Diane Hendrix, Founder and Project Director, Story Editor & Camera
Diane Hendrix is a freelance writer and producer with over twenty years of experience in documentary and video production for American and Australian projects. She produced for several PBS and Discovery documentaries, for independent documentaries, and for PBS stations in Boston, NYC, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. She was Development Production Manager for the Evolution series for NOVA and Paul Allen’s co-production on Evolution broadcast nationally. She has been a media lecturer and producer at Harvard and MIT. Intrigued by students at both colleges with international ambitions for social change, after a year’s research, she launched the YWI webisode series in East Africa in 2011.
Signe Taylor, Consulting Producer and Editor
Signe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and media educator. Her Circus Dreams is a vibrant feature documentary about the only traveling youth circus in the U.S. Winning Best Feature at the Providence Children’s Film Festival, it won prizes at the Toronto, Boston and Seattle Film Festivals as well, with PBS broadcasts in 2012. (http://circusdreams.net). Signe is currently editing Convicts and Scholars (aka Telling My Story), a moving documentary about female prison inmates and Dartmouth students working together to write and perform a play that explores — in intimate and surprising detail — issues of poverty, class differences, social abandonment, addiction, and imprisonment.
Marcelino Alvarez, Interactive Platform Producer
Marcelino is a digital media producer, creating content for the web, media, events, and mobile devices. He learned his digital skills as an ad agency Integrated Interactive Producer, then became Producer and Executive Producer of Wieden+Kennedy’s digital production department in Portland. His work has been internationally recognized with Webby Awards, CLIOs, and Cannes Lions awards, with work for Fortune 500 companies, Electronic Arts and Laika (creators of the movie Coraline). Marcelino’s work as Executive Producer for the Nike Chalkbot created new ways for people to interact with technology and won a One Show distinction for one of the top ten digital campaigns of the decade (2000-2010).
Carson Lund, Videographer and Editor
Carson was born in Nashua, New Hampshire and lives in Boston, where he earned his degree in Film Production from Emerson College. He has worked extensively as a Director and a Cinematographer on various projects, and has creates narratively minimalist and visually lush films that center around themes of memory, personal history, and family which focus on solitary, isolated characters. Apart from filmmaking, Carson has been a film critic for a number of online outlets, including his own blog. He is the lead singer and pianist of the Boston-based indie rock band Old Abram Brown, whose fourth CD is now in production.
Will Mworia, Consulting Technology and Web Developer
Will is a technology collaborator and Nairobi-based high tech software developer and writer, Co-founder of Afrinnovator.com (as well as an MIT-AITI alum), devoted to “telling the stories of African start-ups, African innovation, African-made technology, African tech entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs.” Will contributed to the design and changes in YWI’s development platform and was commissioned to write the YWI article in last October’s East Africa Flyer.
Nick Sabia, Colorist & Technical Manager
Nick was born and raised in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and currently resides in Boston where he attends The Massachusetts College of Art and Design for his BFA in Film/Video. He specializes in Cinematography, Editing, and Visual Effects. His personal work includes a wide variety of genres; from Dark Humor Mockumnentary to Glitch Video-Art. Apart from filmmaking Nick is a Second Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate and has been practicing martial arts since 2003.
Paulina Muratore, Public Relations
Paulina is a graduate of Boston University, where she obtained a B.A. in International Relations focusing on the Middle East and Foreign Policy, with a minor in Religion. She is passionate about social justice, which led her to work with several non-profits in college. These organizations centered around human rights (specifically women and girls’ rights), international conflict resolution, and inner-city youth development. Throughout these numerous experiences both domestically and internationally, Paulina gained professional experience, and a strong enthusiasm to continue working for social justice. She currently works as the Public Relations manager for Young World Inventors, and is the Communications Coordinator for a Boston-based organization called Peace in Focus.
Aeriel Emig, Marketing Strategist
After earning her B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University, Aeriel spent the following three years in Central and South America teaching English and working for various nonprofits. After teaching young women in Guatemala about how to begin their own businesses and take out small loans, Aeriel returned to the States to pursue a career in global micro-finance. She is an MBA Candidate ’15 at Boston University.
William Anderson, (Editor: Global Cycle Solutions profile, 10 min.), has worked on more than 100 productions for PBS strands “NOVA”, “World”, “American Playhouse”, and “American Experience,” and has edited dozens of independent productions (e.g., “King Corn”). Bill won several Emmy nominations for editing and an ACE Eddy for his work on Al Pacino’s documentary, “Looking for Richard.”