Brandon Somerhalder - Director of Photography
Born in Colorado and raised in the beautiful state of Kansas, Brandon just recently graduated from USCʼs School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in Cinematography and Directing. Brandon started his college career at Texas Christian University, where he studied film, photography, and theatre. While there, he studied abroad in Italy where he polished his photography through various classes and competitions. Transferring to USC as a Film and Television Production major, he quickly began shooting and directing projects of his own. After a summer apprenticing cinematographers at Disney-ABC Television Group, he began freelancing as a cinematographer and camera operator with the network and other music video production companies. At the same time, he was chosen along with nine others to co-direct a feature film in a USC class taught by James Franco. While finishing that film, he was hired as cinematographer on an independent feature documentary entitled Making the American Man that focused on American-made goods and the makers behind them, taking him to every corner of the country. Finishing up school in the fall, he is traveling -- with a camera -- to Eastern Europe and the Middle East, because nothing excites him more than exploring and documenting different people and cultures for others to see and experience. Watch Brandon's reel here.
Richard Carlos - Production sound mixer/boom Operator
Although born in Los Angeles, Richard was raised all over California from Sacramento, Orange County and even back to his birth city, Los Angeles. Richard recently graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in Sound and Directing. He is an award winning writer/director and sound designer. His most recent work, Retention, became an award-winning short film at several film festivals including: SoCal Independent, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Fest, Hollywood Reel and Los Angeles Reel Independent film festivals. In his last year before graduating he began freelancing as a Production and Post-production sound engineer to explore the nuances of sound in both fiction and non-fiction storytelling. As a sound recordist he has worked on one independent narrative feature film and one independent feature documentary entitled The Heart of Dating, which explores the current dating culture in American society from multiple ages, genders, and relationship statuses. Aside from working on features, he has also worked on a variety of commercials, short films and advertisements. In his spare time Richard enjoys reading and writing, he is currently in the process of writing his first two narrative features.
Kasey Henderson - Production Advisor
Kasey Henderson is a junior at USC studying in the Price School of Public Policy with a focus on nonprofits and social innovation. Kasey has always been passionate about social change and after spending a summer volunteering in Tanzania her freshman year, she knew that she needed to pursue this passion. She has since returned to sub-saharan Africa to continue her work with One Heart Source, a non-profit focused on education and HIV awareness, and continues to look for ways to promote education and social change both in Los Angeles and the global community. It was this passion that made her connect with the Pamoja Project. She hopes that this film will raise awareness about the incredible women in Tanzania who are doing everything they can to empower their communities. But more than that, Kasey hopes that this film will challenge the way people think about women, entrepreneurship, and about Africa.