Meet our Team

Marlene “Mo” Morris: Director/Producer

Mo MorrisMo calls Berkeley, CA home and has been producing and editing videos for non-profit and educational organizations for over seven years on topics as wide-ranging as ecology, domestic abuse survivors, Jewish choral music, and restorative justice.

She has been associate producer and editor on film projects with internationally acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers Jed Riffe, Maureen Gosling, and Abby Ginzberg. As associate producer at Berkeley’s Center for Digital Storytelling, Mo collaborated to create Silence Speaks, an anthology of short videos featuring survivors and witnesses of human rights abuses and domestic violence.

With two young daughters, Mo followed her passion to study documentary filmmaking and sought out internships to gain practical experience. Years of social justice activism and professional experience as a mediator and immigration attorney enrich Mo’s approach to documentary filmmaking. A New Color is Mo’s first feature film.

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Peggy Peralta: Cinematographer

Peggy PeraltaPeggy is an accomplished cinematographer with over 10 years of experience making images for documentaries, narrative films, music videos, and corporate videos.

Her credits include feature documentary “Harana” (Audience Awards 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival, 2013 CAAMFeat San Francisco); Best Cinematography at 2006 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival; and, Best Emerging Filmmaker at 2005 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival. Peggy’s works are distinct for their heart, energy and perspective.

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Maureen Gosling: Editor

Maureen Gosling Maureen has been a documentary filmmaker for more than forty years and is best known for her twenty-year collaboration with independent director, Les Blank (“Burden of Dreams”, “Garlic Is As Good as Ten Mothers”).

She recently directed and produced “This Ain’t No Mouse Music: The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records”, with Chris Simon (2013, Best Documentary, Mill Valley Film Festival, 2013 Jury Prize, Nashville Film Festival).

Gosling has also been sought after as an editor, working with such directors as Jed Riffe (“California’s ‘Lost’ Tribes”, “Waiting to Inhale”), Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann (“Smokin’ Fish” broadcast nationwide on PBS+), Tom Weidlinger (“Heart of the Congo”, “A Dream in Hanoi”, “Boys Will Be Men”), Ashley James (“Bomba”, “Dancing the Drum”).

Gosling’s 16mm feature documentary “Blossoms Of Fire”, on the legendary Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, won the Coral Award for Best Foreign Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival. The film was also broadcast on HBO Latino.  Gosling has twice been a visiting instructor at Stanford University and enjoys mentoring emerging filmmakers.

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Jed Riffe: Executive Producer

Jed RiffeJed is an award-winning independent film director who has been producing prime time, national and international programming for theatrical release and public television since 1975.

Most recently he served as series producer, producer, director and co-writer on “California and the American Dream”, an independently produced four-hour, nationally broadcast PBS series.

Jed is also an interactive and new media producer whose major credits include the first Africana Interactive Learning Center at Merritt College; four interactive exhibits for the Autry Museum of American History; and, writer for the award-winning “Public Broadcasting In Public Places.”

Over the last thirty years, Riffe has produced and directed a number of acclaimed nationally broadcast documentaries including “Waiting to Inhale:  Marijuana, Medicine and the Law” (winner of the CINE Golden Eagle award), ‘California’s “Lost’ Tribes”, “Ripe for Change”, Ishi, the Last Yahi among others.  Riffe’s films have won 26 major awards and he is honored to be both a 2009 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow/Alumni and a Gerbode Fellow.

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Jessica Jones: Assistant Editor

Jessica JonesJessica is a documentary filmmaker specializing in character-driven documentary style video productions. With a background in both film and nonprofit advocacy, Jessica views visual storytelling as a unique platform for social innovation, and intends to use filmmaking as an opportunity to shed light on community based issues.

Her credits include Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the documentary “A Fragile Trust” (Sheffield Doc Fest/ITVS Open Call/Dir: Samantha Grant), which examines ethics and diversity in journalism.  Jessica is embarking on her first feature as Co-Producer/Editor of “Eye,Camera”, a documentary that follows a Bay Area artist on a unique journey of healing; after losing her left eye in a car accident, sets out to build a camera inside her prosthetic eye as a means to re-envision her life following the accident.

Jessica holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Psychology and International Studies, and is a graduate of George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking.  She is a 2013 BAVC MediaMaker Fellow, and was the 2011 George Stoney Fellow at Working Films.

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Academic Advisors:

Stephanie Anne Johnson, Ph.D.

Stephanie Johnson Stephanie is a Professor in the Visual and Public Art program at California State University Monterey Bay, where for 18 years she has taught the history of contemporary art, public art cases studies, and studio art.

In addition to an M.F. A. from the University of California, Berkeley, Johnson recently obtained her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Change. Johnson’s research focuses on the Harlem Renaissance, Public Art and New Deal Federal Art Policies.

As a working artist, Johnson creates installations and mixed media sculptures to preserve and honor the history of Africans.  She has had two one-person exhibitions: In 2006 at The Sargent Johnson Gallery and in 1994 at The African American Historical Society, both in San Francisco.

Her most recent work was a mixed media slide installation presented at The Museum of the African Diaspora – San Francisco in 2008. Johnson has also had a lighting design career that spans 35 years, designing shows all over the world.

Johnson has also been a guest lecturer and presenter at a number of universities and colleges and has served as a grants review panelist in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.  Johnson is currently a Civic Arts Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, with a focus on youth outreach and neighborhood development.

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Ajuan M. Mance, Ph.D.

Ajuan Mance Ajuan is the May Treat Morrison Professor of English at Mills College. She teaches literature, with an emphasis on African American literature, Black feminist thought, and cultural studies. She is the author of Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-Representation, 1877-2000 (2007); and Proud Legacy: The Colored Schools of Malvern, Arkansas and the Community that Made Them (2013), among others.

Mance is a working artist whose current project 1001 Black Men expands the cultural dialogue about media representation of Black men. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, at the University of Oregon, Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery, and Trenton, NJ’s Reinhardt-Fisher Gallery. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Urbanview, Oregon Quarterly, Mission at Tenth, and Transition.

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Meredith Minkler, DrPH. MPH

Meredith Minkler Meredith is Professor of Health and Social Behavior at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. She was founding director of UC Berkeley’s Center on Aging and the California Senior Leaders Program, where she became familiar with Edythe Boone who was a member of CSL’s 10th anniversary class.

Minkler is a leading expert in the emerging field of humanistic gerontology and has been a Kellogg National Fellow. Her many books and publications include Civic Engagement and Older Adults: A Critical Perspective (co-authored with Marty Martinson, MPH, MEd); and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Forgotten Caregivers in the Crack Cocaine Epidemic (a study of 71 Oakland grandmother/caregivers co-authored with Kathleen M. Roe).

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Mrs. Richie Smith

Mrs. RichieMrs. Richie Smith is a Community Historian/Culture Bearer, who moved to the West Coast from Oklahoma in 1949. Smith is a retired Head Start teacher who regularly spends time at local schools encouraging students.

She and her husband cared for their twin grandsons through high school and college. Having been a resident of Berkeley’s Lorin district for the past 64 years, “Miss Richie” is prominently featured in the “Music on Our Minds” mural in honor of her many contributions as the South Berkeley Adeline Corridor’s unofficial “mayor”.

Smith has spent decades working solo and with community- based organizations, and co-founded “Take a Stand Against Elder Abuse” in 2004. She served 8 years on Berkeley’s Commission on Aging and was honored as a California Senior Leader by UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in 2009.

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