“We’re on a mission to help good causes tell their story through the art of film. We listen, explore, investigate, learn, create insights and then craft compelling stories to help causes make an impact. We inspire audiences to act and are working to make the world a better place. We have over ten years of creative direction, conducting ethnographic research, and creating documentary style films.”
Growing up small changed my life. As a result of a defective pituitary gland I went through high school and half of college standing a little under four feet ten inches tall. I sat on pillows so I could drive my car. Needless to say athletics weren’t my strong suite; I tried out for soccer, tennis and ice hockey freshman year and didn’t make a cut. Instead I focused on community service and volunteering, and never looked back. I went to the Philippines with Operation Smile, built houses with Habitat for Humanity, taught Down Syndrome children with EPOCH and attended retreats at inner city rehab centers with Bridges. The end result is that I’m a compassionate listener who genuinely wants to help others; ten years of creative and strategic experience at a few of the top advertising agencies in the world helps me do it effectively. Armed with a full suite of professional film gear like aerial drones and electronic steadi-cams, and a great team; I’ve set off to tell social impact stories and change the world!
Director / Founder
Ken is an Emmy nominated filmmaker and creative director on a mission to create positive social transformation. Ken is passionately curious, a talent that has lead him to the powerful truths of organizations working to solve climate, education, poverty & human rights issues around the world. His aptitude for art and design have enabled him to package these truths into beautiful and engaging films that people want to share. Ken is a graduate of Georgetown University and Oxford and is the founder of Truth Be Told and co-founder of Story Code SF. He loves woodworking, building and cycling. He is an award winning filmmaker with films being shown on the international festival circuit and TV like PBS, VICE, History Channel and ABC Nightline.
Producer / Story Developer
Cara is a multiple Emmy Award winning reporter and producer with vast experience in using video to tell compelling, inspiring human-interest stories. She has more than a decade of experience in broadcast journalism and has reported for network affiliates in Southwest Florida, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. Cara started telling inspiring stories as a way to balance out the tragedy-focused ones she was assigned in the news industry. The perspective and personal transformation she experienced while creating those stories inspired her to start Storytellers forGood in 2009. She has since been creating short films that move and inspire as well as raise awareness and support for world-changing people and organizations. Cara leads regular storytelling workshops and webinars, blogs for the Huffington Post, and has shared her expertise at conferences including SXSW, NTEN and The Goodwill Industries National Conference. Cara is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in public policy. She has solo-backpacked around the word, teaches yoga and recently learned to surf while creating a short film on India’s first surfer girl.
Producer / Screenwriter
Fay Darmawi is a film festival producer, community development banker, and urban planner interested using all forms of media to create lasting social change. She is the Founder and Executive Producer of the SF Urban Film Fest, a film festival focused on civic engagement inspired by great storytelling. Fay is a recipient of a 2016 YBCA Fellowship and is working on an interactive short documentary series about the needs of homeless students at Bessie Carmichael School in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco. Her 20-years of experience as a leader in affordable housing finance, including managing the low income housing tax credit platform for Silicon Valley Bank, as well as 5-years of screenwriting training, informs her media-related work. She has a masters degree in city planning from MIT, a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Extension, and was part of the 2010 screenwriter co-hort of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
Julie is helping to build key customer relationships, identify business opportunities, and collaborate on creative story lines and concepts to produce films that give a voice to social issues. Previously Julie held the title Vice President of All Things Fun, Meaningful & Rewarding at Salesforce Foundation. She was a founding member and Head of Global Integrated Philanthropy. She helped established Salesforce.com’s award-winning global volunteer and philanthropy programs. She is a senior executive with strong global leadership experience in creating positive social change. A strategic collaborator yet persuasive diplomat. She’s a participant in the THNK School of creative leadership, and has been an advisor for the Gratitude Network and Workday to develop philanthropy.
Digital Impact Advisor/ Movement Builder
Josh is an experienced content producer with expertise in engineering content for impact. Previously Josh was Director of Content for NextGen Climate Change and headed an effort to build momentum for the Climate Change movement. Josh is an expert at producing powerful and moving stories and thinks holistically to engineer nonprofit and social impact brands. He was also Director of Digital for the Obama Campaign, and navigates content relationships with distributors Netflix & Vimeo. He was selected out of 82,000 applicants to help manage Charlie Sheen’s social media presence. He is the director of Last Glimpse, a climate change travel show and the founder of Revelous Media.
“Desperate for a birthday gift to win over his girlfriend, Jasper enlists the services of a “consultant” who has special talents, and gets more than he bargained for.” Written, Shot, Edited and Scored in 48 Hours for the 2011 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival. Becoming a great filmmaker means getting lots of practice. Our […]
Invisible Cities from Christian Marc Schmidt on Vimeo. Invisible cities – an application for visualizing social media in context of geography: http://christianmarcschmidt.com/invisiblecities/
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Swirl is a San Francisco based integrated marketing firm. Swirl is unique for its ability to solve business problems. With an emphasis on story telling and digital solution their blazing a path founded on the principle of solving consumer problems. CHALLENGE: It’s not often that you find a business environment that just gels. Much of […]
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The conscious mind writes our autobiography but the unconscious mind does most of the work. The unconscious mind is quite smart. Emotions are not separate from reason, they are the foundation because they tell us what to value. We’re not primarily self contained individuals, we are social animals, not rational. We emerge out of relationships. […]
Michael Margolis gives a talk about the future of libraries
“There’s a wonderful New Yorker article titled “The Eureka Hunt” (PDF). It’s the story of a firefighter named Wagner Dodge who survived an out-of-control fire in the Mann Gulch in Montana in 1949. Thirteen other smoke jumpers died in the fire, but Dodge was saved by a brilliant insight. Fleeing for his life, he suddenly stopped […]