Padmini is a prolific media producer and educator who has produced and directed over a dozen films, including "Dust" and "in Real Life." As a media educator she has produced award-winning after school programs, designed curriculum, taught radio, video and post-production, and media literacy as well as helped youth build community, strengthen basic communication and literacy skills, apply for film festivals and more.
Kirthi Nath is award winning filmmaker and creative media catalyst using media, technology, education and storytelling to connect diverse audiences with positive social change and the arts. Her 14 years of expertise as an artist, teacher, curator, media producer and social media strategist also lends itself to the development of curriculum and media courses for youth (nearing 100 youth video projects) and adults for media arts organizations and in formal university settings. As founder at Cinemagical Media she provides a compelling scope of film services for companies, non-profits and individuals who use media to inspire positive social change and to promote healthy communities and human connections.
Amanda's work appears in the LA Times, ISLANDS, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Conde Nast Traveler, the London Sunday Times, the Sunday Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Islands, Vogue Australia, NZ Life & Leisure, Food & Wine, and NEXT among others. Her short stories have been published in several travel anthologies, including Salon.com's Wanderlust, and Lonely Planet's The Kindness of Strangers and By The Seat of My Pants. Amanda has done story development for National Geographic television, and her photography series Timeless, black and white photographs of African tribal peoples, was exhibited at the United Nations film festival. Amanda's work has taken her to over 45 countries, she teaches travel writing, and is frequently invited to speak at literary conferences, workshops and festivals. Amanda also founded Potentia Media, a company committed to delivering the facts about crucial social and global issues in accessible ways using new media.
Leo developed his skills for people, nature and environmental photography while living in Northeastern Brazil and working in the Amazon region as a photographer and researcher for Brazilian museums, and by traveling through Europe. Leo is conversant with various types of photography including photojournalism, wildlife and cultural affairs. "Photography for me is about paying tribute to life. I hope what I see in my mind can translate into an image and foster the same emotion in others who view it through my lens".
Davin Hutchins is currently the Director, ITVS / PBS Digital Distribution Lab at ITVS. He has over 13 years of experience in television journalism. He has worked with CNN, CNN International, Headline News, Reuters, BBC World, IRIN News, Witness.org, Internews and TechTV. His assignments have taken him to Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Iceland, France, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands as well as locations throughout the United States.
Nora is a full-time traveler, author and freelance writer, searching for the meaning of life by seeing the world slowly and meaningfully. She has lived off the grid (literally and figuratively) in Hawaii, climbed in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, started International NGOs on the fly in Asia, and survived Australia's worst-ever natural disaster. Experiences good, bad, and otherwise, all make for amazing lessons and terrific stories to tell. Nora also has many years of experience in the film and television industry, both on camera and off.
Katie Teague is founder of Storm Cloud Media, her work in the digital media arts is dedicated to telling the emerging story of humanity and bringing inspired transformational media to the social change process. Katie brings years of study in depth psychology, human development and the world's wisdom traditions to her work as a multi-media mystic. Katie's documentary Money & Life was voted the best social issue documentary in the 2014 Atlanta Docufest. Katie is also one of the 2012 Sundance Grantee filmmakers contributing on 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. She is creating the SACRED LIFE film series - as antidote to Sacred Deficit Disorder, as medicine for the tattered modern soul.
Elisa De Petris was born in Rome, Italy, raised in the Bay Area and currently resides in the NOPA district of San Francisco. She obtained her BA in International Relations at San Francisco State University in 2012. She is currently studying photography at the City College of San Francisco. Her passions include traveling, photography, feminism, writing, and food.
Change Agent Productions is a social enterprise comprised of professional digital media artists who work alongside urban youth to carry out professional video productions, graphic design projects and digital media trainings. Change Agent Productions are passionate about visual language and dedicated to teaching corporate skills to youth from traditionally underrepresented populations. All profits go back into the community and fund their Youth Institute digital arts programs.
BKWLD is an award winning (Top 25.Net Design Agencies of 2010) interactive web design agency with capabilities and clients too numerous to list. Their offices (more incredible design) are in Seattle and Sacramento.
