JON KASBE — Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor
Born to an Australian mother and an Indian father, Jon Kasbe spent most of his childhood traveling extensively. Growing up in this environment instilled in him a deep curiosity and desire to explore the world. He soon found documentary filmmaking to be a way to immerse himself in his travels and share discoveries with others. At age 10, he bought his first camera in order to interview children in war-torn Serbia, where his parents were volunteering. Now, at 27, his short films have screened around the world, garnering an Emmy Award, two Emmy nominations, and recognition from the Webbys, SXSW, Hot Docs, Vimeo Staff Picks, and The White House News Photographers Association. WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS, which he filmed, directed and produced, is his feature-length film debut.
INNBO SHIM — Producer
Since joining The Documentary Group in 2014, Innbo Shim has overseen multiple documentary features and TV specials including WE WILL RISE for CNN Films, the Oscar-nominated CARTEL LAND, THE HOMEFRONT for PBS, and MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN for Participant Media and Vulcan Productions. Prior to joining TDG, Innbo produced documentary and narrative content for nearly 15 years. She co-produced THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT (World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) and was the executive producer of the Mongolian narrative feature REMOTE CONTROL (New Current Award, 2013 Busan International Film Festival). Her version of film school was the privilege of working with Jonathan Demme and his community of incredible collaborators on several features, including RACHEL GETTING MARRIED and JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS. Other credits include television specials and limited series airing on National Geographic, PBS and Discovery.
TOM YELLIN — PRODUCER
As co-founder and president of The Documentary Group, Tom Yellin has overseen all productions since the company’s inception in 2006. Recent films include the 2016 Academy Award-nominated feature documentary, CARTEL LAND (winner, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival), the feature documentary MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN (premiere at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival), the feature documentary and social action campaign GIRL RISING, and Academy Award-nominated OPERATION HOMECOMING. Other projects include TV specials WE WILL RISE (CNN) and THE HOMEFRONT (PBS), as well as the limited series THE AGE OF AEROSPACE (Discovery) and AMERICA IN PRIMETIME (PBS, MSNBC). The Documentary Group’s programs have won numerous honors, including the duPont, Peabody, Emmy, Gabriel and Polk awards.
andrew HARRISON brown — producer
Andrew Harrison Brown has traveled the world telling the stories of cultures often overlooked and under-appreciated. As a humanitarian, Andrew stumbled into a film career while working with numerous international non-profit causes. Through this experience, he witnessed how stories told through images transcended barriers and acted as levers for change.
MATTHEW HEINEMAN — Executive producer
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman's most recent film, CITY OF GHOSTS, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being distributed worldwide by Amazon Studios. Matthew won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Director's Guild of America for the film, becoming one of only three filmmakers to win the prestigious honor twice. CITY OF GHOSTS also won the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association and was listed on over 20 critic and year-end lists for Best Documentary of 2017. In addition, the film was nominated for a BAFTA Award, PGA Award and IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature. Matthews’s previous film, CARTEL LAND, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and also won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Matthew is currently in post-production on his first narrative feature A PRIVATE WAR about legendary war reporter Marie Colvin, and premiered his new documentary series forShowtime THE TRADE at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, Matthew directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE.
ISAAC LEE — Executive producer
Isaac Lee is the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America and for Grupo Televisa in Mexico, the largest Spanish-language content producer in the world. In addition, he also manages key areas of the 9company’s growth including the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a multi-platform destination for the new, rising American mainstream. FMG is comprised of UCI’s interests in FUSION El Rey as well as The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Gizmodo Media Group, Univision Digital and Univision Music. Isaac led Univision’s digital expansion and the acquisition of the Gizmodo Media Group, which made Univision one of the media organizations with the largest digital footprint in the U.S. and Isaac serves on the board of directors of the Associated Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Columbia Journalism Review, on the Journalism Advisory board of ProPublica, the advisory board of the Peabody Awards and the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Foro IberoAmerica.
ERICK DOUAT — Executive producer
Erick Douat serves as Director of Factual Content for Fusion Media Group’s Story House Entertainment managing all aspects of factual content development including, production, co-production, partnerships, content licensing and more. In the last 7 years Erick has participated in the development of over 20 feature length documentaries, over 30 short documentaries and multiple docu-series. Some of his work has been selected to film festivals around the world and has been distributed in multiple platforms ranging from theatrical to SVOD and broadcast. Prior to joining Univision, Erick worked at HBO Latin America for 4 years, where he handled industry and talent relations as well as special projects for the company. In addition to entertainment, Erick has over 6 years of experience in marketing and communications working for advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi and the Argentine creative hot shop The Community.
