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THE TEAM


WE ARE FILMMAKERS AND CREATIVE THINKERS,
ETHNOGRAPHERS AND STORYTELLERS

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THE TEAM


WE ARE FILMMAKERS AND CREATIVE THINKERS,
ETHNOGRAPHERS AND STORYTELLERS

Alyssa Fedele
Producer and Editor

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Alyssa Fedele is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist based in San Francisco. She co-directed and edited The Rescue List, an observational documentary film that follows two children who were trafficked into modern slavery on Lake Volta in Ghana. The Rescue List was supported by SFFILM’s Documentary Film Fund and the FilmHouse Residency Program. It screened at Full Frame, DOC NYC, and Telluride Mountain Film. The Rescue List won the award for Best Documentary at Bend Film Festival, the Social Impact Award at Heartland International Film Festival, and the James Blue Award at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The Rescue List will premiere on PBS’s series POV in 2020.

Alyssa produced and edited Steve James’ short documentary film, The Ride of Their Lives, for Amazon’s documentary series, The New Yorker Presents. The film follows two children who ride bulls in youth rodeo competitions. It premiered at Sundance and screened at IDFA. Alyssa’s work has appeared on National Geographic Channel, PBS, HBO, and ARTE.

Alyssa has an MA in visual anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her background in ethnographic filmmaking gives her a unique skill-set to connect with subjects and build cross-cultural understanding in her films.

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ZACHARY FINK
DIRECTOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER

Zachary is a documentary film director and cinematographer. He recently spent a month in Antarctica where he field directed and shot a series for PBS’s NOVA called Polar Extremes about life and science at McMurdo Station. Prior to that, he lensed Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman’s 2019 SXSW opening night premiere, YouTube Original State of Pride, a documentary that takes an unflinching look at the diverse expression of Pride 50 years after Stonewall. Zachary co-directed and shot The Rescue List, a feature documentary that follows two children as they are rescued from slavery in Ghana and reunited with their families. The film premiered at San Francisco International Film Festival and screened at Full Frame and DOC NYC. It won awards at Bend Film Festival and Heartland International Film Festival and was acquired by PBS for inclusion in the 2019 season of the series POV.

In 2016, Zachary developed, produced, and shot The Ride of Their Lives, a short documentary film directed by Steve James about children who compete in youth bull riding rodeos. The film is featured in Amazon Studio's documentary series, The New Yorker Presents and premiered at Sundance.

Zachary has produced and directed projects for PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Facebook, Apple, Google, and the Harvard Film Study Center. He has also shot for HBO, MTV, and numerous independent films. During his tenure as the Director of Video for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, he cinematically rebranded the short documentary films at the center of the foundation's website, Edutopia.org. His award-winning documentaries about the most successful and innovative schools in America continue to reach an audience of over 500,000 people every month.

His masters degree in cultural anthropology gives him a unique ability to understand and connect with diverse audiences and communities. And his experience directing large teams while managing extensive projects means that he always has the big picture in mind. Whether he’s hanging out of a helicopter over the Pacific ocean, trekking with a caving team through a Mexican cloud forest, bunking with tuna fishermen on a commercial longliner, or tracking reindeer migration with indigenous Arctic herdsmen, Zachary follows the story, manages ever-changing logistics, crafts beautiful images, and makes friends along the way. Through it all, he sees story and structure, breaking complex narratives down to manageable production schedules, clear interview questions, succinct sound bites, and beautiful imagery. The results are compelling human stories told in the most delightful way.

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