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We make FILMS that OPEN MINDS. 

WE Also PROVIDE EDITING SERVICES and OFFICE/EDIT SUITE RENTALS.

WE'RE BASED IN SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW ORLEANS.


Founders

Dawn Logsdon

Director, Producer, Editor


Staff

Ellie McCutcheon Associate Producer/Assistant Editor  

Ellie McCutcheon
Associate Producer/Assistant Editor
 

Eric Risher Associate Editor

Eric Risher
Associate Editor


Additional Team Members

Stanley Nelson Executive Producer for Faubourg Treme & Free for All

Stanley Nelson
Executive Producer for
Faubourg Treme & Free for All

Cathy Fischer Transmedia Producer

Cathy Fischer
Transmedia Producer

Michele McKenzie Archival Researcher (photo coming soon)

Michele McKenzie
Archival Researcher
(photo coming soon)

Vicente Franco Director of Photography  

Vicente Franco
Director of Photography
 

Janet Cole Consulting Producer

Janet Cole
Consulting Producer

Diana Chen Assistant Editor

Diana Chen
Assistant Editor

Lolis Eric Elie Writer, Faubourg Treme  

Lolis Eric Elie
Writer, Faubourg Treme
 

Kenn Rabin Consulting Archivist

Kenn Rabin
Consulting Archivist

Daniela Carias Intern

Daniela Carias
Intern

Dominique Bravo Co-Producer  

Dominique Bravo
Co-Producer
 

Veronica Selver Consulting Editor

Veronica Selver
Consulting Editor

 

Some of Our Partners


Team Member BIOS

DAWN LOGSDON's career has been dedicated to making films about civic issues and city life, particularly at the neighborhood level. She directed and produced Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008) which premiered nationally at the Tribeca International Film Festival. It went on to win the SFIFF Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary and was a PBS Black History Month feature presentation three years in a row. Dawn co-directed and edited Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013) and Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2008). Dawn edited the Sundance Award-winning Paragraph 175 by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman, Academy Award-nominated Weather Underground by Sam Green, Emmy award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg? by Connie Field, and the Peabody award-winning The Castro by Peter Stein. Short films that she produced and directed include Tomboy, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum and aired on PBS. Dawn received a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. Her honors include a Soros OSI Media Fellowship, California Arts Council Artist Residency, BAVC Media Maker Award, Djerassi Artist Residency, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center Artist Fellowship, and the New Orleans Arts Council Award.
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LUCIE FAULKNOR produced and researched Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans and has worked with award-winning directors Dorothy Fadiman and Lynn Hershman-Leeson in the areas of fundraising, publicity, outreach and community engagement. Faulknor has also produced Dublin Ireland's first Women in Film & Television film festival and presented a lecture series that included Laurie Anderson, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, Sydney Pollack and others. She has worked for a number of arts organizations including City Arts & Lectures, SFJAZZ, Palace of Fine Arts Theater, the Irish Arts Foundation, Stern Grove Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Dublin (IRL) Fringe Festival and for a number individual performing and visual artists including Jim Campilongo, Storm Large, Tracy Snelling and Kevin Woodson. She has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from USF's School of Business & Professional Studies and a B.A. in Arts Management from SFSU. Lucie is a fourth generation San Francisco Public Library user. 
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ELLIE McCUTCHEON (Associate Producer/Assistant Editor) joined the Serendipity Films team after spending several years working for nonprofits and as a writer and multimedia producer. Her short videos, photos, and writing have been featured in WiredKQED, the San Francisco ChronicleHoodline, the SF ExaminerThe Mirror, and more. Some of Ellie's mentors include Emmy-award winning journalist Frank Sesno and National Geographic Explorer Losang Rabgey. She is currently pursuing a Video Production certificate with the Bay Area Video Coalition. back to staff→

ERIC RISHER (Associate Editor) began his filmmaking career in the Midwest, working as an assistant editor for award-winning documentarians Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar in Yellow Springs, Ohio. There, he collaborated on a number of short documentaries and a web series, honing his skills as an editor. The films he edited on went on to screen at numerous festivals including AFI Docs, Full Frame, Telluride, and The Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as being featured in the New York Times Op Docs collection. He has also worked as a member of the locations department on a number feature films, working both in the production office and on set of Todd Haynes' CAROL and Don Cheadle's MILES AHEAD. Within the last year, Eric relocated to Bay Area of California and found workd as a freelance editor until finally joining Serendipity films. He has completed the first film of his very own, a short documentary called FURRIES which had its world premiere at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. back to staff→

