Robin Hauser - Director /Producer
Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features and President of Unleashed Productions. As a business woman, longtime professional photographer, and social entrepreneur, Robin brings her leadership skills, creative eye and passion to her documentary film projects. Her artistic vision and experience in the business world afford her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers and educators in Washington, DC and abroad. Robin’s most recent documentary, bias, explores unconscious bias and how it affects us socially and in the workplace. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She delivered a TED talk about the impact of unconscious bias on artificial intelligence, and has spoken about the importance of diversity and inclusion, the importance of ethics in Artificial Intelligence and on behalf of women’s rights at Watermark, Conference for Women, Mobile World Congress, SXSW, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network, Upfront Summit, NewCo Shift Forum and Women 2.0. Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR, CNBC. Robin is recipient of the 2016 National Political Women’s Caucus President’s Award. Press
Christie Herring - Producer / Editor
Christie is an award-winning editor, producer, and director of documentary films for over 20 years. She edited and produced Code: Debugging the Gender Gap in 2015, and her ITVS-funded film The Campaign (2014), aired on public television and screened at numerous film festivals. Christie’s editing and producing credits include work with PBS, National Geographic, the History Channel, and many nonprofit and corporate clients.
John Behrens - Director of Photography
John Behrens is an Oakland based cinematographer with a multi-disciplinary background in narrative feature, live music, commercials, corporate and documentary feature films. He uses various techniques from the different disciplines to bring a richer visual style to the documentary form of filmmaking. His recent documentary features include: Spark: A Burning Man Story, Frontline: Death by Fire, Racing Extinction, The Mask You Live In, and Resilience.
Brook Holston - Supervising Producer
Brook Holston is a Supervising Producer with many years of experience on documentaries and film productions of all kinds. She specializes in budgeting, scheduling and the myriad details and logistics of getting film crews and tons of equipment to the right place at the right time on planes, trains, boats, helicopters,underwater and over. Brook has most recently supervised documentaries for HBO, National Geographic Television, Discovery, BBC and PBS.
Kathryn is an award winning composer, vocalist, and classically trained pianist. Her recent credits include Dear White People, I Will Follow, and Middle of Nowhere. She’s also performed with a number of extraordinary artists including Ryuchi Sakamoto, k.d. Lang, Nas, and David Byrne.
Joanne Lubeck Esser - Assistant Producer
Joanne Lubeck Esser received her BFA in Dramatic Arts from UC Santa Barbara, and has since been working as an Actor in TV, Film and Theatre. She joined the Finish Line Features team in early 2015, and is thrilled to be working on the other side of the camera as Assistant Producer.
Melisa Nolan - Assistant Producer
Melísa studied documentary filmmaking at Pitzer college, where she earned her degree in 2015. Since then she has worked as an assistant producer on 'CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap', and has managed social media profiles for companies that are aimed at giving voice to those that go underrepresented. She is passionate about producing caused-based media that ignites change.
Tierney Henderson – Associate Producer
Tierney is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied Economics and English. Her interest in creating thought-provoking media content began when she pioneered her own (rather small) newspaper in the 4th grade and blossomed during a college internship at Common Sense Media in San Francisco. As an Associate Producer on bias film, Tierney supports production across the board, from research and scripting to PR and distribution.
Jason Alarcón - Assistant Editor
Jason discovered his passion for film after completing a short documentary about his father’s immigration from Perú to California. Since graduating from Columbia University, he has edited numerous shorts, trailers and assisted many features, including Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague. He most recently worked as Assistant Editor at ITVS and on the Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series on PBS. Jason has found his voice in film, and loves empowering others through media.
Lucas is an independent documentary filmmaker and video journalist based in Oakland, California. His work focuses on the social, economic and racial justice movements that are on the frontlines fighting and envisioning alternatives to interlocking systems of oppression — from climate change to mass incarceration, public school budget cuts to attacks on reproductive health. He has produced for Fusion, AJ+, KPFA, and wide variety of short, online advocacy documentaries.
Sarah Cannon – Assistant Editor
Sarah Cannon is a Documentary Editor and Assistant Editor. She started her career in the National Geographic archives, and eventually found her way to documentary post-production. Sarah has worked as an Assistant Editor on feature films such as The Bandit (SXSW, 2016) and Resilience (Sundance, 2016) and was a Contributing Editor at the 2016 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab. Sarah is from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco, California.
Jim is a fine-artist, cinematographer and location sound recordist. He works on films of all kinds all over the world. During six years at the Center for Asian American Media fostering and creating new content for the public television market, he became intimately familiar with the challenges and rewards of independent production. Giving voice to marginalized communities and bringing minority programming out of the interstices of the human experience has been at the center of Jim’s work.
Adriano is a veteran sound recordist in the Bay Area. He started in the film business as a Production Designer and Art Director on several indie films before focusing on location sound mixing. He has a passion for music documentaries, and has worked on many, including Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, and Sound Tracks for: Music Without Borders and American Masters, and Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound.
Molly Schwartz - Design and Animation
Molly animates, designs, composites, codes, and creates special effects for work ranging from documentary film titles, film poster design, motion graphics, animation, compositing and special effects, installation design and site specific projection mapping. Her team (she was lead animator and designer) won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation January 2014 for the documentary film Watchers of the Sky. Recent film projects include Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, A Good Job: Stories from the FDNY, Back on Board, The Abominable Crime, and CANCER: Emperor of All Maladies. Schwartz is an adjunct professor teaching at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She also shows her animated videos, drawings, interactive artworks in public art commissions, installations, exhibitions and festivals worldwide.
Jack Youngelson - Story Consultant
Jack is an Emmy award winning writer, producer, and director of documentary films. His projects have been shown by numerous broadcasters around the world, including PBS, HBO, BBC, and Channel Four. Recent credits include Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS); Mission Blue (Netflix); Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Sundance, HBO), Ethel (Sundance, HBO), and Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (Sundance Channel). Other recent PBS credits include Electric Nation, Rethinking Happiness, African American Lives II, and Finding Your Roots.
Nikki Orzel - Web Developer
Nikki's keen eye for detail and design has afforded her 20 years of experience in web development, graphic design, video production, editing, film production, and corporate presentations. Born in Poland, she was raised in northern New Jersey where she graduated Cum Laude from William Patterson University with a B.A. in Communications with a focus in Film and Minors in Anthropology and Humanities Honors. In 2003, she founded Phoenix Studios and has since found home in California. Over the years Nikki has worked with clients such as Ricoh, Panasonic, Fuji Johnson & Johnson and many more; she is also passionate about independent ventures and provocative issues.