DIRECTOR / CO-FOUNDER
Geoff Pingree (Director, Co-founder) is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker in the U.S. and Spain and a professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. After earning master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, he worked in public television in Washington, DC, where he directed Catholic University’s Program in Media Studies and George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. His film work for public television has received an Emmy Award; his photography received National Geographic’s 2008 World in Focus Grand Prize and has appeared in venues such as National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times; and he has written about media, culture, and politics for magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, TIME, Wired, Ms., The Nation, The Economist, and The Christian Science Monitor. With Rian Brown, he created BLUE DESERT, a multi-channel video installation filmed in Antarctica, and recently finished and released The Foreigner’s Home, a feature-length documentary on the intellectual and artistic vision of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and has screened across the U.S. and in Europe. He just completed The Return of Elder Pingree, a feature-length autobiographical documentary he shot in Guatemala that is a memoir of his experience as a Mormon missionary in that country and of what followed when he left the faith.
With Brown he founded and directs the Apollo Outreach Initiative, a media education and community outreach program in Oberlin, Ohio.
Pingree created StoryLens with Rian Brown in 2014.
Kyle Hartzell is a sound designer and artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the digital media engineer for cinema studies and studio art at Oberlin College and is currently pursuing an MFA with a concentration in sound art at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In the past he has worked for public radio’s StoryCorps and as a multimedia engineer for Princeton University.
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