Alessandra Pasquino has produced broadcast commercials, documentaries and special projects for over 10 years. She has collaborated with many filmmakers and artists including: Oliver Stone, Wayne Wang, Klaus Kinski, Gregory Colbert, Leonardo Di Caprio, Pietro Scalia and Matthew Rolston. She is currently a freelance documentary producer and independent filmmaker. Her video installations and still photography have been featured in the "New Contemporaries Show" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. She is currently developing documentary projects both with Elemental Productions and independently.
Annie Tucker writes, translates, and edits diverse content on the various intersections of culture, personal experience, disability, and the arts. Her work has been recognized by support from the PEN America Center and the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, among others. She has worked for Elemental Productions since 2009 and recently received her PhD from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures|Dance.
Arshinta is a mother of three who lives a simple life and loves Indonesia.
Caitlin Mullin received a MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University under the mentorship of Margaret Mead. Her research focus was on uses of music to change psychological states in ritual. After a career in music she became a psychotherapist with a focus on dreams and the treatment of trauma utilizing various modalities including clinical hypnosis. At UCLA she furthered her cross-cultural inquiry into cultural prescriptions for the management of emotion, often presenting to clinicians both cultural and accepted clinical approaches for the management of emotional states such as anxiety and anger. For her PhD at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality she made 4 films on the cultural threads that contribute to the vulnerability of women to AIDS in South Africa. In the past decade, besides her clinical practice, she has made both websites and videos for organizations such as the medical NGO Theta in Uganda, the African Community Refuge Center and various shelters and NGOs in the Los Angeles and New Hampshire areas.
Cebe Loomis is a recent Vassar graduate with a degree in Anthropology and hopes to dedicate her career to further exploring the power of anthropological photography as a form of art activism. Specializing in ethnographic photo essays, Loomis has conducted research in various countries, from exploring the street art movements in India, Senegal, Argentina and Germany, to exploring the deeply rooted nationalism still present in Cuba's socio-economic framework today, to illuminating the hopes and fears of a group of boys graduating from high school in Malibu, California. As a student of anthropology, Loomis has learned the nuanced dance between question and critical analysis, which has ultimately allowed her to understand her vision, as such:
"An expression carried away by enthusiasm and intense chaotic activity, dealing with the transformation of the composition and structure of dynamic substances affecting the life of international geography."
Chisako Yokoyama has worked as an editor and assistant editor on studio motion pictures, independent features and narrative and documentary films. Her credits as editor include the English and Japanese language independent films "Saki," "Takamine" and "Goemon” and as first assistant editor, “American Gangster,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Good Will Hunting.” Yokoyama graduated from the film studies program at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Flora Cohen is a recent graduate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work, specializing in social enterprise administration and international social welfare. Currently she works with Elemental Productions as a Project Manager.
Putra is from Bali and works as a research assistant in the social sciences. He is also a freelance writer and is is active in the Taman 65 community which focuses on spreading awareness about the 1965 mass-killing tragedy through art, movies, discussion and writing.
Jay Ruby, a professor of Anthropology and director of a graduate program in the anthropology of visual communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, has been exploring the relationship between cultures and pictures for over thirty years. His research interests revolve around the application of anthropological insights to the production and comprehension of photographs, film, and television. For the past two decades, he has conducted ethnographic studies of pictorial communication in a rural American community.
Julia Zsolnay graduated from UCLA with a degree in Anthropology and has been working at Elemental Productions since 2012.
Neely Myers received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development in August 2009. Her research interests include medical and psychological anthropology, schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses, cross-cultural strategies for mental health, and the ways schizophrenia is understood and researched in a variety of contexts. She has published some of her findings in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry and is currently finishing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research on the Recovery Movement in the U.S. mental health system. She is currently living in Washington, DC, with her husband, two daughters, and adorable dog, and working under a National Institutes of Health training fellowship at Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry.
Niki Supartini assisted Dr. Lemelson in two research projects about community mental health in Java and Bali. Since 2006, Supartini has served as a mental health and psychosocial consultant for international humanitarian organizations working in post-disaster and conflict areas in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Supartini studied English teaching as an undergraduate at the Yogyakarta Teacher Training Institute and lectured in English for more than ten years before turning her interests to community mental health. In 2004, she returned to school at Gadjah Mada University to earn her Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology. Supartini was honored with a Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in 2006 and East West Center Fellowships in 2006 and 2007.
Robert Lemelson is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on the relationship of culture, psychology and personal experience in Indonesia. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the department of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia, exploring the relation of culture to mental illness and has worked for the World Health Organization. Lemelson's area of specialty is Southeast-Asian studies, psychological anthropology and transcultural psychiatry. He is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at UCLA and a research anthropologist in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA. He is also the president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, who funds programs and initiatives at the intersection of social and neuroscience.
Seinenu Thein received her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, her MA in social psychology from New York University, and her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sri Pratiwi graduated from Udayana University with a degree in English Literature and works as research assistant, freelance translator and private tutor.
Vikram Zutshi is a writer-producer-director and photojournalist based in Los Angeles. After a stint as Creative Executive at 20th Century Fox and in Sales/Acquisitions at Rogue Entertainment, he went solo and produced two feature films before transitioning into Directing 'Max Kennedy and the American Dream'. The feature documentary was filmed at various points along the 2000 mile US-Mexico border and has been broadcast in several countries till date. Apart from writing frequently on the metaphysics, art and culture of South Asia, he travels extensively on photo assignments and is currently prepping his next film, a fiction feature, 'The Byron Project'.
Willow Paule (b. 1981) is a photographer and educator who splits her time between the US and Southeast Asia. With employment experience in social work and education, Willow now primarily focuses on photography in Indonesia and the US. She photographs people and their communities, a continuation of her interest in social justice. Paule is a Fulbright alumna and she teaches photography courses in Phoenix, Arizona and abroad.
Willow's images are used by Indonesian and American nonprofits and human rights organizations and have been exhibited in the US and Indonesia. She is a contributor for The Jakarta Post and Inside Indonesia and she has a fascination with social justice initiatives that center around prisoners. To see more of Willow's work, visit her website: www.willowpaule.com or her blog: www.willowpaule.com/blog.
Through the course of his career, Wing Ko has collaborated with a who’s who of modern artists, musicians and filmmakers. He worked with Spike Jonze on several music videos and edited the pilot for MTV’s “Jackass,” which Jonze co-created and executive produced. As a founding member of the innovative production company H-Gun, Wing helped create more than 80 music videos for Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Public Enemy and other top bands of the time. For more than 15 years he crewed skateboard videos and traveled the globe with world-renowned installation artist Doug Aiken, working on his films “Eraser,” “Into The Sun” and “Electric Earth.”