NOEL SCHWERIN has been making documentary films for more than twenty years, as an independent producer, a veteran of PBS’ NOVA and Secret of Life series and for the last decade as Writer/Producer/ Director at Backbone Media, the nonprofit production company she founded.

Schwerin has written, produced and directed numerous award-winning films, including BLOODLINES: Technology Hits Home for which she was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and won the top prizes at, among others, the National Association of Science Writers, the New York Festivals, the Association of Women in Communications and the International Health and Media Awards. BLOODLINES received many honors and has been used by national organizations like the U.S. Senate, the National Association of Women Judges, the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and the Federal Judicial Center.

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Jon shenk / director of photography

Jon Shenk is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a founder of Actual Films in San Francisco. His films include Lost Boys of Sudan, The Island President and most recently Audrie and Daisy. His films have aired on PBS, showed at Tribeca, Sundance and other festivals and won many awards. He earned his Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University. 

B. quincy griffin / composer

Berkeley-native B. Quincy Griffin has scored over a dozen feature films including Oscar nominated “Daughter from Danang” and Sundance Film Festival winner “My Flesh and Blood.” His recent feature film scores include, “Without a Net”, “IN AN IDEAL WORLD”, “One in a Million”, and “We’ve Got the Power”. He was also the composer for the 2012 Oscar nominated documentary short “The Barber of Birmingham.” Quincy founded and produced the Latin Hip-Hop band “O-Maya”, produced rapper Deuce Eclipse’s album “Indigenous Noise," and is currently writing with vocalist Luqman Frank.

marcy schwerin / graphics and design

Marcy lives in Brooklyn, New York and specializes in 3D printing, fabrication, prop building, costuming, fashion, illustration and design. She holds a BFA in Communications Design from Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. IN AN IDEAL WORLD was her first film.

james lebrecht / sound design

James LeBrecht is an award-winning sound designer for film, games, and exhibitions. He is known for his work on The Waiting Room, Facing Fear, The Kill Team and many more documentaries and features. In 1996 James founded Berkeley Sound Artists, a complete audio post production facility located in the Zaentz Media Center.  James is a frequent lecturer on the subject of audio for film.