Ellen Brodsky began filmmaking after a twelve-year career in education and public health. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, worked at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, led a National Training Center on HIV prevention for the Centers for Disease Control, and did training for the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Ellen co-produced “At Home in Utopia,” broadcast on Independent Lens in 2009. She has directed three award- winning shorts: “What do you know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians,” “Only One Boss,” and “Dental Farmer” (with co-director, Dunya Alwan), which have played festivals in all seven continents. Brodsky has a Masters in Management from the Heller School, Brandeis University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.
Pam Chamberlain, Associate Producer
Pam Chamberlain has championed the needs of LGBTQ youth since the 1970s as a feminist teacher, administrator, government agency manager, and social science researcher. She was a founding member of the groundbreaking Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, the first public project of its kind in the country. Chamberlain has successfully raised funds and coordinated planning and implementation for multiple social justice projects including the Resist Foundation, Women’s Pentagon Action, and PFLAG. She also has experience in designing attitudinal and behavior change campaigns for schools and community groups. She holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Chicago.
Austin de Besche, Director of Photography
Austin de Besche has been a cinematographer for over forty years. His cinematography credits include: the feature films “Return of the Secaucus 7” and “Lianna” (both directed by John Sayles), “On Thin Ice,” an Emmy-winning anti-drug documentary; second-unit television work for “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere”; and corporate films and commercials numbered in the thousands. He co-photographed “Voices of the Children,” a documentary on Holocaust survivors, which won a National Emmy in 1999. He has served as director/cameraman on numerous promotions for the Discovery Channel, A&E Network, The History Channel, and many other television and cable networks. He was also the senior director of photography on the national PBS children’s show “Postcards from Buster.”
Peter Rhodes, Editor
Peter Rhodes is a veteran editor who was trained at the BBC in London. Since moving to the United States in 1986 he has accumulated more than 50 credits for films that have appeared on PBS, the BBC, and at major film festivals. Recent work include “Latino Americans”, PBS, which won a 2013 Peabody Award; “The Last Mountain,” which was an Official Selection at Sundance 2011 and winner of the IDA Pare Lorentz award; Frontline: “Inside the Meltdown”; “The People vs. Leo Frank,” PBS, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2010 History Maker’s Conference; “The Price of Sugar,” which won the Audience Award at South by Southwest Film Festival. Of all the many films Peter has edited, “The Year We Thought About Love” was one of the most fulfilling – a great team working with powerful material on an important subject.
Lai-San Ho, Assistant Editor
Lai-San Ho studied International Relations and Film Studies at Tufts University. During her time at Tufts, she co-produced three short films, one of which—“The Complete Life of John Hopkins”—was nominated for Best Student Short at the Silk City Flick Fest 2010. Since graduating in 2013, she has co-edited the feature film A Sort of Homecoming and a soon-to-be-released web series called “Old Guy.” As an assistant editor, she has worked on the feature film By the Sea and the short film “Tap Shoes & Violins,” in addition to The Year We Thought About Love.
Claudio Ragazzi, Composer
Film Composer and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi has been writing award winning music for film and television, scoring hundreds of projects and performing with some of today’s most respected musicians at renowned concert halls in the world.
He has scored films such as Next Stop Wonderland, The Blue Diner, Casa de los Babys. Something’s Gotta Give, Tetro, The Last Mountain, and To Catch a Dollar. Claudio has scored hundreds of TV productions for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Telemundo, Univision and PBS, including “American Experience,” “NOVA,” and the children’s series “Sesame Street,” “Arthur,” and “Postcards from Buster.” He has performed with some of today’s most influential and respected musicians, including Gary Burton, Yo-Yo Ma, Danilo Perez, saxophone legends Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, and Paquito D’Rivera.
A native of Argentina, Claudio grew up in Buenos Aires, where he started playing music at a very early age performing with some of Argentina’s most influential musicians including Tango master Rodolfo Mederos and sharing the stage with Luis Alberto Spinetta, Litto Nebbia and Antonio Agri. He currently scores films, performs internationally and teaches Film Composition at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Sarah Hancock, Executive Producer
Sarah Hancock produced the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of Women of Will at the Gym at Judson in 2013 and the award winning off-Broadway productions of Saint Joan and Hamlet by Bedlam at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2014. She currently serves on the boards of the American Repertory Theater, Shakespeare & Company, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.