CARY MCCLELLAND (DIRECTOR / PRODUCER)
Cary McClelland is an artist and human rights advocate. He recently worked with Google and WITNESS to launch YouTube’s Human Rights Channel, dedicated to giving voice to citizen journalists around the world. Before that, his work spanned Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. He has trained former child soldiers to be television journalists in the Eastern Congo, directed conflict transformation programs in liberated East Timor, worked alongside opposition activists in Zimbabwe, and worked on advocacy programs in Egypt, Syria and Burma. He has a BA in Screenwriting from Harvard, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia, and is pursuing his JD at Stanford, where continues to dedicate his work to building bridges between cultures.
IMRAN BABUR (CO-DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Imran Babur graduated in graphic design from NCA-Lahore, and studied docudrama production from TTC-Berlin. He spent a decade working in advertising and music videos, and then shifted to documentaries full-time since 2000. Spanning subjects as diverse as travel, development, politics and conservation, Imran has a strong portfolio in photography and film, and passion for recording his culture, heritage, people and arts. He is a skilled cameraman and a keen-eyed director, with a natural ability to connect with people and get close to his subject.
BILLY SMITH (PRODUCER)
Billy Smith is a writer, actor and film producer based in Los Angeles. His acting credits include Martin Scorseseʼs The Departed, a recurring role on Showtime series Homeland and The Brotherhood, guest appearances on Boardwalk Empire, Burn Notice, The Unit and Law and Order, and various theatre productions both in the US and UK. American Wake, which he co-wrote and starred in, premiered at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He produced the first fiction film in East Timor after the countryʼs liberation in 1999. He continues to produce internationally focused feature films as part of his mission to tell the worldʼs untold stories.
ROBERT PROFUSEK (PRODUCER)
Robert Profusek is a film and digital media producer based in New York City. He is the Founder/Executive Producer of Toy Closet Films, which was featured in 2011 as one of Variety’s “New Indie” production companies. Also, he is the Founder/Principal of Digital Harvest Capital, a digital media production and distribution company. His work has received awards at Sundance, the Student Academy Awards, the Berlinale, Slamdance, Comic-Con, IFP, Tribeca, Los Angeles and MoMA, among others. From 2011-2012, Profusek was also a programming consultant for YouTube as part of their original programming initiative. Profusek was recently a jury member for the 2012 South East Asian International Film Festival, is a frequent panelist at various domestic and international film festivals and has a new blog segment on IFP.org. After receiving a BA with distinction from Cornell University, Profusek started his career as a financial analyst at the international investment bank Lazard Frères & Co. Eager to pursue his passion for entertainment, he then worked as an Associate Producer/Business Development Manager at Kaleidoscope Productions (an Omnicom Group company) before becoming a producers assistant for Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels. Currently, Profusek is also an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.
RYAN SILBERT (PRODUCER)
Ryan Silbert is an independent filmmaker and partner of Toy Closet Films, Ryan Silbert’s credits include co-producer on Holy Rollers (2010 Sundance Film Festival). He is in post-production on Without Shepherds, in prep on The Girl is in Trouble with EP Spike Lee and in development on scripts by George A. Romero and Stephen King. Previous projects have been distributed on HBO, screened at the Berlinale, Sundance, and won the National Board of Review and two Student Academy Awards. Silbert is an MFA-candidate at NYU’s Graduate Program where he received a Craft Award for Producing. He received a dual degree from Cornell.
M. KHALID ALI (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)
Mohammad Khalid Ali is one of the best-known and most trustworthy names in Pakistan’s advertising and filmmaking industries. With over 25 years under his belt, he has worked alongside top notch ad agencies from Pakistan, the Middle East, US, Europe and East Asia. He has personally managed productions filming across Asia. He founded the Crew Films, and under his leadership, it has grown into one of the leading production management companies in the country today. Tireless and passionate, Khalid’s motto is “everything is possible.”
