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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 film producer and editor. She produced and edited the short documentary film, The Ride of Their Lives, for Amazon’s documentary series The New Yorker Presents (released Feb 2016). Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Steve James, the film premiered at Sundance in January 2016, and is being developed into a feature documentary.

Alyssa is currently a resident at the San Francisco Film Society's FilmHouse where, together with Zachary Fink, she is producing and directing, The Rescue List, a verité documentary film about three children rescued from slavery in Ghana. Zachary and Alyssa were recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund for post production on their film. Alyssa has produced for National Geographic Channel, Amazon Studios, and Facebook. She directed the 2011 award-winning documentary film, Family of the Wa'a.

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

To make sure her crew gets their footage, Alyssa has paddled an outrigger canoe through a South Pacific squall, braved clouds of mace during a high-school lockdown, and yanked the backseat out of a Cessna so her team's equipment could arrive at an Amazonian jungle camp. Nothing escapes her notice, and she always keeps the big picture in focus.

All of Alyssa's work is anchored in her belief that a powerful story, well told, has the potential to inspire positive change.

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ZACHARY FINK
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, & CINEMATOGRAPHER

Zachary is a documentary film producer, director, and cinematographer. His recent project, The Ride of Their Lives (directed by Steve James) is featured in Amazon Studio's new documentary series, The New Yorker Presents. It premiered at Sundance in 2016.

Zachary is a 2015/2016 resident of San Francisco's Film Society's FilmHouse Program where, together with Alyssa Fedele, he is producing and directing a feature length documentary about the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves in Ghana.

He has produced and directed projects for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Apple, Google, and for the Harvard Film Study Center. He has also shot for HBO, PBS, 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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