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MICHAL AVIAD (CO-FOUNDER)

Michal is an award-winning producer, director, and writer who has been making films in the United States and Israel since 1984.  Her internationally distributed films include the documentaries, Acting Our Age, The Woman Next Door, Ever Shot Anyone, Jenny & Jenny, Remlah, For My Children, and The Woman Pioneers to name a few.

In 2011, Michal directed her first feature-length narrative film, Invisible, which screened at more than 30 film festivals and received top awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Haifa Film Festival, and International Woman’s Film Festival.

Her films have been screened at dozens of film festivals including Sundance, the Berlin Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, INPUT, and many others.  Her work has been broadcast on PBS, ARTE, ZDF, Channel 4, and many other stations, receiving dozens of distinguished awards from film festivals and broadcasters through the world.

Michal is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. She is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director at the Israeli International Women’s Film Festival.


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KEVIN WHITE (CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Kevin is an award-winning producer, director, writer who has worked in media since 1982. In 1984 he founded Full Frame Productions, and in 1988 he created the non-profit Filmmakers Collaborative SF with Michal Aviad.

Kevin has produced and directed dozens of films including the titles Not All Parents Are StraightWe Bring a QuiltSpeaking UpA Land Between Rivers, Restoring BalanceReturning HomeReturn FlightFrom the Ground UpFreedom’s Desert and A Simple Question (the latter two made with filmmaking colleague David Donnenfield).

His films have been screened at the Berlin Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Hot Springs Film Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the International Wildlife Film Festival, and many others. His work has received multiple awards including Emmys, CINE Golden Eagles, ACE Awards and many others, while also being broadcast on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Bravo, and ABC.

In 2010, Kevin and his colleague David Donnenfield received the Harold Gilliam Award for Environmental Reporting from The Bay Institute for their How On Earth video series.  Kevin has presented at film festival panels, the Documentary Summit, the North American Congress for Conservation Biology, the National Conference on Environmental Restoration, and many other events.


Affiliated Filmmakers

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DAVID DONNENFIELD

David is a writer, producer, and instructional designer for visual media at Full Frame Productions. He is also Director of Acquisitions for The Video Project, a distributor of environmental and social issue documentaries to the educational and institutional market. David has worked with numerous organizations and agencies over the years such as CALFED Bay Delta Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, ICFC/ Jones & Stokes, CH2M-Hill, CA Audubon, CA Native Grass Association, and CA Academy of Sciences in crafting memorable visual messaging for public outreach and education. He is skilled in presenting complex concepts in ways that are coherent and compelling to lay audiences. Besides his creative contributions, David provides guidance in matters of distribution to capture audience share, whether via the web, TV broadcast, DVD or other viewing technologies.

David holds a B.A. in film from UCLA and a Masters in Educational Technology/Instructional Design from San Francisco State University. His films have won the CINE Golden Eagle, the Silver Telly, numerous festival awards, broadcast on PBS and received an Emmy nomination. In 2010, David and his colleague Kevin White received the Harold Gilliam Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from The Bay Institute.

 

Bruce Schmiechen 

(Producer/Director/Writer) is a long-time Bay Area filmmaker, editor, and producer who was one of the founding members of California Newsreel.  Bruce and Kevin often collaborate on documentary projects together.

Gina Leibrecht

(Editor/Director) is an award-winning editor and director of documentary films, many of which have received international distribution. She brings this documentary sensibility to her work in corporate communications and advertising.

Steve Most

Steve Most writes plays, books, and documentary screenplays. He is the writer or contributing writer of four Academy Award-nominated films and writer/producer of River of Renewal, which won a “best documentary” award at the American Indian Film Festival.