About the Filmmakers

Noelia Santos

Director/Producer

Noelia Santos is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. She has directed both narrative and documentary short films, often focusing on musical performance. Her work has screened at the Lucerne International Film Festival, NewFilmmakers New York, and Brooklyn's Filmwax Film Series. She has created video for the Rubin Museum of Art, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, Symphony Space, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. More of her work can be seen at her website and Santos Electric Films.


Colin Nusbaum

Cinematographer

Colin Nusbaum was the cinematographer of Caveh Zahedi’s documentary The Sheik And I, which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival (Film Comment called Sheik the festival’s top film). In the last year, Colin also lensed feature the narrative films Allure and Audition, both to be released in 2013. He is currently editing and filming additional cinematography on the feature-length documentary Tough Love, for director Stephanie Wang-Breal. Colin has worked alongside award-winning directors Richard Hankin, Alex and Tanya Meillier, Michael Moore, Bob Richman, and Liz Garbus on projects for HBO Documentaries, PBS, Overture Films, and A&E Television. Filming for television and commercials, he worked with Nickelodeon, Google, ISSUE Project Room, WaterDefense.org, and others. His work has taken him all over the United States, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


Trevor Laurence

Editor

Trevor Laurence is an independent film editor/producer who began his career with an Emmy nomination for his work on the PBS documentary Daredevils & Dreamers in 1998. Recently he has worked as co-editor, co-director, and producer on Harlem Street Singer (DocNYC 2013, winner of the audience choice award for best documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival), a documentary on the blues/ragtime/gospel guitarist and singer Rev. Gary Davis. He also was producer/editor for Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (Sundance International Channel, PBS), which won the audience award for best documentary at Newfest. He is currently editing the feature-length environmental documentary Jamaica Bay Lives. Laurence was also a partner in Acoustic Sessions from 2004-2009, where he directed and produced over 60 music instructional and performance DVDs.


Jeremy Kaplan

Co-Producer

Jeremy Kaplan received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe to Costa Rica, Egypt, and South Korea with topics ranging from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. His first feature length documentary, A Will for the Woods, played at over 80 film festivals, winning two awards (audience and environmental) at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, along with awards at New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, Kansas City Filmfest. A Will for the Woods was distributed by First Run features and played on PBS World Channel documentary series, America Reframed


Jun Oshima

Co-Producer

Jun Oshima is a film producer and award-winning cinematographer who shot the Student Academy Award winning film "Surface." He's also shot a variety of commercial and documentary projects for Google, PBS and other clients featuring Keith Richards, Busta Rhymes and Gary Oldman. Jun is a faculty member in Media Studies at The New School in New York City.


Felami Burgess

Co-Producer

Felami Burgess is an Independent Film Producer from New York City. Most recently, she worked on the transmedia campaign for the independent feature film, Allure, and previously was involved in marketing and distribution strategy for the Haitian music documentary, When the Drum Is Beating, which premiered on PBS' Independent Lens in the spring of 2012. She has been responsible for the development, post-production, fund acquisition, and budget maintenance on several film, video and transmedia projects. In addition to her work as a producer, Felami has worked as a Contributing Editor for the international magazine, AFRIMPACT. As a writer and producer, she is interested in focusing attention on communities and individuals that have traditionally been underrepresented in film, yet often have rich, vibrant histories and stories to share. It is her commitment to sharing these stories that first motivated her to produce film. A former actress, Felami holds a BFA in theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She also has an MA in Media Studies from the The New School, where she teaches a class in Media Management and Transnational Media Studies.


Susana Margarita Díaz Buelvas

Co-Producer

A native of Cartagena, Colombia, Susana is a communications professional who is passionate about her musical heritage. She earned an MA in Media Studies from The New School University in 2012, and has been working in research and production for documentaries with independent filmmakers in both New York and Bogota, Colombia. She also edits video for nonprofit organizations, merging her experience with social development and media production.


Field Producers: María José Salgado and Juan Pablo Assmus


Johanna Schiller

Supervising Producer

Johanna Schiller spent 12 years working as a DVD producer for the Criterion Collection. She supervised over 65 DVD releases of classic and contemporary films, including the work of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini and more, conducting interviews and producing documentary bonus features, recording and editing audio commentary tracks and overseeing all aspects of production. Highlights include a landmark box set Five Films by John Cassavetes and deluxe editions of Bergman’s Scenes From a MarriageFanny and Alexander and The Seventh Seal. Johanna also produced DVD editions of the debut films of Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Greene and Noah Baumbach, and the first ever home video release of Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, Harlan County USA. Johanna is currently producing two documentary features and is the archival producer for the website makers.com, part of the multi-platform PBS initiative Makers: The Women Who Make America. Her website: www.johannaschiller.com


Daniel Naiman

Sound Supervisor

Daniel Naiman is a sound designer, music producer, composer and music publisher based in Tucson, AZ. He has engineered and produced hundreds of recordings for a wide range of musical genres from indie-rock to classical. Daniel has worked with artists such as Jon Spencer, Mavis Staples, Booker T, and Built to Spill. Recently, Daniel has been engaged by Classical and Choral recording projects, and has worked with composers Stephen Paulus, Ola Gjeilo, and Frank LaRoca. Daniel has been the resident engineer for Tucson Chamber Artists for 9 seasons and served as the faculty Sound Designer at the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts, as well as the Technical Director at the University of Arizona School of Music for a combined 6 years. His company DNAcoustics consults in performance facility design and provides workshops and production planning for performing arts organizations, houses of worship, and educational institutions. Daniel is also a composer and music publisher. His music has been performed in hundreds of venues around the world and has been used in film, television, and performance art. Daniel's publishing company, TRIBO Publishing LLC is a subsidiary of Modern Works Music Publishing, and provides administration and artist support to a handful of outstanding artists.