Jennifer Benorden is a film and television producer with a passion for sharing tough information in a light-hearted manner. In 2004 and 2005 she produced 10 one-hour public access television shows, winning 6 regional and 1 national award for Excellence in
Broadcasting. The series, called “4 Directions”, focused on issues of social and
environmental justice and covered such topics as women’s reproductive rights, GMO's, and corporate accountability. More recently Jenny has traveled to Haiti to document the work of SOIL (www.oursoil.org) and to develop the Holy Crap! film project. In addition, Jenny (also known as "Jupiter") has been a somatic massage therapist for over 15 years, works in the health and nutrition industry, plays percussion in a funk band, and loves to dance, sing, and spend time with friends in nature.
Jessica Jones is an independent media maker specializing in character-driven documentary style pieces. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. With a background in both film and nonprofit advocacy, Jessica views visual storytelling as a unique leverage for social change. Currently, Jessica is the Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the upcoming documentary A FRAGILE TRUST (ITVS/PBS), which examines ethics and diversity in journalism. She was also an editor for the short A CAPITAL BUZZ (Premiere: Colorado Film Festival, Golden Pineapple Award: DC Shorts Film Festival) and has worked on short pieces for a variety of nonprofits including the International Labor Rights Forum, Working Films, the International Museum for Women, and the Bay Area Video Coalition. She is based in San Francisco, and when she isn't doing something media related, you can find her drumming in a local Brazilian drum group or inventing a new recipe.
Holy Crap! is a project that speaks to Jessica's sensibility - a piece that presents a solution to a global problem with a light-hearted touch. She hopes that will stir conversation around possible solutions for global sanitation concerns.
Cassandra Jabola is a documentary/non-fiction television and film producer. She graduated from New York University, with a background in broadcast journalistm and cinema studies. In New York, she worked as an Associate Producer on documentary series for networks including NBC/The Weather Channel, TLC, The Science Channel, National Geographic Channel and A&E. She believes that audiovisual storytelling is a powerful tool for social justice advocacy because it gives a voice to those who would otherwise not be heard. She is particularly passionate about immigration issues and migrant workers' rights. Cassandra is thrilled to be part of the Holy Crap! project because she thinks that the sustainability that blossoms from SOIL's dry composting toilets are something the whole world should know about and benefit from. She is excited to be working on her first independent documentary, and is also enjoying being a new transplant to San Francisco.
Xuan Vu is a documentary filmmaker whose core motivation is to give a voice to those who otherwise would not be heard. From 2007-2009, Xuan worked with Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman, as a principal editor on two of Fadiman's political documentaries (STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote, theatrically released in 2008, and RECLAIMING THEIR VOICE, released in 2010). Her work has been showcased at numerous national and international film festivals as well as featured on the National Geographic website. Her latest editing project is a documentary film about an Asian American dealing with mental illness. Xuan holds a graduate degree from Boston University in Documentary Filmmaking and is currently working as a professional editor in New York City.
Barbara is a Freelance Digital Editor. She began her video career as a Public Access Television Producer focusing on her passion for educating the community to the many volunteer organizations which give their time to improve the way we live and the world we live in. Her credits include editing and subtitling in Spanish and English two training videos for the San Francisco Department of Public Health called, "Day Laborers United with the community" and "Mudanzas Con Las Jorneleros". Barbara has hands-on experience working in all aspect of television production and produced, directed, and hosted 30 half-hour programs called "Health Matters" that broadcast on Public Access Television in San Francisco and Marin County. The subject of these educational programs ranged in subject from women's health and nutrition to Bay Area comic artists.
Originally from Germany, Ute Engelke came to the USA as a post-doctoral Bio-Chemist, but later discovered her passion was cultivating food rather than Petri dishes. Ute is an environmentalist and a Sustainable Living evangelist. On a local level, she has converted her home in Palo Alto, California, into a showcase for edible landscape and energy and water conservation technologies -- she hasn't had an electric utility bill for more than 6 years! In addition, for many years Ute volunteered as a sound technician and camera operator for the local Public Access television station, working on shows with a global sustainability emphasis. Her experience in production and gardening combined with her scientific genius were a perfect combination for the Holy Crap! film crew, as she felt right at home in the low-tech world of Haiti, had the rigor and physique for long-hours in the field, and a deep passion for anything which will reduce our collective carbon footprint.
Zara Zimbardo received her Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has a B.A. in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley. For the last fifteen years she has been a body-based therapist both in private practice and in community health centers. She was the co-producer of an award-winning alternative current events television series, and leads workshops in critical media literacy at schools throughout the Bay Area. As a former member of the National Councill of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation's oldest interfaith peace organization, she has worked in solidarity with non-violent activists resisting militarism in the United States, Israel/Palestine, and Colombia. Currently Zara participates with local anti-racism programs as a facilitator using dialogue, creative process, and Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, including the White Noise Collective, which she co-founded: www.conspireforchange.org. Zara is an Interdisciplinary Studies adjunct faculty in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS.
Daniel Tillias was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, and has worked as a consultant for many projects throughout Haiti. He has a degree in management and entrepreneurship and is a businessman himself. Daniel believes improving efficiency is the next step for Haiti to grow and to become a role model for the world. His involvement with eco-sanitation began when he translated SOIL's (www.oursoil.org) bylaws into Haitian Creole. It then made sense that the largest eco-san toilet in Haiti is located at the community center he manages (SAKALA). And it was for this reason as well that Daniel became the host of the Holy Crap! film, being fluent in English and Creole, very loved and respected in his community, and with such a vision for development in his country. He currently works with SOIL as an advisor and volunteer consultant.
Tamara Gurbis calls herself a "Media Midwife", helping bring stories to life through visual media. With her company, Phenomenal Films (http://phenomenalfilms.com/), she focuses her lens on global, socially conscious media and has collaborated on a wide range of projects including documentary, narrative, promotional, experimental, and corporate videos. She is skilled in all aspects of the birthing process: Producer, Director, Editor, and Director of Photography and delivers high-quality projects every time.