Ken has over 9 years of experience as a filmmaker, creative director and strategist. He is an award winning filmmaker; with his most recent films being show on PBS (You’re Looking At Me) and Virgin America InFlight Entertainment (Marine Mammal Center video.)
Ken engineered Truth Be Told to be at the intersection of creativity and making the world a better place. He’s been volunteering with an array of non-profits for most of his life. Ken’s goal is to develop communications for high impact organizations and social movements. Besides filmmaking he has followed his passion for creative development and consumer insights. His formative training was as a brand strategist and cultural anthropologist, but he quickly got frustrated handing off creative strategies for someone else to develop work around the insights he uncovered. His research and creative ideations have lead to a variety of award winning, global campaigns. These experiences have enabled him to grow his expertise at the craft of communications and documentary film. He is driven by his insatiable curiosity and has honed his interests to create stories with meaning and impact.
His talents are centered around telling meaningful and compelling stories and he has done so for clients like the Marine Mammal Center, the ASPEN Institute, MINI Cooper, Google, Microsoft, Reutlinger Center For Alzheimers, Source For Change and Lucas Arts. He as worked at a variety of creative shops like TBWA/Chiat/Day, Goodby, Silverstein, and Butler, Shine and has specialized in documentaries, ethnographies, anthropological research, distilling the information he uncovers through ethnographic studies, creating insights that fuel brand storytelling, developing creative and artistic stories and shooting and editing films that are captivating and engaging. The idea behind Truth Be Told is to take these ideas from cradle to grave to produce and seed stories that drive at the essence of an organization, cause or movement.
Ken’s experiences in the art of story have naturally segued into documentary filmmaking. With a focus on the non-profit and social responsibility sector Ken has created a variety of non-profit documentaries. He is passionate about building and has been a volunteer with Habitat For Humanity for over 15 years. A creative at heart Ken is also the founder of Crank, a sustainable design firm that engineers products from recycled innertubes and tinkers incessantly in his workshop at home. When he’s not creating he loves biking and recently completed the Vineman Ironman. He graduated from the Georgetown School of Business and attended the Oxford Business program.
Noah Stout has over ten years of experience as a director and cinematographer. He founded Stout Film to bring cinematic production values to stories that make the world a better place. Over the past 10 years, he has produced films in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, and has exhibited work at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Emerson, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as museums and festivals domestically and internationally. He holds an MFA in Filmmaking from MassArt and a BFA in Film Studies from Emory University.
Dan has over 5 years of project Management and Marketing experience. First at, Hadley Media, an alternate marketing agency where Dan played a Key role in executing and producing high- impact, creative, event oriented promotions and publicity stunts. Clients included: Cirque du Soleil, FX Networks, FOX Broadcasting, and Cartoon Network. Dan also assisted in Marketing research and social media activations to leverage several online channels, including Facebook, Twitter, local blogs, and partner websites. For the past year and a half Dan has worked at Koozoo Inc. a mobile app company that allows you to share and stream live events at any time. Dan worked under the head of business development assisting in content and community management, product feedback /development and user support. Koozoo raised over 2.5 million dollars last year in venture funding and was a finalist at the 2013 South-by-South West Interactive competition. He is also co-creator of Meanwhile S.F. an event company focused on brining live music to unique and intimate spaces all across the city. Dan is a creator and producer developing high impact stories through the art of cinematic filming and the business of production management. Impactful stories matter which is why Dan has become an expert at not only bringing them to life but also ensuring then get seen by the right audiences. In the pass Dan has volunteered with charities and nonprofits such as Not for Sale Campaign, Best Buddies and 7 Tepees always looking for ways to give these kind of impact organizations the voice they deserve. He graduated with a degree in Business Marketing from The University of San Francisco.
Ben Youngerman is an experienced cinematographer with over 9 years of industry experience. His love for the lens has enabled him to shoot beautiful visuals that prove his mastery at the art of shooting video. Ben prides himself on working intimately with clients to tell their story in a fresh, engaging & trustworthy manner. His recent projects include docu-style campaigns for Bank of America, Pandora Radio, American University, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Ben is the owner of Panhandle Productions - the home for his creations as a producer, videographer & editor. Panhandle Productions regularly works with clients both in California and around the country- including BoA, Pandora, SFIFF, Yelp, Vehix.com, The Associated Press, American University, ROI, The George Washington University & Planet Forward. Ben defines his style with a documentary approach, but has a wide range of experience in all facets of video production.