Team

Gretchen Stoeltje (Director/Producer)

Gretchen Stoeltje is a Texas-based filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed Venom in a Jar, A Kiss from the Queen (1991), A.R.M. Around Moscow (1994, co-produced Jeanne C. Finley), and Bionic Beauty Salon (1999). All have played festivals and television in the US, Canada and Europe, and exhibited at venues including the 1995 Whitney Biennial. These films tell the stories of being female, from West Texas rattlesnake queen to post-cold war, mail order bride to turn-of-the-century Every Teen. All strive to recast women in their own images and provide authentic dialogue about what it means to grow up female and become the heroine of one’s own story. Website: www.gretchenstoeltje.com

Christopher Lucas (Producer)

Christopher Lucas is an Austin-based writer and producer. He produced Fiege Films’ award-winning environmental documentary Above All Else (2104), which premiered at SXSW and internationally at Hot Docs, and has played at festivals all over the world. He is an associate producer on The Sensitives, a documentary on survivors of environmental illness, and a consulting producer on the gallery short Wake Up Dead Men (2015), celebrating the work of photographer Bruce Jackson. He also contributed to Living Springs, an interactive environmental documentary about Barton Springs in Austin, Texas. Website: Tilton River Productions

Brittney Shepherd (Producer)

Brittney Shepherd is a newly Austin based independent filmmaker. She Co-Produced the ITVS funded documentary A Fragile Trust (Independent Lens 2014) which tells the story of the 2003 Jayson Blair New York Times plagiarism scandal. She was one of the creators of the Independent Lens/ITVS funded journalism ethics game, Decisions on Deadline. Additionally, she is the Co-Producer of Out Run (Dir: Johnny Symons and S. Leo Chiang), the new feature documentary that follows the only LGBT political party in the world on its historic quest to win Congressional seats in the Philippines. Brittney’s corporate clients have included ESPN, MSNBC, The Smithsonian Channel, Cisco Systems, and TMG Creative. She holds a B.A. in Ethic Studies from the UC Berkeley and is currently completing an M.F.A. in RTF at the University of Texas. Website: brittneyshepherd.com

PJ Raval (Cinematographer)

An award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer, PJ’s work has been showcased at both Sundance and Cannes and earned him awards such as the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award as well as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. PJ directed and photographed the award-winning documentaries Before You Know It (2013) and Trinidad (2008). He has been featured in American Cinematographer and shot the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Award Winning documentary Trouble the Water (2008). PJ’s feature cinematography credits also include, the 2006 Independent Spirit Award nominated Room (2005), the Los Angeles Film Festival Narrative Feature Award winner Gretchen (2006), and Sunset Stories (2012). Website: Unraval Pictures

Shirley Thompson (Consulting Editor)

A seasoned PBS documentary producer, writer and editor, she is best known for the PBS documentaries she has edited and/or produced, including Winning Girl (2014), Breadfruit and Open Spaces (2013), Eating Alaska (2009), Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai‘i (2008), It’s Still Elementary (2007), Special Circumstances (2006), Surfing for Life (2000), & It’s Elementary (1996). These films have won Emmys, Peabodys and dozens of Best of Festival Awards, and they have screened in film festivals worldwide. A New Orleans native, she lived and worked in San Francisco for 13 years, and Dallas for 8 years. She is now based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Shirley is the past president of Women in Film-Dallas and a member of the New Day Films collective. Website: Shirley Thompson Editorial