Sasha A. Rae is an adventurer, writer and social activist always on the look out for a new experience. She's fed her love for adventure throughout her life, moving all over the U.S. (hitting 11 states so far), hostelling solo through the Canadian Rockies, working as a Peace Corps volunteer in western China, rock climbing in South Korea and basking on the beaches of Bali as a grad student. Sasha has several years of writing and radio experience .She has a BA in radio and television production from Kent State University and a MS in communication and society from the University of Oregon.
Erin is an award-winning humanitarian journalist and filmmaker. Her production and outreach experience ranges from ABC and CNN to the Peace Corps and non-profits around the world. At CNN, Erin worked closely on the 2008 election coverage; found a niche in covering Africa, musical activism, the changing face of homelessness and became an abolitionist through her coverage of human trafficking. Most recently, Erin worked as the Community & Social Media Manager as well as the Filmmaker at Better World Books, an online social enterprise bookstore. Erin is now working full-time on imba means sing. She is a freelance writer for the Huffington Post and Paste Magazine and a social media and outreach guru for small businesses and non-profits hoping to share their work and passion with clients, donors and fans.
Emma is a Contributing Writer at Compathos. She writes feature pieces and documentary film reviews with a focus on social justice and environmental issues. She graduated from the University College Dublin with a Bachelor's Degree in English with Film in 2014. Emma works as a freelance copywriter doing content planning, social media strategy, analytics and insights, and content marketing for a number of clients.
Greg is the founder and CEO of Blue Water Entertainment, Inc an independent production company focusing on environmentally consciousness-based entertainment. Widely regarded as Hollywood's "Green Producer," he produced the 2015 feature documentary "ROOTED in PEACE and 2008 Sundance Audience Award-winning feature documentary "FUEL." He wrote, produced, and directed the feature documentary "Hollywood's Magical Island - Catalina" (2003), syndicated on American Public Television (APT). Greg is a green correspondent for "The Huffington Post" a leading online news agency that focuses on green issues and trends in the global marketplace. Greg was written up in Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top ten producers in the Entertainment industry making content that makes a difference in the world.
Caroline Harrison is an award-winning director & cinematographer, and founder of The Hive Studios. Caroline's career in film began at age 17, within the Natural History Unit of the BBC. She produced radio shows for the BBC World Service, returning to BBC TV to make the climate expose 'Global Dimming' which went on to win the prestigious Wildsreen 'Planet Earth' award. Now settled in Northern California, Caroline has helped to direct and shoot productions aired on National Geographic, PBS and ZDF. Caroline shoots primarily on the Red One camera. Her company, The Hive Studios, has a mission to produce film content that inspires creative minds to help generate solutions to our greatest global challenges. They produce documentaries, online viral videos and films for clients all over the world.
Elvin received his B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts and a B.A. in Chicana Chicano Studies.from CSU Northridge in 2015. He receives his MFA in Film and Television in 2017. Elvin has worked as a Director / Editor - Odyssey of a Dreamer (2014), Assistant Camera - CBS Producer Jim Velarde, PR and Social Media for CSUN Civil Discourse & Social Change Initiative and he received a Scott M. Weiss Memorial Scholarship (2014). Becoming a television producer/editor is his ultimate career goal, as well as engaging in social justice movements and creating conscious dialog through documentaries and grassroots organizations.
Liz works as a Project Assistant and Production Coordinator at BAYCAT. BAYCAT is a non profit social enterprise that educates, empowers and employs San Francisco underserved youth in digital media. BAYCAT PRODUCTIONS, produces award-winning short films, so that young media producers can share their stories and positively transform their communities. Empower Youth. Transform Communities. One Story at a Time.
Daniela is an independent journalist, consultant and award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked with humanitarian organizations in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Liberia, Senegal and Cambodia - filming in schools, orphanages, rural villages, non-profit sites and regions of extreme poverty. Daniela merges film and philanthropy, producing documentaries and videos that highlight global inequities and the accomplishments of aid and development organizations. Her documentary production company and impact agency, DEEDA, is dedicated to sharing stories from the field, advancing human rights, raising awareness about global inequities and supporting sustainable and innovative development projects.
