Vicki Abeles, Producer and Co-Director
Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, speaker and advocate for children and families. Her first feature documentary, "Race to Nowhere", is a vivid portrayal of the pressure-cooker culture dominating America’s schools. Using a cutting-edge community distribution model that has showcased the film in more than 6,000 community-sponsored screenings, Abeles has brought "Race to Nowhere" to more than 1 million viewers around the globe. Abeles launched a social action campaign committed to providing resources and tools to support awareness, dialogue and community action connected to the issues the film raises. Additional credits include Associate Producer on the Sundance favorite Miss Representation and co-author of the End the Race Companion Book for parents, educators and students. She is currently working on her next education documentary and a book to be published by Simon & Schuster and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Jessica Congdon, Editor and Co-Director
Jessica Congdon has worked as a commercial and feature film editor for a wide range of award-winning titles, including Miss Representation, Motherland, Speed and Angels, Dopamine, and Her Minor Thing. Her commercial work includes music videos and national and international television campaigns for Nokia, Bugaboo, Hilton, Hitachi, Budweiser, Isuzu, Nike, Saturn, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Adidas. The NBC11 Illuminating campaign, edited by Congdon and directed by Ron Fricke, won an Emmy in 2005.
Sara Truebridge, Ed.D., Education Consultant
Sara Truebridge is an education consultant with expertise in the areas of education policy, practice, and research. Formerly a legislative analyst for education in the New York State Senate, the founder and president of Sincerely, Kids Inc.®, and a research associate with WestEd research, Truebridge is currently writing a book on resilience, beliefs, and education for Teachers College Press. She earned her Ed.D. and M.A. from Mills College and her B.A. from Denison University, and holds certificates from the Harvard Graduate School of Education program, Closing the Achievement Gap and UC Berkeley’s program, Children and the Changing Family.
Mark Adler, Composer
Mark Adler's recent projects include Food, Inc., Bottle Shock, HBO’s The Rat Pack, for which he won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding music direction, and Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone, for which he won an Emmy nomination. Additional credits include scores for more than 40 documentaries and television specials, including Focus, Picture Bride, Eat A Bowl of Tea, and three feature documentaries nominated for Academy Awards. Adler attended elementary school in Mill Valley, California, where he first fell in love with movies at the Sequoia Theater.
Sophie Constantinou, Consulting Director/Cinematographer
Sophie Constantinou’s titles include the Golden Gate Award-winning titles Divided Loyalties and Between the Lines, and Impact Zone, winner of the Best Experimental Film award from the New York Underground Film Festival. Her cinematography credits include HBO's Unchained Memories, PBS's Presumed Guilty, and KQED'S Emmy Award-winning Home Front. She received her BA in Film Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master's from San Francisco State University. She teaches cinematography and directing at the City College of San Francisco and mentors at-risk youth in filmmaking and cinematography.
Maimone Attia, Writer and Cinematographer
Maimone Attia is a children's entertainer, freelance videographer, and short-film filmmaker. He studied creative writing, film production and critical studies at the University of Southern California, from which he received a B.A. in Cinema-Television.
Kira Lancaster, Consultant
Kira Dahlgren Lancaster has spent much of her career on the stage and in front of the camera. She is currently directing and starring in a documentary film called Making Molly.
Steve Relova, Development Director
Steve Relova is the Creative Director of a San Francisco Bay Area television station, where he produces and writes news, sports, travel, special and live programming and documentaries. His work has been recognized by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Radio Television News Director's Association.