Kate Schermerhorn started her production career at age thirteen, working as an underpaid but enthusiastic chlid laborer for her father, who produced television commercials, including the iconic American Express ‘Don’t Leave Home Without It’ series. She soon went on to work in commercial production working others, including Michael Moore, Tamra Davis, and Matthew Rolston.
Kate left Hollywood to pursue a career as a still photographer in London.. During that time, she published America's Idea of a Good Time (Dewi Lewis 2001) , a photography book looking at Americas pursuit of happiness,. Kate's photos have been widely exhibited and published, including in The Independent, Los Angeles Times and Granta. The New Yorker said of Kate’s photos, "Kate Schermerhorn brings genuine life to the show. In her small black-and-white prints nothing seems wasted, and nothing's excessive."
But she couldn't keep herself away from film production for long. In 2004, Kate's directoral debut Seeking 1906 (KQED co- production), won her a Northern California Emmy in 2007 and a nomination for best historical/cultural feature and she hasn't looked back since.
Kate's recent doc about modern marriage, After Happily Ever After won the 2012 Council for the Contemporary Family Media Award. The San Francisco Chronicle recently said that “Schermerhorn has been labeled everything from the next cultural crusader to the ant at the honeymoon picnic."
Kate, a native New Yorker, has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Florence, rural Scotland and spent seven years in London before settling in the Bay Area in 2002.
Kate has jumped out of an airplaine 27 times.
Spanish-born Vicente Franco is very humble and doesn't like to talk about being nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for his film, ‘Daughter from Danang’. The documentaryalso won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2002, as well as many international awards. Franco has been working in film production for over thiry years, including producing and directing ‘Cuba Va’ and ‘Summer of Love’ among many other projects.
Vicente is a highly accomplished cinematographer for documentaries, drama, news and public affairs, and has won a Peabody Award for coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. His credits include the Academy Award nominated films ‘Freedom on My Mind’, and ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America.’ He also shot, among many others, ‘Botany of Desire’, ‘The Judge and the General’, ‘The Fight in the Fields’, ‘The Good War’ as well as ‘The Storm that Swept Mexico’, ‘A Fierce Green Fire’, and ‘Cruz Reynoso: A Man for all Seasons’.
Vicente has lived away from Spain for over three decades, but on rare occassion is still known to add an extra vowel to the beginning of English words when speaking.