The Team

Director/Producer: Sydney Bowie discovered her love of documentary film as an undergraduate at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated in 2014 with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Her short films have been selected to screen at festivals across the United States. In addition, Sydney has worked alongside noted documentary filmmakers, including Oscar-nominated Robert Kenner (Food Inc.) and world renowned British journalist and filmmaker Sean Langan. Pursuing her passion for storytelling and travel, she has lived abroad in three countries: Argentina, Australia, and Spain. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Sydney has received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to work on her most recent film the New Migration Project, documenting the lives of immigrants in Spain. Additionally, she has been selected to present on her project at the 63rd Annual Fulbright Commission Berlin Seminar in March 2017 and to represent the U.S.-Spanish Fulbright Commission at the US-EU Young Leaders Enrichment Seminar on Migration this April.

Editor: Florencia P. Marano is an Argentinian- Spanish editor and director based in Los Angeles with a 10 year career working in the film and television industry. After receiving a dual degree in Fine Arts and Film Direction in Argentina, Florencia went on to receive a master’s degree in screenwriting in Spain. After finishing school, she worked as a director of short films and documentaries in Barcelona at both the local and international level. In 2008, she received the Generations Award from Caja Madrid— one of the most prestigious visual art grants in the country—to fund her experimental documentary Le Corps de Mouhmadou, which documented the migratory route from Senegal to Spain and screened at the International Art Fair Arco ‘08. Her documentaries have received selection at festivals internationally, including Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, LGBT International Film Festival in Buenos Aires, and Huesca International Film Festival. Her work has also screened at museums and art galleries internationally, namely the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the HKW in Berlin. In 2013, Florencia and her wife Carole moved to Los Angeles where she began working primarily as a freelance editor alongside renowned directors, including Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award Winner Rafal Zielkinski. Most recently, she worked as the main editor for the film The Shadow Within starring Lindsay Lohan.


Director of Photography: Brecht Van’t Hof began his career studying photography at Parsons/The New School for Design and has since made a name for himself in the industry as both a photographer and cinematographer. His short film “Wedge” (2012), captured over an epic weekend of surf at Newport Beach’s infamous Wedge street, launched his career amassing over 1 million views on Youtube. Brecht’s extensive client list for commercial work includes Sleep Number, Soho House, Maxim, Atlantic, Behr, and Almond Surfboards, among other big names. Additionally, he is featured on college campuses across the country as part of Adobe Systems’ Creative Cloud media campaign. Outside of the commercial world, Brecht’s independent creative projects have received national recognition. Most notably, Brecht’s short film Process, which he wrote, directed, and edited, received selection for the Hollyshorts Film Festival and premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. In addition to pursuing his own creative projects, Brecht now works as Creative Director and Partner of Saltwater & Chaos, a creative consultancy specializing in film production.

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Director of Photography: Australian native Anna Frances Downie graduated with a degree in Media (Communications) from RMIT University in Melbourne in 2015. Since graduating, Anna has immersed herself in various film collaborations as a director and cinematographer. Her latest project aTemple was featured in Designboom, the world’s first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine. After collaborating on a number of different films, Anna has discovered her love for documentary filmmaking and using unconventional framing to add subtle hints to the narrative.

Animator: Guadalupe Vyleta is an Argentinian filmmaker with an 18-year career in the animation industry. She has worked for some of the biggest names in Argentinian Film Production including Hook Up Animation, Patagonik Film Group and Le Cube, which have been responsible for bringing to life some of the most recognized characters in television and film—Silvestre, Dexter, Scooby Doo, and El Ratón Pérez. More recently adding documentaries to her repertoire, Guadalupe helped create three animated shorts as part of the project “Todos Somos Distintos Todos Somos Iguales,” which seeks to grow awareness about protecting the rights of immigrant children. 

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Composer: Stationed at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, Freddy Avis currently works with acclaimed composer James S. Levine (Glee, American Horror Story, Bloodline, Nip Tuck, The Closer). Holding music credits on hit TV shows Major Crimes and Instinct, Freddy also writes for Extreme Music’s expansive library. He holds a dual-degree in Music and Political Science from Stanford University, having spent a summer abroad composing and producing under the supervision of renowned professor and composer, mark Applebaum. He also served as Director of the Stanford Convert Network and Music Chair of Stanford’s Students in Entertainment.

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Re-Recording Mixer: Frank Morrone is an award-winning re-recording mixer who has worked extensively in both film and television. He has received seven Primtetime Emmy nominations with two wins as well as multiple CAS, Golden Reel and Gemini nominations. His work includes Best Sound Mixing Emmys for the ABC hit LOST and mini-series The Kennedys as well as Best Sound Satellite award for Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. He has worked with leading directors and producers including JJ Abrams, Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Taylor Hackford, Janusz Kaminski, and Tom Fontanta. Frank has has mixed sound for television and films including Criminal Minds, The Book of Negroes, and Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings. Frank is Governor for the Sound Branch of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Additionally, Frank is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Recording Academy and has served on the Board of Directors for the Cinema Audio Society.