Meet the filmmakers that made this possible.
Jason Glaser, Director & Producer
Jason Glaser was educated at University of Edinburgh and Columbia College Chicago where he earned degrees in Cinematography and Photography. He has been working on feature films, and TV ever since. In 2007 with Affected Films began work on “Banana Land”. While filming Banana Land the team encountered a devastating epidemic of kidney failure in Nicaragua among sugar cane workers. With members of the production team he took a break from filming and created La Isla Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to helping a community devestated by the kidney failure epidemic. After the foundation was up and running Glaser and the team got back to work on Banana Land.
Glaser has lead workshops in the region on human rights at the United Nation’s University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. Jason demonstrated his commitment to the region in September 2007 when he abandoned his research schedule and organized an independent and successful relief effort that saved lives on Nicaragua’s Miskito Coast after it was blind-sided by category 5 hurricane Felix. Mr Glaser has also contributed to the Guardian UK Online.
Steven Ware, Director Of Photography
Steven Ware began shooting documentaries at 18 in Lansing Michigan. He attended Columbia College Chicago for his degree in Cinematography. He continued learning the craft in New York working in the lighting department for feature films. He shot the short film Girl’s Room which has screened at the Cannes, Berlin, and Tribeca Film Festivals. The film My Lover’s Moods also went to Cannes in 2007, and New Business was at Slamdance 2008. The Affected is his 3rd feature film, along with Khuda Ke Liye and the documentary Pretty Near Perfect. He lives in Leon, Nicaragua.
Jose Luis Rios, Director Of Photography
Jose Luis Rios studied and received a degree in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Since then Rios has been working on narrative films, music videos and documentaries which has taken him to all areas of the world. His unique worldview led to a passion for social awareness and change. Rios is captivated by natural beauty and the human condition, he believes the camera is a weapon, a device in which can bring light to people around the globe. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to pursue cinematography and fine art.
Nicole Sherwin, Field Producer
Nicole Sherwin began making documentaries in New York City after editing Come Hell Or High Water – an examination of the traumatic psychological effects of Hurricane Katrina. She assisted HIV+ young women to tell their stories for MTV’s Think campaign while producing for Free Speech TV. Sherwin is a founding member of the Green Edge Collaborative, an organization aimed at inspiring action towards a sustainable future. She is currently obtaining her MBA in Sustainable Business Management in San Francisco.
Lisa Wells, Associate Producer
Lisa Wells has worked with arts organizations and sustainability focused NGOs as a coordinator, grant writer, and educator for the last ten years. Her creative work has most recently appeared in m.o.n.o., Ecotone, and Poets Against The War. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Myth Media in Portland, Oregon, a Meyer Grant recipient focused on creating cultural change through film.
Diego Lopez, Editor
Diego is a Chicago native who graduated from Colombia College Chicago in 2006. After starving his soul working with tourists, he broke into the Chicagoan video production industry and has not looked back since.
This doc is one bare footstep towards avenging the ancestral blood he was forged from.
Lucho Fuentes, Sound Engineer
Lucho was raised in a family of filmmakers in San Jose Costa Rica. When he was 17 he left home and became a guerilla with the Sandinistas and took part in the revolution against US backed dictator Anastasio Somoza. After the revolution was won he worked on films for the Sandinista government concerning education. Later his other talents were needed and he fought on the Honduran frontier against US backed contras in the famous TPU special forces group. After the contra war he returned to film and tv production. He is much more than a sound man to the team, we rely on him for security and for his ability to make a connection with everyone from a governor to a field worker.
Rosie Kuhn, Production Coordinator
Rosie Kuhn is a British independent director and producer living Ecuador. She has produced documentaries for Al Jazeera English´s current affairs programme “People and power”, award wining short films, and short documentaries for television, and is currently working on feature length documentary. Coming from an anthropological background, and with a Master in Latin American studies, her films have a socio-environmental focus