The Team

Writer/Director:

As a professor, clinical psychologist, and filmmaker, as well as former psychiatric nurse who worked in training hospitals in Washington, California, and Oregon, Jan Haaken brings a wealth of experience to the documentary. Haaken has produced and/or directed four feature-length documentaries focused on people and places on the social margins (“Diamonds, Guns and Rice,” “Queens of Heart,” “Moving to the Beat,” and “Guilty Except for Insanity.”). Known for her sensitive skills in accessing and interviewing people in closed or restricted settings, from refugee camps and drag clubs to shelters and insane asylums, Haaken draws out the complex humanity of her subjects.

Director of Photography:

Caleb Heymann was Director of Photography on several independent documentaries directed by Dr. Haaken. He has DP’ed commercial and music videos in South Africa where he has worked with the country’s top artists and directors. Heymann has gained a reputation as a highly capable digital cinematographer, with a deep understanding of the digital domain. He also works as an editor and digital imaging technician.

Second Camera:

Jeffrey Richardson brings a wide range of skills to the project, including camera work, sound work, and editing. As a filmmaker and editor, his work has screened at national film festivals.  His current clients include Team Detroit, 4exit4 Productions, and Nike. Drawing on his experience as Oregon National Guard veteran, Jeffrey wrote, shot, directed and edited DRILL, a documentary about soldiers preparing for the unimaginable just one weekend a month

Additional Camera:

Eric Edwards is a highly accomplished Director of Photography celebrated for his accomplishments in both Hollywood and independent filmmaking. Having DP’ed such hit titles as “Knocked Up,” “Cop Land,” “The “Break Up,” and “Couples Retreat,” Edwards also has helmed acclaimed independent films such as “Kids,” “To Die For,” and “My Own Private Idaho.” Whether in documentary or narrative, Edwards’s style is beautifully evocative in its
naturalism

Sound:

Sam Curtis brings a diverse background in professional audio ranging from the stage to the screen and recording studio. He now specializes in capturing audio for picture. His recent clients include Cadillac, Nike, MSNBC and The Discovery Channel.

Editor:

Ryan Rothmaier has edited special features on such DVD and BluRay titles as Transformets, Star Trek, Clash of the Titans.  He has also edited Documentaries, original series, and specials including Article of Hope and the Right Stuff.

Research Assistants:

Students working in the academic field of psychology who carry out research, transcribing and coding include Ryan Abbott, Megan Cobb, Darryl James, Tessa Palmer, William Rector, and Mariel Stadick.