Social activist and filmmaker Joe Wilson was frustrated by the limitations of traditional advocacy, and so he picked up a camera with hopes of reaching broader audiences with stories that inform and compel people to question and act.
Wilson’s work has been awarded winner of the Videomaker Magazine National Documentary Challenge, Audience Prize at the One-in-Ten Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among other recognitions.
He and his partner, Dean Hamer, have produced over a dozen pieces for their company, qWaves, Documentary Films.
Producer/Director/Director of Photography
Scientist turned filmmaker Dean Hamer joined the journalism field after being invited to discuss his research on AIDS, human sexuality, and behavior genetics on numerous television news shows. He set out to communicate complex scientific and social ideas through compelling documentaries.
Hamer’s debut film, The Preacher and the Poet, was a winner at the PBS/Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival. His work also has been awarded the Audience Prize at the One-in-Ten Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among other recognitions.
He and his partner, Joe Wilson, have produced over a dozen pieces for their company, qWaves, Documentary Films.
Hamer also has worked on productions for the BBC, Discovery Science, and network news channels. And he has written three award-winning books, including The Science of Desire, which was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" in 1994.
Documentary film editor Nels Bangerter has a keen sense of story and an alert eye for revealing moments.
His most recent feature, War Child, documents Emmanual Jal’s journey from Sudanese child soldier to hip hop artist and activist. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
Bangerter also worked with Whoopi Goldberg for MSNBC’s Mississippi Rising after Hurricane Katrina.
Visit Nels' Web site: http://nelsbangerter.com
Award-winning composer and sound designer Joel Douek’s work spans orchestral epics to cutting-edge electronics to the fusion of both.
His music has appeared in hundreds of television episodes, major documentary specials, and films including the winner of the HBO Documentary Feature Rocks with Wings, the BAFTA-nominated Munich: Mossad’s Revenge, and the 2004 Song Of The Year Contest winner King’s X.
Visit Joel's Web site: http://www.joeldouek.com/
Transgender singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet is a three-time Out Music award nominee and has been featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine, The Advocate, and the Chicago Free Press.
Her poetic, genre-breaking music has received airplay in Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, New Haven, and Chicago, as well as Australia and France.
Visit Namoli's Web site: http://namolibrennet.com
God-des & She
Lesbian hip-hop duo God-des & She is comprised of two talented small town girls with a knack for combining infectious lyrics with a soulful sound. They've appeared numerous times on The L Word and MTV's Logo channel and were recently nominated for the “Brink of Fame Music Award.”
Visit the God-des & She Web site: http://www.god-des.com/
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