Richard Tate is vice president of public affairs at the California Wellness Foundation, with responsibilities including communications, community relations, and public policy activities. In addition to serving as OUTWORDS’ board chair, Richard is on the boards of Northern California Grantmakers and the Bay Area Surgical Mission.
Craig Hartzman is an entrepreneur, political activist and civic philanthropist residing in both Washington State and California. Craig has served on many non-profit boards relating to LGBTQ rights, education, youth and the arts, and served as board chair of the Cascade AIDS Project and Congregation Beth Israel.
Julie Nemecek served as senior pastor at three churches in Illinois and Michigan. Since transitioning in her 50s, Julie has served on the national boards of PFLAG and Soulforce, and she was recognized for advocacy work by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Washington DC-based Andrea Pino-Silva is consultant, digital activist, and author of the book “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” basis of the award-winning documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Andrea consults on Title IX issues, and develops educational programs around social justice movements.
Lynne Tsuda has worked in non-profit management for over thirty years, and currently serves as Associate Director of Strategic Investment for the Girls Inc. Prior to Girls Inc., Lynne held several executive posts with the YWCA of the USA. She has also served on numerous non-profit boards.
Austin-based cinematographer and filmmaker Amy Bench has been twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, and was recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste magazine. Her camera work has screened at many festivals including Berlin, SXSW, and Sundance.
Award-winning Los Angeles-born cinematographer Isabel Bethencourt shot the documentary short Grounded which premiered at the Margaret Meade Film Festival. Her work as a director and cinematographer has been published by The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Teen Vogue.
Roberto Campos was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Chicago area, and is currently an LA-based editor of commercials, promos, non-fiction programs, music videos, and short films.
Scott Drucker is a Chicago-based award-winning director and cinematographer. His documentary Who is Arthur Chu? premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2017. Scott has also created content for Vice, Hulu, ESPN, and Vocativ.
Indigenous Hawaiian director of photography Connie Florez has produced and filmed multiple award-winning documentaries and narrative films for PBS national broadcast, Netflix, Amazon and international distributions since 1998 with her company Hula Girl Productions.
Betsy Kalin is an award-winning director/producer/writer at Itchy Bee Productions. Her most recent documentary East LA Interchange was broadcast on Spectrum News 1 SoCal, and has won ten jury and audience awards. Betsy is currently in development with the feature documentaries Dreaming in Somali and Phoenix: The Life and Death of Alice Herz.
LA and NY-based cinematographer Kate Kunath made the documentary We Came To Sweat about the Starlite Lounge, an iconic, racially diverse pre-Stonewall queer club in Brooklyn. Kate also produces and directs short-form docs for the digital magazine Roads and Kingdoms.
Argentinean editor and filmmaker Florencia Marano is based in Los Angeles. Florencia's award-winning documentaries have been shown in international film festivals, art galleries, universities, and international networks.
After beginning her career in the world of fashion, celebrity, and lifestyle still photography, Michelle McCabe has been a cinematographer for more than 15 years. Her documentary work has taken her to China, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Malaysia, Ukraine, Cuba, Brasil, and countless other locations.
Emmy Award-winning director of photography Howard Shack has filmed all over the world for PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Over the course of his career, he has worked for many acclaimed documentary filmmakers including pioneer Albert Maysles, Academy Award-nominee Robert Stone, and Sundance Audience Award Winner Tom Shepard.
Cinematographer Janine Sides’ body of work consists of live-action film and TV, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. Her clients have included MTV, Instagram, Fox, Hyundai, Sesame Street, HBO, and Google, and she recently worked on two seasons of the USA Network drama series Queen of the South.
Goro Toshima is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He won a best feature award at the SXSW Film Festival, and a best film nomination from the International Documentary Association. His work has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hong Kong native Natalie Tsui lives in New York. Her award-winning work, which revolves around identity, memory, and subjectivity, has screened at Frameline, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Festival de Cannes.
Keith Wilson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest and the Museum of Modern Art. His documentary Deep Inside the Shaman's Den about the performance artist Frank Moore will premiere in 2020.
Mason Funk grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University. Prior to creating OUTWORDS, Mason produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Sports, and other major networks.
Tom Bliss is a seasoned operations manager on creative projects. Tom is also a multimedia performance artist and author of the award-winning Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.
Nigeria-resident Oladele “Sogo” Oluwasogo is a writer and documentary photographer who believes passionately in the power of the pen and the importance of enabling people to tell their own life stories. He is currently working on a photography project called ‘Identity’.
Sarah Chavez is a southern California native with a background in photography, videography, and web design for her company, Picture Something Productions, and others. Sarah has a BFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Chapman University.