About the team
Pacho Velez (Director) works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His last film, Manakamana (co-directed with Stephanie Spray) won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. It played around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto International Film Festival. His earlier film and theater work have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and on Japanese National Television. He is a Princeton Arts Fellow and has taught film at many schools, including Harvard University and Bard College.
Sierra Pettengill (Director, Producer) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Town Hall, her directorial debut (co-directed with Jamila Wignot), broadcast nationally on PBS in 2014. She is the producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which won the directing award at Sundance 2013. She was the archival producer of Matt Wolf’s Teenage, Ross Kauffman & Katy Chevigny’s E-Team, and Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine, amongst others. She recently co-programmed the Spring 2015 Flaherty NYC screening series at Anthology Film Archives in New York.
Francisco Bello (Editor) is an Oscar and three time Emmy nominee. He shot and produced Salim Baba (HBO), a 2008 Best Short Documentary Oscar and 2009 Emmy Nominee. Francisco produced and edited War Don Don (HBO), the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, for which he was also given the inaugural Karen Schmeer Documentary Editing Award and two Emmy nominations. Additional highlights include editing the Peabody winning Best Kept Secret, the Cine Golden Eagle winning Code of the West, and the Karen Schmeer Award winning Our Nixon. Most recently he co-directed Dreaming Against the World, seen at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, New York’s Asia Society, the Museum of the Fine Arts in Boston and China Institute.
Daniel Garber (Editor) is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He has edited short films that have played at festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and True/False Film Festival, and has watched nearly 1,000 hours of Ronald Reagan footage.