PICTURED ON RIGHT. Beth Nelsen's mom likes to say she fights for the underdog. As a storyteller, she is passionate about using the documentary platform to build bridges of understanding into worlds that are still working to be seen. Beth's last film, CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS, gave voice to the LGBTQ community, worldwide. Nelsen also serves as the Technological Elder and produces films for the Suscol Intertribal Council as well as serving on the Mental Health Board of her community in Napa, California. She earned the award of Most Promising Director for her MA thesis film LOVE REFUGEES from the Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for six years. Nelsen also holds a BA in Philosophy from UCLA which she credits for teaching her how to think during the documentary process. MOTHERSHIP was a huge YES for her when approached by founder, Laura Wise (picture on left, above).
PICTURED ON LEFT. Victoria is an Emmy nominated editor who is based in Sacramento, California. She worked for PBS for over ten years and now currently freelances as an editor and shooter. When asked to join the MOTHERSHIP documentary team, she was an emphatic YES and also put her hand up to do the editing. We are so grateful to have her.
PICTURED ON LEFT. Ana Grillo is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and San Francisco, USA. She started her career as a photojournalist for the New York Times in the late 90s and crossed over into filmmaking after co-directing 2 feature documentary films in the 2010s. Her first film, “Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers,” toured the world over, won a special jury prize in Rio de Janeiro and was the number one documentary on Hulu for six weeks. Her work in Asia focuses on women, wild elephant conservation, and environmental issues around mangrove forests and climate change. She is founder/director of Good Karma Projects, travel volunteer adventures / media making missions, while on yoga retreat. Ana focuses on inspiring true stories of real life heroes and Sheroes of today, so when Nelsen asked her to reunite for another trip to another community of powerful women, Grillo knew MOTHERSHIP was the perfect mission.
In 2007 Marcela Coto graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in film and television production from New York University. She moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to earn a master’s degree in directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory. Her work has been screened in the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and the Bushwick Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, she is developing a narrative feature. When asked to board the MOTHERSHIP crew, she was absolutely thrilled.
PICTURED SECOND FROM LEFT. Kristina Rodriguez has been working in “all thing’s production” for the past 20 years doing tv/video, theatre, and live events. She worked at an affiliate for PBS for over 10 years where she designed sets and lights for a variety of events and national television shows. Being creative for work is something she enjoys and is beyond thrilled to be aboard the Mothership with Beth Nelsen and the rest of the crew.