Kristina Motwani, Director/Co-Producer/Editor
Motwani works in San Francisco’s film industry, currently as the short documentary editor for the online arm of Al Jazeera, AJ+. She was a series editor for PBS’s Independent Lens and PBS World’s Global Voices. She was editor of the PBS World documentary First Friday and assistant editor for the Emmy winning After Tiller, as well as An Honest Liar, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the AFI Docs Festival. Motwani also edited the award-winning science news program DNews for Discovery Digital Networks. She has also edited and produced numerous television advertisements for companies including Chipotle, Sony, Revision3, and Element14. Motwani is the director and co-producer of the feature documentary, What Happened to Amos?, about the unsolved disappearance of an enigmatic marijuana distributor. She received her B.S. in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Nathan J. Comp, Writer/Co-Producer
Comp is a journalist, editor, photographer and travel blogger in Madison, Wisconsin. Fresh out of college, Comp became editor of an innovative weekly tabloid called Coreweekly. He has since written for publications in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. Nationally, he has written for The Progressive, In These Times, and The Huffington Post. Newspaper associations in Wisconsin and New Mexico have recognized Comp’s work, as have the National Scholastic Press Association, the Milwaukee Press Club, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In 2010, he launched the acclaimed travelogue, TheFeralScribe.com. He is currently writing and co-producing the feature documentary, What Happened to Amos?, about the unsolved disappearance of an enigmatic marijuana distributor. He is simultaneously writing a book about the disappearance.
Colin Sytsma, Cinematographer
Sytsma is a documentary filmmaker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who launched Wood Grain Media in early 2013. Sytsma has worked for the award-winning 371 Productions since 2011, filling a variety of roles, including cinematographer, sound engineer, producer and media manager. Currently, he is Director of Photography on the 371 Production feature film When Claude Got Shot, about a horrific shooting and its aftermath. He recently produced Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff for the Al Jazeera America television show Fault Lines. In association with Wood Grain Media, he is currently co-directing From Mass to the Mountain, about a rural Panamanian community plagued by drought and contaminated water.
Brandon Sugiyama, Art Director, Motion Graphics Designer
Sugiyama is an art director and motion graphic designer with over seven years of experience working with award-winning agencies, including BigStar, Trollbäck+Company, Framestore and Questus. In addition to creating graphics for television networks such as HBO, The Food Network, The History Channel, TED Conferences and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sugiyama is building an impressive portfolio of work in documentary films. To date, he has worked on Midsummer in Newtown, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; The Age of Aerospace, a five-part documentary covering the history of aviation and space exploration for The Documentary Group and which was broadcast on the Discovery and Science Channels; and The Naked Brand, written and directed by Jeff Rosenblum and Sherng-Lee Huang. He earned his degree in motion graphic design from Expression College for Digital Arts, where he was named valedictorian of his graduating class. Born in San Francisco, Sugiyama currently lives in Brooklyn and is lead animator for the upcoming feature documentary, What Happened to Amos?
Carolyn Smith, Graphic Designer
Smith is an art director and graphic designer in San Francisco, CA with over 15 years of marketing, advertising and publishing experience with an emphasis on typography and photography. Additionally, she enjoys fabric design, digital music production and video editing.