Michelle Aguilar, director of production
Originally from South Lake Tahoe, Michelle has produced numerous non-fiction multimedia projects in cultures and communities across the world. Michelle served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural indigenous community in Panama where she later returned to produce her most recent short film, El Cacao
. Michelle's work has screened at numerous nationally-acclaimed film festivals, won awards at the Social Justice Film Festival and the DC Environmental Film Festival and was nominated for an IDA award in 2015. Michelle holds a Bachelor's in Business from Cal Poly, SLO and a Masters Degree in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz.
Graeme Sloan, production intern
Graeme Sloan is a Multimedia Producer and Photographer based in Washington, DC, and is working towards his Master's degree studying multimedia journalism and documentary storytelling at George Washington University's Corcoran School of Arts and Design. Hailing from a tiny community in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, Graeme is interested in reporting on and documenting the unique issues of life in rural America. In the meantime, he is a Photo Editor at The Hatchet, GW's independent student newspaper, and a freelance photographer shooting sports, concerts and protests. Graeme holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from American University and has an electric green pet parrot named Raja.
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.
Ellie Walton, director, facilitator
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.
Nathaniel Pearlman, advisory board
Nathaniel is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder of NGP VAN
, and served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8.
Angelica 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.
Joshua 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 History, The 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.