PAMELA TOM, Director/Producer: Pamela Tom is an independent producer and director whose critically acclaimed film Two Lies has screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance, the Smithsonian Institution, and New Directors/New Films. It is distributed by Women Make Movies and aired on PBS stations KCET, WNET, and WGBH. Ms. Tom's documentary credits include the PBS prime time series Wired Science (Producer) and Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis and the West (Post Producer), the feature film, Wild About Harry (Executive Producer), the ABC special The Story of Mothers and Daughters (Senior Associate Producer), the PBS pilot Becoming the Buddha in LA (Field Producer), Voices of Nairobi (Producer/Director), and Pei-Lee: Portrait of a Chinatown Teenager (Director). Ms. Tom directed Sidney Poitier in a monologue to promote the original Showtime Network movie Mandela and deKlerk. She's served as a development executive and freelance producer at KCET/Los Angeles and the Director of Diversity at Film Independent in Los Angeles. She's a recipient of a Walt Disney Writing Fellowship, The Edna and Yu Shan Han Award, and the Dorothy Arzner Award for Outstanding Woman Director. She received her B.A from Brown University and M.F.A from UCLA's Dept. of Theater, Film and Television. She spent a year as a visiting student at the University of Ile-Ife, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
GWEN WYNNE, Producer: Gwen Wynne is the producer, director, and writer of American Primtive, a feature film starring Tate Donovan (The OC) and Josh Peck (Drake and Josh). Ms. Wynne began her career on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre scouting for new plays. From there she co-founded and served for six years as Artistic Director of The No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Her productions have been nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards. Having led fundraising campaigns for her theatrical productions that dealt with issues ranging from racism to homelessness to environmental destruction, Ms. Wynne secured funding from foundations throughout the country, including The National Endowment for the Arts, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Comic Relief, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Wynne is a partner with Pamela Tom in Apricot Films, LLC, a company whose mission is to create commercially successful films that express a strong and unique artistic and social vision. Ms. Wynne is a graduate of Brown University, where she received degrees in Literature & Society and Theatre Arts. She received her M.F.A. in Film at USC's School of Cinema-Television.
TAMARA KHALAF, Producer: Tamara Khalaf is a writer and producer who has a passion for great stories. She is a Project:Involve Alum (2002-03) with Film Independent, produced the short film Shelly Figg as part of AFI’s Directors Workshop for Women (2006-07) and won a Phoenix Film Festival Award (2002) for a short film she produced with actor Malik Yoba called Dreaming in Black & White. Currently, Tamara works at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank. Tamara is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Theology and Film at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
LINDA BARRY, Co-Producer: Linda Barry is an Emmy Award winning producer of the independent film Fishbowl which was broadcast on PBS' Emmy Award winning series, "Independent Lens" in 2006. She co-produced the feature film Mango Kiss and four dramatic short films between 1999 and 2002. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia, UCLA Film School's Producers Program and the 2004 Film Independent Producers Program.
SHANA HAGAN, Cinematographer: Shana Hagan has over 35 film and TV credits to her name, including the Oscar and Emmy winning documentary BREATHING LESSONS, directed by Jessica Yu. Credits include the Sundance award-winning Showtime feature AFTER INNOCENCE, about prisoners exonerated through DNA evidence, Disney's WALT AND EL GRUPO and UB IWERKS: THE HAND BEHIND THE MOUSE, about the animator who created Mickey Mouse, THE LIVING MUSEUM, an HBO feature documentary about an art space dedicated to the work of the mentally ill, and HOMELAND, a documentary about four Lakota families on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which won the AFI Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary. Ms. Hagan’s work has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, The Learning Channel, and in theaters. She is considered one of the top documentary cinematographers in the industry and is a frequent collaborator with veteran director Michael Apted (Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, 49 Up, Amazing Grace).
WALT LOUIE, Editor: Walt has been in the broadcast media business since 1974. His experience is as diverse as his expertise in the field of broadcast and communication arts. He has worked as a producer, director, editor and instructor. Originally from San Francisco he has worked on productions in Beijing, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hawaii, England, and for over thirty years in Los Angeles.
As a freelance editor, he has worked on award-winning documentaries, independent films, trailers and commercials. His documentary work includes Forbidden City, U.S.A produced by Arthur Dong, winner of “Best Documentary of the Decade” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Recently, he edited Restoring The Light, a documentary shot entirely in China, which had its premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival. He teaches editing theory and post production and has conducted classes and workshops at the University of Honolulu, Loyola Marymount University, and Santa Monica College. He is the owner/editor with Flash Cuts, a commercial/promo editorial company in Los Angeles. www.flashcuts.com
TIM CRAIG, Editor: Tim cut his first feature film on a Moviola, on film, shortly before Digital Nonlinear Editing took over the film industry. That experience working on film carried him through into the digital age and to today where he has contributed and assisted on many Features Films, Television Programs and Special Venue projects including Blue Velvet, Air America, The 6th Day, and Sunshine, the winner of numerous prestigious international awards. Tim credits film producers Dino De Laurentiis and Martha Schumacher for gaining his first practical experience in filmmaking while working on a number of their productions as an electrician, camera assistant, and set dresser among other positions, gaining his first job in the editorial department through the help of Producer Frank Capra Jr.
Tim studied Photography at Colorado Mountain Collage and Mass Communications at the University of Denver.
Irene Poon Anderson, curator
Suellen Cheng, historian
Howard Green, Disney executive
Don Hahn, producer
Sonia Mak, independent curator, art historian
Barbara and Richard Marks, editors
Freida Lee Mock, filmmaker
Kuniko Okubo, filmmaker
Lisa See, writer
Lella Smith, Director Animation Research Library
Ted Thomas, filmmaker
Kim Wong, Wong Family
Jessica Yu, Filmmaker