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For more about the film's directors and executive producers, see About the Filmmakers.

Team Members

Composer: Joshua Penman
Sound Mix: Berkeley Sound Artists
Song "Hearne's Oak" by: Kenny Klein

Outreach Team

Outreach Director: Lora Smith
Lora Smith is a seventh-generation Appalachian and former Communications Associate with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) where she first met the filmmakers. When not working on setting up screenings for Deep Down, Lora lives and works on a sustainable farm in North Carolina caring for a herd of goats and making award-winning farmstead cheese.

Faith-based Outreach Coordinator: Jason Howard
Jason Howard is the coauthor of Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal (with Silas House) and the editor of We All Live Downstream: Writings About Mountaintop Removal. He is a former senior editor and staff writer forEqual Justice Magazine (EJM), based in Washington, D.C. While working for EJM, Howard wrote investigative articles on such subjects as the efforts of Eastern Kentucky miners to receive black lung benefits, assisted adoption cases in Manhattan, and an eminent domain case before the Supreme Court.

New Media Strategist: Lynn Casper
A native of North Carolina, Lynn has long been committed to bringing important stories from the region to the rest of the country through innovative and experimental means.

Outreach Campaign Consultants: Lisa Smithline & Tracy Fleischman, Cultural Front Productions

Interns and Assistants

Anthony Yano Hays was born and raised in Los Angeles and is currently a fourth year film student
at the University of Colorado, where he is obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  After graduating, he plans to move back to Los Angeles and pursue filmmaking.

Bobby Moser is a Television & Broadcast Journalism Major at Chapman University with an emphasis in Documentary filmmaking. He served as Cinematographer on a film for the National Steinbeck Museum entitled Vinegar in the Valley. This film delves into the migrant labor movement in Salinas Valley, California during the 1970's. He worked as a Production Assistant on the film Sergio, Winner of Best Documentary Editing at Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working on a documentary film about a horse wrangler in Kansas and his fighting to maintain his passion and achieve the American dream.

Lisa Ratner is an emerging film editor based in Los Angeles. A recent graduate of Scripps College, Lisa is excited to be using her Media Studies degree towards a meaningful project such as DEEP DOWN.

Others who have helped out on the DEEP DOWN team include:

Beth Gilomen studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently works in web development for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

Mina T. Son is an emerging documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her short documentaries have screened in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia.

Monika Petroczy is graphic designer, cartographer, artisan and Sierra Club hiker from Santa Barbara,CA. Having creating maps & information graphics for maps.com and CHK America for over 10 years, she works with a design partnership Fritz Creative and privately. Having obtained her geography degree at UC Santa Barbara, she chose to stay and enjoy the trails, the sea, her fat cat, partner, and chosen family.

Natalie Ruiz Tofano graduated from Stanford University in 2006, where she earned a B.A. in Urban Studies. Her senior research project was a short documentary film about YELL (Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning), a program which she had volunteered with for a year in Redwood City, CA. Since then, Natalie has had various experiences in youth development and digital media - including positions with Mission Graduates and Bay Area Video Coaltion. She is currently a Program Assistant at the San Francisco youth nonprofit Turning Heads Project, and a Media and Communications Coordinator for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. Natalie is also a music enthusiast, and was a college radio DJ, has helped plan live music events, and currently films and edits episodes of local bands for the video podcast Pacific Noise.

Ruthie Rubietta, a Broadcast Journalism major with Documentary emphasis at Chapman University's Dodge College, lives in Orange County.  Currently Rubietta is editing her first international documentary, Mother Journey, shot in Guatemala City, and is in pre-production for a Summer '09 Cameroon-based film on child trafficking.  Rubietta focuses her films on indwelling emotional and social issues to encourage introspection and discussion.

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