Our team

rachel_dickson.jpgRachel Dickson, field producer

Rachel Dickson is an independent filmmaker and an associate of Kartemquin Films. She produced and recorded sound for Central Standard on Education, WTTW/Channel 11’s first web series with PBS Digital; The School Project, which won the 2015 Hometown Media Award for Best Documentary Series; and ’63 Boycott with Kartemquin Films. She was an associate field producer for the Kartemquin series Hard Earned, which won the 2016 duPont-Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism. Her short documentary, Closed for Good, was featured in Kartemquin’s Fall Festival in 2016, and was named Best of the Fest at Collected Voices Film Festival in 2015. She has also worked on numerous projects as a freelance writer, translator, producer, sound recordist, and editor.

Michelle_Headshot.jpgMichelle 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. 

paul_warner.jpgLéo Guillemin, production intern

Léo is a French-American video editor. He is a graduate student at the George Washington University’s Documentary Institute, and earned a BA in Political Science, Middle East Studies and Arabic from McGill University. He has worn multiple hats on and off set in the past 5 years, on projects ranging from promotional videos for non-profits to international affairs talk shows on PBS stations. He is interested in the drama of everyday life, and is curious about the truth. He is drawn by the potential of documentaries to tell the stories that are forgotten, overlooked or distorted, and believes in the responsibility of filmmakers to represent the world in a truthful and intentional manner.


E_Ellie_Headshot.JPGEllie 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.

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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