Jessica is a family nurse practitioner and filmmaker in Petaluma, CA. A graduate of the UCLA School of Nursing, she has always been drawn to people and their stories and is passionate about empowering women and families through information sharing. She became interested in filmmaking when the intersection of her personal and professional worlds gave her a story she had to tell.Her path to motherhood started with a high tech conception through IVF and culminated in a low tech birth at home. She tells the previously untold story of hospital birth providers who chose to give birth at home in her first film, "Why not Home?"
Kelly studied cinematography at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She spent several years editing at Fast Forward in San Francisco before she had her children and changed careers. She has returned to filmmaking for a project very close to her heart, "Why not Home?" Both of Kelly's children were born at home. Her birth experience was empowering and transformative, a feeling she wishes for all women regardless of where they choose to give birth. Kelly’s artistic vision and training in cinematography, experience in editing, as well as her personal knowledge of the subject matter, make her a valuable member of the creative team.
Erin brings her own exploration of the intimate and expansive spaces that exist in relationship into her work. She credits her love of community and wild spaces to her big family and her small town. Erin is a highly naturalistic, passionate photographer who specializes in creating warm, authentic portraits of people and families expressing themselves, their love, their connections with one another and their relationships to themselves and the world(s) they inhabit. Erin is especially passionate about birth and documenting a woman's transition from woman to mother. She describes her own birth experience as, "home birth at the hospital."
Victoria studied at University of Stirling, Scotland and UC San Diego. She spent 7 years in Prague, Czech Republic working on feature films, commercials and running a theatre company, Misery Loves Company with her husband. Together they staged the Eastern European premiere of Angels in America. Since leaving Prague she has worked mostly as an editor in non-fiction TV and documentary: In New York, the critically acclaimed Brooklyn North Homicide Squad, also First 48, Dallas Swat, Flip This House, Flipping Boston, Be Good Johnny Weir, Swamp People and many more. Feature documentaries include The Federation of Black Cowboys and Gordon Parks - American Masters. And for light relief - two seasons of Emmy winning comedy series, Children's Hospital. She is married to Richard Toth. Their son Gus was born at home 11 years ago. Victoria is the team's East Coast representative. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Michael studied cinematography at San Francisco State University and has been working in the film industry for the past 12 years. He has expanded from production assistant to camera assistant and is now filming more of his own work while continuing to shoot for larger commercial clients such as Lagunitas and Bank of Marin. Personally, he one daughter born in October 2014. Born at home himself, Michael and his wife experienced first hand the choices and challenges that come with pregnancy and delivery that he explores in his current project "Why not Home?"
Chris is passionate about music and sound. His unique compositions and sound design can be heard in a number of award winning short, animated, documentary, non-profit, and feature length films, as well as on TV. His work includes campaigns for Subway, NBC, ESPN, Honda, Bay Alarm, JW Marriott, AAA, SpeeDee Oil Change, and Sector 9. Playing instruments including the guitar, drums, keyboards, sitar, sax, banjo, accordion, and flutes from around the world, his music has been heard in projects spanning the globe from USA to Korea, Mexico to India. He and his wife planned a home birth, but ultimately delivered a healthy baby girl in the hospital.