Gayle Nosal believes in collaboration with people and communities featured in her films, and letting stories unfold organically. Her visual style is intimate and textural, incorporating drawings, animation and other creative art forms. Her passion is making documentaries that illuminate the complex lives of underrepresented people and issues in our world today. Her most recent film, "Sauti (Voice)" screened in over 40 festivals around the world and received numerous awards, including Best Female Filmmaker at the 2017 International New York Film Festival and Best First-Time Director at the 2017 Oregon Film Festival. Before entering filmmaking in 2012, Gayle worked in advertising, sales, writing, and teaching.
Director, Producer, and Cinematographer
Beret E. Strong has been making documentaries about social issue and ethnographic topics for more than 20 years. She has directed, produced, and shot award-winning films on several continents, and is the owner of Landlocked Films. With Gayle Nosal, she has been associate producer/director for "Sauti (Voice)," a coming of age story about East Africa refugee girls, and “Mission Wolf: Experiment in Living”, about rescued wolves in Colorado and the volunteers who care for them. Other documentary films, created in collaboration with John Tweedy, include films on educational rights for children with disabilities (“Song of Our Children”), indigenous culture and history in Micronesia (“Lieweila”), the tragedy of war (“Iwo Jima: Memories in Sand”), and Afro-Bolivians’ dance, song, and resistance to oppression (“Saya”). Beret’s passion is giving voice to people whose voices are too often unheard, and exploring the tensions that arise when very different cultures collide. Trained as a literary scholar and poet before turning to filmmaking, Beret is the author of several books and has taught at the secondary and university levels in the U.S. and overseas.
John Tweedy has been co-producing and editing documentaries with Landlocked Films for over 20 years. He loves finding the small music of the image and connecting it with the bigger music of the story. He is also a mediator and lawyer.
Andrew Brislin once upon a time studied graphic design, then later went back to school for audio recording. While there he took on his first video project in 2001 and has been making videos ever since. Andrew enjoyed his time spent recording audio and video at Mission Wolf. Capturing the natural world, as well as the people who chose the difficult task of caring for each other, the place, and of course the animals was a challenging and fulfilling experience. He also helped with the editing process and creating the titles for the film.
Website Design, Marketing/Outreach
Rachel Stevens first developed a love for storytelling while keeping a blog about her experiences serving as a Community Health Developer with the Peace Corps in rural Zambia. After six years of working in public health and social work in the U.S. and abroad, she was inspired to pivot her career path into professional storytelling after becoming involved with a grassroots social media campaign to address maternal child health disparities in Denver, Colorado. Rachel has a master’s degree in International Affairs and Media from The New School in New York City, and a double BA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Colorado. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her sister, Emily, and their two cats, Ernest Hemingway and Olive.
Emma Whitehead grew up in a family of storytellers, and has always sought opportunities to further understand and engage with the world. Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from ColoradoCollege, and has worked in more than 20 countries documenting politics, language, identity, religion and more. She is a writer, humorist, and producer, having worked on music videos, documentaries, and television shows. Her background also includes Spanish-language legal interpreting, higher education administration, global leadership development consulting, and social justice advocacy and training. She believes deeply in NeeNee’s collaborative and participatory approach to sharing stories and building empathy through film.