Natasha Deganello Giraudie is the CEO of Micro-Documentaries, a company that makes 1-2 minute documentary-style films to help purposeful businesses and nonprofits move their missions forward. They work with a broad range of social and environmental innovators, including the Clinton Global Initiative, eBay's Social Innovation team and the Environmental Defense Fund , creating personal and powerful stories and original content about their work, their impact and the future they envision.
Micro-Documentaries is made up of a virtual network of talented documentary filmmakers from around the world with a small hub in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their obsession with innovation, their virtual model and their documentary approach to films make Micro-Documentaries’ production costs some of the lowest in the business, enabling their clients to tell more, high quality stories at a fraction of the cost of commercial video production.
Previously in her role as CEO of Papilia, she helped nonprofits like the United Nations World Food Programme, KQED and ODC Dance raise millions of dollars, with an innovative Internet stewardship technology that helped donors understand the difference their gifts make. She started her career in Venezuela, where she was raised, on the Expedicion team filming adventure and nature documentaries distributed through the Discovery Channel. She continued her documentary work in Nepal through a Kennedy Fellowship from the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service and in Bhutan, on behalf of Naropa University.
Ben Henretig, Creative Director & Founder, founded Micro-Documentaries, because he believes in the power of documentary film to bring about social change and inspire action. Ben was born and raised in Yakima, WA, surrounded by the rich agricultural landscape of apple/cherry/pear/peach orchards, grape vineyards, and hop fields. A graduate of Stanford University Film and Media Studies, he uses his background in art, music, communications and filmmaking to produce beautiful, powerful short-format documentaries for nonprofits and purposeful businesses making positive change in the world. Currently, Ben is working on two feature length documentary films: A Las Calles, that follows the lives of working/street children in Quito, Ecuador and explores the resulting socio-economic and political implications of this cultural phenomenon affecting millions of Latin American youth; and The Road to Sakteng, a feature-length documentary telling the story of the first human-powered, border-to-border journey across Bhutan.
Ben is a regular contributor to the Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, whose research and innovative applications have created insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people to take positive action and have personal impact in the world. He also is a founding member of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on the use of technology to promote peace. Ben lives in Palo Alto, CA, where he is a volunteer teacher/leader with the Art of Living Foundation, instructing hundreds of college students in stress management techniques through yoga and meditation.
Adam Warmington, Director of Post-Production.Born in Bristol, England, Adam has worked in the film, television and web industries for more than 10 years. Soon after moving to the United States in 2004, Adam became Producer/Editor for Al Gore's media company, Current TV. While at Current, he edited over 200 short documentaries, in addition to shooting and producing a number of original productions. He was also a key figure in launching the channel in the United Kingdom.
Adam began his career at Aardman Animations working for such acclaimed productions as Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts. He then went to the BBC, contributing to several natural history and entertainment programs.
Adam currently resides in San Francisco and also works as a freelance still photographer, specializing in ocean-related photography. His images have been featured in notable publications including National Geographic, Surfer, Surfing, Transworld Surf and The Surfers Path and have been used in print advertisements for O-Neill, Imperial Motion, Atwater and Body Glove.
Rochelle Storts, Director of Productions, has more than 12 years of experience in project management. She has worked with and consulted to individuals and organizations in a broad range of industries and disciplines from fine art at the Catharine Clark Gallery to humanitarian technology, at Papilia and Exponent Partners, all based in San Francisco. Her extensive background in fine art has provided a nice transition into the documentary filmmaking world.
Rochelle received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Academy of Art University. A Bay Area native, she relocated from San Francisco to Ventura, and now resides in an avocado and lemon grove with her husband, two cats and a dog. The move to a rural setting coupled with a lifelong passion for sewing and design inspired the skilled seamstress to launch Pillow Farmer, a home accessories side project. As a member of the Surfrider Foundation, Rochelle helps keep our beaches clean and teaches willing participants how to surf. When not surfing or sewing, she reluctantly shares her vegetable garden with possums, cottontail rabbits and coyotes.
Preeti Mankar Deb, Senior Director of Productions, is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films on topics like the Indian education system (Mad About IIT-JEE), the city of Mumbai (I Am Bombay) and arranged marriages (An Arranged Marriage). She believes in the power of video to inform and connect people, and motivate them to make a difference. Her experience in journalism and documentary has taught her that every single person has a unique and engaging story – it just needs to be told in the right way. Preeti is currently working on a community video art project to further explore this theme.
She has a master’s degree in documentary film and broadcast journalism from NYU. After graduating from NYU, she worked in New York on documentaries for public television. In 2008, she moved to India and started an independent film company,517 Productions, to specialize in non-fiction content. Under this label she has produced, directed and edited documentaries, corporate films, films for non-profits and Public Service Announcements for TV. She also taught video and documentary film at a premier post-graduate communications program in Mumbai.
Preeti has volunteered with non-profits ever since she was in high school, working as a teacher, in marketing and as a video instructor for underprivileged children and disadvantaged youth.
She has recently moved to Boston, where she lives with her husband Anamitra. She loves experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen, watching obscure films and reading old mystery novels.
Kiran Goldman, Manager of Field Producers and Editor. Kiran is a documentary filmmaker with a strong background in environmental science and engineering. Kiran has helped produce and edit international, criminal justice, environmental and health stories for FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and Cornell University. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University. Before becoming a full-time documentary filmmaker, she conducted research on passive solar architecture in southwestern China and also worked as a photographer and research assistant for The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan, China. Kiran is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. When not editing, she enjoys traveling, camping, cooking and music.
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