Our team


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.

Rhett Zillinger, production intern

Rhett Zillinger is a Video Producer and Photographer living in Washington, DC. Rhett attended West Virginia University earning a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, where he worked as an editor for the University's newspaper and literary magazine. He also studied International Business at the EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg, France, where he began shooting photography and video projects. Recently, he has worked as a Media Affairs Intern at the Smithsonian Institution, working on the 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating the Circus Arts. Currently, he is working as a Video Producer for Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, where he is helping tell stories of community builders all around the country. Rhett is passionate about exploring and telling stories of community, social change, and personal narratives through visual arts and film. 

Maureen Smith, development + distribution intern

Originally from Philadelphia, Maureen is a senior at American University studying Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies with a second major in the interdisciplinary study of Communications, Law, Economics & Government. She formerly served as a Public Programs Intern for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she worked on the 2017-2018 Fresh Talk season of the Woman, Arts & Social Change Program and assisted with engagement and documentation of artist Mónica Mayer’s exhibition of El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project, an interactive installation on gender based violence. She is the current Director of American University Women’s Initiative, where she develops feminist social justice programming through a creative lens. Maureen is committed to exploring the power of storytelling for social change through visual art and film.

E_Nathaniel_Headshot.jpgNathaniel 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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