The Filmmakers

ERICA GINSBERG (Producer/Co-Director)
Erica GinsbergErica is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers headquarted near Washington DC. She was inspired to make this film because she herself was a federal employee (with the U.S. Department of State) who balanced two careers for many years.  In addition to her work with Docs In Progress, she is a host of The D-Word, an online documentary filmmaker community with more than 10,000members from around the world.  Erica collaborated previously with Leon Gerskovic on Crucible of War (post-war life in former Yugoslavia) and Talking Threads (international student reactions to 9/11), and has produced videos spotlighting the power of international exchange programs.  She has been honored by TIVA-DC’s Peer Awards for her service to the Washington DC film community and was one of 14 media arts leaders selected for the Alliance of Media Arts and Culture’s Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance.

LEON GERSKOVIC  (Co-Director/Director of Photography)
As Leon Gerskovica digital media producer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Leon’s work in video and online media seeks to unveil the narrative of science content.  In addition, he works independently as a documentary filmmaker and photographer.  As the director of Crucible of War, a film about post-war life in former Yugoslavia, he traveled across the country to present the film at various special screenings at film festivals and academic institutions. His most recent film, Reality Check,  documents the design/buildLAB, a unique project-based experiential learning project where Virginia Tech architecture students collaborate with local communities and industry experts to conceive and realize built architecture projects that are both educational and charitable in nature.

SANJA MARJANOVIC (Associate Producer/Second Camera)
Sanja is a dSanjaocumentary filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, storyteller, and teaching artist. She started actively exploring film through her involvement in Filmaktiv, a non-profit organization in Croatia and has since worked with several other documentary film oranizations, including the Scottish Documentary Institute and Docs In Progress. She holds an MA in Film Directing from the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. BAFTA SCOTLAND New Talent nominated her for Best Editor in 2014 for a short documentary she directed and edited called BFF about a group of friends coming of age. Formerly a resident of Baltimore when this project was in production, Sanja now lives in Europe where she continues to make documentaries and runs a student film festival in her hometown of Rijeka, Croatia.

Adele Schmidt is a filmmaker, editor, story consultant, and teaching artist who has won numerous awards in both documentary and fiction films, including TIVA-DC’s Peer Award, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival Award, the Telly Awards and the Gabriel Award. She is co-founder of Zeitgeist Media LLC, an independent production company that specializes in music documentaries, including the Romantic Warriors series about progressive rock. She has taught filmmaking at universities (American University, Catholic University, National Center for Cinematographic Studies in Mexico City), and arts centers (Docs In Progress, Chestertown RiverArts, Fairfax Public Access TV) and consults on story structure.

Lauren is a nonfiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She has been working in film, television, radio, and virtual reality since 2006 and her stories have been featured on the PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, The Atlantic, The New York Times, WQED, and The Allegheny Front. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she researched and produced Live From UB (2015), an award-winning feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth. Her award-winning films (including most recently The Sandman and Lockdown) have shown in festivals around the world including the Tribeca Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

STUDIO UNKNOWN (Post-Production Sound)
With locations in the DC/Baltimore Area (Catonsville to be exact) and Hollywood, California, Studio Unknown believes in visceral, personal, and affordable sound for film. They are a full-service, Dolby® tuned/Print Master Approved facility equipped with a 5.1 dubbing stage and full in house editorial suites. The following individuals worked on Creative Feds: Cazz Cerkez (Dialogue Editor and Sound Effects Editor), Rich Bussey (Sound Effects Editor), Matt Davies (Supervising Sound Effects Editor), Kevin Hill (Re-recording Mixer), and Audio Post Coordinator (Jaime Horrigan)

We are also grateful to the following individuals who helped with videography and sound for specific shoots:
Antonio Souto Fraguas
Abe Berhanu
Mark Esser