The Team

Candace Schermerhorn
Writer, Producer, Director

Candace Schermerhorn got her start at Northern Light Productions in Boston, MA where she became a staff producer, working with clients creating films and projects from educational documentaries for Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Street, and PBS’s  American Masters.  As a producer, director, writer, and project manager, her expertise and passion lie primarily in first person narrative and documentaries addressing contemporary issues.  Her credits include work for Children’s Television Workshop, the National Park Service, Massachusetts Council for the Humanities, Harcourt Brace Publishers, American Masters, and Turner Broadcasting.   Her work for Harcourt Brace’s  “Meet The Author” series won Gold and Silver Hugos. Candace produced, directed, and wrote for Children’s Television Workshops and for Sesame Street.  Her 3-minute, live-action documentaries, sensitively focus on understanding children with differing abilities and how they are challenged and grow in their everyday lives. You Don’t Know Dick was Candace’s first independent documentary film. It chronicles the lives of 6 individuals struggling with gender identity. Dick has been approved for library distribution by the American Library Association and has won many international awards including National Educational Media Network’s Golden Apple Award and a GLAAD nomination.  In moving to the west coast, she had the invaluable opportunity to break out stories and scripts for academy awarding winning director John Schlesinger, a brilliant filmmaker and storyteller. Working again in the documentary field, Schermerhorn was the Associate Producer on the award-winning Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians and joined the Santa Barbara International Festival in 2001 as the documentary programmer. As Director of Programming over the last 6 years she has championed diverse independent cinema from around the world, working from the premise that film offers as experience of disparate cultures, challenging stories, and an array of styles. She teaches documentary filmmaking at Santa Barbara City College and Antioch University, is a contributing editor for Campus Network where she develops vlog initiatives around sustainability issues, and continues to work as a consultant for documentary filmmakers.  She is currently in preproduction of her third feature documentary entitled The Last Utopia, a story about the Lapita Navigators and the impact of rising sea levels.


Emma Morris

Emma Joan Morris is an Emmy-winning producer/director/editor whose work includes the feature documentary Something Within Me, winner of the Audience Award, Film Makers Trophy and a Special Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. She was a co-editor of Shut-Up and Sing, a feature documentary on the music and politics of the Dixie Chicks. Her other editing credits include the Academy-Award-winning documentary Close Harmony, and A Stitch for Time, which received an Academy Award nomination. She has edited films for all of the major networks including HBO, PBS, A&E, CBS, ABC, NBC and Discovery Channel. In Search of China, her 90-minute special on the effects of the market economy on China aired nationally on PBS. She served as supervising editor on the full-length documentaries: Doubletime, Leave No Soldier, and Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie. Voices of Sarafina!, which she co-directed and edited earned her an Emmy. Her other awards include: Sundance Audience Award, Sundance Filmmakers Trophy, Special Sundance Jury Award, News and Documentary Emmy Award, Christopher Award, Cine Golden Eagle, Golden Apple Award and the IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award.

Laura Karpman
Original Music Score

Laura Karpman is a composer who brings to her music impeccable musicianship, feverish imagination, intellectual rigor, complexity, versatility, unbridled joy, and fearlessness. She is in the words of George Mannahan, artistic director of New York City Opera, a rare combination of heart and groin. Her multi-faceted career reflects a strong devotion to music-making of all kinds, through the lens of an 21st-century American composer: a rigorous musical approach combined with the most advanced, imaginative, forward-thinking technology. A four-time Emmy winner, Laura maintains a vibrant career in videogame, film, concert and theater music. Her distinguished credits include scoring Steven Spielberg’s Emmy winning 20-hour miniseries Taken for DreamWorks/Sci-Fi Channel. She received a 2005 Game Audio Network (GANG) award for her videogame music and a 2006 Annie Award nomination for best music in an animated feature. Her videogame music has been performed by orchestras internationally, including The National Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Metropole Orkest, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonia, among others. Laura’s multimedia hybrid opera Ask Your Mama premiered at Carnegie Hall in March 2009 with soprano Jessye Norman, The Roots, and The Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Karpman’s concert music awards include the Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP Foundation grants, Meet the Composer grants, residencies at Tanglewood, McDowell Colony, and The Sundance Institute. Karpman received her doctorate from Juilliard where she studied with Milton Babbitt. In addition to multiple film and television projects, she is currently working on a commission from the Los Angeles Opera.

Sam Olukoya
Co-Producer/Nigeria, Cinematographer

Sam Olukoya currently reports for the BBC from Lagos. He also serves as associate editor of Newswatch Magazine, Nigeria’s oldest news magazine. He is a British Chevening Scholar. His journalism awards include: Crime Reporter of the year in 1993 – Nigeria Media Merit Award, Reporter of the Year in 1995 – Nigeria Media Merit Award. (story: the environmental problems confronting communities in the Niger Delta as a result of oil exploitation by western oil companies, Radio Reporter of the Year, 1999 – Diamond Award for Media Excellence. Sam holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Masters in Environmental Science from Edinburgh University, UK.

Aaron Knapp
Graphic Design and Animation

Deja Hsu
Illustrator, Women’s War Illustrations / Graphic Designer, Poster

Deja Hsu is known for her freelance art direction and design. Clients include: Miller-McCune (public policy/environmental magazine and website, Destination Wine Country Magazine, Discovery Life/Discovery Land Co., Vertical Living/CurtCo., California Guide/Sunset Co., Oceana Magazine 
& The Caneel Bay Registry/Destination Media, The Territory Ahead, and Isabella Bird catalogs. She is also an illustrator and map maker. Deja’s illustrations and maps have appeared in a documentary film on Nigeria, Islands, Caribbean Travel & Life magazines, and various business collateral projects.

Eileen Finkelstein
Second Editor

Eileen Finkelstein is a professional documentary and television editor in Los Angeles. She currently is editing on the Emmy-winning series, Project Runway. Previous series she has worked on: several seasons of MTV’s flagship show The Real World; The Academy: Inside the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Academy; Emmy-winning Starting Over; and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days. Among her feature-length and hour-long documentary credits are: 2nd editor for the HBO 6 time Emmy-winning Autism: The Musical (including Best Documentary and Best Editing). She also edited the award-winning There But for the Grace… about the plight of family farmers in the U.S., and From There to Here, about musician and Interscope artist, John Oszaca. Eileen has edited a short experimental video about famed Japanese musician, Hirokazu Kosaka for feature director, Julian Goldberger and two music videos for artist Addi Somekh. She has also lectured several times on film for the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy’s Film Series.

Fabio “Bobby” Nishimura
Additional Editing, Additional Cinmematography, Production Assistant

Bobby Nishimura holds a B.A in Cinematography from Art Center College of Design and an A.A. in Cinematography from Santa Barbara City College. With over 11 years of experience in the art and craft of storytelling, Filmmaking, Web Designer and Photographer, Bobby works professionally as a camera assistant and DP with productions of all sizes.