Joshua has been in the education world for over ten years. He has taught literacy and mathematics to 6th graders in the Bronx, produced and hosted the first Discovery Educator Abroad program around the Pacific Rim, and served as a technology staff developer to help teachers and administrators push New York schools into the 21st century. He has also produced non-fiction media for a variety of documentary and NGO outlets — from video diaries with ex-child soldiers in northern Uganda, to short films for an NGO working in post-earthquake Haiti as well as vignettes for Verizon’s FiOS television network.
Joshua’s passion for learning about other places and people was the impetus for the founding of Nomading Films, a New York-based film production company. Josh also co-founded The Nomading Film Festival, a unique film and video celebration that caters to travelers who film, not just filmmakers who travel. In further bridging his love for travel, education, and filmmaking, Josh created MyDigiStory, an international organization that trains under-represented and at-risk youth in digital storytelling. Piloted in Nablus, Palestine, MyDigiStory hopes to expand its reach to the African continent.
Brad is a three-time CINE award-winning filmmaker with a diverse background in the biological and physical sciences as well as international development, Latin American issues and public health. He has produced, filmed and edited many independent productions both domestically and internationally, including the documentary My Village, My Lobster, winner of the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Documentary and an Official Selection in numerous festivals; the PBS program EcoViews: Three Stories from the Chesapeake Bay, a National Finalist for the 2010 Student Academy Awards and CINE Golden Eagle Winner; The Road We Know, a feature-length film about youth efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Botswana; Waiting for Oil, an half-hour documentary about the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and 120 Days, a CINE-winning feature-length documentary about an undocumented immigrant’s last days in the United States with his family.
While working for PBS Marketing and Communications, he produced broadcast, on-line and radio promotional campaigns for several PBS programs, including the Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece series Downton Abbey and the American Experience film Freedom Riders.
Before transitioning to filmmaking, Brad spent 3 ½ years as a community health volunteer in the Peace Corps in rural Nicaragua, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the solar energy development organization Power to the People. His passion and focus is Latin America.
Brad holds a M.A. in Film and Video Production from American University and a B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Georgia.
Field Producer/Field Sound Recordist
Following an undergraduate degree in History, Chris pursued his interest in film by working in various capacities on the films Being John Malkovich, Nurse Betty, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Delivering Milo. After relocating to New York from Los Angeles, Chris developed his skills in production sound recording on experimental features and through his work at Lentini Communications.
Isabelle is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose determination to give a voice to the voiceless has driven her to document political, social, ethnographic, and environmental stories around the world. When filming, she becomes her environment — sleeping, eating, and breathing with those she is focusing on, absorbing their culture, transcending the divide between observer and subject easily. With all the ambitions of an artist, she also employs her rigorous academic training as a researcher to produce an in–depth reportage.
Unique in her perspectives and methods, Isabelle comes from a wide cultural background as half-Belgian and half-Uruguayan. Based out of Washington D.C. and Brussels, Belgium, she graduated from the Residential College at the University of Michigan with degrees in Environmental and Social Science, Photography and Filmmaking. Her documentary skills have taken her to countries such as India, Qatar, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kazakhstan, and Nicaragua. Most recently, she has been teaching documentary filmmaking at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
Bil Yoelin has focused most of his filmmaking career on creative storytelling through the mediums of documentary film and television. Most recently Bil directed, edited and co-filmed the documentary film Staging Hope: Acts of Peace in Northern Uganda, which follows a handful of northern Ugandan teenagers as they collaborate with American actors to write and perform plays about their experiences living in 21 years of war. In 2011, the film garnered special Audience Awards at both the Starz! / Denver and Philadelphia Film Festivals.
As editor, his credits include the award-winning independent documentary The Target Shoots First, which won him Best Editor at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film also won Best Documentary that year at the Slamdance and South by Southwest film festivals. Since then Bil has edited several behind-the-scenes documentaries for Warner Bros. Home Video and for many Steven Spielberg films on DreamWorks Home Video. He has recently done his share of docu-reality series for television, as well as contributions to The Ellen Degeneres Show (NBC), and The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox).
Aside from the occasional outgoing voicemail message, this is Bil’s first gig as “Narrator”.
Ben is a composer, performer, and educator. He grew up playing violin in all-county and all-state orchestras, and eventually switched over to upright and electric bass as his principal instrument. Following his passion for music, he attended Berklee College of Music where he studied composition and audio production, and won several awards, including the World Tour Scholarship, the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, and the Bass at the Beach scholarship. He has played and learned with some of his musical idols, including Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and The Flecktones), Mike Pope (Manhattan Transfer, Chick Corea), and Matthew Garrison (Ravi Coltrane).
After attending Berklee, Ben set up his own production and composition company – Ben Backus Music. He has composed and produced music and sound for several feature-length documentaries (Staging Hope, My Village, My Lobster), independent films (House Of No Memory, The We Do Campaign), and several TV/radio spots. He has also had the honor of interning and freelancing at several production and post-production companies, including Digit Audio, Eargoo Inc, A&E, and GTV. Proficient in a variety of styles ranging from Rock, Jazz, Latin, Electronica, and Orchestral, he always strives for the finest quality and professionalism in his music.
Ben performs in the band Hannibal Montana throughout the New York City area. Venues include Union Hall, Spike Hill, The Charleston, and Death by Audio.