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 is finishing post-production on The Foreigner’s Home, a film that explores the artistic and intellectual vision of Toni Morrison. He is also finishing a feature-length documentary he shot in Guatemala. 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.
LEAH AKI WOOD
Leah Aki Wood is an aspiring filmmaker and artist from and currently based in Oberlin, Ohio. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with majors in Cinema Studies and East Asian Studies.
Asher Shay-Nemirow is from Denver, CO, and is currently enrolled in Oberlin College. He intends to graduate from Oberlin in 2018 with a major in Cinema Studies and a minor in Art History.
Julia Davis is a senior at Oberlin College, majoring in Cinema Studies with a minor in Studio Art. She also studied at the Prague Film School, earning a certificate in narrative filmmaking. She is currently a Media Associate at Oberlin.
Dana Brandes-Simon is a senior at Oberlin College majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Politics and East Asian studies. She is an aspiring documentary filmmaker and is eager to tell stories for the public good.
Sam White is an aspiring filmmaker and musician originally from Massachusetts. He studied filmmaking at Harvard Extension School before turning to documentary work at Oberlin College, where he graduated in 2017 with a major in Politics.
Fiona Brennan is an aspiring filmmaker from upstate New York. She is currently a third year student at Oberlin College majoring in English and Cinema Studies.
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.