Kevin spent his twenties traveling the world and learning languages. He then spent his thirties as a freelance cinematographer shooting everything from union feature films in Hollywood to small independent documentaries in Africa. The American Society of Cinematographers has recognized Kevin as a finalist for The Robert Surtees Heritage Award for Cinematography. He is also the recipient of the Ralf Bode Eastman Kodak Award for Cinematography for his body of work. Kevin holds a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of California, Santa Barbara. His work can be seen on the BBC, The History Channel, Mark Burnett Productions, HD net, and in numerous feature films.
Anna M. Clark is president of EarthPeople, LLC and managing editor of EarthPeople Media. She is an author, communication strategist, and freelance writer on sustainability and social innovation. Since founding EarthPeople in 2005, Anna has grown her consulting practice into a leading specialty communications company whose clientele includes start-ups, Fortune 500s, and NGOs including International Finance Corporation, a division of The World Bank. In 2013, Anna launched EarthPeople Media, an online magazine and publisher of books and content on business, culture, sustainability and social innovation. The author of Green, American Style (2010) and a fellow at the Op-Ed Project, Anna is a featured columnist for Greenbiz.com and a freelance journalist for Guardian Sustainable Business. She has also contributed to Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, and the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
Yan is a Swiss born photographer whose work has covered a variety of worthy causes across the globe. Yan has covered photojournalism projects on topics such as leprosy for DEVA international, India as well as child labor in Nepal and hospitals in Vietnam for NEED magazine. He has also covered child labor issues in Cambodia and has ongoing projects throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Yan's work has showcased in NEED Magazine, Pravda Magazine and has appeared on the cover of World Today/UK.
Bongo Post is an award winning post production and sound studio that specializes in post color, motion graphics, editorial and audio post production. Clients include: NFL, NBC, Entertainment Tonight, Olympics, Super Bowl, The Grammy's, NPR, PBS, Sacramento Kings, and the New York Times to name a few.
Fabio Giannini, is a completed grad student from Italy majoring in New Media and Marketing Communications at the University of Bologna Alma Graduate School. His background covers a wide range of academic studies in engineering, economics and marketing. On the creative side, Fabio is an experienced videographer and musician with a deep understanding of engagement marketing and flare for digital communications. "I have always loved to create a community around my activities, based on creativity and deep rooted values."
The Global Oneness Project is a web-based video initiative exploring how the simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. Global Oneness is traveling the globe interviewing creative and courageous people who base their work on the fundamental understanding that we are all connected and thus bear great responsibility for each other and our shared world. While being confronted with unmistakable signs that our current way of life is no longer sustainable, inspiring and innovative people and programs are blossoming in all areas of society. Global Oneness's living library of films is available for free from on their website or on DVD for events and educational use.
Chris Davidson is a freelance videographer and photographer based in Los Angeles, Calif. His vast talent is apparent in the variety of projects he pursues both domestically and internationally, from acting as assistant cameraman for feature films to documenting post-civil war conditions in Sierra Leone. Chris works on the sets of high-profile music videos, commercials and more. The uniqueness of his work is reflected in his appreciation for simplicity in nature and Impressionist art, as well as his drive to tell untold stories.
Reed is a skilled publisher using a team-approach to leadership and decision-making which helps for-purpose / nonprofit businesses and organizations tell their stories effectively. As a newsroom supervisor for AP and MSNBC, he directed tactical newsroom coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tiananmen Square standoff in China, the Clinton impeachment, the Sept. 11 attacks and both wars in Iraq. At MSN Entertainment and Video he supervised the global video publication of seven Live Earth concerts on 07.07.07. Ree managed MSN's charitable disaster response to the 2011 Japan tsunami and earthquake and provided editorial leadership for the launch of causes.msn.com. - all directing remote teams around the clock and the globe.
