director, producer, photographer, curator
Dennis has 20 years of experience working with cooperatives in the Bay Area, including co-founding Mandela Foods Cooperative in Oakland and member of NOBAWC (The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives). As a member of Liberated Lens film, he has written, produced and directed PSAs and served as a videographer for non-profits video projects. Dennis also volunteers as a camera operator at OWH Studios in West Oakland.
Born and raised in Poland, Anka started taking photos after being gifted her first camera at the age of 16. She has since been participating in grassroots media collectives that create documentaries on important social issues. She conducted trainings for youth and fellow immigrants in Chicago and Oakland and created many short documentaries and one feature film, “Broken Windows, Open Doors”. She worked as one of the camera operators on “Couper Was Here,” and is currently a cinematographer on a feature fiction film, “Elephant”
director, producer, editor, programmer, strategist
Shirah is a filmmaker, attorney and activist. After dropping out of high school at 15, she became a licensed attorney by the age of 23 yet subsequently found herself un- and under-employed. But through perseverance, she managed to build a career in film that included positions at William Morris Agency, DirecTV, and Paramount Pictures. So after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: creating content reflecting the intersection between economics, race and the environment. Shirah is a 2018-2019 Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and an Associate of the Equal Justice Initiative. www.ShirahDedman.com
audio / visual engineer, motion graphics
Whether it’s running sound or live video capture at events, or creating animated vectors, Robb is a jack-of-all-trades.
A self-identified socialist and police accountability activist, Gerald has played a role in several major movements in the East Bay: He has helped organize anti-apartheid protests at UC Berkeley, been a founding member of Copwatch, sat on the Oscar Grant Committee, and coordinated the efforts of Occupy Oakland.
Bunker is a documentary cinematographer who has been focusing on the climate change movement for over five years. Starting with subsequent annual United Nations climate change conferences in Mexico and South Africa, he has traveled globally to support the movement. Most recently he traveled across the United States documenting extreme energy extraction in West Virginia and Texas, along with community solutions to combat the fossil fuel industry. Meeting frontline communities affected by climate change, Bunker gained greater understanding of the severity of this pressing issue and the importance of media in sharing these stories.