Terry Spahr is a former professional in the insurance, investment and real estate brokerage industries. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Science and Fels Center of Government, Terry retired from real estate to apply his passions for politics, science, and the environment to researching, writing, and producing a feature length documentary. His first film, 8 Billion Angels (www.8BillionAngels.org) is currently in production, and explores the impact of humanity’s growing numbers on planet Earth. Terry lives in Ardmore, PA with his family, including two dogs, a cat and 10,000 bees.
Victor Velle is the director of Nomad, an award-winning feature-length documentary and Four, a documentary short about an orphanage in Zambia. After studying Visual Media Arts at Emerson College, Victor founded his own production company and has worked on popular television shows including Bones and at Hollywood production companies including Silver Pictures. Learn more about Victor in this 8 Billion Angels interview.
Katya Alexander got her first taste of the film industry at an early age, actively working on sets (The Great Gilly Hopkins and A Rising Tide) while studying film at Emerson College. While in college, she produced a large variety of films, one of which, was accepted into seven film festivals. Alexander founded CQ Studios, a successful production company in Boston, and in 2017, relocated the business to Los Angeles. Her work includes a documentary filmed in Zambia, Africa with The African Education Program and a documentary entitled Nomad, which takes place on a boat, and was filmed 60 miles out in the ocean. Nomad has been accepted into The New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition and The Amsterdam Lift-Off Festival.
Doug Emerson is the founder of Los Angeles-based c49 production company. Through his company, Emerson has cultivated many clients from the tech start-up community, including Tekuma; Humon; and TruEnergy, as well from more established organizations such as the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. For this work, c49 has received 5 Telly Awards, which showcase the best work created by the world’s most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers.
With over 20 years of documentary-editing experience, Darianna Cardilli’s skill lies in crafting an engaging and compelling story that brings a filmmaker’s vision to the screen and captivates the audience. She attended the prestigious American Film Institute where she graduated with an MFA in Film Editing. Working in Los Angeles as a documentary editor, her credits include several TV series and specials which have aired on A&E, AMC, the Biography Channel, the History Channel and Bravo, as well as numerous independent documentaries. She has edited for World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey & Ron Barbato, Oscar-nominated producer Stuart Sender, and Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville. She has been a Contributing Editor for Documentary, the magazine of the International Documentary Association, for the past 15 years. When not editing or writing, Darianna enjoys figurative and plein-air painting, tango and horseback riding.
A recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Visual Arts scholarship in 2015, Jake Mitchell is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Media Studies at the prestigious Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has studied extensively under his mentor Producer Ryan Hartsock and worked on his film, Everyday Yeti, which screened at Cannes and won the 2015 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. Most recently, Mitchell won the 2016 “Outstanding Cinematic Achievement” award for his film, Zoo at Emerson’s Evvy Awards.