Originally from Virginia, Producer/Director Regan Brashear has been working on labor, race, youth, LGBTQ, and disability issues for over twenty years now through documentary film, union organizing, community forums, and grassroots activism. Now based in Oakland, CA, Brashear is a co-founder of Making Change Media which produces videos for non-profits and labor unions, as well as independent long-form documentaries such as Fixed. Previously, Brashear served as a producer and community engagement coordinator at Open Eye Pictures, a production company in Sausalito, CA, doing project development for the place-based, memory-mapping iOS app, Tributopia; community engagement for the Academy Award-shortlisted film, Under Our Skin and as co-producer for The Grove, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Both films aired across the country on PBS stations in 2011. Brashear has a BA in American Studies (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) and a MA in Social Documentation (Documentary Film) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her interest in disability studies, which eventually led to the making of Fixed, started in 1997, after a car accident which began an ongoing journey with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. She finished editing Fixed this spring as a visiting filmmaker at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University. In addition to CSPO, the residency was co-sponsored by a number of other programs at ASU, including the Phd Program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology; the Center for Science and the Imagination; the School of Social Transformation; the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture; the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; the Center for Nanotechnology in Society; and the Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technology.
Regan Brashear – Producer/Director/Editor
Josh Peterson is a freelance editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has been cutting documentaries, corporate pieces and independent features since 1993. He was nominated for a national Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Editing in 2009 for his work on Soldiers of Conscience. He also edited The Rape of Europa, which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Historical Programming and short-listed for a Best Documentary Academy Award. His clients include Apple, Lucasfilm, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the Kenwood Group. Josh’s work has appeared on PBS, ABC, National Geographic Channel, Sci-Fi Channel, at U.S. and international film festivals and in theatrical release. He graduated from Harvard in 1991 with an honors degree in History. His film, Blood Makes the Green Grass Grow, which he wrote, directed and edited, was released last fall. His most recent film which he edited is a new documentary called Born This Way about coming of age as gay or lesbian in Cameroon and which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
Jamie LeJeune has worked with the Sausalito-based production company, InCA, for the past four years, coming with a background in anthropology and community development. Since then he has shot, edited and produced works that range from television documentary series to viral activist video and promotional pieces for local non-profits. His credits with InCA include: A Year in Burgundy (2012), Producer, Camera, Editor; Reinventing Yourself (2012), Story Producer/Editor/Camera; Keeping Score: Gustav Mahler (2011), Associate Producer/Assistant Editor; and ReCreating America: Creativity in Education (2010), Associate Producer. Jamie is also a co-founder and core member of Making Change Media.
Chris Brierley is based in London, England. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and was a founder member of the award-winning Kreisler String Orchestra which included Youssou N’Dour, Brian Eno, John Cale and Michael Nyman among many collaborators. Since 2005 Chris has worked with Heart’n’Soul, a creative collective run by artists with learning disabilities. He performed with the ‘Radical Racoons’ , a band made up of young Heart’n’Soul artists, at the Beautiful Octopus Club in the Royal Festival Hall in September 2012 as part of the celebrations at the end of the Paralympic games. Over the last 5 years he has written extensively for the Heidi Latsky Dance Company in New York and he performs, records and writes with the Band of Holy Joy and the Vast Earth Orchestra. Chris was recently appointed as a visiting music tutor at Core Arts in Hackney, East London, the renowned charity that exists to enrich the lives of socially excluded people with severe mental health issues.
Hannah Swenson was born and raised in Minneapolis, where she first became involved in civic engagement work, community art and filmmaking. A graduate of the Justice & Policy Studies program at Guilford College and the Documentary Film Studies program at Duke University, Hannah also served as an AmeriCorps member in the Washington, DC public schools, as an ESL and media instructor in North Carolina, and most recently with Open Eye Pictures in Sausalito, CA. She continues to be moved by storytelling as a means for dialogue, debate and mobilization in the Bay Area.
Florencia Marchetti is an anthropologist and documentarian currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University in Montreal. Her work focuses on the politics of memory and the traces of violent pasts in present day lives.
Jessica is currently working towards her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She will be a fourth year undergraduate in the fall of 2011, double majoring in Film Studies and Economics. Though born in the States, Jessica grew up abroad, on a tiny tropical island in Southeast Asia known as Singapore. She is back in the States for college, and in the process of discovering what she wants to do with the rest of her life beyond school, particularly how to extend her enthusiasm for film studies into the working world.
Jackie Grieff is an aspiring digital film editor in the Bay Area working on her BS in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. She is a Final Cut Pro and After Effects Tutor at The Art Institute as well as the department’s Peer Mentor. She loves Star Trek, South Park, the Ender Series, and Pokemon.
Karla Claudio Betancourt is a multimedia artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who recently graduated in Film/New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. She works primarily with documentary and experimental video, animation, and multi-media installations. Her work revolves around media literacy, marginalized histories, colonized communities, culture jamming, public interventions, and other practices set on challenging corporate media. She’s an excellent cook, likes to learn about herbalism and capoeira on the side, and is a faithful believer of the occult.