Director: Mary Lambert, back row, second from left.
Producer: Teresa Tico, front row, left.
Director of Photography: Jeff DePonte, back row, left.
Camera Operator: Lauren Calhoun, back row, right.
Director: Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert is an American film director. She has directed music videos, television episodes, and feature films. Lambert was born in Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of Martha W. (née Kelly) and Jordan Bennett Lambert III, a rice and cotton farmer. Her younger sister is former Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Lambert graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. Lambert directed Chris Isaak’s first music video “Dancin’” and Janet Jackson’s “Nasty” and “Control” music videos. She also directed videos for Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, The Go-Go’s, Whitney Houston, Alison Krauss, Live, Mötley Crüe, Sting, Debbie Harry, Tom Tom Club and others. She directed many of Madonna’s early videos including “Borderline”, “Like a Virgin”, “Material Girl”, “La Isla Bonita”, and “Like a Prayer”. In 1987 she released her debut feature, the stylish and controversial Siesta, starring Ellen Barkin and Jodie Foster. It was nominated for the IFP Spirit Award for best first feature. She is known to horror fans for directing the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary and its sequel, Pet Sematary II. Lambert worked as director on the 2011 Syfy horror film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. Currently, she is directing television programs for On The Road In America.
Producer: Teresa Tico
Teresa Tico is a Hawaii based attorney and film producer. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego summa cum laude, and from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is known for handling cases of first impression in the environmental sector of law and is nationally recognized for her work in the natural resources case, Pflueger v. Marvin, which resulted in the largest EPA fine against an individual polluter in U.S. history. In 2000, she turned her legal skills to film production, making the documentary environmental films Learning To Sea, Going To Antarctica, and Va’a, among others, to raise awareness about the cultural and environmental impacts of global warming. Currently, she is in production with Director Mary Lambert on a film about declining fisheries for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Director of Photography: Jeff DePonte
Director of Photography (Fji segment), Jeff DePonte is a Hawaii based writer, photographer, and producer. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, and received his B.S. from the University of Hawaii. A graduate of the KGMB-TV “school of the real world” , Jeff has been working in media since the mid-70s, and has collaborated with the Public Broadcasting System on numerous award winning television programs.
Camera Operator and Editor: Lauren Calhoun
Camera Operator and Editor, Lauren Calhoun is a Hawaii based writer, photographer, and film editor. She is a graduate of Kauai High School and the University of Colorado. Lauren produced her first feature documentary film at age 17 while she was a senior in high school. Sweet Refrain follows the history of the Hawaiian sugar industry from its inception in the 1850′s to its demise in the last decade.
Director of Photography (Papua New Guinea segment): Laurie Gilbert
Laurie Gilbert has spent the past 30 years filming television programs and feature films while precariously hanging out of helicopters. Laurie graduated from a Royal Scholarship to the London Film School in the ’70′s. He has subsequently been awarded a multitude of cinematography craft awards and is accredited as s.o.c. by the Society of Camera Operators in Hollywood. He is also a full member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, the Guild Of Television Cameramen, the Professional Aerial Photographers Association and the Foreign Correspondents Association.
Director of Photography (Los Angeles segment): Guy Livneh (not pictured)
Director of Photography (Los Angeles segment), Guy Livneh was born in London, England. He is an alumnus and adjunct faculty of the American Film Institute. Guy has photographed feature films and documentaries, advertising campaigns and music videos. He has received critical acclaim and industry accolades for his cinematography, including a Golden Lens Award for Best Cinematography in a music video. Recent noted work includes the opening sequence of the Academy Award winning film, “Monster” directed by Patty Jenkins.
Editor: Michelle Harrison (not pictured)
Editor Michelle Harrison made her first short film in 1990, and has been working as an Editor for fiction features, shorts and documentaries for 15 years. Originally from Canada, she received the prestigious Canadian National Apprenticeship Award for writing the short film Reason, while completing her undergraduate degree at Queens University in Canada. In 1992 she completed her Master’s degree in Cinema Studies at NUY’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has over 20 titles to her credit, including the award winning Boys Don’t Cry, Murder by Numbers, the Mary Lambert directed documentary 14 Women, and Quentin Tarantino produced My Name is Modesty. Michelle currently teaches Editing as an adjunct professor for Columbia University’s Graduate Film program.
Camera Operator: Rita Peeters (not pictured)
Camera Operator Rita Peeters is a Hawaii based photographer, videographer, and screen print artist. Originally from Canada, she has been residing in the United States since 1962. She has worked on films in Hawaii, Asia and the Mainland United States for the past 15 years.