Director   Brian Golden Davis

Director

Brian Golden Davis

Davis received his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is the recipient of the Gene Autry Scholarship, USC Associates Scholarship, Bernard Mayes Media Award, and a Film Independent Fellow. At USC he directed If a Body Meet a Body, a documentary on the Los Angeles County Coroner Office. The film garnered a 2008 Student Academy Award, was shown at Slamdance, Seattle International Film Festival, and broadcast by the Documentary Channel. His directing work includes A Path to Honor, an AMC original series, hosted by Tom Brokaw, and the viral hit, The Super Supercapacitor (2013), a finalist in GE’s Focus Forward filmmaking competition, which reached the top spot on Reddit and garnered over three million views online.

Davis produced and edited the feature-length documentary You Laugh but it's True (2012), which premiered at IDFA and was picked up by First Hand Films and Netflix. The film’s star, Trevor Noah, was recently chosen to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Davis also directs in the commercial world and has created documentary series for brands such as Coca-Cola, FedEx, UPS, GOOD magazine, and Kia Motors through his production company, DocRiot. The Million Dollar Duck is his directorial debut. It premiered at the 2016 Slamdance film festival taking home the Best Documentary and Audience award, and will be released by Lionsgate and Animal Planet in the fall of 2016.

  Executive Producer   Mark Jonathan Harris

Executive Producer

Mark Jonathan Harris

Mark is a three-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, and film professor.  His Oscar-winning documentaries include The Redwoods which presents the Sierra Club's successful case for establishing a Redwoods National Park. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport chronicles Britain's rescue mission of 10,000 children 9 months prior to World War II, while The Long Way Home documents what happened to the survivors of the concentration camps in the period immediately following their liberation. He is the recipient of the IDA’s Preservation and Scholarship Award.

In recent years Harris has focused on producing. He produced the award-winning Darfur Now and executive produced Spirit of the Marathon, Living in Emergency, and Code Black.

  Editor   Derek Boonstra

Editor

Derek Boonstra

Derek Boonstra is an Academy Award-nominated editor. He editing work includes the feature documentaries: The Invisible War, Superheroes, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, Champs Looking for Group, and Becoming Bulletproof. These films have premiered at the Toronto, Tribeca, Slamdance, and Sundance film festivals. He recently cut, The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance 2015.

 

 

  DP  : Christian Bruno

DP : Christian Bruno

Bruno works both as cinematographer and director. His directing works include the documentaries Pie Fight ’69 which received awards from the Sundance, Black Maria, and Chicago Underground Film Festivals, and Ed and Pauline, which premiered at the 2014 Telluride film festival. He is currently directing the feature documentary film Strand: A natural History of Cinema, which charts the rise and demise of San Francisco’s movie theatre culture and explores the changing nature of public space in urban America. The film has received support from the CA Council for the Humanities, the SF Foundation, and the SF Film Society. 

As a cinematographer he's worked on Jesse Epstein’s 34x25x36, Natalija Vekic’s Lost & Found and Muayad Alayan’s Lesh Sabreen? (shot on location in Palestine). He is a member of the creative production company Electric Park Films which works with a host of corporate clients including Adobe Systems, Owen Jones & Partners, Four Corners Media, CreativeBug, LA County Arts Commission, and Discovery Channel Asia. He received the first-ever HBO Documentary Fellowship through Film Independent.