Filmmakers

Jared P. Scott

Writer / Director / Producer

Jared P. Scott is an award-winning filmmaker, NYTimes Bestseller, and founding partner at PF Pictures.

He recently wrote, directed and produced the NYTimes Critics' Pick REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM (2015/16) – Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power (TriBeCa World Premiere, AFI, IDFA). The film was a top theatrically grossing doc, charted at #1 on iTunes for 7+ weeks and has global distribution on NETFLIX. The film was adapted into a book that Jared co-created and co-edited with Noam Chomsky which hit #6 on The New York Times Bestseller list and #1 in over 10 categories on Amazon’s Bestseller lists.

Jared wrote, directed and produced DISRUPTION (2014) - a story of climate and social tipping points that galvanized the largest climate march in the history of the planet. Films for Action ranked it the #1 all -time film for social change. [watchdisruption.com]

He wrote, directed and produced DO THE MATH (2013) - Bill McKibben's 3 numbers that sum up the climate crisis. [Al-Jazeera, Worldwide]

Other films include THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF (2013, Sundance FF), MONEY IS MATERIAL (2014), IMPOSSIBLE (2014), SPLIT (2008; 2012, producer), & DISOBEDIENCE (2016, producer) which have been broadcast/streamed on in the US on IFC, PBS, The Documentary Channel, Pivot, iTunes & Amazon.

A seasoned speaker, Jared has delivered keynote addresses during events at COP 20 in Peru and COP 21 in Paris about ‘Using Film as a Tool for Social Change’, led discussions at The New School, NYU, SUNY/Bard, & Carnegie Mellon University, participated in festival panels (Sheffield, DOC NYC), and has appeared on CNN, Al-Jazeera, ABC, NBC, RAI, and Huff Post Live.

Sophie Robinson

Executive Producer / Director of Outreach

Sophie is a former grassroots climate organizer who has changed paths to pursue filmmaking for social change. She coordinated 350 Massachusetts – one of the leading statewide climate networks in the country– for two years at climate change nonprofit Better Future Project. 350 Massachusetts has 10 local groups across the state and leads three statewide campaigns. Sophie has close connections to 350.org and to many other statewide 350 groups in the country. She was trained by renowned organizer and Harvard professor Marshall Ganz.

Sophie has Psychology and Environmental Science degrees from Williams College, and is currently working toward a masters degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard.

Kelly Nyks

Producer

A founding partner in PF Pictures and an award-winning filmmaker, Kelly recently wrote, directed and produced REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM and DISOBEDIENCE. Kelly co-created and co-edited the NYTimes Bestselling REQUIEM book with Noam Chomsky.

He wrote, directed and produced DISRUPTION - the story of the greatest crisis mankind has ever faced and the movement rising to fight it.

Kelly also directed and produced the critically acclaimed shorts MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE.

He produced and directed DO THE MATH - chronicling America's preeminent environmentalist Bill McKibben in a david-vs-goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

Kelly wrote, directed and produced SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE – a non-partisan investigation of the US political divide hailed by Variety as a ‘solid, evenhanded spur for discussion’. International broadcasts include Germany (ZDF), Japan (NHK), Austria (ORF), Spain (MultiCanal), Finland (YLE), Israel (Channel Eight) and Taiwan (PTS).

His directorial debut SPLIT: A DIVIDED AMERICA won Best Documentary and Audience Favorite awards at festivals nationwide, was broadcast domestically (IFC) and internationally (Films Transit) and cornerstoned a nationwide educational campaign to educate First Time Voters in partnership with the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Through the US State Department Public Diplomacy Speakers Program Kelly has screened the film in cities around the world including Beijing, Berlin, Madrid, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Taipei, Barcelona, Munich, Brussels, Paris and Valencia, among others.

Kelly produced THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF which won the Jury Prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

MIKE MCSWEENEY

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike McSweeney is an award-winning filmmaker and director of photography.

Filmed on location in India, he was the cinematographer on the Academy Award short listed film KUSH, which won at the Venice Film Festival.

Mike directed and shot the Traverse City Film Festival darling ASHES OF AMERICA – a lyrical and stirring feature film on inequality, abuse of power, and mediations on the American Dream.

His portraiture style on ASHES inspired his cinematography for the NYTimes Critics' Pick REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Mike was also the DP on a number of PF Pictures' films: DO THE MATH, MONEY IS MATERIAL, IMPOSSIBLE - and produced and shot additional cinematography for DISRUPTION.

He was the director, shooter, and visionary behind Wu Tang Clan's PURPLE TAPE project that was launched at Sundance in 2015.

Hypatia A. Porter

Editor / Associate Producer

Hypatia A. Porter is an editor, producer and screenwriter. Her past work includes television series, documentaries, music videos, commercials, short films and art installations. Her work primarily focuses on social justice and environmental projects, including GIRLY with the Academy-Award winning production company FICTIONLESS, and DISRUPTION, REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, and DISOBEDIENCE with PF PICTURES.

Michael Sonnenfeldt

Associate Producer

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political activist. Currently, he is the founder, owner and Chairman of TIGER 21, Chairman of Magnolia Purchasing Advisors, the Chairman of publicly traded Canadian solar company, Carmanah Technologies, Ltd, and a Board Member of Earthjustice. Sonnenfeldt is the President of the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Foundation and on the Boards of several other philanthropic and political organizations.

Malcolm Francis

Composer

Malcolm Francis is an award-winning music producer and composer who has worked in film and television for two decades.

Heralded with a "Philip Glass-like sense of rhythmic, repetitious motifs constantly pushing forward" (Variety) and "recalling the least nerve-jangling work of Philip Glass" (Seattle Screen Scene), Malcolm has composed the complete scores for THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES, REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, DISRUPTION, DO THE MATH & DISOBEDIENCE.

Malcolm was the composer for THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF, which won the Jury Prize at Focus Forward in Sundance and toured film festivals worldwide. He also composed the music for MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE, both Vimeo Staff Picks.

He served as music supervisor on the cult classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” and co-produced the music-driven film, “Awake Zion” (FilmBuff).

In TV, Malcolm has written and composed for Sy-Fy, MTV, HBO, Discovery, and wrote for CMT’s "Artist of the Year" Awards five years running.

Malcolm has done remix work for Etta James, Donna Summer, Willie Nelson, and other aspiring artists from Sony, RCA, and many independent labels.

Malcolm has owned Popular Beat Combo for the last 18 years and is the in-house composer for PF pictures.

John Picklap

Post Production Coordinator / Assistant Editor

John Picklap is a cinematographer and filmmaker. He produces film and video for news, documentary and commercial. His past work has been broadcast on public television and recognized by the Broadcast Education Association. His latest film, BETWEEN THE SAND premiered at AFI DOCS. Antother recent short documentary LUCY: A STORY OF EPILEPSY AND MARIJUANA was featured by The Atlantic and screened at the Skyline Indie Film Festival and Richmond International Film Festival in Virginia. His work focuses primarily on science, the environment and social justice.

Dave Regos

Research Coordinator / Assistant Editor

David Regos has been working on documentaries for the last sixteen years. As a teenager he made his first short film about a devastating freakish hailstorm that hit Sydney, Australia in 1998. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley he directed and produced a feature length documentary about the quirky world of artistic roller skating. After working for ABC TV in Australia, David traveled across the USA filming people’s moments of inspiration for Mutual of Omaha’s Aha Moment campaign. His most recent documentary, Divide In Concord, has been winning awards at film festivals around the world. He is also currently producing a documentary about magicians active during World War II. David currently resides between Sydney and New York.