Loch Phillipps


Loch has been making films for 30 years. He left graduate school thinking fiction but quickly got bounced into documentary via his first good job as the primary editor for UNICEF in NY. From there he moved into shooting and producing, traveling widely. His work for international organizations has been televised from China to Brazil and on CNN International. More recently Loch has been working with the multiple Emmy winning production company Hock Films, directing films for ESPN, Fox Sports, and Major League Soccer. He was the main director for Hock’s series, MLS Insider, which ran for 5 seasons and was Emmy nominated.



Adam has been living in Brooklyn for the last ten years, working as an editor, director and shooter. Creativity, artistic expression, and just outright making things have always been an important part of his life, and over the years he has developed a love for the art of visual storytelling, having the chance to work with the International Rescue Committee, the Environmental Defense Fund, Planned Parenthood, Major League Soccer, and others. Now working as the primary Director of Photography for Off Ramp Films, he relishes the opportunity to capture unscripted scenes unfolding in real time, and seeks to produce work that fosters genuine connection between subject and audience.



David is veteran journalist whose career has spanned television, radio and print. Born and raised in Utica, he is a former producer and writer at NBC News, and his work has also appeared on National Public Radio, PRI, BBC Radio News, the World Vision report, and in the Washington Post and other publications. He has reported overseas from Kosovo, Albania and Sudan. Dave is a former Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently chairs the journalism program at Utica College, and he is the moderator of the weekly public affairs program, Ivory Tower on WCNY-TV.



Zachai is an editor/filmmaker born in Brooklyn, NY. He studied film and got his B.A. at Clark University, MA. He has worked freelance for the past five years as an AE/Editor and started working with Loch and Adam when this project began. He is passionate about immigrant and refugee rights. In addition to working on this film he is a volunteer at Make the Road New York, an organization that supports immigrant populations in New York.



Alaa is an Egyptian video-editor/filmmaker. Solid Egypian citizen that he is, his passion for filmmaking came out of the Tahrir Square protest, the Arab Spring revolution that shook Egypt. Amidst the millions of protesters gathered to oust Mubarak, the dictator who ruled Egypt for 30 years, Alaa grabbed his small digital camera, hit the streets, and began shooting. Though he feels lucky to have been part of movement, it made Egypt an unsafe place for Alaa to be. He is now in New York, studying Film and TV at CUNY Lehman college and working as an assistant editor and Arabic translator. A big fan of Cinema Vérité, he’s excited to be just that much closer to Frederick Wiseman.



Hub has been making music for over 40 years. Originally writing and performing with various rock bands, he has been composing for film and video since the early 2000s. Concentrating mainly on documentaries, he has worked on numerous projects with Off Ramp Films. Considering himself to be primarily a writer and arranger, he has found film/video scoring to be right up his alley; pure musical creativity without all those autographs and poses.



Hayley is a documentary film producer working out of Brooklyn, NY. Since coming to the industry, Hayley has worked with the Emmy award-winning production company, Big Mouth Productions, on films including CHARM CITY (Tribeca 2018, Independent Lens) and DARK MONEY (Sundance 2018, POV), for which she is an Associate Producer. Previously, Hayley supported the national outreach campaigns for several films on PBS’ documentary showcase POV at American Documentary | POV. Hayley graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College in 2017 where she studied psychology and tutored fellow students in written and oral communication.



After a 25 year career in the natural and organic foods industry Matt Levine has since devoted his energy to things more important than the latest trends in salty snacks. He created and the podcast Cornucopia, The Cult, Culture & Business of Foods, both of which take a critical look at an industry he loves. Matt mentors at risk youth, drives a pedicab in San Francisco and is currently working on a book about living with HIV for nearly 35 years. When he learned that his friend Loch Phillipps and was working on a film about refugees he jumped at the chance to bring his expertise to the table.



Eric has directed and produced well over 100 media projects. He has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts grant, and an Annenberg Foundation grant as well as many regional media grants. Saks’ past documentary projects have investigated contemporary issues including gun control, teen violence, electronic privacy, surveillance, hazardous waste, criminal conspiracy, culture jamming, fringe culture, corporate sabotage, time capsules, and eccentric personalities.

Leigh Rae

Impact Producer

Leigh Rae’s professional career has focused on organizational and financial management, fundraising, communications and real estate investment. She has held leadership positions in the parks and conservation sector, the affordable housing sector, and in the real estate finance and commercial lending sectors. She currently serves as Co-Chair to the Board of Directors for the Women’s Fund of Western MA and recently completed her term as Chair of the Greenfield Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Leigh holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College.   



Matt provides business development and marketing support to the team. He has worked for 20+ years in the software industry, but his roots are in film and television production. His first career was 10+ years in the network television business.

Lampros Fatsis

outreach consultant

Lampros is a business valuation analyst and an organizational consultant. He provides leadership development coaching to executives and executive teams. Lampros holds a BS degree and two MS degrees from MIT.