Director of Photography Austin-based cinematographer and filmmaker Amy Bench has been twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, and was recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste Magazine. Her camera work has screened at many festivals including Berlin, SXSW, and Sundance.
Production and Communications Manager Tom Bliss is a seasoned operations manager on creative projects. Tom is also a performance artist, and author of the award-winning "Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence."
Editor Roberto Campos was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Chicago area, and is currently an LA-based editor of commercials, promos, non-fiction programs, music videos, and short films.
Web Designer Sarah Chavez is a southern California native with a background in photography, videography, and web design for her company, Picture Something Productions, and others. Sarah has a BFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Chapman University.
Director of Photography Scott Drucker is a Chicago-based award-winning director and cinematographer. His documentary "Who is Arthur Chu?" premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2017. Scott has also created content for Vice, Hulu, ESPN, and Vocativ.
Founder / Executive Director Mason Funk grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University. Prior to creating OUTWORDS, Mason produced and directed award-winning non-fiction films for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Sports, and other major networks.
Director of Photography Kate Kunath is a NY- and LA-based cinematographer and director. She made the documentary "We Came To Sweat", about the Starlite Lounge, an iconic, racially diverse pre-Stonewall queer club in Brooklyn. Kate also produces and directs short-form docs for the Anthony Bourdain-backed digital magazine "Roads and Kingdoms".
Production Coordinator Michelle Patterson has extensive post-production experience in film, TV and streaming video (including one Emmy-nominated project). She is also a web and graphic designer. Michelle holds a BA in Mass Communications from UCLA.
Director of Photography Goro Toshima is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He won a best feature award at the SXSW Film Festival, and a best film nomination from the International Documentary Association. His work has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Director of Photography Natalie Tsui (b. 1985, Hong Kong) lives in Oakland, California. Her award-winning work, which revolves around identity, memory, and subjectivity, has screened at Frameline, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Festival de Cannes.
Composer Tom Zehnder is an award-winning composer and songwriter. He has written music for countless clients from Toyota to the video game Van Helsing. He also scored the documentary film "Out in India: A Family’s Journey".
Henry Briffel is a corporate development, strategy, partnerships, community relations, and supplier diversity specialist. He was previously VP for Global Supplier Diversity at JP Morgan Chas and currently is co-founder and partner at The Antartic Agency, a branding and social impact agency. Henry has held volunteer leadership roles with The Trevor Project, GLAAD, The Victory Fund, and the NY chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Richard Tate is VP of Public Affairs for the California Wellness Foundation. He previously worked at HopeLab, the Omidyar Group’s health-focused non-profit arm, and Chiron, a multinational biotechnology company. Richard serves on the boards of Bay Area Surgical Mission and Northern California Grantmakers.
Sonni Zambino is a longtime IT executive and veteran LGBT activist. In the 1980s, she served as a consultant to the first longitudinal behavioral AIDS study in the United States. Sonni served for many years on the boards of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and OpenHouse, a San Francisco-based organization building community, services, and housing for LGBT seniors.
Kylar Broadus is the director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National LGBTQ Task Force. In 2012, Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before Congress.
Longtime LGBT activist Christine Hurley lives in Boston, MA. A photographer at Hurley Event Photography, she has photographed many LGBT and civic events.
Karla Jay is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Pace University. An early member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and Lavender Menace, Karla has edited and co-edited many seminal works of the LGBTQ experience including "Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation" and "Dyke Life: A Celebration of the Lesbian Experience".
Lani Ka’ahumanu is a bisexual/feminist activist. Lani co-edited the groundbreaking anthology "Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out." She was the first out bisexual board member of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Martin Meeker is the Charles B. Faulhaber Director of the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, and the author of "Contacts Desired: Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s-1970s".
Mary Morten is president of Morten Group, a non-profit and for-profit consulting firm. In 2016, Morten Group launched its Equity and Inclusion Institute, offering culturally competent solutions for achieving equity at organizations across America.
Gautam Raghavan served from 2011-2014 as President Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities, and as the Gill Foundation’s VP of Policy from 2014-2017.
Elizabeth Coffey Williams played featured roles in the early John Waters' films "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble". She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she co-facilitates a group for young transgender women of color.
Richard Zaldivar is founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, a Los Angeles nonprofit devoted to promoting wellness and preventing illness among Latino populations affected by HIV/AIDS.