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ZACHARY WEIL // DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Raised in Florida during the Space Shuttle era, Zack feels a deep connection to spaceflight and its history. As founder and operator of Contact Light Films in Los Angeles, his mission is to share stories that inspire and motivate younger generations toward positions of public service and leadership. His resume includes hundreds of short-form programs highlighting the philanthropic efforts of Fortune 500 companies like Toyota and Target, to campaigns for nationally recognized non-profits like the 20MM Foundation and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

JOHN FILSON // PRODUCER

John came to filmmaking through his background in international conflict resolution. He lived for years in the Middle East and Latin America, supporting local communities struggling to prevent war and exploitation. He also led peace-building advocacy programs in Washington, D.C. for many years and sees filmmaking as a transmitter of perspective across cultural boundaries. He is the producer of the web series, Fate We Make, which follows an Iraqi refugee family, with whom John lived as a relief worker in Iraq, as they being life again in the U.S.

GIOVANNA AGUILAR // PRODUCER

Giovanna is the executive producer of Vivir del Cuento, a transmedia project highlighting the oral storytelling traditions of Ecuadorian communities displaced by the 2016 earthquake. She is also the producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, Dreamtown, following Anibal Chala, an Afro-Ecuadorian player who, for six years, strives against all odds to make it to the professional league. A multi-grant awarded film—HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award, NALAC, NYWIFT—Dreamtown can be seen in short form on PBS’s Frontline World Rough Cut.

KYLE McCONAGHY // DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CO-PRODUCER

Kyle is currently a Director of Photography and Colorist for film & television in Los Angeles. He shoots and produces for AT&T’s Audience Network, working on the Audience Music Show and Undeniable with Joe Buck, as well as producing content for the episodic television shows Mr. Mercedes (Brendan Gleeson, Mary Louise Parker) and Condor (Max Irons, William Hurt) and DPing/directing multiple shorts and feature films.

SEAN McCLEARY // ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Sean is the production assistant at Contact Light Films and works closely with When We Were Apollo as Associate Producer. He has worked on numerous documentary and feature projects, including Netflix's Chasing Coral (official selection Sundance), produced by Exposure Labs. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Cinema Studies with a minor in English Literature, and is passionate about impactful and socially-conscious films.

SAMANTHA SIMPSON // INTERN

Samantha is an intern on When We Were Apollo and a passionate filmmaker and photographer. She is fueled by her passion of understanding individuals, and is a graduate of the Grand Valley State University Department of Film and Video. Sam has produced work for the Human Resources department at Meijer, filmed videos for the U.S. Government, and Sandpiper 565. She is an avid world traveller and has spent time studying and filming in New Zealand.

DAVE STONE // PRODUCING CONSULTANT

Dave is on a mission to photograph every uncharted corner of the world in his spare time. He doubles as a creative director and film director in real life. Prior to founding The Human Expansion Co., Dave traversed the advertising and public relations landscape from Chicago to DC to LA, ultimately leading film creative and production for Ogilvy & Mather in the US West as a creative director and Head of Film. His work has been recognized by the Emmy Awards, Addy Awards, Webby Awards, Telly Awards, W3 Awards, North American Excellence Awards, the Brand Film Festival and more.

JASON COCHARD // PRODUCING CONSULTANT

Jason hails from Southern California, where he has lensed award-winning feature films and television shows for more than 14 years as a cinematographer. His work has been featured internationally. Prior to founding The Human Expansion Co., Jason ran a content production company, producing award-winning work for brands and other clients. With an aesthetic that embraces authenticity and rejects artifice, Jason’s quest is to explore and expand the human experience with a contemplative, honest storytelling voice which resonates with viewers.

