Family Bios

Alyssa Fedele – Director/Field Sound

Alyssa is a documentary filmmaker and a cultural anthropologist who employs her curiosity about humanity as an intuitive guide for the filmmaking process. She holds a masters degree in visual anthropology from the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology. Bringing her keen eye and participant observational practices to her documentary projects, she strives to uncover the passion and commonality connecting all people. Her film projects are both visually stunning representations of reality and emotionally potent documents of human universals.

Alyssa has brought her technical skills and creative approach to independent films as well as television shows for National Geographic, HBO, Spike TV and A&E as well as many brands and businesses. She is the co-founder of the digital storytelling group Collective Hunch where she currently produces and directs documentary film and television, as well as innovative micro documentaries for businesses and brands.

Zachary Fink – Producer/Cinematographer

Zachary came to documentary filmmaking from his roots in cultural anthropology. He has directed projects for The Film Study Center at Harvard University, field directed for National Geographic Television and produced multiple series for Spike TV. He founded Soul Fabric Films, which produced two feature-length documentaries before co-founding the digital storytelling group Collective Hunch. Zachary is a featured cinematographer on Sony’s Professional website.

Zachary has an MFA in film production from California Institute of the Arts and an MA in visual anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Drawing upon this background, he crafts imagery and stories that deepen our understanding of the world around us. Currently, Zachary is the Director of Video Programming for Edutopia – The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Michael Chandler – Writer/Editor

Michael is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, working in non-fiction and fiction film. His documentary Knee Deep, about a Maine farm boy who tried to kill his mother when she sold the family farm, aired on PBS Independent Lens and won four Best Documentary Awards, including the Maysles Brothers Award. Forgotten Fires, about the KKK burnings of Black churches, was broadcast on PBS and won a Golden Spire at the San Francisco Film Festival. Michael produced and directed the Frontline documentaries Blackout, The Future of War, and Secrets of the SAT.

Michael’s feature editing includes Never Cry Wolf, Mishima, and Amadeus, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Michael served as consulting editor and co-writer on the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and consulting editor on Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Speed and Trimpin, The Sound of Invention.

He wrote and edited Freedom on My Mind (Academy Nomination, Sundance Grand Jury Prize), Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (Emmy Award), and Can’t It Be Anyone Else? (Christopher Humanitarian Award) and edited Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey (Academy Nomination), The Squires of San Quentin (Academy Nomination), Xtreme: Sports to Die For (HBO) and Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi (Audience Award, Mill Valley FF.) Michael lives in Moab, Utah.

David Cumming – Producer/Executive Producer

After nearly two decades creating, managing, and directing several successful corporate ventures, David realized his true passions were beyond the four walls of an office. Since, he has invested his heart, soul, and resources in ten films through Impact Partners, a social impact film fund with an esteemed list of projects, including, The Cove, Sons of Perdition, No Impact Man, Hell and Back, and Kick Like A Girl.

Family of the Wa’a is David’s first film as producer.

David, an avid skier and pilot, lives in the foothills of the Wasatch mountains with his wife and three children and takes every opportunity to explore the beauty of land and sky in his backyard.

Dave Zaboski – Animator

Dave picked up a crayon in kindergarten and never put it down.  Educated at University of California at Santa Barbara, Université de Poitiers in France, and Art Center College of Design, he has a deep traditional understanding of the world of art.

In 1990 Dave became an animator for Disney Feature Films and has contributed his talents to many modern classics, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Lion King, Tarzan, and Fantasia 2000.

He’s worked on traditionally animated films at Warner Bros, computer generated films at Sony Imageworks, and has taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, Art Center College of Design, Disney, Sony, and Esalen Institute among others. In 2010 Dave illustrated Dr. Deepak Chopra’s children’s book, You With The Stars In Your Eyes. He just completed illustrations for Paul Michael Glaser’s book, Chrystallia, which is Dave’s fifth book for children and young adults due out in early 2011.

He is currently doing the visual development and concept art for several large scale fantasy film and game projects. These delicious endeavors require Dave’s skill in graphic design, character design, environmental design and story development. Dave’s novel Forgive This Dream, will be published at the end of 2011.

Dave lives with his wife Robin and their daughter Grace on a small ranchette in the horse country of Chatsworth, California.

Marco d’Ambrosio – Composer

Marco d’Ambrosio is a film composer, conductor-arranger, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and all-around noise wrangler.  He has scored numerous award winning films, documentaries, and theatre projects, including the anime hit Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, Haiku Tunnel, the Emmy-winning Blink, The Rape of Europa for PBS and Red Diaper Baby for the Sundance Channel. Other scores of Marco’s have been on projects released by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Classics, Lucasfilm Ltd., PDI/Dreamworks, Pixar, and Columbia Pictures.  Marco also co-scored the documentary feature We Live In Public which was awarded the Grand Jury prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. He is a recipient of the prestigious film scoring fellowship from the Sundance Institute, and in 2009, he was selected for the BMI Conducting Workshop in Hollywood.  Most recently, Marco has been co-arranging and performing with Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead) and is also the studio orchestra conductor on the current ABC series Off the Map.

James LeBrecht – Sound Mixer/Sound Designer

Award winning sound designer, James LeBrecht has supervised, edited, and mixed sound for numerous documentaries and narrative feature films including The Most Dangerous Man In America:  Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, The Blood of Yingzhou District, Daughter From Danang, We Were Here, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Waking the Dead, Bad Santa and many others. LeBrecht has designed sound for theater, events, installations, and video games. Additionally, he co-authored the book Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design with Deena Kaye, which is considered the definitive text on the aesthetics and process of creating music and sound for live theater.

LeBrecht is the President and Lead-Designer at Berkeley Sound Artists, a full-service post-production sound company.

Chris Mathias – Executive Producer

Chris is an entrepreneur and adventurer. At age 23 he co-founded High Desert Adventures, which contracted with large corporations to guide their clients through the river country of the west. At age 27 he founded Catalyst Marketing, a sports equipment and apparel company based in Boulder, Colorado. Today, catalyst’s clients include a broad spectrum of organizations in the ski and mountaineering industries.

A significant influence in Chris’s creative process began in 1992 when he began working and studying the Human Validation Process Model, a framework for understanding complex human systems founded by pioneering psychologist Virginia Satir. Chris is a student and facilitator of transformational processes for both individuals and organizations.

Chris has served on the board of directors of the Equilibrium Fund, The GIS Institute and Warrior Films and is the founder the transformational consulting company, Ripple. He divides his time between Colorado, Mexico, and Guatemala.