Sara MacPherson (director/producer) Before making documentaries, Sara worked as an immigration lawyer specializing in political asylum and family immigration. Her videos document the immigrant experience and explore the intersection of personal stories with larger policy issues. Sara has been a FilmHouse Fellow with the San Francisco Film Society, a MediaMaker grantee with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and a Documentary Fellow at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Academy. She also has received a Support, Training and Access for New Directors (STAND) Fellowship from the Film Arts Foundation. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
Tricia Creason-Valencia (producer/new media director) Tricia directed the award-winning short films Eighty Layers of Me (that you’ll have to survive), a documentary about former cheerleaders turned activists and We Got Next, a narrative about young women basketball players. Tricia is the founder of FLACAFILMS, where she works as a director/producer and digital video editor. Tricia is a fellow of the PBS/CPB Producers Academy as well as the NALIP Latino Producers Academy. She has taught film/video production at U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University and Drexel University. Tricia lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two children. Samples of her work are available at www.flacafilms.com.
Editor Herb Ferrette is a National Emmy Award winner, a seven-time Regional Emmy Award winner and a National Emmy nominee for Individual Achievement in a Craft News and Documentary/Editing. His work has been recognized at many prestigious film festivals, including Sundance for The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworker Movement. (When this ITVS sponsored film had it’s National PBS airing it captured the highest ratings of any program for ITVS.) Herb has won a Gold Medal at New York Film Festival, and his documentary Race is the Place won Best Feature Documentary at the 2006 San Diego International Latino Film Festival and premiered as the season opener for Independent Lens.
Mark Arellano (cinematographer/associate producer) has served as director of photography in productions ranging from independent shorts to feature-length films and television commercials. His films include the recently completed feature thriller Tragic Kingdom, and the short films Voices Carry and Anonymity. His films have screened in film festivals such as HBO’s Frame by Frame Documentary Film Festival, Blue-Cube Pre-Sundance Festival, Calgary Underground Film Fesitval, Santa Cruz Film Festival, and the World Community Film Festival. Samples of his work are online at www.markarellano.com.
María José Calderón (associate producer/camera) is an award winning independent filmmaker from Chile. She graduated with a major in Film Directing from ARCIS University in Santiago in 2002 and received her MA from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism documentary program in 2009. María José has produced, directed, edited and collaborated in numerous short films and documentaries, including Canto a lo Poeta and, most recently, The Edge of the Sea. María José and her husband are currently documenting their year-long journey from Oakland, CA to southern Chile in a bio-diesel truck. You can follow their travels on www.biodieseldiaries.com.
Danya Hofnor (Intern) is a 2013 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Film and Digital Media. Besides documentary work, Danya is an avid candy maker.