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Director & DP


With over 25 years experience as DP on such projects as The Kingmaker (Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2019), Generation Wealth (Sundance 2018), Seeing Allred (Sundance 2018/Netflix), Brave New Voices (HBO 2009), The Devil Came on Horseback (Sundance 2007), and more recently, as a Field Producer/DP on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Parts Unknown series, Brooklyn-based Jerry Risius grew up on a hog farm about an hour from Storm Lake and brings a depth of filmmaking experience along with a local perspective that very few can.

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Director & Producer


Beth Levison is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer/director based in NYC. Her most recent producing efforts include Women in Blue (Tribeca  Film Festival 2020/Independent Lens) and Emmy-nominated Made in Boise (AFI DOCS 2019/Independent Lens). Previous producing credits include 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide (HBO 2017), Emmy-nominated Personal Statement (PBS 2018), and her independent directorial/producing debut, Lemon (PBS 2011). Beth is the founder of Hazel Pictures, a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA), producing faculty with the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and a member of AMPAS.

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Rachel Shuman is a documentary editor and director based in New York. Select recent film editing credits include True Believer (Ashland 2019), Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (DOC NYC 2017), and One October (Full Frame 2017). Rachel has also worked as an editor on promos and nonfiction programming for A&E, History, and MTV, and is a board member of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. She received a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

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Leah Boatright is a New York-based editor. Her latest film credits include Exposure, by filmmaker Holly Morris (The Babushkas of Chernobyl), the pilot for Benny and Josh Safdie’s (Uncut Gems) soon to be released episodic project, Chillin Island, and Maggie, which premiered at Sundance in 2018 and won Best Pilot at SXSW. When she’s not in front of a computer, she’s diving deep into some ocean trench.

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Associate Producer


Lauren Evangelista has built her career working in post production for episodic television. She story produced short-form documentaries and specials for HBO, notably covering juvenile incarceration with Michael K. Williams and education with Wyatt Cenac. She received the New York Press Club Award for Business Reporting for VICE News Tonight’s The Paradise Papers, which followed investigative journalists at The New York Times and ICIJ. Lauren is thrilled to once again work on a film highlighting the importance of journalism.

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Associate Producer


Evan Neff supports emerging storytellers as an independent producer and industry advocate with organizations like Tribeca Film Festival, Independent Filmmaker Project, SFFILM, and UnionDocs. He produced Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green’s short, Don’t Call Me Gay Zelig (Whitney Biennial 2019), and associate produced A Thousand Thoughts (Sundance 2018). Evan champions bold, underrepresented voices that have the power to create new ways of seeing.

Andrew Bird


Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed musician, songwriter and composer who has released fifteen records to date. Recording and touring extensively, Bird has performed around the world at festivals and renowned institutions including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Walt Disney Concert Hall. A TED Talks presenter, a New Yorker Festival guest, and an op-ed contributor for The New York Times, Bird debuted on the cast of Fargo’s most recent installment, premiering fall 2020 on FX. Bird’s latest album, My Finest Work Yet, was nominated for “Best Folk Album” at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

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Alan Hampton is a singer/songwriter/bassist who’s toured, written, and recorded with several leading artists in a variety of genres, such as multi-Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird, Chris Thile, Sufjan Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, and Meshell Ndegeocello. In addition to writing and contributing dozens of songs for other artists, he’s also produced several records, two of which are his own: The Moving Sidewalk, and Origami For the Fire, which received critical acclaim from Ben Ratliff of The New York Times.

Work Order
Title Design & Motion Graphics


Work-Order is a design studio in New York City that develops identity systems rooted in motion based solutions. They’ve created branding for Kodak, The New York Times, NowThis and Sundance and titles for Robert Altman, Sofia Coppola, Sam Green, Kirsten Johnson, Oren Moverman, Ry Russo-Young and James Schamus.

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Assistant Editor


Caroline Berler is a documentary director and editor based in New York City. Her recent credits include Dykes, Camera, Action! (Frameline 2018) and Mama Gloria (Chicago Int’l Film Festival 2020). In 2020 she also made a short film called The Renegades for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Caroline teaches in the BFA Film Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). She holds a BA in Sociology from NYU and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from SVA.

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Impact Strategist


Eliza has been working in the social-issue documentary field for 20 years as an impact strategist, producer, and curator. She develops and implements engagement strategies to maximize the impact and visibility of documentary films in tandem with their festival and theatrical rollout, community screenings tours, broadcasts, and beyond.

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Impact Producer


Alice is an impact and engagement consultant with more than eight years of experience using storytelling to drive social change, leading campaigns with responsive strategies and an eye for creative partnerships and community-based work. Previously, as the Director of Community Engagement and Education at POV, Alice developed strategic national engagement campaigns for POV documentaries and produced resources around POV’s features, shorts and digital projects.

STORM LAKE is in association with our incredible partners
Catapult Film Fund, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, and Park Pictures.

Our Executive Producers are

Katy Drake Bettner, Sam Bisbee, Pamela Tanner Boll, Sally Jo Fifer, Megan Gelstein, Lois Vossen, Jamie Wolf

Our Co-Executive Producers are
Tegan Acton and Emma Pompetti

See the complete list of film credits.

Film Funding and Support Provided By

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Additional Funding By
The New York Community Trust-Nola Safro Fund
Waterman II Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation
The Moving Image Trust

Impact and Engagement Funding By

Additional Impact and Engagement Funding By
Meadow Fund
The New York Community Trust-Nola Safro Fund
Waterman II Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation
Evan Guillemin & Ricki Stern