Zoe is passionate about journalism, storytelling and creative writing. Within her young career, she has produced several films, each touching on themes such as identity, urban life, ethnicity and race, women's rights, sustainability, and change. Her films have been recognized at film festivals in the US and internationally. Film festivals where her work has been accepted and received awards, include the San Francisco International Film Festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, Chicago International (Cineyouth) Film Festival, the Project YouthView Film Festival, the Albany Film Festival, the KQED Science and Film Festival, and the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival (to name a few). Her short film "Come to the Table" has been screened privately at the White House for the Obama family and was awarded on the Senate floor by the California State Senator Loni Hancock.
Gussie Miller is L.A. based composer, musician and an accomplished sound engineer. With the ears of a musician and the ears of an engineer magically merged, the singer/songwriter/engineer/producer brings a unique sensitivity to his projects. He understands, better than most, how a musical performance will translate through the recording, mixing and mastering stages.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is an international not-for-profit community arts organization rooted in the craft of personal storytelling. They assist youth and adults around the world in using media tools to share, record, and value stories from their lives, in ways that promote artistic expression, health and well being, and justice. While the term "digital storytelling" has been used to describe a wide variety of new media practices, what best describes their approach is its emphasis on first-person narrative, meaningful workshop processes, and participatory production methods.
Cynthia La Grou is the Executive Director, and Founder at Compathos Foundation. She is a media strategist, online publisher, and award-winning media producer working with and supporting leading artist activists, filmmakers, media makers and organizations who are affecting transformational world change. Cynthia is the Curator and Producer at RELEVATE Film Forum. She is an "Impact Producer," also working as a cross disciplinary creative professional. Cynthia is producer and author of award winning publishing projects, loves to travel (having been to over 16 countries), conduct media expeditions, and write about media communications and the work of cultural creatives. Cynthia is also Founding Partner and Creative Director at Millennia Media Group, a suite of companies in the professional audio, recording arts and design industries. Cynthia is passionate about unleashing creative talent and innovative ideas that engage people everywhere on issues that matter.
(Alias Braddigan) Founder of Nicaraguan based organization, Love Light and Melody which uses music and the arts to rebuild, restore, and bring healing to communities ravaged by extreme poverty. Brad is a musician previously hailing from the Indie band DISPATCH, the first independent band in history to headline, and sell out three nights at Madison Square Garden raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight disease, devastation, and social injustice in the country of Zimbabwe. The funds raised support the bands' Dispatch Foundation, specifically earmarked for the Foundations' work in Zimbabwe.
"NOMADSLAND is a company devoted to the production of visual for the Internet. The company partner with nonprofits, social enterprises, ecotourism and voluntourism companies to plan and execute strategic video campaigns using video technology and a global filmmaker network. NomadsLand was founded by Davin Hutchins - a filmmaker, producer and social entrepreneur. Hutchins has fifteen years experience in television journalism and has worked with CNN, CNN International, BBC World, Headline News, TechTV, Witness, Internews and Huffington Post. His assignments have taken him to Egypt, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Iceland, France, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States."
Nick is a California based filmmaker and grass roots media visionary. Nick's work has taken him from the jungles of Central America to the plains of Africa in projects that have ranged from archiving indigenous history to capturing humanitarian injustices. Before joining the Compathos Foundation, Nick's work included freelance projects with national foundations and NGO's including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Earth Train International and the United Nations.
Eytan's passion for telling stories through documentary shorts that connect the viewer to socially relevant themes has taken him through Central and So. America, Europe, and Africa and he has studied in Spain and Argentina. It is those experiences that made him realize what a privilege it is to see the world; in all its glory, good and bad. It is this type of adventure that drives his work.
Eytan produced his first documentary in 2005 while on a 3 month backpacking trip through Eastern Europe. In 2008, the L.A. Press Club nominated a TV package Elterman co-produced about foster youth for best "TV News Feature of the Year." Since then he has worked on documentary shorts focused on alternative fuel, international development, the foster care system, food justice, sport diving, and U.S./Israel relations for clients in the U.S. and abroad. Eytan received his BA in European Studies from UCLA and an MBA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Eytan is co-founder at iSeeiTravel.
