MANDAR APTE – PRODUCER/Director
Deeply pained by the ongoing violence in America, Mandar decided to lead the group and produce this documentary film to reinvigorate our commitment to nonviolence.
Mandar is a co-founder of Media Rise — a nonprofit, social enterprise to inspire the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social good. Until March 2016, Mandar managed Shell's GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value. For the past decade, Mandar has also volunteered his time to teach meditation and leadership programs for the international Art of Living Foundation. For more info about his work please visit here.
KAREN EVERETT – STORY CONSULTANT
Karen Everett is the founder of New Doc Editing, LLC, and has helped hundreds of filmmakers structure transformational documentaries that better the human condition. Karen story consulted on The Russian Woodpecker, which won the Grand Jury World Cinema Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. She was the story consultant on the Emmy-nominated documentary 50 Children (2013) and the Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here (2013). Karen taught for 18 years at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. She is the author of the book Documentary Editing and has directed and produced five of her own documentaries, including the award-winning PBS biography I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs.
Kristin tieche – editor
Kristin Tieche is an award-winning filmmaker and editor. Her work has aired on National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Science Channel, Al Jazeera America, PBS, CBS, Fox, Fine Living Channel and Food Network. She has edited several feature documentaries including the Sundance 2008 Audience Award winner Fuel, the 2009 PBS/Independent Lens film Power Paths. Her award winning independent films include: Forms of Identification (2011), The Spinster (2013), Velo Visionaries (2015-2017) and The Invisible Mammal (2016). Kristin holds a Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
TODD DAYTON – EDITOR
Todd Dayton is a California-based filmmaker whose award-winning work has aired on HBO, Showtime, PBS, MSNBC, Bravo, and many other networks. He co-edited Coming Home for MSNBC, which won recognition from the CINE Masters' Series and the Chris Awards. He co-directed and co-edited After the Island, a film about re-entry after incarceration, which aired on PBS and won Best Film at the Sundial Film Festival. Todd recently edited the international medical documentary Born in Goma, which was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Queens International Film Festival and won the Best Documentary prize at the Faith Film Festival. He received a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
JENNIFER MITCHELL – STORY CONSULTANT
Jennifer has a bachelor's in international studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's in writing from the University of Southern California, where she evaluated scripts for Teddy Zee Productions and The Montecito Picture Company. She has published her fiction, taught writing at the university level, and completed a writing program at the University of Oxford. Jennifer also promotes nonviolence and peace building through projects such as Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence, a campaign to stop domestic violence, and the Babar Ali Fellowship to increase understanding between the US and South Asia.