Our team


Will Jenkins

Will Jenkins has more than a decade of communications, policy, and program leadership experience at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, the House and Senate, and international nonprofit organizations. During his time in government, he worked on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, drug policy, mental health, immigration, environment, healthcare, national security and education. He also has trained, advised or worked with hundreds of filmmakers and other media makers on stories that impact public policy and social issues through the Sundance Institute, South by Southwest Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, Warner Bros., the Fledgling Fund, Good Pitch, and other organizations. He developed the American Film Institute's Political Bootcamp for Filmmakers and co-authored a series of studies on creative media and advocacy at the Center for Media and Social Impact. He serves as a board member of Working Films.


Sarah Haas, field producer

Sarah Haas is an independent narrative and documentary producer. After working at the Sundance Institute’s Filmmaker Labs, she earned credits on So Yong Kim’s LOVESONG (2016), ABC’s NASHVILLE series, CMT’s STILL THE KING, AND CROSSROADS. She has produced two indie narrative films, PRIVY and PAST DUE, and a feature documentary which follows her grandfather’s retirement journey, 18 DAYS IN UKRAINE. Recently, she collaborated with director Tommy Davis on short documentaries “Black Rock Blues” and “The Infidels” and produced short, scripted films like “Love, Gwen” directed by Amanda Young and based on a true story set in the opioid epidemic which screened at Maryland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Fest, and others. For the past decade Sarah has worked for a variety of acclaimed film festivals like AFIDOCS, True/False, Telluride, Citizen Jane, and Defy Film Festival. Sarah is also a contributor to TheDirectorList.com - a website featuring a sortable database of 1,000+ highly qualified women directors, and leadership in a local nonprofit: the Nashville Filmmakers Guild.

E_Ellie_Headshot.JPGEllie Walton, director/editor, cinematographer

Ellie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director, and MHP facilitator. A DC native, Ellie has directed and produced films in and about the DC community, using storytelling to foster community connection and understanding. She is the director and producer of the films Igual Que Tu (2009), Walk with Me (2012), and Fly by Light (2014). Highly respected in the DC arts community, Ellie was the 2011 recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Award. Ellie holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from the the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Screen Documentary from the University of London.

Rylie Smedley, development + post-production intern

Rylie Smedley is a Junior at Columbia College Chicago studying Film and Interdisciplinary Documentary. She is a peer tutor in writing and screenwriting and is the Captain of the Quidditch team at Columbia. She has worked as crew on a number of short films at Columbia. Rylie is passionate about storytelling and helping others through film and volunteering.

Adrian Kidaman, production intern

Adrian Kidaman is an aspiring filmmaker and current freelance photographer from Nairobi, Kenya. A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelors in TV and film production, Adrian has previously worked as a staff photographer for the SNAP - Ed Program and is currently involved with Guerrilla FC a creative collective as a contributor. Adrian is interested in the power of storytelling and its ability to inspire change and wants to be able to tell stories about Sub-saharan Africa. He is a big soccer lover and is always experimenting creatively on how to use his love for the game to make a better change in the world.

Zander Karlin, post-production intern

Alexzander Cole Karlin (he/they) is a student filmmaker entering senior year at Purchase College in New York, where he is currently the residing president of the school's student film board. In the future he looks to be able to create documentaries focusing around people that have something to teach the world, mostly focusing on different explorations of how one can express their gender identity. But until then, Zander can be easily satisfied by having a friendly and pet-able dog in close proximity.


Nathaniel Pearlman, advisory board

Nathaniel is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder of NGP VAN, Graphicacy, and served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8.

E_Angie_Headshot.jpgAngelica Das, advisory board

Angelica specializes in strategy for social impact documentary with over a decade of experience in non-profit communication and management. She was previously associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, running content production and events on empowering media that matters. Angelica is an impact producer, presenter, writer and public media advocate. She regularly serves on film juries and committees including the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, AFI DOCS and the Indie Caucus.

E_Joshua_Headshot.jpgJoshua Glick, PhD, advisory board

Joshua Glick is Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English at Hendrix College and a member of Summer Session faculty at Columbia University. He holds a PhD in Film & Media Studies and American Studies from Yale University. Joshua enjoys researching and teaching documentary film and television, race and popular culture, American social history, and emerging media. His writing has appeared in Film HistoryThe Moving Image, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. He served as a curator and produced an award-winning documentary for the traveling museum exhibition, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Joshua's book, Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958–1977, was recently published by the University of California Press. He is currently collaborating on a documentary, Last Days at the Duncan, about the closing of the Duncan Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut. 

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