Andy Trimlett, Director/Co-Producer
Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria, winning a regional Emmy for a 30-minute documentary he co-produced about property tax law in California.
Ahlam Muhtaseb, Co-Producer/Co-Director
Ahlam Muhtaseb earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Hebron University. With the help of a Fulbright grant from the U.S. government, she earned her M.A. in Government Relations, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Media Studies from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She is a Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino teaching classes in media studies and public relations since 2003. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, social movements, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to national and international conventions and scholarly meetings. Muhtaseb has conducted extensive field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. Her most recent research is focused on digital media and the Arab Spring, with a special emphasis on cyber-activism and online social movements. Her previous film experience includes performing research for John Odam’s 2012 documentary Minarets in Temecula about the controversy over building a mosque in Temecula Valley, California.
Ami Asher, Associate Producer
Ami Asher is a Hebrew-English translator and language editor specializing in the humanities, social sciences and the NGO sector. He is an activist in Zochrot – an NGO dedicated to raise Israeli Jews’ awareness of the Nakba. He guides tours in Jaffa that trace physical evidence of its tragedy in 1948.
Alexis and Sam, Composers
Alexis Marsh and Samuel Jones began collaborating in 2010 after attending USC’s Scoring for Motion Picture & Television program. Sharing a background in jazz, pop, and avant-garde music as well as a passion for cinematic storytelling, the two composers and multi-instrumentalists teamed up to form a studio that has since provided scores and songs to features, short films, documentaries, art installations, and advertising campaigns.
Alexis & Sam‘s film work has been heard at major festivals around the world including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Slamdance, Edinburgh Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Fest, and the Champs Ellysees Film Festival. As collaborators with Los Angeles visual artists such as Alex Israel and Morrisa Maltz, their music has been featured in gallery exhibitions worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, Peres Projects in Berlin, and Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York City.
Jorge Contreras, Motion Graphic Designer
Jorge Contreras is a Motion Graphic Designer based in San Diego CA. He was born in Caracas Venezuela, where he studied Graphic Design. After graduating moved to Barcelona Spain to pursue studies in 3D animation and motion design. There he worked for several Agencies as Art Director and Freelance 3D motion Designer. After living 7 years in Europe he got the opportunity to move to the US where he currently works at KPBS and as a Freelancer. He has been nominated two times for the EMMY NATAS Pacific Southwest under the category of Art Direction in 2013 and Graphic Arts Animation in 2014.