Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne (directors) are documentary filmmakers based in Iowa—yes, Iowa. The duo are part of Northland Films. Their debut nonfiction feature, Pond Hockey, chronicles rink rats in their return to the outdoor ice and has been dubbed “the best hockey movie ever” by ESPN, it has been broadcast to over 2 million viewers in North America on PBS and the NHL Network. Gold Fever, an examination of a destructive gold mining operation on a remote village in the Guatemalan highlands won the 2013 International Federation for Human Rights Film Award and has screened at festivals and venues in over 250 locations in 35 countries worldwide. The duo has been awarded grants from The Iowa Arts Council and Humanities Iowa. In addition to filmmaking, Sherburne founded FilmScene, a 501(c)3 nonprofit cinema in Iowa City, where Haines serves on the Board of Directors. The tandem have served on festival juries and currently curate the well-regarded Vino Vérité screening series. Saving Brinton, their most recent feature film, will premiere at AFI Docs in 2017.
John Richard (director of cinematography) is an independent documentary filmmaker, video producer and photographer living in Iowa City, Iowa. He works on a variety of projects for clients including The Guardian, LA Times, New York Times, BBC around the world and has a background in photojournalism. Richard’s work combines a strong visual sense with intimacy and humor. His short films have won top prizes at festivals including the Nordic International Film Festival, Chicago International REEL Shorts Films Fest, Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and Iowa City Documentary Film Festival.