Director Emma Thatcher, originally from Northern California, is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in documentary production. Piece By Piece, a documentary she co-directed, was an official selection at the 2007 Tribeca and South by Southwest Film Festivals. She has directed and shot over 15 short documentaries. Her work's featured in One Day On Earth, a doc shot globally and simultaneously on 10/10/10. Most recently in Havana, she shot the doc Eséñame Cuba, an exploration with strangers and a showcase of the stories and the life they want to capture and share.
Producer Anita Gou is a senior at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, concentrating in film production and anthropology. Having grown up between Taiwan, California, Beijing and Hong Kong, her international upbringing has played a major role in her work. She has written, directed, and produced over 30 short films, many of which have screened to international audiences, as well as an award-winning radio adaptation of a Flannery O'Connor short story. She has worked with renowned production companies Including Zero Point Zero Productions, producers of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Director of Photography, Engin Karabagli is currently a senior in Tisch School of the Arts focusing on experimental animation production. Engin has in past worked as a videographer with environmental organizations such as Sustainable Flatbush, Birdnest Foundation and Riverkeeper. He has most recently interned at Anthology Film Archives.
On-Road Producer and Co-Cycler Emmett Brennan is a student at Bard College and calls Portland, Maine his home. In addition to studying studio arts, Emmett is shaped by the exploration of mental, physical, and spiritual health as they or it relates to the understanding of self and community. He is a founding member of the Bard Community Arts Collective - a project that aims to strengthen community and give artistic voice to direct action on campus - and has been a focal member of the Bard Farm Project - a movement that initiated the recent creation of an organic farm on school grounds.
Website and Social Media Coordinator Kate Masaracchio attends NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she specializes in Art, Technology, and Business Entertainment. Kate has interned and worked for various strategic advertising firms on the east coast and runs a NYU Residence Hall explorations floor dedicated to New Media. She is a cell phone cinema advocate and has had three of her cell phone film shorts screened in festivals across the globe. She currently is the Communications and Development Intern at the national non-profit organization, Young Audiences Inc.
Production Manager Cara Lane is a writer and filmmaker studying Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts. Her short film "Valley of Sound" was a finalist at the 2009 Rivertown Film Festival. In 2011, she directed a short documentary "This Is Coffee" about the coffee sourcing practices of New York City cafes.
Music Composer Aled Roberts, is currently a junior at NYU majoring in Music Theory and Composition. He started playing the violin at 4-years-old and has since picked up the piano, guitar, drums, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, etc. and accordingly is comfortable writing and performing many different genres. He has written music for many Tisch student films, two StyleCaster fashion shorts, and is currently working on videos for Covergirl and Sebastian. He is currently studying under Argentinean composer, Ezequiel Viñao.
Assistant Editor, Mo Faramawy is a senior at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Film and TV production. As an Abu Dhabi born, Egyptian native living between Istanbul and New York, Mo has a particularly hard time writing cross cultural comedies about language and communication barriers but he chooses to do so anyway. Mo has directed comedies in New York, Paris and most recently in Havana with a documentary focusing on Cuban stand-up comedians. Mo is particularly fond of editing because it makes up for his uselessness at puzzle solving. Mo recently interned with Worldview Entertainment.
The input and participation of the co-cyclers has made this a very unique filmmaking experience. Thank you for your co-operation and continued inspiration! Thank you for allowing us to tell your (our) story.