davina Pardo, director/producer

Davina Pardo (director/producer) is an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker. She recently produced VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, a feature-length HBO documentary about New Yorker cartoonists that received a 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Davina is the director and producer of several award-winning documentary shorts, including 116 CAMERAS, MINKA and BIRDLINGS TWO. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide, including Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs Shortest, DOC NYC, DOK Leipzig, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. 

Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP's Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, the Hartley Film Foundation, and the Sundance Institute. A native of Canada, Davina previously worked as assistant to David Cronenberg and associate produced the Academy Award-winning documentary FREEHOLD. 

Lila Place, Editor

Lila Place (editor) is a documentary film editor and director who got her start in the editing rooms of Woody Allen and Spike Lee. As an editor she’s worked on numerous films that have won awards at top film festivals including Silverdocs, IDFA, Hot Docs and Full Frame and aired nationally as well as internationally. She has also directed several short films including UNDER THE ROLLER COASTER which won best short at Slamdance and screened at the MoMA and was broadcast on PBS. Lila believes that intimate personal stories can convey powerful universal themes and that documentaries can be as cinematic and emotionally compelling as fiction. Her work is influenced by her background in feature films cultural anthropology and dance. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Barnard College and an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.

Joanna Sokolowski, Co-Producer

Joanna Sokolowski (co-producer) is an Emmy-awardwinning documentary filmmaker. She is the director of the PBS documentary “Ovarian Psycos” (2016), which premiered at SXSW and will be broadcast on the award winning documentary series Independent Lens in March 2017. She co-produced the HBO film “Very Semi Serious” (2015), a feature-length documentary about New Yorker cartoonists that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has worked as a producer at Walking Iris Media and Open Studio Productions. Her short film “Still Time” (2012) chronicles life after serving 20 years in prison. She holds a BA in Community Development & Urban Planning and received her MA in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was the recipient of the Human Rights Center fellowship.

EMILY TOPPER, cinematographer

At the intersection of Social Justice, Art and Commerce you’ll find cinematographer Emily Topper. Her stunning imagery on film has captured activists and artists all around the world. Emily has collaborated with Field of Vision, The California Endowment, RED, Loteria Films and the Redford Center. In 2016, Emily's artistry partnered with a group of artists to capture the astonishing spectacle of flower petals falling from the skies above Los Angeles. Emily's commercial clients include Google, Proctor and Gamble, Splendid, and Vanguard Records.


David Teague, consulting editor

David Teague is a documentary film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning films. His documentaries include the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated, the Emmy-nominated and Sundance-winning E-TEAM, and the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Cutie and the Boxer. Other documentaries include the Oscar-winning Freeheld (2007) and two other Oscar-nominated films (Mondays at RacineSun Come Up), the Full Frame winner Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series “Constitution USA”, and the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special “Growing Hope Against Hunger”.

Max Avery Lichtenstein, composer

Max Avery Lichtenstein is an American record producer, composer and song-writer based in North Salem, New York. He's produced records with such artists as Mercury RevHopewell and The Silent League. He composed the soundtrack for Jonathan Caouette's movie Tarnation and for the 2005 James Bai film Puzzlehead.