Merri Lisa Trigilio has an art degree in photography and film, and a doctorate degree in Geosciences. After fifteen years working as a geophysicist and later as a researcher in carbon sequestration, Merri Lisa found her way back to documentary storytelling. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC where she wrote and produced documentaries. Prior to her work at the Smithsonian, she completed films that focus on topics that range from AIDS awareness in South Africa to a shuffleboard champion in a small rural Texas town. Written on Water is her feature directorial debut.
Kaitlin joined the WOW team after many brainstorming sessions early on with Merri Lisa. Kaitlin’s passion is to bring new stories to audiences to share the transformative power of film. She works and volunteers with a number of film festivals in the Washington, DC region and graduated from American University with a MA in Arts Management.
BOBBIE BAIRD, CO-PRODUCER
As an only child growing up in many small towns of the west Texas oilfields, Bobbie Baird developed a love of stories – stories told through films, books, theater, and paintings. Bobbie graduated with advanced degrees in geology and geophysics and went on to thrive in the fast paced world of international business living in France and China. In 2012 she decided to start a new life chapter, coming back to her childhood dream of making films. Since that time, she has been busy creating films for small, socially conscious companies and nonprofits.
MATTHEW LUCAS, CAMERA
Matthew Lucas is a filmmaker and playwright in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and is a current MFA candidate in Film and Electronic Media at American University. His films include Díra (Best Fiction, 2014 American Visions Awards; Official Selection, 2015 Rosebud Film Fest) and Trials of a Scientific Mind (Official Selection, 2013 Alexandria Film Fest). In addition to his work as a director and cinematographer he is also a theatrical writer/composer, and co-author of Sasquatch: The Musical (Off-B’way, 2014 West Village Musical Theatre Festival).
SAREEN HAIRABEDIAN, camera + animator
Sareen Hairabedian is a filmmaker and artist in Washington, DC. Along with freelance opportunities, Sareen works as a videographer, editor, and animator for The Brookings Institution. Sareen also has an extensive background in dance. Her passion for artistic movement inspires her creative work, whether with a camera or piece of animation. Recently, she had the opportunity to collaborate with dancers and performance artists to document and create visual pieces combining both physical movement and film.
ANDY WILKINSON + ANDY HEDGES, SPOKEN WORD
Andy Wilkinson (left) is a poet, song writer, singer, and playwright whose interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains. His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, six National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards in four different categories, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award.
Andy Hedges (right) is a songster, reciter and guitarist. His varied repertoire includes classic cowboy recitations, obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads, and blues. In 2010, Hedges received the Wrangler Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
MATT SHERVEY, COMPOSER
American composer Matt Shervey creates exciting and fresh new music that merges the worlds of jazz and classical music. Matt received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, England. In 2014, his music was performed and recorded by the Meridian Ensemble, English National Ballet, Belgian soprano Sarah Helena Foubert, and Australian saxophonist Erin Royer. In addition to his classical compositions, Matt’s work is featured in two short films and the feature documentary Positively Beautiful.