The Crew

IMG_0360 Jose Collazo

Director of Photography, Sound Designer, Editor, Co-Director

Jose Collazo has always admired the power of documentary film to give a voice to people who are not given a platform to share their experiences and voice their opinions. This is why he felt privileged to work with the crew of Unsettled to shed light on the plight of homeless families in Washington, DC as they search for stability in light of the economic forces that are pushing them out.

 

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Matthew Johnson

Producer, Editor, Co-Director

Matthew Johnson has long believed in the power of storytelling to inform and better shape the world. In documentary filmmaking, he found a powerful medium for sharing the underexposed stories taking place in our communities. An aspiring filmmaker, Matthew is currently an award winning writer, video producer, photographer, and digital media strategist with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He also reported daily news and magazine stories for Congressional Quarterly and holds and masters degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a masters certificate from George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking.

 

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Writer, Director of Photography, Editor, Co-Director

Kathryn Le Dain is an aspiring multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is currently working on her M.A. in broadcast journalism & public affairs at American University. She recently finished the master’s certificate program at The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University where she worked as a writer, director of photography, and editor on the film, Unsettled. During her studies, she worked as an intern at JWM Productions and SpeakeasyDC. Her other experience includes working as a photographer’s assistant at John Harrington Photography and an English teacher in France. An avid lover of storytelling and language, she studied history and French at Franklin & Marshall College and performed in countless productions with the theatre, dance, and film department.

 

9Q1A7354Branka Slavica

Director of Research, Director of Photography, Editor, Co-Director

Branka Slavica is an award winning broadcast journalist who has reported about life-changing human stories from Juarez to Port-au-Prince.  The power of real life drama triggered her interest in documentaries. Having studied documentary film making at the Montpelier School of Journalism and George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, she’s excited to carry these stories to broader audiences, while she continues to report as the U.S. correspondent for Croatian Public Television.

 

photo 2Aqiyla Thomas

Producer, Editor, Co-Director

Aqiyla Thomas received a bachelors in psychology and a masters degree in social work from UNC Chapel Hill and has additional graduate training in documentary filmmaking from Duke University and George Washington University. She has a passion for youth development work, community engagement, and participatory storytelling. She wishes to continue to explore themes of social and cultural disconnection in her work. She is originally from the Triangle area of North Carolina, but currently lives in Washington, DC as a freelance production assistant for local TV/film companies.

 

IMG_2252Katie Thompson

Sound Designer, Editor, Co-Director

Katie Thompson’s passion for documentary film began after she saw War Dance, a film about former child soldiers and war-affected children performing in a national music, dance, and drama competition in northern Uganda. Full of inspiration, Katie got on an airplane just months later and flew to Uganda to teach performing arts to war-affected children. Living in Uganda, Katie co-founded and became executive director of a performing arts non-profit in Uganda called Project: More Love. With a background in performing arts, a bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance from George Mason University, and a growing interest in international affairs and politics, Katie found documentary film to be the perfect outlet for her creativity, story-telling ability, and social activism. She aims to make films that inspire others to take action; to tell stories that raise social awareness and create the demand for change.

 

SST_BoomSuzi Tobias

Writer, Director of Photography, Editor, Co-Director

Suzi Tobias is a producer, writer, and graphic artist that sees filmmaking as a medium that allows her to utilize her analytical, creative, and visual talents. Her approach to documentary comes from a genuine interest in learning about people, what they do, where they live, and bringing those stories to a much larger audience. Tobias has worked on numerous projects for PBS NOVA, including the Emmy nominated documentary, Manhunt: Boston Bombers. She has also worked on several magazine-like pieces on science and technology for the PBS NewsHour. In July 2014, Tobias completed the graduate filmmaking program at The George Washington University Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. Her undergraduate degree is from The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in rhetoric and writing.

 

 

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