Natalie Zimmerman is an filmmaker, educator and activist. In 2008, she co-founded Social Satisfaction Studio upon release of her first non-fiction feature co-directed and produced with Michael Wilson. Silhouette City was introduced at the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Spotlight-On-Documentary Program in New York City, premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and has since played to audiences throughout the US and abroad including: Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Politica Global Network as well as broadcasts on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), London-based Press TV and Russia Today Television. Her film and media work has been exhibited, screened and broadcast worldwide in diverse contexts including: de Young Museum of Fine Art, Anthology Film Archive, SF Camerawork, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Headlands Center For the Arts Resident Fellow, and former Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. Zimmerman’s work has been generously supported by numerous public and private grant awards including Paul Robeson Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, Center for International Exchange of Scholars/Museumsquartier and the US Department of State South Pacific Embassy. In 2017 Zimmerman co-organized a gathering of indigenous and western women working around issues of climate change – On Fertile Ground: Integrating Perspectives Toward a Collective Future, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a Film Certificate from New York University. Zimmerman is a core faculty member at SF Film School located in downtown, San Francisco
Sara Dosa is an award-winning documentary director and producer based in San Francisco, California whose work centers on the human relationship to both economy and ecology. Dosa’s feature directorial debut, THE LAST SEASON made its World Premiere in Competition at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival where it took home a Golden Gate Award, and went on to tour the national and international festival circuit. THE LAST SEASON was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award, was acquired by PBS for national broadcast and by First Run Features for its 2015 theatrical release. Most recently, she produced SURVIVORS, about Ebola in Sieera Leone (POV 2018), co-produced AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO
POWER (Sundance 2017, Paramount Picture 2017) and produced the award-winning AUDRIE & DAISY (Sundance 2016, Netflix Originals 2016) about teenage sexual assault and bullying, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix Originals. Dosa graduated from Wesleyan University holds a joint Masters in Anthropology and International Development Economics from the London School of Economics.
Ethan Goldwater is a filmmaker whose work builds on his prior careers as a journalist in San Francisco, and as a public school teacher in NYC. His short film the Last Waterman of Wittman was selected as a Vimeo staff pick in 2011 and played at film festivals around the world. In 2013 he founded Hover Pictures, a production company dedicated to making explorative work and supporting directors to bring new films to life. From 2013-2018, he EP’d and directed several episodes of the Shell Rotella Unsung web-series, which also aired on Outdoor Channel. In 2014 he produced the Long Road Home, a half hour TV doc about double amputee tractor puller Larry Koester. His independent short film Lady Bountiful premiered at SF Indie Fest in 2017 and is currently being broadcast on KQED’s series Truly, CA. His feature documentary CURA was selected for IFP Doclab in 2016 and is currently in post-production.
Charles is a native of Kiribati and has extensive, intimate knowledge of the dynamic atoll landscape and the interrelated ocean tides and currents. In addition to his material practices of fishing and traditional building/carpentry, hIs innate sense of visual composition brings an invaluable and unique cinematic perspective. His voice is an important thread within the narrative of the film—and his visual explorations from above the ground and below the sea—bring important artistic and cultural texture, depth and dimension.
Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of more than twelve books, she is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change.
Teaiwa is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent. She has a background in anthropology and Pacific Island Studies and led a research project in Ocean Island (Banaba) in Kiribati—where the local population was relocated to Fiji after phosphate mining rendered the landscape uninhabitable.