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DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CAMERA

 

BRIDGET BESAW

Before finding her passion in filmmaking and founding Seedlight Pictures, Bridget was a Nikon Ambassador and Leica sponsored photojournalist, creating large-scale documentary projects for international magazines and conservation organizations in all corners of the globe. Her first independent film project culminated in the GROWING LOCAL series (2015), and screened to acclaim at festivals nationwide. Her short film SEEDING A DREAM (2015), won several audience choice awards and was a finalist for the DCEFF Eric Moe Sustainability Award. Her two latest shorts, GUIDED and THE NATURE OF MAPS, both toured the 2016-2017 festival circuits winning audience choice awards. Bridget’s feature doc in progress THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MAGIC CITY, was supported by the LEF Foundation and invited to the Points North Institute Fellowship and the PNI/TFI Retreat. Bridget is a board member of the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Institute. 

PRODUCER

PAR PAREKH

Par’s work as a filmmaker has placed him in many roles—director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer. Par recently made his narrative directorial debut with the short THE HAPPY, which will premiere at SeriesFest in June 2019. He produced and co-wrote Benh Zeitlin’s GLORY AT SEA, winner of the Wholphin Best Short Film Award at SXSW, and edited Dana O’Keefe’s short narrative THE NEW YORKIST, which was in competition at Tribeca Film Festival. He’s also produced and shot short documentaries for the Haitian Government to present at the World Economic Forum. Par edited a feature-length documentary about Cameron Crowe’s film ALOHA. Before his documentary and narrative work, Par spent a decade creating promotional videos for such musical talents as Beyoncé and Willie Nelson, and fashion clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s. He is represented by Artists First.

EDITOR

DANIELA I. QUIROZ

Daniela I. Quiroz is a 2017 Front Page Award winner (The Newswomen’s Club of New York) for her work on the VICE on HBO documentary TRANS YOUTH. She edited for the VICE on HBO and VICE News Tonight shows for 3 seasons, including GOODBYE CONGRESS with Alexandra Pelosi who sat down with 15 departing members of Congress at the end of 2018. Daniela co-edited the feature length film, REBEL CITIZEN with Skylight Pictures, an in-depth look at Haskell Wexler’s use of cinematography as a tool for social justice, which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival. She is currently involved in the post-production of several documentaries and TV series set to release in 2020.

COMPOSER

KATHRYN BOSTIC

Prolific composer and singer/songwriter Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on film, TV and live theater. She is a recipient of many fellowships and awards including the prestigious Sundance Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring and the BMI Conducting Fellowship. Kathryn was the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers from 2017-2019. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her credits include TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (2019), CLEMENCY (2019), CAMERAPERSON (2016), and DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (2014).

STORY ADVISOR

JASON POLLARD

Jason’s introduction to film began at an early age through his parents, Sam and Glenda. As a result of their influence, Jason studied film at New York University. In 2007, he co-edited PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. He also co-edited SING YOUR SONG, a documentary about the life of singer/activist Harry Belafonte which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, he edited the PBS documentary SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Jason has received a degree in Bachelors in Fine Arts in Film & Television and a Masters in Cinema Studies, both from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.