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.
Ellie Walton, director/editor, cinematographer
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.