STANLEY NELSON (Executive Producer for Faubourg Treme and Free for All) is an Emmy-winning MacArthur "genius" and one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today, with five films in competition at Sundance in ten years and multiple industry awards to his credit. His recent films include The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionFreedom Riders, winner of three primetime Emmys in 2011, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage; A Place of Our Own, a semi-autobiographical look at the African American middle class; The Murder of Emmett Till; Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind; The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords and more. Nelson was Executive Producer on Dawn Logsdon's and Lolis Eric Elie's Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. Currently Nelson is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, a nonprofit that provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians.
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VICENTE FRANCO (Director of Photography) was a 2003 Oscar Best Documentary nominee and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Daughter From Danang. That film won the Sundance Film Festival 2002 Grand Jury Prize. Other cinematography credits include the Academy Award-nominated films The Most Dangerous Man In America and Freedom On My Mind. He shot American Experience's Orozco: Man Of Fire, POV specials Discovering Dominga and Thirst, He also shot Botany Of DesireThe Judge And The General, and The Fight In The Fields: Cesar Chavez And The Farmer Workers' Struggle
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LOLIS ERIC ELIE (Writer/Co-Director for Faubourg Treme) is a television writer, food historian, documentary film producer and essayist. He served as writer, co-producer and on screen narrator on Faubourg Treme. His work has appeared on HBO’s Treme, as well as Hell on Wheels and Underground. His books include Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Faubourg Treme.
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DOMINIQUE BRAVO, J.D. (Co- Producer) is an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience representing artists, labor unions, and other individuals and organizations in a wide range of legal issues. She specializes in employment and entertainment law, and provides general management counsel to a number of arts and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as special counsel to AFTRA in matters concerning sound recording artists, and has a private practice representing individuals and organizations in the arts and entertainment fields.
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CATHY R. FISCHER (Transmedia Producer) began her career as a publicity intern for maverick director Robert Altman. She has worked with a variety of projects in documentary and independent film, the performing arts, politics, food, and at HBO. As a content specialist, she aims to elevate story and strives towards participation, engagement and innovation. Cathy has produced hundreds of film companion websites and collaborated on transmedia storytelling via web series, social issue games, mobile apps and mapping projects such as World Without Oil, Power Poetry, The Lexicon of Sustainability and After the Storm. With public media funder/presenter the Independent Television Service, Cathy established ITVS Interactive, re-branded Independent Lens on PBS.org and launched PBS’s first online shorts festival. Accolades include two Webby Awards, three SXSW Awards, four Games for Change nominations, two Emmy nominations and three Sundance New Forms Gallery selections. She has served as an advisor with AFI, BAVC, PBS Teachers, California Newsreel, Sundance Shorts and Lunafest.
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JANET COLE (Consulting Producer) has been working in the field of feature documentary production and distribution for 30 years. She received a George Foster Peabody Award and Emmy & Academy Award nominations as Producer & Executive Producer of Regret to Inform, the acclaimed film about widows of the Vietnam War. She also produced Peter Adair's Absolutely Positive (POV/PBS, BBC, Sundance) and was a producer of Paragraph 175 for HBO and Channel Four in the UK. Cole's other Executive Producer credits include: Promises (two Emmy Awards, Oscar nomination); Heart of the Sea (PBS); Granny D Goes To Washington (PBS) and Freedom Machines (POV/PBS). Most recently she produced the 30th Anniversary DVD of Word is Out, a landmark theatrical film about gay and lesbian identity released in 1978.
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VERONICA SELVER (Co-Editor) edited the Academy Award-nominated Berkeley In The SixtiesBrother Outsider: Bayard Rustin, and Blacks And Jews. Other credits include On Company Business, a three-part series on the history of the CIA; Absolutely Positive, about people living with HIV; and Coming Out Under Fire, on gays and lesbians in the military during World War II. Selver directed KPFA On The Air, and co-directed the Columbia Dupont Excellence in Broadcast Journalism winner Word Is Out, the first feature documentary on growing up gay in the United States.
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KENN RABIN (Consulting Archivist) is known around the U.S. and in the English-speaking world for his audio-visual research and archival coordination of such projects as WGBH's landmark series, Vietnam: A Television History, which involved over 90 archives from a dozen countries and for his Emmy-nominated work on the series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, considered by many to be the best historical series presented on PBS. Other film research includes 500 Nations, Kevin Costner's saga of Native American tribes done for CBS, Marlon T. Riggs' Color Adjustment, and a wide variety of documentaries, television shows, and feature films.
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MICHELE McKENZIE (Archival Researcher) is a librarian and award winning archival researcher with over 20 years experience in independent documentary film production. She is an alumni of Henry Hampton's production company, Blackside, Inc. where she began her documentary career as Editorial Assistant and Researcher for their publishing division and went on to receive an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement as Photo Researcher for their PBS documentary, Malcolm X: Make it Plain. Michele’s work in libraries and archives has focused on building bridges through outreach, innovative programs and enhancing access to audiovisual research collections. She currently serves as Chair of the American Library Association Video Round Table, an advocacy group providing leadership on all issues related to video collections, programs, and services in libraries.
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DIANA CHEN (Assistant Editor) Diana Chen joined the Free for All team in early 2016 after graduating from San Francisco State University's cinema undergraduate program. She has worked on numerous documentary shorts and videos in post-production, including with Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology. Her first documentary short Color Us Love illustrates the aspects and barriers of an interracial couple in the Bay Area.
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DANIELA CARIAS (Intern) joined Serendipity Films in 2016 after graduating with a degree in Cinema Production at CCSF to start her career as a documentary filmmaker. Her first documentary short about a San Francisco drag performer, Vanessa, won Best Documentary at the 16th Annual CCSF City Shorts Student Film Festival in 2016.
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