Kate Medley is a photojournalist and documentarian of food culture, based in Durham, North Carolina. Employed by Whole Foods, Kate travels the East Coast capturing the stories of farms and producers that supply food to the grocery store. In 2013, Kate launched A Spoken Dish, a video storytelling project dedicated to celebrating and documenting food culture from people across the South. Kate directed and produced the Counter Histories series.


Mimi Schiffman is a video journalist based in New York City, where she shoots, edits and produces videos for She studied journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow. In 2012, Mimi was a Magnum Foundation fellow.


As a director/producer team at Tomorrow Pictures, Ellen Barnard and Frederick Taylor have been crafting documentaries around the world and in their own backyard for many years. Fr3deR1cK is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated from Temple University’s documentary film program and has a M.A. from Georgia State University in Communications. His projects span the globe from Zambia to Romania to Mumbai to the US including topics such as the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania to a redeemed Gangster in Watts and his latest film Boxing Chicks. Ellen Barnard loves producing the stories of the South and global social justice films. She studied Southern History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a Master’s Degree from Emory University in US Social and Cultural History. She was an associate producer on a 26-part radio history of Civil Rights in the south for NPR that won a Peabody Award.


Jesse Paddock is a filmmaker and editor based in North Carolina. He got his start as a producer on the Emmy-Award winning series MADE and worked on a number of other programs for broadcast before becoming a freelance producer. He has produced videos for organizations such as UNC-TV, the Environmental Defense Fund, the ACLU of North Carolina and the 2012 Democratic National Convention; he is also a regular video contributor to Previous documentaries he’s worked on include Generation Job and Merge Records: 25 Years in 24 Minutes.


Wyatt Williams is a reporter and storyteller based in the South. His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, the Paris Review Daily, Brother Journal, Atlanta Magazine, and many other publications. Dustin Chambers is a freelance photographer and explorer based in Atlanta, Ga., his hometown. He previously served as the assistant photo editor of Creative Loafing and an associate photo editor at CNN. He graduated with a degree in English, French, and film studies from Appalachian State University. His work looks for the invisible, intangible elemental threads that unify everyone and everything.


Nick and Kelsey Michael served as husband and wife production team. Drawing on a master's in folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill, Kelsey researched and interviewed all subjects. As a filmmaker, Nick recorded and edited the footage. They live in Washington, D.C., where Nick works as a video producer for NPR and 1504 Pictures and Kelsey as a writer for the Alexandria Convention and Visitors' Association.