Kim Phy enjoys activities ranging from composing music on guitar, recreational sports with friends and video games, such as League of Legends. Originally from the East Coast, she has traveled all throughout New England, and would love to visit Thailand or Japan. Kim studied at the University of California Berkeley as a Social Welfare Major and South, Southeast Asian Minor. During her studies, she volunteered as a mentor for youth in a program, known as OASES, and also helped the elderly do yoga practices.
Burt is an award-winning storyteller whose work has appeared on PBS, the Discovery Channel, ESPN, CNBC, the History Channel and European television, among other venues.He specializes in broadcast documentary, environmental, travel, educational and nonprofit programming, as well as features and shorts.
Founder of Just Shea, a hybrid organization (501c3 / LLC) whose mission is to help the women of Ghana. 600,000 women harvest shea in Ghana and 30,000 are bitten annually by poisonous snakes. Through the funds raised by our organic cosmetics company utilizing the shea, they are providing protective gear and, thus increasing the money the women earn and their quality of life.
Eric Hester is a multi-award winning film and television composer, producer and songwriter. In 1993, at the age of nineteen, he quickly made a name for himself having been nominated for a CableAce Award for his original song, "Second Chance". Joining the ranks of Elton John, Harry Conick Jr. and others - Eric lost the award to Carly Simon. His television and film scores have garnered him an Aurora Award, Omni Award, Axiem Award, Accolade Award, Telly Award, John Lennon Songwriting Award (twice) and an ASCAP Award. As a composer he has also contributed to an Emmy winning score as well as two Emmy nominated scores.
Esther Haven's photojournal expeditions focus on humanitarian and social-awareness campaigns with non-profits around the globe. She captures stories that reveal the transcendent strength of an individual regardless of the situation in which they find themselves. Esther has traveled extensively to over 40 countries. She seeks to open peoples hearts and minds to see third world conditions in a way that might challenge them to make a difference. Her photographs have been displayed in various exhibits across the country. She currently resides in Austin, Texas and New York City and continues to travel on assignments.
Weezie is a changemaker and Student of Life with extensive experience in NGO leadership and development, social innovation/entrepreneurship, media & film creation, alternative education and life design. She is skilled in public speaking, group facilitation, youth mentorship, event and project management, writing, journalism, curriculum and education design. Weezie has substantial history of living and working abroad which lends to her ability to spot trends and communicate cross-culturally.
Hope Sings harnesses the power of song to improve the lives of the poor - especially women -in Latin America. All net revenues from the sale of our songs are donated to participating microfinance institutions: Kiva, FINCA, ACCION and MicroPlace. Hope Sings songs are inspired by the true stories of people whose lives have been transformed in huge ways by the very small loans known as micro-loans. These songs, in turn, inspire more individuals to lend money, giving a hand-up - as opposed to a hand-out - to those less fortunate.
Jason is an accomplished cinematographer, director and producer from Hollywood CA. Jason's body of work as producer ranges from FX and the Discovery Channel. His credits range from, West Wing, Amazing Race, "Punk'd", "Monster House", and Discovery's BIG. Jason has written and directed two feature length documentaries including the renowned "Blood, Sweat, and Gears" which later won several "Best Documentary" awards at various film festivals. Jason's second feature documentary, Jason S. Edwards "The Green Rush" is a ground breaking documentary about the underground marijuana industry that exists throughout Northern CA. The Green Rush film has been awarded several awards on 2008 festival circuit.
Chad brings a wealth of media industry experience to the Compathos team. Chad has worked in Hollywood as a story producer, assistant director, locations manager, casting director, and field site coordinator with shows from CBS, NBC Studios, Fox, MTV, B2 Entertainment, Dean River Cinema, Warner Brothers, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks, and more recently the Discovery Channel. Chad's twenty plus recent projects include Kid Nation, Smash Lab, The Greatest Show on Earth, Armed and Famous, X-effect, We are Marshall, Stroke of Genius, The Clearing, Remember the Titans, Road Trip, and many more. A travel enthusiast since childhood, he has a passion for learning about other cultures, destinations and corresponding global issues that affect us today.
