Ansley West, director & cinematographer
Ansley West is a fine art photographer and filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work portrays social issues on subjects such as mental health, women’s portrayal in the media, HIV/AIDS in Uganda, food consumption, and the psychology of altered landscapes.
West’s artwork is in many private collections including Georgia’s Museum of Contemporary Art. West has worked on many international projects. Recently, she directed and shot a feature documentary film called Mothers of a Nation on 16mm and digital HD in Jinja, Uganda about women living with HIV and their connection to agriculture. She has had three solo shows and has been in many group shows. West’s work has been published in Shots Magazine, The Whitefish Review and three books: “Slow Exposures,” “Family by the Santa Fe Workshops” and “The International Library of Photography Book.”
Danielle Bernstein, producer & editor
Danielle studied installation and sculpture at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Her journey into the film world began in 2006 as the co-director/producer and cinematographer of the award winning film, When Clouds Clear, a USA/Ecuadorian production released in 2008. This films proceeds helped provide transportation cost for high school students in Junín, the town where the film was produced. Danielle has worked on several non-profit media campaigns as the principle director for the Southern Education Foundation, International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW TV) and the Global Giving Circle. She continues to direct and produce independent documentaries through Clear Films as well as attend important festival and seminars to keep abreast of events relevant to the growth and importance of documentary film. As a filmmaker and artist she is committed to the progression of documentary film as an artform, vehicle for positive change and mode of self expression!
Rafe Rivers, farmer & consultant
Rafe Rivers is a Georgia native who currently lives with his wife, Ansley, and dog, Charley in California. He has spent the past several years farming in California, northern New Mexico, and Vermont.
Rafe holds a B.A. in Economics and an Environmental Ethics Certificate from The University of Georgia, and studied organic agriculture at The University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dave Raizman, editor
Dave is a visual storyteller that has been directing, shooting and editing video projects for twelve years. His production company, Springboard Media focuses primarily on creating inspiring documentaries for non-profits as well as engaging marketing and promotional videos for business. The strength of his work lies in his ability to draw out people’s stories and present them with intensity and authenticity. His films have covered international adoption, health care and educational reform, hunger and the arts in education.