Natasha Florentino, Director
Natasha Florentino is an independent documentary filmmaker and the director of Abundant Land. In 2008 she co-directed and co-produced REZONING HARLEM (http://www.rezoningharlem.com), a documentary about the opposition to the NYC rezoning of 125th street. The film was used as an educational and community-organizing tool throughout New York City. REZONING HARLEM was screened at the Maysles Cinema, various public venues, gentrification symposiums, film festivals and throughout university classrooms in NY. The film is currently being distributed by Third World Newsreel.
Natasha has spoken at numerous community screenings, Q&A’s, events and conferences. She is passionate about getting to the root of social inequalities and is always eager to share her experiences as a documentary filmmaker. She can enthusiastically communicate about why strengthening our local food systems is more than a way of producing healthier food, but a social responsibility that has huge ramifications for marginalized communities who are often on the frontlines of harmful corporate practices.
In 2012, Natasha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) with a specialization in documentary film.
Armen Zohrabian, Producer & Photographer
Armen Zohrabian (http://www.azohrabian.com) is an attorney, cinematographer and photographer. He has photographed parts of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Armenia, Georgia, California and Hawaii. He runs a recording studio in San Francisco and was the Executive Producer for turntablist DJ Quest’s Questolous album.
Benjamin Moss, Editor
Benjamin Moss (http://www.benjaminfmoss.com) is a media artist, editor and educator. He has produced documentary films, promotional videos and educational videos for numerous educational and arts organizations. His traditional documentary work has been shown at the Mystic Independent Film Festival and the Ailey Citygroup Theater, among other venues. His experimental work has been exhibited at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, The Stony Brook School and the Berkeley Art Center. Moss has taught at St. Luke’s School in Connecticut, Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and Menlo College in California. Moss received his BA from Trinity College, his MDiv from Yale University and his MFA from the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.
Ina Adele Ray, Story Consultant
Ina Adele Ray (https://www.adeleray.com) is a Vietnamese and American (Scotch-Irish origins) filmmaker. She has worked in film and video production in both the commercial and non-profit worlds as mainly an editor and producer for over 17 years to support her passion for filmmaking. Her television editing work includes 30, 60, and 90 minute programs about China and Chinese culture for D3 Productions, Inc. that have aired on PBS and CCTV. She recently edited a series of curriculum videos for an ed program called Up to Code Academy, for Black and Latino kids 6-8th grade—that inspires youth to gain awareness and to pursue possibilities in technology careers. Adele is in post production on a short VR documentary she directed and produced called "The Red Room Project" with co-producer and director of photography Noam Eshel.
Ray has an MA in Media Studies from the New School University. Her areas of study are documentary, experimental, and narrative film production, as well as film, cultural, and media theory. Adele has also served as a Part-time Assistant Professor, teaching film and media courses at the New School University and has also taught at NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Eugene Lang College.
Hannah Schulman, Associate Producer
Hannah Schulman is an artist and filmmaker. She studied Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia and produced videos at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. She's now working for the Women's Film Institute in San Francisco and she's interested in promoting the voices of women and underrepresented people in visual media.
Marina Gee, Outreach Intern
Marina Gee is from the Bay Area and is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is majoring in Film and Media Studies and will be graduating in December 2018. She is interested in the independent filmmaking process and hopes to pursue a career in film and video production.
Hannah Wheeler, Social Media Outreach Intern
Originally from North Carolina, Hannah Wheeler decided to make the big move out west to pursue her passion for film and love of storytelling. She is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley and will graduate in May 2020 with a B.A. in Film and a B.A. in Media Studies. After graduating from college, Hannah hopes to pursue a career in film production or digital marketing.
Elenita Nicholas, Editing Intern
Elenita Nicholas (www.makanimedia.com) is a student and aspiring filmmaker/media producer. She studied Anthropology at Georgetown University and is now entering a master's program in Museum Anthropology at Columbia University.
Her interests lie in digital media interpretation, with a focus on how collaborative documentary can alleviate issues of representation within (and outside of) museum spaces.
Sophia Daniels, Writing Intern
Sofia is a second-year Film and Anthropology Major at UC Berkeley. She has a passion for writing and hopes to go into documentary film production as a way to tell stories and educate people about the world around them! She is currently living and working in Berkeley doing video production and editing, writing articles for the Abundant Land Blog, and traveling.