Tourist With A Typewriter Ltd. is an independent documentary production company based in London and dedicated to creative human rights and social justice documentaries. It was founded in 2004 by Saeed Taji Farouky and Gareth Keogh in order to tell the stories that mainstream news media and film studios were not telling. Their documentaries look behind the obvious sensationalism of daily news asking how individual lives fit into the bigger picture, and what happens to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Ryan is passionate about producing socially conscious media and about giving voice to those traditionally misrepresented and underrepresented by the media. He believes that authenticity, spirituality and personal development are leading to the next stage in evolution. Ryan is Founder at Hari Ryan Media with a MFA at DePaul University in 2016.
Pam Longobardi, is founder of the Drifters Project and The Conscious Ocean. Pam was trained as a painter and print-maker and has worked in a variety of mediums including photography and installation. She has had over 40 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, China, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her artworks are in numerous collections including commissions for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Facility and First Tennessee Bank, Memphis.
Aspen photographer Tyler Stableford has earned a worldwide clientele for his commercial and editorial photography. Men's Journal recently named him one of the seven "World's Greatest Adventure Photographers," and he is one of Canon's prestigious Explorers of Light. Tyler has won numerous awards from Communication Arts, PDN and The International Photography Awards, among others. Tyler's passion for photography extends beyond commercial work as he volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits. As an adoptive father from Ethiopia, much of his current work is deeply invested there.
Mark is an experienced digital media executive and Founder and CEO at White Crow Productions. White Crow inspires and emotionally engages audiences in learning, while focusing on digital strategies for sustainability, health, safety and environmental behavior change. Mark has been building innovative digital media teams in Brisbane, Australia for 20 years. Over the past 10 years he has worked in the e-Learning industry as a director and adviser in some of Australia's most challenging learning environments. Digital learning initiatives include the world's first 3D serious game for Green Homes, which was awarded as one of the world's six best government interactive media examples by the United Nations in 2005. Mark is co-producer of Rise of the Eco-Warriors - every individual matters, every action counts.
Stephanie is a world traveler, artist, and social activist. Her background is in graphic design, photography, and music but her passion to see the world has led to an awareness of the injustices within. Since, her art and photography have been displayed in exhibits across the South and in Eastern Europe. She has also volunteered her design for non-profits and groups around the world. As she hones in to seek her greatest strengths, she continues to bring together like-minds and ushers others talents (along with hers) to raise awareness about issues of injustice, extreme poverty, the environment, and other human rights issues. Countries traveled: Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Canada, and most of the states.
Beth has worked with projects such as The Chamber Boys, and CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange. Beth was awarded the "Innovation in Raising Awareness" award at CIEE - "recognizing ones dedication and willingness to go above and beyond when it comes to spreading the good word about CIEE and Study Abroad." Beth received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Film/Cinema/Video Studies from the University of Rochester in 2015 and she also attended Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Beth is interested in working in film or television writing, directing, editing and sound in all stages of production.
Bob Cabeza, founder of Change Agents Productions, is an avid believer in bringing technology resources to children, teens, and families. He has worked in Youth Development and Administration with the YMCA for 15 years. He has also worked with The Foundation for the Junior Blind as the Director of Camp and Recreation for their forty- acre camp located in Malibu, CA. Bob spent three years doing outdoor education in Europe, mainly Switzerland, Austria and England. His passion is providing connections and resources to the underserved and physically challenged.
For the better part of a decade, Matt Katsolis has been traveling the world working in documentary film and television for clients including ESPN, FUEL TV, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, and Walking on Water, as well as specializing in the action sports industry. With roots originally as a cinematographer, Matt now works in a variety of formats including high end TV / film with proven expertise at every level of production. Films include Moving On (Grand Prize in Panasonic's Shoot It Share It Contest), Dia de Luz, Dispatch Tour 2011, Beyond the Dream and Walking on Water.. Matt aspires to use the power of filmmaking to not just share stories with the world, but also use them as an agent of change.
Kristen is a humanitarian photographer currently working with the Not For Sale Campaign. Not For Sale creates tools that engage business, government, and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.
Chelsea is working on her Master's degree in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia at DePaul University 2015 - 2018. She also attended Xian University of Posts and Telecommunications with a Bachelor's degree, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering.
