Meet the Team

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Emily Weiss, Producer
Emily is a photographer, social worker, and bar/restaurant proprietor in Washington, D.C.  She has spent the last 10 years creating documentary photo essays of births and families, and for nonprofits that impact her community. Prior to photography, she spent the first 15 years of her career in public policy working on health care access for pregnant women and children. Emily holds a Master’s in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, a B.A. from New York University, and a certificate in documentary filmmaking from George Washington University. Her work can be found at her website Emily Weiss Photography

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Erin Cutler, Producer
Erin is an emerging documentary filmmaker who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she spent the past five years working in arts education at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While there, she managed two national arts education networks and organized large annual conferences. She holds a B.A. in theatre from Northwestern University and a graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking from George Washington University.

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Brittney Cofield-Poole, Director of Research/Writer/Sound
Brittney M. Cofield-Poole received her PhD in Applied & Social Psychology from North Carolina State University. She previously worked in the Raleigh-Durham community where she engaged in digital inclusion work both for local government and a tech startup. Her most recent relocation has led her to the DMV area in pursuit of becoming an emerging documentary filmmaker. Ultimately she seeks to blend both her creative and academic passions into a platform for elevating inclusive narratives.

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Kirstin Fawcett, Writer/Director of Photography
Before diving headfirst into the world of documentary film, Kirstin Fawcett worked as a writer/reporter, most recently as a staff writer at trivia magazine Mental Floss. Following decades of verbosity (her middle school classmates nicknamed her "The Dictionary"), she's enjoying learning how to communicate through the language of image and sound.

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Anum Mustafa, Writer/Editor
Anum has lived in Northern Virginia all her life, always hoping to make movies one day. After 24 years of analyzing every movie she watched, she decided to try it out at George Washington University, as she pursued a graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking. She also holds a B.S. in Tech/Web Development from GMU. Anum hopes to make horror movies, but has a soft spot for documentaries as it has always been necessary to document real-world experiences. She currently resides in NOVA with her cat, Moose. 

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Javier Donoso, Directory of Photography/Editor/Sound
Javier works in international development as a project manager. He holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from Macalester College and now a graduate certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from the George Washington University. He hopes to one day intersect his love of international development with being a documentarian. He also really enjoyed working on this film with Erin, Emily, Leo, Kirstin, Brittney, and Anum, even though they kept breaking things. And he is Ecuadorian. 

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Léo Guillemin, Director of Photography/Editor/Sound
Léo is an emerging documentary filmmaker in the nation’s “Docuwood”. He brings five years of experience as a video editor and producer in Washington, D.C. to the craft of documentary storytelling. He is concerned with who gets to tell stories, which stories are being told, and showing reality as it is. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, Middle East Studies, and Arabic from McGill University, and a graduate certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from the George Washington University.