NICOLÁS IBARGÜEN — Executive producer
Emmy-winning producer, explorer, correspondent and activist, Nicolás Ibargüen is the force behind Project Earth, a global digital platform, backed by Univision and Fusion Media Group, dedicated to engaging audiences in environmental issues and investigative reporting designed to bring about change. As a correspondent, Nicolás has interviewed environmental leaders and activists including Former Vice President Al Gore, Sylvia Earle and Jane Goodall. Through his first-hand reporting, Nicolás empowers young and diverse audiences around the globe to be the sea of change for the planet—harnessing Project Earth as an educational tool. He informs and inspires the youth with honest intel around the most crucial environmental issues, while championing call-to-action journalism through multi-format storytelling. Nicolás serves as a board member of NRDC’s Voces Verdes, as well as the Humane Society International and the Coral Restoration Foundation. Prior to joining Fusion Media Group, Nicolás was the editor and publisher of Poder Magazine. Previously, Nicolás served as president and co-founder of the Planet Initiative of the Americas Business Council Foundation, an organization that supports innovative social and environmental impact projects.
FREDERICK SHANAHAN — EDITOR
Frederick Shanahan has edited several award-winning documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated feature, THE CITY DARK, which premiered at SXSW in the feature documentary competition in 2011 and aired on PBS POV in 2012, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was part of IFC Sundance Selects in 2015, THE BIRTH OF SAKE, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS POV in 2016, and FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, which premiered at the 2015 Full Frame Film Festival and aired on PBS POV in 2016. He was also an editor on the Netflix Original Documentary Series COOKED, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2016. He graduated from the Boston University College of Communication, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Film and Television.
caitlyn greene — editor
Caitlyn Greene is a film editor and director based in New York City. She won a Primetime Emmy in 2015 and an American Cinema Editors Award in 2016 for her editing on THE JINX, HBO’s Peabody Award-winning miniseries directed by Andrew Jarecki. In 2016 she wrote and directed AUGUST, a short narrative film which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival before screening around the country. Other editorial credits include Kim Snyder's NEWTOWN (Sundance 2016) and Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber's TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR (Tribeca 2014).
WEST DYLAN THORDSON — COMPOSER
West Dylan Thordson is a composer and bandleader based in New York City. West is known for his scores for M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT, David O. Russell’s JOY and Andrew Jarecki’s THE JINX. His work has been described as distinct and recognizable, indicated by his “somewhat rough and handmade sound... which is much more from the world of a slightly out-of-tune farmhouse piano.” Inspired by the introspectiveness that the harsh, isolated winters of the Midwest bring, he evolved in his musical talent and skill—coining a unique dark sound which would eventually launch West into a new chapter of composing for film and TV.
ALEX PRITZ — additional cinematography
Alex Pritz is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based between New York and Nairobi. Much of his work has taken him into difficult and hard to reach places including Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, and northern Ethiopia. Alex runs Documist, an independent production company producing documentary films and he is currently in production on a short film about the growing pains of a remote village in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Alex likes tackling complicated stories about the lives of ordinary people.
DAVID BOLEN — ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHy
David Bolen is an award-winning cinematographer based out of Los Angeles. He is best known for his international work in documentaries, features films and music videos. David was cinematographer for the feature documentary THE DROP BOX (2015), which was released in over 700 theaters and became the highest grossing Fathom event of all-time. His work on GIRL BAND was in competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Outside of film, David frequently shoots music videos for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy, Schoolboy Q, David Guetta and Sean Paul. He has also done commercial and branded spots for Disney, Adidas, Marvel, Pandora, Target, and Staples. The latest film he shot, entitled BEAST, is premiering at the 2018 SXSW film festival as part of the Independent Episodic Program.
david teague — supervising editor
David Teague is a documentary film editor and writer. His work includes LIFE, ANIMATED, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, THE DEPARTURE, E-TEAM, THE CAGE FIGHTER, MONDAYS AT RACINE, and FREEHELD. His work as a consulting editor includes CAMERAPERSON and THE REAGAN SHOW.