Joanna Sokolowski (Director/Producer) is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is the director of the PBS documentary “Ovarian Psycos” (2016), which premiered at SXSW and will be broadcast on the award winning documentary series Independent Lens in March 2017. She co-produced the HBO film “Very Semi Serious” (2015), a feature-length documentary about New Yorker cartoonists that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has worked as a producer at Walking Iris Media and Open Studio Productions. Her short film “Still Time” (2012) chronicles life after serving 20 years in prison. She holds a BA in Community Development & Urban Planning and received her MA in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was the recipient of the Human Rights Center fellowship.
Kate Trumbull-LaValle (Director/Producer) is an Emmy nominated independent documentary filmmaker who first began in the field of social justice media as an educator and media maker for the Media Arts Center San Diego and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Kate directed and produced the PBS feature doc, “Ovarian Psycos” (2016), which premiered at SXSW and broadcast on Independent Lens in March 2017. Most recently she directed and produced, “Artist and Mother” for KCET’s Artbound (2018), and “City Rising: The Informal Economy” for KCET (2019), which were both nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy. Formerly Kate was associate producer and assistant editor for Renee Tajima-Peña’s PBS documentary, “No Más Bebés” (2015), which profiled the history of Latina women coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s and directed the short film, “Abaayo/Sister” (2012), an intimate portrait of two Somali friends caught in a cultural tug-of-war. Kate graduated with an M.A. from the Social Documentation Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz and co-founded the production company, Sylvia Frances Films with her longtime filmmaking partner, Joanna Sokolowski.
Victoria Chalk (Editor) is a well-travelled lover of stories, currently residing in Los Angeles, with 10 years of post-production experience. Her work includes Vivre, jusqu’ au bout . . . (2010), additional editing on Before You Know it (SXSW, 2013), and The Lovers and the Despot (Sundance, 2016) She was also a contributing editor at the 2013 and 2015 Edit and Story Labs at Sundance.
Michael Raines (Director of Photography) is a self-taught cinematographer, music video director and photographer. His music videos have premiered on NPR and NOWNESS. He is the DP for the SXSW documentary “Ovarian Psycos” (2016) and his work has been heralded by the Hollywood Reporter: “Cinematographer Michael Raines gets in close without feeling intrusive; throughout the film, he and the directors are in sync with interpersonal dynamics and a sense of place." His corporate video clients include TED, Verizon Wireless and General Electric and is currently in pre-production for a new short narrative titled “Role Play”.
Jimmy LaValle (Composer) is best known as The Album Leaf, known for his distinctive, dreamy, cinematic soundscapes featured on five full-length albums, in film, television, and commercials. LaValle composed original music for the films Spring (Toronto International Film Festival, 2014), Before You Know It (SXSW, 2013), Wonder Women! The Untold Story of Female Superheroines (SXSW, 2012), among others. Music from The Album Leaf frequently appears on television, most notably on ABC's Scandal and FX's Sons of Anarchy.