue. These projects have allowed her to travel all over the continent and Central America, meeting and discovering the stories of people in different cultures. Elizabeth is a Master's of Fine Arts candidate in film and video from American University.
Berna Elibuyuk is a Master’s candidate in film and video from American University. With a BFA and concentration in new media from George Mason University, she has been living out her dreams of making films with a meaningful message through animation. Berna’s great interests in visual storytelling is what drives her passion to make short animated films. Specializing in 2D & 3D animation, as well as 3D modeling and Environment Design, she has been collaborating with other passionate animators to design and create cartoons and short animated films to spark young minds to think creatively, and to let their imaginations run wild.