Rebecca Marshall Ferris (Director/Producer) began her career with the renowned documentary film company, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, serving as associate producer on their films Down From The Mountain, Startup.com, Only The Strong Survive, andElaine Stritch at Liberty. In 2004, she produced the programFox vs Franken for the Sundance Channel’s series on the First Amendment and in 2005 produced the feature documentary Al Franken: God Spoke.
Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Rebecca received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. Her thesis film, Jonah and the Wail, about jazz trumpeter, Jonah Jones, was awarded an Independent Feature Project Market Award and was broadcast on the Independent Film Channel. In 2011, her first feature documentary,Miller’s Tale (about actor and playwright Jason Miller), aired nationwide on PBS.
Jason Ferris (Director/Cinematographer) grew up on a farm in Mississippi and also has family roots in New Orleans. After studying filmmaking at Davidson College, Jason moved to New York to work for PBS. His credits there include work on documentaries about Sigmund Freud and Robert Capa, along with three seasons at the international documentary series, Wide Angle.
In 2004, Jason entered Union Theological Seminary (NYC), where he earned a Master of Divinity and received the Maxwell Fellowship in recognition of his short films exploring religious topics. In 2009, he added a Master of Social Work from Tulane. Throughout his graduate studies, Jason worked as a freelance camera operator on documentaries. He served as the executive producer and cinematographer on Miller’s Tale. Jason currently serves as the pastor of the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA.
Kathleen Ledet (Producer) grew up along the waters of Bayou Lafourche in southeast Louisiana. In 2007, she graduated with a BA in film from the University of New Orleans. Her first film was the award-winning short documentary, Weeding by Example. Other credits include her work with Cote Blanche Productions on the documentaries: Air Racers for the Louisiana State Aviation Museum and Harvest to Restore: America’s Coastal Heartland, which aired on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Kathleen was the first assistant director on the independent feature Flood Streets, winner of ‘Best Louisiana Narrative Feature’ at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. In 2009, her 37-second short documentary Snowball Season won NOVAC’s 37th Anniversary Short Film Contest. She has worked as a production assistant for the PBS news show Need to Know, and as a location coordinator for the PBS documentary series Earth: The Operators’ Manual. With Cottage Films, she produced Turning the Tide for the City of New Orleans and NOVAC. She also served as associate producer for Miller’s Tale. She is currently earning her masters degree in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans.
Bryan Gunnar Cole (Editor) is an award winning filmmaker concentrating in social issues, politics, the environment, and entertainment. He holds a BA in Film Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Filmmaking from New York University. He has directed and edited feature documentaries for Showtime, Bravo, IFC, The Sundance Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS among others. His work has been shown in theatres, in festivals, and on television worldwide.
His feature documentary, Boomtown, has been televised nationally for six straight years on PBS, and his most recent narrative feature, Day Zero, was released in 2008 by First Look Studios. He served as editor of Miller's Tale.
Fiona Otway (Editor) has been making movies for fifteen years, working as a director, cinematographer, editor, producer, and media instructor. Her work is strongly influenced by a background in cultural anthropology, critical social theory, and experimental filmmaking and often explores themes related to globalization, community-based social change, and cultural identity.
Fiona has been involved in several projects featured in top-tier film festivals and television broadcasts in multiple countries. She was awarded the first-ever prize for ‘Best Documentary Editing’ at the Sundance Film Festival for Iraq in Fragments. In addition, one of her most recent editing projects won the Sundance Film Festival ‘Grand Jury Prize’ (Hell and Back Again). Three of her editing projects have been nominated for an Academy Award (Hell and Back Again, Iraq in Fragments, and Sari's Mother). As a filmmaker, Fiona is committed to illuminating perspectives that are often under-represented in mainstream media and loves to craft nuanced, emotionally resonant stories about complex social issues.