 

 List of Funders

Alabama Humanities Foundation, Ronald and Kathleen Weil, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., Ina Brown, Kenneth Mitchell, Robert Fish - USS Hornet Museum, Torch Technologies, Craig Scholoman, Doug Forrest, John Montrym, Michael Natkin, Monika Pollwein, Richard Dickins

ADAM CLARKE, ADRIAN RODGERS, ALASTAIR LOCKHART, ALEXANDRA WEIL, ANDREW & LEAH HALL, S. ANDREW McCULLEY, ANNE ERICKSSON AGGER, ANTHONY S. JOHNSON, BEN PALMER, BENJAMIN KALTENBERGER, BERND BERSCHICK, BILL HOLLAND, BLAKE MARSHALL, BOB COVEY, BONNIE SAYRE VENABLE, BRANDON R. LUBLIN, BRETT ERIK JOHNSON, BRIAN ANTONOFF, BRIAN FLOCA, BRIAN MAY, BURKE BURNETT, CASEY CASLER, CATHERINE & DEE KATAUSKAS, CHARLES BAREST, CHARLES W. (BILL) JOHNSON, CHARLES K. RODGER, CHRIS WOUDSTRA, COLLEEN LUCZKO, CROSS PRODUCT CREATIONS, CURRAN DANDURAND, DAKOTA COTTON, DARNELL HESTER, DAVID DAYHUFF, DEBBIE & GEORGE LUCZKO, DENNIS F. PETRUCCI, DONALD CROSSMAN, ED POWELL, EDGAR DE VEIJ, EMILY IMMING, ERIC MESSINA, ERIC J. ROWE, ERIC TURNROSE, EVAN BURTON, FREDERIC ARTNER, FREDRIK ABERG, GARY & SARAH KENDALL, GERHARD GRECHENIG, GERARD G. McMAHON, GRAHAM BAGSHAW, GRAHAM BIRD & JODY SAVAGE, HANNAH McKINLEY, HARRY McCARTY, HERVE GONAY, IAIN McCRAY MARTIN, JAMES P. HOBBS, JEANIE GAIL BOWMAN Ph.D., JEFFREY HOPPERT, JEFFREY KETTERER, JEFF LOTTERMAN, JEFF QUALLS, JEMMA HALL, JENNIFER NICKLYN, JIM FRANGIONE, JIM STONE, JIM TAN, JIMMY HORROCKS, JOE & SARA DeTOLVE, JOHN WALKIEWICZ, JOSEPH CAMEAU, JULIAN DAVID STONE, JULIE McDERMOTT, KEN CLARK, KEN GLOVER, KENNETH PENNING, KEVIN WAGGONER, KEVIN RODGER, KHUONG B. CHAU, KYLE COREY, LARRY BILINSKI, LAWRENCE M. GREEN, LINDA SCOTT, LIZ AHL, LORENZO DUTTO, LYLE SHOOSTINE, MARC ALAN PARSONS, MARC ROULEAU, MARJORIE DeHEY, MARK BEAMES, MARK BERRY, MARK DODSON, MARK GRAY, MARY OLSZEWSKA, MATTHEW MORNICK, MELISSA HOOPER, MICHAEL BECKERS, MICHAEL HWANG, MICHAEL RAPKIN, MICHAEL RUDIN, MIKE GEORGE, MISCHA BOENDER, MITCH PATTERSON, THE NATKIN FAMILY, NICOLAS COMBARET, NORMAN JAFFE, PAT HUFF, PAUL WILKINSON, PAUL B. WEAVER, PER LINDSTRÖM, PERRY OFFER, PETER LYNGSOE, RAINER THUNE, REAGAN GRIMSLEY, REBECCA GRIFFIN, RICARDO DEMARCO LOPEZ, RICK ARGIRO, ROBERT AHDOOT, ROBERT ANDERSON, ROBERT KUNOV, BOB TAMMY, STEPH, & NICHOLAS SPERLING,  ROBERTO LICARI, THE CARLOCK FAMILY, THE PELICAN MAN, SIMON M. SMITH, SPACE COLLECTIBLES, STEVEN FRIEDLAND, STEVEN McHUGH, STEVE GERADS, STEVEN SPENCE, STEVEN & KIM WRIGHT, STUART SABEL, TANYA & KARL LUEDKE, TEISHA & AARON PRIEST, THOMAS REDNOUR, TIM PEPER, TIM TURAN, TODD CHAMBERLAIN, TODD ERSKINE, TODD SCHOLTON, TY FARRIS, VICKI LYNCH, VINCENT SOLIS, WALTER A. MORRIS, WAYNE & VICKI OWENS, WERNER LOEBACH, WILLIE (BILL) WEAVER, ZACK STEIN.