Sabrina McCormick President
Sabrina McCormick is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker who researches and communicates environmental issues. Her recent work has focused on climate change, including the social, medical, political and legal ramifications of heatwaves, emergent vector borne disease, sea level rise and extreme weather. She is a Lead Author on the Special Assessment being conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change entitled, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” Dr. McCormick is the author of No Family History: Finding the Environmental Links to Breast Cancer, which is accompanied by her award-winning documentary film (www.nofamilyhistory.com), and Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation and the Remaking of Knowledge.
Dr. McCormick was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She also recently completed a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences working in the Global Change Research Program in the Environmental Protection Agency. She is currently Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Senior Fellow at the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. McCormick completed her PhD in Sociology at Brown University in 2005.
Ben Kalina Creative Director
Ben Kalina is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions.
Mr. Kalina has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. Among his current projects Mr. Kalina is currently directing and producing Shored Up, which explores the Army Corps’ controversial and ongoing beach replenishment project along the New Jersey Shore. In addition to his documentary work Mr. Kalina has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.
Mr. Kalina writes about and promotes emerging best practices in sustainable film production, and designs his own projects to be as resource-neutral as possible. He is an active board member of the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA), as well as a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Explorers Club.
David Weinberg Attorney at Law
For more than 25 years, David Weinberg has been advising trial lawyers on high-tech strategies for high-dollar litigation. He frequently appears on national television to demonstrate the forensic reconstruction of major news events. He is a member and speaker in the American Academy of Forensic Science, and is active in the American Bar Association, where he has chaired the Committee on the Use of Technologically Sophisticated Evidence, and the ABA General Practice Section’s Technology Group. He is the editor of Computer Animation in the Courtroom: A Primer, a multimedia publication of the American Bar Association.
Zoe Chan Graphic and Web Design
Zoe Chan is a Creative Director who develops solutions for traditional and interactive media. Branding solutions include logo and identity development. Interactive solutions include website development and flash animation. Print applications include posters, packaging, stationary sets and brochures. She has been specializing in cross media projects, creating unified media applications for her clients. As a consultant she has worked as a project lead, managing teams and as an individual depending on the requirements of the project. Her objective is to understand the clients needs and create elegant and clean solutions.
Zoe’s clients Include: Oscilloscope Laboratories for The Messenger, Meek’s Cutoff, A Film Unfinished; Euro4D, Volvo, MasterCard/General Motors, Wendys, McCann-Erickson, UBS/Meyer Capitol, Capital One, MCD Partners, American Express, Digitas, Atmosphere, Hanft Rayboy Partners, Weight Watchers, College Board, NYIT, Crave for Calvin Klein, Ember Media, Acumen Fund, Dansko, Philip Shubin Stylist, Tadam Jewelry, Catchlight Digital, Perianth Interior Design, Aperture Publishing and CorePoint Solutions.
Jen Schneider Cinematographer
Jen Schneider is a cinematographer based in Philadelphia. Her credits as Director of Photography include Anderson Monarchs, a Sundance Grant-funded feature documentary about an all-girls soccer club in South Philadelphia, which was selected to participate in this year’s Good Pitch program at Tribeca and is produced by Green Film Company (Freakonomics, By the People, For the People); “The_Source”, an interactive web series currently in development, awarded Best Drama and Best in Fest at LATV Fest, Best Drama at ITVFest, and was official selection at New York Television Festival; “RADAR,” nominated for Best Documentary of 2010, a series of 3-minute webisodes on Babelgum that highlight the innovations and creative practices of emerging artists.
Jen’s shooting work has garnered awards and recognition from such institutions such as the Mid-Atlantic Emmys (for her work on Emmy-nominated “On Canvas: Melody Gardot”), Eastman Kodak and CINE, and her work has screened in festivals and venues across the country and internationally. Work samples and resume can be found at www.touchyfilms.com.
Cameron Hickey Producer
Cameron Hickey is a documentary filmmaker and technology expert based in New York City. In addition to being a founder of the DocAgora association, Hickey has produced and directed several documentary films through his production company Pattern Films – including the award winning Garlic and Watermelons, as well as multiple films for Al Jazeera International, PBS, the BBC and Channel 4. His photography has been featured in ESPN magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, BBC News and DOX magazine.
Greg P. Heller Post Production Editor
Greg P. Heller graduated with a BA from Temple University’s film program. He has worked with a range of companies that include Verizon Wireless, Comcast, Victory Brewing Company, and HOPE worldwide to create promotional, web, and TV videos and episodes. He has edited a number of documentaries, including Scribe Video’s Precious Places, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, and Women in War Zones (DR Congo), winner of the Best Documentary Award in the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival Festival of Independents and Cinefest. He has also produced and edited short fiction films such as My Turtle’s Name is Dudley, Grand Prize winner at Hayden Film Festival and Holly Short Festival; Runner-up for Best Drama at Philadelphia Student Film Festival and Official Selection for Hollywood Black Film Festival. He recently returned from Peru from production on Transition, a feature length documentary he is producing and directing, that follows the lives of 4 children growing up in a home for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children. He recently completed a short biographical documentary on a man’s journey to overcome oppression from the caste system and become at peace with himself, God, and his enemies, in Born A Dalit (India).