Filmmaking Team

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Sylvia Johnson

Director/Producer Sylvia Johnson made her first film as a Fulbright scholar in the ghettos of Brazil. The documentary film short,  “Alagados,”  was nominated for an award by the International Documentary Association, and screened as an official selection at film festivals across the globe. She is the founder of The Alagados Project, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides college scholarships as an exit strategy from poverty for talented first generation college students from the community where the film was made. Sylvia works as a producer, cinematographer, and editor through her production company, Free Roaming Studios. Her clients include top leadership of organizations such as the National Park Service and the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation. Sylvia’s work has screened at Aspen Shortsfest, Telluride Mountainfilm, National Geographic, deadCENTER, and the American Conservation Film Festival among others. Born in Bolivia and raised in six different countries, Sylvia is a global citizen who loves sharing the world with others through film.


Angelica Das

Co-producer Angelica Das is associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she promotes strategies for socially engaged-media making. Angelica programs and directs the annual Media That Matters conference on cutting-edge practices in strategic design for social issue media. She co-produces the American University Human Rights Film Series, and regularly speaks on social impact documentary at festivals and conferences including IDFA and the Full Frame Documentary Festival. Angelica is a juror for local and national competitions including Justice Matters at Filmfest DC, the DCCAH Media Artist Fellowship Program and the IDA Wolper Student Documentary Award. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.


Executive Producers

Altaire Productions

Stuyvesant-Bard Films


Anne Goetz

Anne Goetz’s editing experience in the creative process of storytelling for documentary and short video spans over 20 years. As an editor with National Geographic she’s worked closely with executive producers and curators to bring to life artifacts and cultures through video. She served as an editor for large screen presentations, trailers and web content to accompany world class exhibitions, and has edited for  Guggenheim Productions, Discovery Communications, and the Smithsonian Channel. Anne’s specialties include both collaborative and independent work flows with Final Cut Studio, trouble shooting, storytelling, sound design and remote editing.


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Polly Bryan

Polly Bryan has extensive experience in offline and online editing. She is a senior editor at Henninger Media Services and a former certified Avid instructor. She loves both the artistic and technical challenges of storytelling. With an extremely strong toolset in Avid, Final Cut and Adobe, she has cut long form pieces, network promos, sizzle reels, educational and corporate vignettes.  Her clients include National Park Service, Discovery Networks, PBS, Smithsonian Networks and a variety of independent producers.  She has also worked on high profile political campaigns and award winning documentaries.


Joachim Horsley

Composer Joachim Horsley has scored over 25 independent films including the documentary “Unattached,” which won the Silver Medal at the Student Academy Awards.  Working with composer Anton Sanko, Horsley orchestrated and conducted feature films “The Possession”, and “Rabbit Hole” , as well as the epic seven-part global programing event “Great Migrations,” which aired on the National Geographic Channel and won a News and Documentary Emmy for music and sound. His work has screened at film festivals all over the world, including Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Telluride, Palm Springs and Tribeca. Horsley’s work can be heard in television shows, commercials, and on-air promotions on NBC, ABC, HBO, A&E, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, and Peabody Award-Winning Onion News Network. Horsley recently scored the feature film “Rapture-Palooza”, and released his own new album called “Compilations”.


Graphics Artist
Benjamin Cheek

Graphics artist Benjamin Cheek loves sinking his teeth into creative, boundary-pushing motion graphics projects. He’s a tireless consumer of digital and modern art, and has worked on a multitude of projects that range in scope and depth.  Ben’s clients include BET, PBS, American Express, Starbucks, Allstate Insurance, Carnegie Hall, NCIS, Nokia, and now Roaming Wild!  and.  He has also worked for the Biennale in Sydney, Australia and had the pleasure of studying experimental film and animation at FAMU in the Czech Republic.  Ben recently opened his own motion graphics shop, Magic Burger Animation, in the Pacific Northwest.


Shelby KrickResearch Assistant
Shelby Krick

Shelby has been working in media advocacy at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network since completing her bachelor of arts in May 2012.  She became interested in documentary filmmaking while studying literature, Spanish and communications at American University, and she is excited to continue sharing meaningful messages to invoke social change.