Colleen Flanigan is a socio-ecological artist. Through visual, performing, and biological arts, she investigates contemporary issues of species endangerment and ecosystem regeneration, specifically coral reefs. Her work connects science, art and imagination and encompasses Living Sea Sculptures, conversation-catalyzing alter egos, such as the mermaid Amphitrite and Miss Snail Pail, participatory multimedia exhibitions, and more. Colleen is a TED Fellow, and her underwater sculptures help to regenerate dying coral reefs. (Seen here as the mermaid Amphitrite)
Matt Knisely is a multi Emmy award-winning Photojournalist and Storyteller focusing on social-awareness campaigns with non-profits around the globe, haivng traveled into 35 countries. He served as director of photojournalism for FOX Minneapolis and made it one of the best stations in the country for television photography and visual product. His work has been featured on the BBC, NBC, ABC, and FOX News Channel. He has received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in electronic journalism.
Chloe is a rising third-year English major at the University of California, Los Angeles, working toward a second major in Communication Studies. A champion of creativity and exploration, Chloe is currently interested in social media marketing as well as writing and editing. She has interned with other multi-media and community engagement non-profits such as Not In Our Town, and is currently involved as a Social Media and Marketing Intern with the UCLA Volunteer Center. Ultimately, she hopes to fuse her passions for writing and communications in a place that inspires to make positive changes.
Laura Waters Hinson is an award winning filmmaker / photographer based in Washington, DC. She is currently engaged in a nationwide screening tour, presenting As We Forgive in such places as the U.S. Congress, the State Department, Library of Congress, the World Bank and at various universities and institutions. Most recently, Laura served on the crew of 14 Women, an acclaimed documentary on the lives of the female U.S. Senators, directed by Mary Lambert. Laura received a master of fine arts degree in filmmaking from American University and has worked in the past as the director of creative arts at an Anglican church, as a development coordinator for the Discovery Health Channel, and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
James Clark is a combat veteran and former Marine Corps combat correspondent and graduate UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Art in Modern Literature. His multimedia and print stories have appeared in a number of publications including CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, Oakland Tribune, Santa Cruz Sentinel, to name a few. James believes that "Journalism is far more than a career - at its core, regardless of the medium used, storytelling allows the journalist to bring people closer to remind us that we are a part of a larger whole." He has interned at NPR and is Staff Writer and Editor at Task & Purpose.
Jeycob Carlson hails from northern California but is often found on another part of the planet searching for captivating images and inspiring stories. Both an artist and technician he brings passion and honed skill to every project. His work has transported him from directing music videos in Hollywood to shooting the trash dump villages of Nicaragua. Always aspiring to create a true cinematic experience that not only captures the essence of a country and people, but also moves the heart and mind.
Jess's passion for photography and exploring the world began in high school and quickly developed into a full time study throughout college. The first in her family to graduate from college, she attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a BFA in Advertising Photography. After documenting throughout multiple countries and the US, she has chosen Los Angeles as base camp for its rich cultural diversity and ever expanding global influence. She loves connecting with people and creating images that capture truth in the situation. Her mission is to be a visual voice of cultures wanting to be heard, where stories need to be told and a humanity must be shared.
Catherine is a recent graduate from the University of East Anglia in the UK, located in a small city called Norwich on the East coast of England. She studied American and English Literature for four years, and spent one of those years living in San Francisco, CA for a study abroad program. In her attempts to move back to San Francisco, she found Compathos as well as two other internships to take on for the next six months. She recently joined the Compathos team as a writer and interviewer and is excited to get involved in many more projects.
Anna lives for adventure, music, and the visual and performing arts. Her fascination with differences in sights, sounds, and human functionality make her consumed by wanderlust. Through a camera's lens, Anna has traveled to help tell stories from 5 different continents through the format of narrative films, photo correspondence, and photography. She is constantly looking, moving, and observing because of her keen attention to light and shadow. When not shooting, she is contributing to Los Angeles-based art collectives as a VJ and exhibiting her conceptual art. She has one degree in Film Production and another in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California.