About Our Team

Directors

Annabel Park
Annabel Park

Co-Director/Producer

Annabel is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker recognized for her innovative use of social media. Working often with her partner, Eric Byler, her web videos and essays have reached millions of people and contributed to a new era of civic engagement through the democratization of media. Her previous work includes 9500 Liberty an award-winning documentary YouTube series and a feature film about the culture war over immigration policy. She studied Philosophy at Boston University and Political Theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.

Eric Byler
Eric Byler

Co-Director/Producer

Eric was nominated for a Spirit Award for his debut feature film Charlotte Sometimes, hailed by Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American cinema. He has won 16 awards for films including Tre, American Knees, Kenji’s Faith, and the groundbreaking documentary 9500 Liberty, co-directed with Annabel Park. 

Producing Team

Alex Rigopulos
Alex Rigopulos

Producer

Alex Rigopulos is the co-founder and CEO of Harmonix, developers of hit the music games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. In 2008, Rigopulos and Harmonix co-founder Eran Egozy were listed in the TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of “the 100 most influential people in the world.” Rigopulos graduated with an BS in Music and Theater Arts in 1992 and an MS in Media Arts and Sciences in 1994 from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He executive produced 9500 Liberty.

Chris Rigopulos 
Chris Rigopulos

Producer

Chris Rigopulos produced 9500 Liberty with Annabel Park and Eric Byler. He is a VP of Strategy & Music at Harmonix Music Systems, the Cambridge, MA based videogame developer of hit titles including Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central. Chris is a seasoned business professional with more than dozen years of strategic management consulting experience, with particular expertise is in the media and entertainment industries. In his spare time, he is also the lead guitarist for the Boston-based rock quartet Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Lenny Mendonca
Lenny Mendonca

Executive Producer

Lenny is a Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council, Chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is also a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Founder and Chairman of Presidential Citizens Fellows. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.

Jennifer Devlin
Jennifer Devlin

Co-Producer/Communications Strategy

Jennifer served in the Clinton White House as Director of Communications to Tipper Gore and has more than 30 years of experience in strategic communications and media relations for non-profit, corporate and government clients. She is an expert writer whose commentaries have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and more.

Gerry Manacsa
Gerry Manacsa

Co-Producer/Visual Designer

Gerry is a designer and technologist who helped pioneer online storytelling in the early days of the web, anticipating the rise of blogs, photo sharing and social media nearly a decade later. Joining forces with several early-stage startup teams, he went on to help create entirely new approaches to harness the power of the web and mobile apps in wide-ranging areas including online learning, interactive ebooks and empowering people with disabilities.

Cinematographers

Bobby Wagnerman
Bobby Wagnerman

Bobby has been making films his entire life. He currently focuses on directing new media, shooting and editing a large variety of web and television based content. Recent clients include National Geographic and Armani Exchange.

Ben Wolf
Ben Wolf

Ben is a cinematographer, director, and occasional editor and teacher. He strives to bridge traditional divides — bringing documentary realism to fiction projects, dramatic storytelling to documentaries. Recent DP credits include the feature film East Fifth Bliss (director Michael Knowles, starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, and Peter Fonda), the David Byrne Concert documentary Ride, Rise, Roar (director Hillman Curtis), and a series of national broadcast commercials for IBM. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale and an M.F.A. in film from Columbia.

Advisors

 
Kay Burkhouse

Graphic Designer

Stephanie Drenka
Stephanie Drenka

Social Media

Stephanie is a social media marketing manager with specialized experience in working with non-profit organizations to build a strong online presence, including the 121 Coalition. She received a B.A. in Communication from DePaul University with minors in Asian American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Adopted from Seoul, South Korea, she was one of the first within the Korean Adoptee community to utilize YouTube as a video-blogging platform to discuss adoption issues. 

 
Margie Roswell

Web Designer

 

Andres Useche
Andres Useche

An award-winning writer, filmmaker, songwriter and activist, Andrés has created music and videos supporting the DREAM Act, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, human rights, environmental causes and democratic campaigns.

Paul Weiskel 
Paul Weiskel

Paul is an emerging photojournalist based in Boston whose work has been published in The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Progressive, The Advocate, Mother Jones, Salon, PBS NewsHour, The Boston Metro, among others. He is currently studying political science at the University of Massachusetts - Boston.

Paul Weiskel 
Harry Yoon

Harry Yoon is a Los Angeles-based editor who straddles the studio and independent film worlds. He edited the feature Half-Life which screened at Sundance 2009, SXSW, and won the Grand Jury Award at the Gen Art film festival. In 2010 he completed The PIT, a feature documentary about commodities traders in New York that aired on PBS, as well as an ensemble comedy feature called Let Go. He also co-edited the pilot for Detroit 187 which aired on ABC. Recently, he was a consulting editor on the feature Mosquita y Mari, which premiered in Sundance 2012, and a short film called Karrabing, which premiered in the Berlin Film Festival. His credits as an assistant editor include Hunger Games, Footloose, The Crazies, and Lords of Dogtown.


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