CORE TEAM

YONI GOLDSTEIN & MEREDITH ZIELKE (directors) are award winning international filmmakers, cinematographers, and editors. Goldstein and Zielke work collaboratively on social documentary projects: from examining hybridized healing practices in the Northern Andes (“La Curación”), to children in American prisons (“Natural Life”), to critical explorations of history and somatic memory (“The Jettisoned”). Their films have been presented internationally across several major festivals, conferences and classrooms. Goldstein and Zielke’s work as directors and cinematographers have been selected and awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, Festival Black movie de Genève, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Festival, Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec, Festival International du Documentaire et Rencontres sur la Biodiversité et les Peuples, Hot Docs Digital Doc Shop, Globians Doc Fest Berlin, and many others.

ANDREW BENZ (director of photography, executive producer) is a professional cinematographer, RED camera technologist, and studio owner based in Chicago. His award winning broadcast and industry films have featured on The BBC, CNN, ESPN, ABC, Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Benz specializes in independent film, television, and documentary cinematography, with emphasis on aerial, motion control, and experimental strategies for moving image projects.

SEBASTIAN ALVAREZ (producer) is a Bay Area-based interdisciplinary artist and producer. His personal practice and collaborative projects address the failures and interrelations between non-human systems and built environments. Alvarez’s research-based work manifests in film, infographics, performative lectures, sonic compositions, and walks. He is a member of an artist collective facilitating workshops and performances at San Quentin State Prison that collaborates with incarcerated artists to explore their own personal journeys, as well as systemic issues of inequality, violence, and incarceration. He has performed, curated, and presented work internationally at such venues and institutions as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Whitney Biennial (NYC), Postgarage (Graz, Austria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), the Festival Internacional de Cine de Barichara (Barichara, Colombia), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art Bourges (Bourges, France), and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria).