We are an international collective of volunteers and passionate women filmmakers who are committed to helping others thrive through the practice of selfless service or Karma Yoga. This is Team Good Karma 2015.
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ANA GRILLO: FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE GOOD KARMA PROJECTS
Ana is an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker who is young in the filmmaking business but passionate about learning, giving to others and documenting our times with a feminist perspective. Ana started her career as a photojournalist for The New York Times in Washington DC in the late 90s and now focuses on stories of women and others, who are under-represented in mainstream media. In 2013, she co-directed her first documentary film, Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers, which has screened in almost 40 film festivals around the world, winning a Special Jury Prize in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013, she collaborated with Aye Aye Film, a Hamburg film production company, to create the celebrated documentary, “Acting Out: 25 years of queer film and community in Hamburg," which is on the festival circuit now. Ana is an excellent Run-n-Gun. She excels in conducting compelling interviews, creates artistic footage and records professional sound. She founded the Good Karma Project in 2008 and is thrilled about this year's team of passionate women and friends.
SOPHIE LOWE: YOGA TEACHER, HUMANITARIAN, STUDENT, ACTIVIST, KARMA YOGI, GKP TEAM LEADER
Yoga teacher and Team leader, Sophie Lowe discovered her yoga practice over 16 years ago during her university studies in her native San Francisco. She immediately noticed the calming and soothing effects the practice had on both her mind and body. The chronic back pain and shoulder tension she experienced from scoliosis was relieved by her practice. After working in banking and then development projects in India, Sophie decided to pursue her practice on a deeper level by completing an Ashtanga Vinyasa teaching certification. Shortly after, she opened her own studio in Berlin, Germany. Since then she has continued to deepen her knowledge under many respected and learned teachers in the traditions of Vinyasa Flow, Anasura, Zen Yoga, Yoga Therapy, ISHTA and Restorative yoga. Her clientele range from 10-72 years of age and are in treatment ranging from general muscle tension to acute pain and injury recovery. She is experienced in sharing the healing and therapeutic effects of yoga in both group classes and private sessions. When not on her mat, you'll find her on her meditation cushion, traveling and adventuring, or building and creating designer living spaces on low budgets.
CONNIE M. FLOREZ: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCTION MANAGER, GKP TEAM LEADER
Connie founded Hula Girl Productions LLC in 2003. Her projects have included international award winning feature film documentaries and narrative projects such as Kumu Hina, State of Aloha, The Willing, Ride the Thunder, Clew and Mango Dreams, Fishbowl by director Kayo Hatta, Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place, and the short film Constructions. She has also worked as a music and film producer for the Honolulu Symphony: Princess Kaiulani, Hiromi in Love as well as feature projects released by Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Music Gate, and Warner Music Group. For her artistic accomplishments, Connie has earned the CINE Golden Eagle Award and The Accolade Award; she is also the recipient of the Women in Film/General Motors Alliance Award for Emerging Filmmakers. Since 2006, she has taught film studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Academy for Creative Media. For more than 15 years, Connie has served as Director of Film Programming at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival sponsored by the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation. She is currently directing and producing the feature documentary The Glades Project located in Honolulu Hawaii.
CINDY IODICE: CINEMATOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPHER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, GKP TEAM LEADER
Cindy first discovered her passion and keen eye for framing photographic images at the tender age of nine. While fishing with her brothers at the pond at Mill River, in her hometown of Fairfield Connecticut, Cindy noticed that the water was emulating the autumn trees and their brilliantly colored leaves. After school the nex ed from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a B.F.A in Photography and a B.A in Digital Cinema. Her photography work credentials include Kumu Hina (2013- Documentary), Tehiva-Phillips Foreclosure Process (2012 Documentary Short), Muse (2013- Narrative Feature Film), and Na Manu Kai (2012) photographic images procured by the City and County of Honolulu Art Collection. Her Cinematography proficiency incorporates a time-lapse video, Na Manu Kai (2012), three music videos: Little Ukulele Love Song and I Love This City from the album Songs from the Far West, Daniel Bess, and Pro Bowl Hawai’i 2013 Music Video Commercial. Cindy’s writer, director producer credits are a result of her narrative short film, Scooter Girl (2013). She is currently working as the Director of Photography on local Narrative Feature Film Mango Dreams, Documentary Short Film The Plant Doctor and Documentary Film The Glade’s Project. Cindy is also writing, directing and producing a Documentary Short Film, Somewhere in the Middle.
AYESHA SITARA: REASEARCHER, FIXER, JOURNALIST, PHOTOJOURNALIST, GKP TEAM LEADER
Ayesha Sitara is a researcher and fixer for documentary films. Some of her projects include Empire’s Children (Channel 4), Who Do You Think You Are (BBC), Who Killed Scarlet? (Channel 4) and Ultimate Vipers (NGC). Ayesha started her career in print journalism before moving onto photography and in recent years to moving images. Her passion continues to be about telling a powerful story, be it in a single photo or through a film. Ayesha has a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. She was a finalist (Documentary & Editorial) in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for women photographers for her series on Burmese “Living on the Edge” in India.. In late 2015, she will launch her project “thecur8”, so stay tuned. She believes she is a disciple of life’s experiences.
SAARA FRATTO: PROGRAM MANAGER, VIDEOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPHER, EDITOR, GK TEAM SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ADVISOR.
As a lifelong enthusiast of color and motion, Saara Fratto is delighted to have found her craft deeply valued in a high-tech world. As executive producer and co-owner of Media Posse, Saara produces videos with the biggest names in technology and futurism. As a camera operator, photographer, interviewer and editor, Saara knows all the crew positions and loves to play a variety of roles. In fact, play is what it's really about. That, and making a difference through meaningful media.
SHIRLEY THOMPSON: PRODUCER, EDITOR, PRODUCTION MANAGER, GKP TEAM LEADER
Shirley Thompson is a veteran documentary editor and producer based in Honolulu. She is best known for the PBS documentaries she has edited including Winning Girl (2014). Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i (2008), Special Circumstances (2006), Surfing for Life (2000), & It's Elementary (1996). She is currently producing and editing Finding Kukan with director Robin Lung for Nested Egg Productions. She is an expert long-form storyteller and film finisher, as well as a member of the New Day Films collective since 1993. As a Latina and a daughter of immigrants born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she has a life-long commitment to creative work that builds bridges across cultures and communities.