FAISAL AZAM (EDITOR / CO-PRODUCER)
Faisal Azam edits with the eye of an artist and the instincts of a natural storyteller. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Faisal grew up in the Middle East and came to the US complete his education where he graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley. Versatile and adept at his craft, Faisal has worked with fine artists, independent filmmakers and high profile clients like Nike, Rolling Stone, LVMH, Illy, Consumer Reports magazine, and Academy Award winning director Zana Briski.
CONNOR KALISTA (EDITOR / POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR)
Connor Kalista, a native Texan, is a film editor and theater artist. Initially trained as a sculptor, Connor has worked as a museum curator, a tour manager, a taxi driver and an opera director. His work as a playwright and performance artist has been presented in the US, Japan, Croatia and throughout the UK. Since becoming a freelance editor five years ago, his work has screened at Slamdance, GenArt and the Dance on Camera Festival. Most recently, Connor edited the horror-comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Undead which will have it’s theatrical premiere in June 2010.
GABRIEL RHODES (EDITOR)
Gabriel Rhodes is both an editor and a filmmaker. His work has premiered at Sundance and Cannes – among many other festivals – and has aired on Sundance Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, CNN, PBS and on the NPR radio show This American Life. His theatrical documentary credits include Control Room, My Kid Could Paint That and most recently, The Tillman Story. In 2011, two of his edited films (The Tillman Story & Quest for Honor) were shortlisted for the Academy Awards. His commercial clients include Conde Nast, Google, Virgin America, YouTube, Harper Collins and Revlon. In 2004, he was awarded a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts. He received his Master’s Degree in Documentary Film from Stanford University in 2000.
TYLER WALK (ADDITIONAL EDITOR)
Tyler Walk graduated from Penn State University, sharpened his cutting skills at The Edit Center in New York City and apprenticed under editor/director and Sundance alum Gabriel Rhodes. In addition to working on projects for VH1, ESPN and Martin Scorsese, he has collaborated with several independent directors including documentary film legend Albert Maysles and director/editor/producer Max Nova. Tyler’s most recent films include David France’s “How to Survive a Plague” which premiered this year at Sundance and award-winning director Jeremy Zerechak’s “Code 2600,” which premiered in March at Cinequest. Tyler is currently editing Bill Lichtenstein’s archival-focussed, radio station, politics and rock and roll documentary “The American Revolution.
SHRUTI PAREKH (ASSISTANT EDITOR)
Shruti Parekh is a freelance filmmaker, editor, and multimedia artist from Atlanta, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on diverse projects, from independent films including Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist to directing music videos, fashion pieces, and her own documentary and animation work. Shruti graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a BA in Modern Culture and Media and focused on visual art, film production, and media theory.
AROOJ AFTAB (MUSIC DIRECTOR / COMPOSER)
Arooj Aftab is an Audio Engineer, Producer and Sound Designer – distinct in her field as a young Pakistani female. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, she is driven by her passion for music, technology, high-quality audio, and attention to detail. She has worked with outstanding talents in film, music and radio, and has successfully established herself as a professional audio editor in New York City. Arooj is also an internationally acclaimed Sufi Musician, Vocalist and Songwriter, attracting enthusiasts across boundaries of geography, age, race, religion, and language. She recently toured the United States with Arif Lohar, one of Pakistan’s leading voices, and has performed several times at the Asia Society in New York City.
GREY MCMURRAY (ORIGINAL MUSIC)
I am Grey Mcmurray. I live in brooklyn and play guitar in few different situations and play guitar and sing in a couple situations. I have had the privilege of playing music with many wonderful people. I am slowly but surely working on being able to make strangers cry, in a positive way, with the power of music. I am a member of (k)nights on earth, The Exit, itsnotyouitsme, Beyondo, Bell, Naked Brunch, alligator eats fish and sometimes play with So Percussion, Lenka Dusilova, and some other potatoes.