Jason Arthurs (Director and Editor) is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Raleigh, NC. He was named North Carolina Photographer of the Year in 2005 and 2006, with portfolios containing work from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a documentary project in India and a story about a young mother battling terminal cancer. His work has also received awards from photojournalism’s most prestigious competitions including the Pictures of the Year International and National Press Photographers “Best of Photojournalism” competition. Arthurs graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he studied photojournalism and history. He has served as faculty on the University of North Carolina’s Photojournalism Workshops whose projects have also received international awards for digital storytelling. Jason served for one month in 2009 as a professional faculty coach to students working on LivingGalapagos.org the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most ambitious multimedia project to date, documenting the impact of man on the Galapagos Islands. In addition to keeping strong ties to the University, Jason remains actively involved in editorial journalism and has had work published in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME magazine and the L.A.Times within the last year.
Mark Derewicz (Story Editor) has been the senior staff writer for Endeavors, an award-winning magazine that features the research and creative activity of faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has freelanced for various newspapers, magazines, and websites, and is currently working on a novel. A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Mark received his bachelor’s degree in education and history from La Salle University in 1993.
Andrew Johnson (Co-Director of Photography) has worked on projects, which have been recognized for their excellence among professional documentary competitions including the National Press Photographers’ Association and the SXSW Film Festival. He graduated from UNC in 2010 and is currently a staff photographer at the Panama City News Herald.
Beth-Ann Kutchma (Producer) is the founder of Chasing the Mad Lion productions and produces Multi-Media Projects for UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives. Her photography has been featured in Time Magazine for Kids and her footage utilized in Sarah McLachlan’s music video for World on Fire and the K’Naan focused 4Real-Kenya feature. She is also a musician and song-writer who tours nationwide with the Durham, NC based rock band Red Collar. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Beth-Ann received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1995.
Colby Hoke (Assistant Editor) is currently a Digital Media Producer at Red Hat and has edited television and film projects as part of the Serious Robots Collective at Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, NC.
BJ Burton (Sound Engineer) is an audio and sound design engineer credited for sound and audio work on the television series Army Wives and the feature film Nights at Rodanthe.
Phil Cook (Composer and Musician) is a multi-instrumentalist composer and musical performer who has scored several short films and toured internationally with Megafaun and Phil Cook and his Feat, his current bands.
Tripp Tuttle (Graphic Design) is a designer from Durham, NC. His print work has been recognized by an Raleigh-Durham ADDY award. By day he manages award funding for students to complete global engagement experiences through the Center for Global Initiatives and co-directs the GO! Initiative to provide students with a framework on culture and ethics for their global experiences. As the Fulbright Student Program Adviser and Fulbright Scholar Representative for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he garnered the distinction of being a top producer of Fulbrights among major research universities.