Production Team

hassensaker1 Hassen Saker, Writer/Director/Producer

Besides documentary filmmaking, Hassen is a transmedia creator & performer, working with texts, video, audio and photography. Her written works have been published by various publications & her art film installations have been featured online and screened in public art spaces. Her collection of poetry, Sky Journal, was published by Dusie Press in 2014 & she has two forthcoming poetry books from Furniture Press & Propolis Press. She’s a media collaborator with Natalie Jeremijenko & the Environmental Health Clinic at NYU – while also running her own green business. Additionally, Hassen founded the social media channel/network, VolkLibre & the Center for the Sublime Arts, a community of artist-activists, for which she directed & produced Heroes, a series of short video interviews with sustainability role models.In 2011, she conceived, produced, directed & edited a feature-length private documentary, Dog Feed Dog: Judy Wicks and the Legacy of the White Dog. Saker served on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia & the Executive Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. 


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Phuong Nguyen, Producer

Phuong is the Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director of the Women’s Film Festival. She has served as Festival Director for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Manager of Development and Communications of the Asian Arts Initiative, and the Development Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association and the Philadelphia Women in Film and Television.


Daniel Traub, Director of Photography

dtraub2Daniel Traub is a Brooklyn based photographer and filmmaker. Since 1999, he has been engaged with long term photographic projects in China including “Simplified Characters” which explores the transformation of China’s cities, and “Peripheries” which looks at the border region where urban and rural China meet. Traub’s photographs have been exhibited in Asia, Europe and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and the Print Center in Philadelphia, and are in public and private collections including the Martin Z. Margulies collection and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has appeared in publications including Aperture Magazine, European Photography and The New York Times Magazine. His first monograph, “North Philadelphia,” will be published in 2014 by Kehrer Verlag. As a filmmaker, Traub recently completed the feature length “Barefoot Artist” about Lily Yeh and her collaborative artworks in war-torn communities; and “Xu Bing: Phoenix,” about the Chinese artist Xu Bing’s Phoenix project, which highlights the condition of Chinese migrant laborers. Additionally, he has been the director of photography for numerous documentaries and reports for networks and production companies including PBS, German Television ZDF and Arte.


Douglas Horvat, Sound Douglas_Horvat

A graduate of Berklee Music in Music Theory, Music Production, and Sound Design, Douglas Horvat has worked as a professional sound recordist, engineer, and producer for the past 15 years. His television credits include segments on the Dr. Oz show, Discovery Channel, and more. He’s worked on numerous films, both on location and in post-production capacity. Douglas is experienced and passionate about all aspects of audio production, recording, and design.


Ruth Schanbacher, Line Producer

Lauren Cavote, Project Manager


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