Director/Producer Benjamin Herold holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has worked as an educator, trainer, program evaluator, policy researcher, and community organizer. Herold has published on the college-going patterns of Philadelphia public high school graduates and on privatization in Philadelphia school reform; served for five years on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook; and worked with young people of all ages to highlight the critical importance of youth voices in education, community development, and policymaking. First Person is Herold’s first documentary project.
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Lead Editor/Producer Sharon Mullally is an Emmy Award winning independent producer/director and editor whose work regularly appears on local and national public television. Her most recent editorial work includes the CINE Golden Eagle (HBO Latin America)-winning documentary ROSITA (Attie & Goldwater Productions, 2005) and QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN (Martha Lubell Productions, 2005). Recent work as a producer/director includes KNEE DEEP (2004) with Ann Tegnell, FADI FLIES A KITE (2003) and RUFUS JONES - A LUMINOUS LIFE (2002) with Barbara Attie, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle. Mullally has been a board member and workshop leader for PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Association) and an instructor at the Scribe Video Center. Her editorial work has appeared in the SILVERDOCS Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the DoubleTake Documentary Festival, and the Philadelphia Festival of Independents.
Director of Photography Chong K. Pak is an Emmy-nominated cameraman whose work ranges from documentary to commercials and music videos. Pak has shot award winning projects such as STAND UP (Annapolis Film Festival 2005) and ELEVATOR VIEW (Ivy Film Festival 2005). His clients include Nickelodeon, SPIKE TV!, Dixie Cup, Amp Mobile, Super 8 Motel, and Villanova University. In addition, Pak has worked with artists such as The Comas, Paper Route and Hezekiah. Samples of his work can be seen at www.chongpak.com.
Producer Kate Slovich has a Bachelor’s degree in Television-Radio Production from Ithaca College, which included studies under highly acclaimed documentary producer Ken Burns. Past projects include TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Associate Producer, researcher) and MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS THE BLUES: THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS (Associate Producer). Slovich currently oversees grassroots community video projects as a video facilitator for Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places and Community Visions video programs.
Audio Technician Chad Jenkins has a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Media Production from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2004, he received the Stroh’s Award for documentary achievement for the film RECOVERING SATELLITES. Two of his short documentaries, SIDEMAN and PRIORITY 3, were acquired by WYBE for broadcast in 2003. He currently works as a freelance producer, cameraman, and editor. Broadcast credits include: THE BIGGEST LOSER for NBC, ESPN Hollywood, DIARY OF AN AFFAIR for E! Network, The History Channel, YES Network, PBS, and A & E, among others. In addition, he’s currently serving as the Director of Photography for Flying Home Filmsï¿½ feature-length documentary STATE.
Assistant Editor Aaron Schumann has a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Film and Video Production from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Recent work includes videography for Cross-Cultural Solutions n Tanzania and Peru, as well as intern and freelance work for NFL Films, ESPN, and HGTV. Schumann currently works freelance for several production companies in Philadelphia and is active in writing and producing local independent works.