Jennifer Townsend got her start in documentary filmmaking after careers in law, business, and real estate. Her expertise in helping clients resolve problems in creative ways is a transferable skill which serves her well as a filmmaker.
Early on, Jennifer discovered a talent for gaining the trust of her subjects by helping them feel safe enough to share their feelings naturally. She has produced, filmed, and edited compelling oral histories and Old Folks at Home, a series of short documentaries, capturing refreshingly candid vignettes of the senior generation.
As an active member of the northwest filmmaking community, Jennifer attends workshops, classes, panels, forums and retreats. She belongs to Seattle Documentary Association, Women In Film, Northwest Film Forum, Docutalk, SIFF, and NW Documentary. She has participated in Doc Forest, Doc Camp, and the Seattle Documentary Summit.
Through her production company, Far Beyond Film, Jennifer is currently producing Afterlife of Thelma & Louise (working title). This documentary explores viewers’ reactions to that iconic film and its significance in the history of popular culture. The documentary looks at the staying power of Thelma & Louise and its sometimes contradictory, symbolic legacy.
While raising four children as a single parent, Jennifer worked part-time and earned a law degree at the University of California at Davis. She has traveled extensively on five continents. Among her ‘favorite places’ are Lerici, Italy, Ngorongoro Crater in East Africa, and Denali National Park.
Cinematographer, Stuart Ferrier, has developed expertise in many related areas of filmmaking, but cinematography will always be his first love. Throughout the decades he has mastered an impressive range of filming challenges, from intimate, fly-on-the-wall, video portraits and rigorous commercial work, to large theatrical and musical performances. He has directed and edited multi-camera shoots with as many as 12 camera angles and 20 audio channels. At the other end of the spectrum, Stuart’s camerawork reflects his innate ability to capture remarkable one-on-one interviews, even from nervous, camera-shy people. Whatever the occasion, Stuart’s creative work combines to place the viewer at the heart of the experience.
While at times working on projects both as lead camera and editor, Stuart believes that combining the two skills helps him capture the outstanding footage other editors require to make strong finished productions. During the UNESCO 800 year celebration, Stuart travelled to Turkey to make a film about Whirling Dervishes. He created a full length documentary at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Stuart is a co-founder of Blue Fern Productions, LLC, a video production company in Seattle, WA. For many years, he has hosted Docutalk, a monthly discussion group for filmmakers held at the Seattle Film Institute. Recently Stuart co-founded MinuteMovies.com, a monthly filmmaking challenge that builds community and provides cutting-edge opportunities to play with the medium and expand the participant’s skill set.
Sarah Ferrier wrote and directed her first narrative short in 2008. Her introduction to documentary editing occurred shortly thereafter as an assistant editor of Patriot Guard Riders, a highly acclaimed feature film, praised for its remarkable sensitivity and beautiful craftsmanship. Sarah has edited innumerable shorts as well as features. Before teaming up with Far Beyond Film, she worked as an assistant editor of Heart: Flatline to Finish Line, a feature documentary about cardiac patients who compete in the Ironman triathlon. Sarah is co-founder and lead editor at Blue Fern Productions, a Seattle production company.
She founded Seattle Minute Movies as a fun way toencourage innovation. Her work has been accepted at multiple local festivals including the 60 Second Film Festival and Local Sightings.
Little did Sarah know when she analyzed the structure of Thelma & Louise in her filmmaking course (while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree) how this film would find its way back into her life at a later time and place.
Lulu Gargiulo is an award-winning Cinematographer with a long history in filmmaking. She has shot hundreds of commercials and music videos including Children’s Research Institute, GE, Boeing, the Pixies, Mudhoney, Riffbrokers and Fastbacks.
Her narrative work includes Two Friends (2013 SIFF Fly Film), which she wrote and directed, The Collectors(Best Drama LATV FEST) and The Year of My Japanese Cousin (PBS drama).
Lulu’s documentary work includes the PBS mini-series, The Meaning of Food, Seventeen People from Toronto, and the Emmy winning PBS short, The Crossing Guard. She also co-produced the feature length documentary, 47 Views of Leslie Laskey and is currently working on Howdy Pardner — Tales of the Cowboy Hat, for which she received the first Women in Film ‘Get ‘er Done’ grant and a 4Culture Arts award. She has also received a Women in Film ‘Nell Shipman’ award for Cinematography.
Dina Guttman joined the documentary film world in 1996. She is an editor specializing in unscripted documentaries. She has edited films that have aired on PBS (Independent Spirits in 2001, National Geographic Specials’The Last Royals in 2005, and A Healing Art in 2010, which won the POV Award at the 2009 International Doc Challenge competition) and films that have enjoyed successful rounds on the film festival circuit (Cowgirls – 2002 Finalist at the USA Film Festival; Ilona, Upstairs – 2005 HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown Film Festival; and Mezzanotte Obscura – 2010 Best Short Documentary at the Kent Film Festival). Dina splits her time between New York City and Seattle, Washington where she edits for clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is currently editing How to Lose Your Virginity for Trixie Films. Dina is a principal of Dovetail Films, a production and editing company she co-founded with Toby Shimin in 2001. She received a Bachelors of Arts in architecture with a specialization in film from Columbia University.
Rebecca Murray is our marketing project manager and is responsible for meeting some of our local film needs as well as overseeing marketing-related projects. Rebecca is owner of Skagit Media Marketing, a media production company that produces innovative marketing, advertising and training videos for businesses, government entities, political candidates, and non-profits. The company has produced more than 200 video projects in the Skagit Valley, Washington and beyond.