BRYNN GELBARD :: Director/Executive Producer
Growing up on Long Island, Brynn Gelbard was an insatiable athlete and tomboy, announcing that when she grew up, she wanted to be Martina Navratilova. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Psychology, she came out of the closet and moved to San Francisco. For years, she struggled without the support of her family until the death of a loved one reunited everyone. Now, empowered by the firsthand knowledge that anyone can struggle to accept, and that everyone has the capacity to evolve, Brynn has dedicated her body of film and written work to the celebration of delectable characters brought to life through great stories that induce positive social change.
CRISTIN SHEA :: Producer
After a long-short career in biological threat reduction (anthrax research), and forensics (injury and accident reconstruction), Cristin began applying her analytic mind to the creative realm of film and photography production. Now, spearheading her own production company (Found Productions) in New York City, she has produced feature films, documentaries, photo shoots, online webisodes and just about everything under the sun as it relates to moving and still pictures. She is an advocate of things that Matter and making real change on a micro level to induce monumental change on a macro level. With a passion for storytelling, and a compulsion for production, the DeVote Campaign is a perfect match for Cristin.
LISA DONOHOE :: Producer
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Lisa traveled to San Francisco to visit her sister 15 years ago and never left. She is a bold and colorful scenic artist who applies her design flare to independent film and commercial sets as well as homes and restaurants. As an art director, her work has recently screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the London Independent Film Festival. When it comes to interior design and decorative finishing, she uses the greenest techniques whenever possible to ensure that the spaces she creates are as nourishing as they are beautiful. Lisa was inspired to join the Devote Campaign after she and Brynn were forced to postpone their 2009 wedding following the passage of Proposition 8.
MELINDA BAGATELOS :: Director of Photography – USA
Originally hailing from Sacramento, California, Melinda, aka Mindy, has shot and directed a variety of projects including ‘LezBros’ and ‘Jew Lo from the Block’ with Brynn and Lisa, as well as several music videos for pop songstress, Pearl Future. Currently, she is at work on a documentary tracking the transition from female to male of a close friend and up and coming novelist. After graduating from Scripps College, where she was an All-American basketball player, Melinda honed her photography skills traveling around the world and living in countries including Spain, Japan, and India. Other than using a camera to capture the magnificence of life around the globe, Melinda can be found sporting a hard-hat and managing large-scale construction projects throughout Northern California.
HANH NGUYEN :: Director of Photography/Editor
Hahn is a Los Angeles based Director, Cinematographer and Editor whose work has screened at San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hollywood East Film Festival and many film festivals worldwide. Having grown up with a father who is a chef, Hanh inherited a great passion for food. She is currently developing a documentary feature about pho, the beloved Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Hanh received her BFA in Film and Media Arts from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
KARL HAYDEN :: Director of Photography – Ireland
Karl Hayden is a freelance camera man and editor based in Ireland. His work includes a number of documentaries, short films, television & radio features, as well as the recording of LGBT community events in Ireland for archive and future social historians. He produced/directed and co-produced a number of LGBT documentaries including “Did Anyone Notice Us?” (2003) which won the award for best documentary at the Cork International Film Festival in 2003, “Gay Skinheads” (2002), “A Bit of a Laugh” (2005). Between 1994 and 1997 he produced and co-presented the first long running weekly radio programme for the LGBT community in Ireland on Anna Livia Radio. He has worked as a researcher and technical consultant on a number of ground breaking LGBT themed Television programes on the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ, in the early 1990s. He continues to be actively involved in the LGBT community at home in Ireland and abroad. Currently, he is working on establishing a project called “Irish LGBT Voices” an archival project to record the stories of Irish LGBT people and their experiences of living in Ireland and abroad.