Founder of Open Eye Pictures, Andy serves as the company's Executive Director and Senior Producer. He is a multi-award winning, Oscar shortlisted maker of creative non-fiction films. After enrolling in the Medill School of Journalism, Andy received a BA in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University and an MAVA (visual anthropology) from the University of Southern California, where he also studied at the School of Cinema. Andy's approach emphasizes the moving image as a way to bridge disparate parts, peoples and ideas. While his work takes on controversial themes, he uses the filmmaking process as an opportunity to encourage empathy and identification... » view full bio & filmography
RYAN WHITE Production Coordinator
Born in Big Sur, California, Ryan is a Canadian-American filmmaker whose award-winning documentaries have screened around the world. He spent four years in Hanoi, Vietnam working as Film Advisor for the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong Program, then relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, where he produced and directed two documentary features, CAMP UNITY and MONDO BANANA. Other documentary credits include producing THE ORGANIC LIFE and associate producing OUT RUN and PRAY AWAY. He has recently completed his third feature, DIRT MCCOMBER:THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, a documentary about a Mohawk family in Quebec.
SUE ST. PIERRE Associate Producer
Born and raised in New England, Sue relocated to Northern California in 2015 and completed a six month course in documentary film at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. She remains humbled by the power of film to bring meaningful stories to life and to further conversations among those with divergent viewpoints. In addition to her work in film, Sue is a practicing family medicine physician and medical educator. She brings a passion for meaningful stories and medical knowledge to Open Eye Pictures' projects in development.
EVA ILONA BRZESKI Consulting Editor
Eva Ilona Brzeski is the writer, director and editor of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning films THIS UNFAMILIAR PLACE, 24 GIRLS and CHINA DIARY (911), and the producer, director and editor of the underground sensation LAST SEEN, written and co-produced by Holiday Reinhorn. Eva edited the documentary features UNDER OUR SKIN, AS SHE IS and TWITCH, as well as the TV shows "The Real World, The Simple Life" and many other films. She lives in Northern California, where she works as an editor and edit doctor and has recently launched her new project KINDNESS: THE MOVIE. » website
TOM SHEPARD Consulting Producer/Editor
Tom has been directing and producing documentary films for nearly 20 years. His film SCOUT’S HONOR won two top awards at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on the PBS program POV. He also directed and produced KNOCKING, a film about Jehovah’s Witnesses, which broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. His film WHIZ KIDS is a coming-of-age documentary about youth who find their voice through science. It also aired on PBS. Tom’s collaboration with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson resulted in THE GROVE broadcast nationally on PBS. He has taught documentary in California and Colorado and is the former chairman of New Day Films. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film. » website
SARA MARINELLI Consulting Co-Producer/Editor
Sara is a writer, translator, and educator based in San Francisco. She grew up in Italy, where she earned her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Rome. Sara also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. For her fiction writing, she was awarded an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center and at Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Sara has also worked with video-documentary and narration in film, including her short film PASSAGE, which she wrote and directed, and the documentary ALFREDO’S FIRE, for which she was co-producer and story editor. She teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco and Humanities in the Humanities Department at San Francisco State University. » website
LISA HINMAN Board Treasurer
Lisa has been an editor, producer and executive producer in the commercial video industry for over 30 years. She is a founder and current President of Bonfire Labs, a high-end post-production house in San Francisco. Clients include Apple, Microsoft, Sony, McDonalds, Palm, HP, iPod, AT&T, Adidas and Yahoo. Prior to coming to California, Lisa was a television director at production houses and television stations in Philadelphia and Cleveland, where she also worked independently as a film and video editor. She is the President of the Association of Independent Creative Editors, an international trade association which represents the interests of independent creative editorial companies and their editors.
DAVID HELBRAUN Board Director
David is the founder of The Helbraun Law Firm and a graduate of Yale University and Hastings College of the Law, University of California at San Francisco. Formerly a partner in the San Francisco office of an national law firm, Mr. Helbraun is a trial lawyer specializing in civil rights and police misconduct, professional liability and insurance, copyright and trademark, and commercial litigation.
BRUCE GRANT Board Secretary
Bruce is an Australian national living in San Francisco California. He has worked in three industries – digital media, financial markets and financial software. In digital media Mr Grant co-founded Skuff TV, Australia's premier independent actions sports media brand watched by millions each month around the world. Mr Grant holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from University of New South Wales and a Masters in Business from London Business School.