THE FILMMAKERS

ALDONA WATTS
DIRECTOR

Aldona Watts is an award-winning filmmaker working in the Bay Area and New York. Her directorial debut, Land of Songs (2015), is screening internationally and received the Audience Award from the Chicago European Film Festival as well as the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Honorable Mention from the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She is currently directing a documentary short about an experimental dining event featuring Bay Area artists and Michelin Starred chefs, as well as producing a feature documentary about Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. She is an organizer at Her Girl Friday, a Brooklyn collective that creates inclusive events featuring women/femme nonfiction storytellers. She has produced audio documentaries on topics involving gender, music, and culture and hosted a punk radio show that broadcasted in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania. 
@ddonaa

julian WATTS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Julian Watts is an artist whose work spans sculpture, woodworking, music composition, and film. His sculptural wood carvings have been shown at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Australia,
and the UK, and been featured in the London Design Fair, Design Miami, and Salone del Mobile Milan. Recent projects include a collaboration with Dutch creative collective Steinbeisser and three Michelin Starred Bay Area chefs on an experimental dining event, as well as composing an original score for the short Film "Sisters",which played at the The Denver Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival among others. He currently lives and runs a small woodworking studio in Oakland, CA.
www.julianwattsstudio.com

 

NICHOLAS BERGER
EDITOR

Nicholas Berger has directed and edited award-winning documentary shorts, including “Nutkin’s Last Stand,” which played at IDFA, Silverdocs, and Palm Springs, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and was selected for Dave Eggers’ DVD magazine “Wholphin.” He received a B.A. from Brown University before working on documentaries for PBS and the History Channel. He received an M.F.A. from Stanford University’s Documentary Film program. Berger was born in San Francisco and has lived in San Diego, New York and Berlin.
www.pineconepictures.com

 

JAMES KENNARD
CINEMATOGRAPHER

James Kennard is a director and editor based in San Francisco. He worked as camera, editor, and second-unit director over the course of a trilogy of award-winning feature films about European winemaking, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Pictures (A Year in Burgundy, A Year in Champagne, A Year in Port). Previously he received a BA in History from the University of Oxford. He has since directed a short film about the Arion Press, a web series with the San Francisco Symphony, and is in production on a feature film about the future of books. 
www.jameskennard.com