Filmmakers

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Director


Kristy’s first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. GOING ON 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other international film festivals. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Kristy has also produced and directed several short films, including EL CORRIDO DE CECILIA RIOS, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Now an assistant professor at Diablo Valley College, Kristy has a MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.

Kelcey Edwards, Producer


Kelcey Edwards is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at top-ranking festivals around the country, including True/False, SilverDocs, and the South by Southwest Film Festival. After receiving her MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, Kelcey moved to New York City to work as a filmmaker, producer and arts educator. In 2008 she teamed up with director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan to produce WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES. Kelcey is also the co-producer of WORDS OF WITNESS, a documentary feature by director Mai Iskander (GARBAGE DREAMS) and an official selection of Berlinale 2012.

Erin Prather Stafford, Executive Producer

Born and raised in Texas, communications specialist Erin Prather Stafford began having an interest in the media’s portrayal of women while earning her undergraduate degree at St. Edward’s University. She went on to earn an MA in Gender and International Development from the University of Warwick. Erin currently lives and works in Dallas. Among her awards for communications is a Barbara Jordan media award, given by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

Carla Guttierez, Editor

Carla Gutierrez is an award-winning documentary editor based in New York City. She edited the Oscar-nominated documentary LA CORONA for HBO, which won Honorable Mention at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and received the IDA Documentary Award for Best Short Film. Carla also edited SHE IS THE MATADOR, which was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2009. Her recent work includes SURVIVING HITLER: A LOVE STORY, which premiered at the 2010 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it won the Inspiration Award. In 2010, Carla edited TALES OF THE WARIA, a one-hour documentary about Indonesian transgenders funded by ITVS and awarded Best Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Her latest work, REPORTERO, is slated to air on POV in 2012.

Melanie Levy, Editor

Melanie Vi Levy is a freelance editor, producer and shooter based in New York City. Films include A DIFFERENT COLOR BLUE (Broadcast on POV, Winner, Best Student Documentary, Palm Springs International ShortFest), THE SECRET LIFE OF BEARDS (winner of an Artistic Vision Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, WSFF), and MY NAME IS SYDNEY, which was nominated for a Student Academy Award and an IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award and has screened at international festivals nationwide. She has worked on programs for Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel and A&E and is currently in production on two feature docs slated for 2012. She holds a MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is the founder and director of Whistle Films.

Gabriel Miller, Director of Photography

Gabriel Miller has worked with some of the great documentary directors of our time, including Academy Award winners Barbara Kopple and Cynthia Wade, and Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, as well as Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus, Judith Helfand, and Dan Gold. Productions that he has worked on have been broadcast on HBO, CBS, ABC, BBC, the Sundance Channel, MTV, Discovery, A&E, and Arte, among others. Recent work includes shooting for MTV’s True Life series and producing a television series about artists, VERVE, which won a regional NATAS Emmy. Gabriel is currently developing a new television series about artists, called DEGREES OF INSPIRATION, and this project has received support from 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

Jimmy LaValle, Composer

Jimmy LaValle, and his musical project The Album Leaf, is best known for his distinctive, dreamy, cinematic soundscapes that have been featured in film, television, commercials, and five full-length albums. The Album Leaf has toured both nationally and internationally. Recent performances have included Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado; The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California; Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain; All Tomorrows Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Festival, curated by Portishead; Metamorphose Festival in Tokyo, Japan; and national tours of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia. LaValle performed a critically acclaimed live score to the 1927 silent film SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS, at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival, and scored the documentary film TOREY’S DISTRACTION, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival.

Sylvia Roberts, Animator

Sylvia Roberts has provided her animation skills to a wide variety of projects, including films selected for festivals around the world, as well as televised documentaries for Discovery Science Channel and PBS. She has also animated promotional sequences for a number of companies, including Hewlett Packard and Adidas. She is the director and editor of UNDERSTAND, a music video for the artist Cross-town Traffic, of Wicked Records, which was selected for the 2000 Seattle Underground Film Festival and the 2000 California Works Exhibit. Other animation projects include award winning DVD’s, most recently Blu-ray releases of popular films for Pixar Animation Studios. A native of Missoula, Montana, Sylvia studied animation and design at San Francisco State University’s Multimedia Studies Department and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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