Director Jennifer M. Kroot, is a seasoned documentary filmmaker. Her most recent feature length documentary, To Be Takei, a portrait of actor/activist George Takei (Star Trek), premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Starz Digital in August 2014 to critical acclaim. Her feature documentary It Came From Kuchar, following cult filmmaking duo George and Mike Kuchar, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Kroot brings a background in underground filmmaking to her documentaries, and uses that sensibility to create surprises within her stories. Her tales incorporate shifts in pace and tone that allow a fluid and engaging structure. Kroot focuses on the humanity of her subjects, keeping their stories accessible and unpretentious. She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot is a Bay Area native and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she taught film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.
Co-Director/Editor Bill Weber is a San Francisco based documentary editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature THE COCKETTES which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Berlinale. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature WE WERE HERE, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals, and TO BE TAKEI, which premiered at Sundance in 2014.
As an editor, Bill’s work includes A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS, 2016 HotDocs, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, 2015 Berlinale, THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, 2013 Telluride Film Festival and 2014 Berlinale, and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, THE FINAL INCH. He also edited the award winning documentaries LAST LETTERS HOME and THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT.
Producers Gerry Kim and Mayuran Tiruchelvam formed Dodgeville Films to produce humanistic narrative and documentary films. They are Sundance Institute Creative Producing fellows and Film Independent Fellows. Their most recent feature film, MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival. They also produced the romantic drama ACROSS THE SEA, winner of the audience award at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival, and documentaries TO BE TAKEI, which premiered at Sundance in 2014, and FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL, 2016 AFI Docs.
Gerry produced the documentary THE HOUSE OF SUH, which premiered at the 2010 Hot Docs, and aired on MSNBC in 2011. Mayuran’s screenwriting and producing debut, THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE was Executive Produced by Spike Lee and released by eOne in 2015. He co-produced THE MEND, 2014 SXSW.
Gerry and Mayuran received MFA's from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program, where Mayuran is an adjunct faculty member. Their work has been supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Producers Guild of America, and the Sundance Institute.
Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. His film scores include Chicken People, To Be Takei, Magic Camp, The House of Suh, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, and The Good Mother. Hearst is co-founder of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums. As a solo artist, his projects include Songs For Unusual Creatures, Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, and Songs For Fearful Flyers. He is also the author of the books Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, and Curious Constructions
Shane King (Director of Photography) has spent 20 years honing his production and editing skills working in the corporate, broadcast, nonprofit and documentary worlds. He’s used his prodigiously artful eye for everything from run and gun shoots, to 40 person crews on location in downtown San Francisco.
Grant Nellessen (Animation) spent his early career as a graphic designer, and then after attending the American Film Institute, he began designing for film, working on main title sequences for feature films such as “Dreamgirls,” “Drag Me To Hell,” and “The Other Guys.”
In recent years, Grant has designed graphics and created animated sequences for documentaries such as “To Be Takei,” “I am Divine,” “Tab Hunter: Confidential.” “How to Survive a Plague,” and “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.” He’s also designed and animated content for HBO’s Game of Thrones, winning a 2016 Key Art award. He designs film posters, and continues to do title sequences for films such as “Chastity Bites,” “The Vanished Elephant,” “Ana Maria in Novela Land,” and the 2015director’s cut of “54.”