Bios

Ian Midgley (Director/Cinematographer) is an independent filmmaker dedicated to empowering people through understanding and controlling their own lives. He has traveled extensively within American subcultures and joyfully spends endless hours working in immersive journalism and cinema verite. He has created content for Vice, Huffington Post, TakePart, Ableton, Jet Propuslsion Laboratories, and One Potato Productions among others. Emerson College taught him a few things and since then he has learned much from the brilliance of his friends and mentors, and the endless back-roads of the USA.

 

Christina Heller (Executive Producer) is a journalist turned documentary filmmaker. She started in radio at 88.9FM WERS, where she won two AP Awards for her weekly politics program, You Are Here. She transitioned to television with MyTV New England and Al Gore’s Current TV, producing, shooting, editing and anchoring. She covered the 2008 New Hampshire primaries for both MyTV and Current TV, and was featured on Good Morning America as a commentator on Generation Y’s impact on the 2008 election. Her debut documentary, Libertopia, about the mass libertarian migration to New Hampshire, was featured on FOX Business, HuffPost Live, and NHPR. She currently lives in Los Angeles as a filmmaker and independent media advocate.

 

DJ Turner (Producer/Editor) is an award-winning filmmaker and a founding member of the Production company Filament Features. DJ was also one of the founding members of Youth Empowering Youth – A non profit organization that gives high school students the opportunity to create and showcase short documentaries, covering a range of social issues both locally and globally. A member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, DJ’s post production skills have accrued over ten years, through projects ranging from independent features, to documentaries, to large scale studio productions.  DJ recently finished work with Sony Screen Gems on three films, Priest , Takers, and Legion.  DJ has directed and produced multiple short films and music videos, and in 2011 won the Jury special prize and Audience award for his WWII biopic “Grave Dawn”.

 

Siku Thompson (Producer) is an indie media producer, social activist, futurist and inspired artist. A fearless Gen-Yer, Siku has a pas- sion for projects that support building and nurturing local communities and mentoring disadvantaged youth. A graduate of Emerson College (Film Production), Siku enjoys experimenting with web technology and filmmaking. She has worked for Fox Studios, WGBH, MyS- pace & MTVU. She has was also the Producer of Marketing and Distribution on “Libertopia” and Associate Producer on “Packrat,” both documentaries. Most recently, she produced community television in Vancouver, BC for Shaw TV.

Drew Barnett-Hamilton (Producer) has been working in Film & TV production since graduating Emerson College in 2006.    She dives eagerly into all areas of production; from a non-profit video that educates parents when teaching their kids to read, to working on big budget feature films like Battleship and Oblivion. Born and raised in Texas, Drew is a die-hard sports fan, currently indulging her love of football by working as a Production Coordinator at the NFL Network.

Drew Barnett-Hamilton (Producer) has been working in Film & TV production since graduating Emerson College in 2006. She dives eagerly into all areas of production; from a non-profit video that educates parents when teaching their kids to read, to working on big budget feature films like Battleship and Oblivion. Born and raised in Texas, Drew is a die-hard sports fan, currently indulging her love of football by working as a Production Coordinator at the NFL Network.

 

Ilia Domon (Associate Producer) was born and raised in Washington, DC. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2004 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and English, and jumped into a career as a television news producer. In early 2013, she left behind a nine-year career as a television news producer to focus on making films full time. Working on Reversing the Mississippi has been a life changing event – it has sparked what she hopes will be a long film career.

 

James Slade (Associate Producer) grew up in Texas and spent most of his career in IT for companies such as Microsoft and Walmart and went on to apply that knowledge within the gaming industry at MultiMedia Games and MCSoft.  After spending extensive time in India he was inspired to focus on issues facing developing nations and find a deeper meaning within his work.  After viewing Marcin's TED talk, Open Source Ecology became a natural outlet for him to tap into the DIY revolution and since becoming the first replicator of the OSE compressed earth block press he has continued his passion by starting the Cumberland Tech Village in rural Tennessee where he explores radical community building and sustainable DIY technologies.

James Slade (Associate Producer) grew up in Texas and spent most of his career in IT for companies such as Microsoft and Walmart and went on to apply that knowledge within the gaming industry at MultiMedia Games and MCSoft. After spending extensive time in India he was inspired to focus on issues facing developing nations and find a deeper meaning within his work. After viewing Marcin’s TED talk, Open Source Ecology became a natural outlet for him to tap into the DIY revolution and since becoming the first replicator of the OSE compressed earth block press he has continued his passion by starting the Cumberland Tech Village in rural Tennessee where he explores radical community building and sustainable DIY technologies.

 

Samantha Bode is a film and television editor with a concentration in social and environmental inspiration.   She has had the wonderful opportunity to be creative in a range of programming, from shows about Africa and it's descendants to short news pieces produced by at risk youth in the Los Angeles area.  This gave her the firm belief that through media, there is great impact and great responsibility.  When not hanging out in the edit bay, she loves digging in her garden and frolicking outdoors in the wilds of the American west and southwest.

Samantha Bode (Editor) is a film and television editor with a concentration in social and environmental inspiration. She has had the wonderful opportunity to be creative in a range of programming, from shows about Africa and it’s descendants to short news pieces produced by at risk youth in the Los Angeles area. This gave her the firm belief that through media, there is great impact and great responsibility. When not hanging out in the edit bay, she loves digging in her garden and frolicking outdoors in the wilds of the American west and southwest.

 

Adam H Mack hails from the arid desert of New Jersey, the bayous of North London, and the tropical beaches of Massachusetts (in that order) and was educated at Emerson College, a school which for some reason decided that the two colors that best represent it are gold and purple. He is an obsessive composter. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he shares a lovely home with a beautiful woman and a fat cat.

Adam H Mack (Editor) hails from the arid desert of New Jersey, the bayous of North London, and the tropical beaches of Massachusetts (in that order) and was educated at Emerson College, a school which for some reason decided that the two colors that best represent it are gold and purple. He is an obsessive composter. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he shares a lovely home with a beautiful woman and a fat cat.

 

Raised in the Veeder mountains of the Napa Valley and currently residing in the heart of Los Angeles, Daniel is a painter and musician. Though he often works independently, Daniel also works alongside a band he formed over the last few years going by the moniker ‘Crook', taken from his mothers maiden name. Known for his unique, powerful voice and percussive piano style, he has garnered quick attention from both film makers and fans alike.

Raised in the Veeder mountains of the Napa Valley and currently residing in the heart of Los Angeles, Daniel (Composer) is a painter and musician. Though he often works independently, Daniel also works alongside a band he formed over the last few years going by the moniker ‘Crook’, taken from his mothers maiden name. Known for his unique, powerful voice and percussive piano style, he has garnered quick attention from both film makers and fans alike.