The film
The Filmmakers

Katie Galloway has directed and produced numerous award winning films and series for PBS Frontline and POV, among others. Her feature documentary Prison Town, USA (POV 2007) called "documentary making at its best" by The San Francisco Chronicle and "intriguing" by The New York Times, was developed as a fiction series by IFC, for which she co-wrote the first 3 episodes. Her critically acclaimed film Better This World (POV 2011) has won 3 top doc awards on this year's festival circuit. A 2010 Sundance Documentary Fellow and 2009/2010 HBO/FIND documentary fellow, Galloway taught documentary production at the Columbia Journalism School and now teaches Media Studies at U.C. Berkeley.

Kelly Duane de la Vega is an award-winning documentary director and producer, 2009-2010 HBO/FIND Fellow and 2010 Sundance Documentary Fellow. Her feature documentaries have been shown in of film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Her Emmy nominated Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America opened theatrically nationwide and was selected by the New York Film Society to screen at Lincoln Center. Called "stylish and substantial" by Variety and "inspiring" by The New York Times, the film is part of the curriculum in more than 50 universities worldwide. Duane de la Vega's most recent documentary Better This World (POV 2011) premiered at SXSW and has been awarded Best Documentary by both San Francisco International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival. Duane de la Vega has produced short format web and television content for the Discovery Channel and Planet Green, among others. She recently produced two television series for IFC focusing on emerging and innovative artists.

Mike Nicholson is a founding partner of the Austin-based production house Picturebox. An accomplished graphic designer and motion graphics editor, Mike has produced numerous political and advocacy films over the past decade, including the PBS documentary Teaching Austin (2006), about the history of public education in the Texas capital. Most recently Mike produced the feature documentary Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah (2010), which is currently touring the country.

David Layton is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has worked on dramatic and documentary feature films, commercials, music videos, and concert films. He produced and directed the feature-length documentary, The Hot Shoe (2004),and was the Director of Photography on the narrative films, My Name is Buttons (2002) and A Yeti in the City (2007). In 2006, he was Director of Photography for the third season of the award-winning PBS documentary television program, Downtown. Recently David traveled to Haiti to photograph the acclaimed short film, Espwa, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He is a partner in the Austin-based production company, Picturebox.

Greg O'Toole began his film career in conflict zones in Colombia on a short documentary about communities engaged in non-violent resistance to that country's civil war. Since then, his documentary work has screened all over the world, at festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes. Credits include Rebuilding the Boat (2008), The Two Escobars (2010), and Sons of a Gun (2008), which he also directed. In addition to his work as a director/editor, in 2001 Greg founded GroundSwell Productions, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing community access to video production. GroundSwell's signature program is a youth-led TV station based at the Youth Empowerment School in East Oakland.