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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 was named one of Austin Film Festival’s 20 Screenwriters To Watch in 2020, and is represented by Artists First.

PRODUCER

ADETORO MAKINDE

Adetoro Makinde is a first-generation Nigerian-American filmmaker, and graduate of Georgetown University and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. As an award-winning multihyphenate, her films WHOA, IN TIME, A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK & SEXY and SADLA, all premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Adetoro is in pre-production on her spec Hurricane Katrina biopic THE AMERICAN CAN, previously optioned by Sony Entertainment as a star vehicle for Will Smith. She served as Line Producer on the Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio produced documentary STRUGGLE: THE LIFE AND LOST ART OF SZUKALSKI, and Impact Producer in South Africa on the critically acclaimed HBO film, THE TALE. Her honors include a Made in NY Fellowship, Project Involve Fellowship, Kodak Sundance Fellowship, with grants from the Ford Foundation, NYSCA and HBO Corporate and Social Responsibility initiatives. Adetoro is the former Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Film Fatales, as well as the current President and Co-Founder of Women Independent Producers. 

CO-PRODUCER

BERNARD PARHAM

Bernard Parham is an Emmy-winning TV and documentary film producer. His areas of interest are racial justice, sexual identity, and gender expression. His TV credits include Netflix’s Queer Eye, CNN’s United Shades of America, and HBO Max’s Legendary.  Additionally, he has produced several feature-length documentaries: most recently the Netflix Original film Grass is Greener–an exploration of the ways race and criminal justice have distorted the legal and underground cannabis trade. Bernard is thrilled to join the ROOTED team because food justice is central to racial justice, and no liberation movement can truly succeed without resolving the problem of food security.

CINEMATOGRAPHER

HOPE HALL

Hope Hall is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Her short films have been selected for over 40 film festivals worldwide and have received numerous awards, including at Sundance. She has a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford, and is a proud graduate of the Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum.  After working on the feature documentary, “BY THE PEOPLE” by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, which followed then-Senator Obama’s trajectory into candidacy, she joined the ’08 campaign’s now legendary New Media team as a staff filmmaker, telling the story from the campaign trail and making over 40 videos. From May 2011 to January 2017, she was President Obama’s Principal Videographer at the White House in the Office of Digital Strategy. Her work can be seen in various projects including, BEYOND CONVICTION, AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, RACING DREAMS, THE FIGHT, SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL, as well as a multi-channel installation videos featured in the Guggenheim Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibition in Las Vegas. Most recently she was the Senior Advisor for Video & Senior Road Videographer for Elizabeth Warren 2020 presidential campaign.

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.

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).

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.