Judith Montell


has produced and directed documentaries dealing with issues of social justice, history, and education. Among them are Forever Activists: Stories from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, nominated for an Academy Award; A Home On The Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma with Bonnie Burt; with Miriam Chaya., Timbrels and Torahs: Celebrating Women’s Wisdom Professional Revolutionaary: The Life of Saul Wellman and First Amendment On Trial: the Case of the Detroit Six. She directed and edited a series of 16 half hour dramatic programs in Esperanto, Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo for the purpose of teaching the language to aspiring Esperantists around the world. In The Image:: Palestinian Women Capture The Occupation is in the spirit of these films.

Rick Tetada Flores


is a documentary filmmaker and editor.  Among his producing and directing credits are Si Se Puede!; Low ‘N Slow, the Art of Lowriding; Rivera In America; Elvia, the Fight for Land and Libert; Jasper Johns - Ideas in Paint; The Fight in the Fields, Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle; The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It; Race is the Place,; American Encounters; Caminante and Orozco Man of Fire.  His editing credits include Trimpin, the Sound of Invention; and Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up.


Jos Sances


For over the past 38 years he has made his living as a Printmaker and Muralist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jos is the founder of Alliance Graphics,  a successful, union screen print shop in Berkeley, California. He co-founded Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center  In 2010 the Library of Congress aquired 487 prints from Sances which represented a broad overveiw of his printmaking.

During the past 15 years Mural and Public Art has been Jos's passion. He has painted murals at the Oakland Coliseum and tile mural commissions at the new Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro, CA; AMTRAK/BART Station, Richmond, CA, the Sixteenth Street BART station in San Francisco. Two tile murals were completed in 2009, at the new Library in Castro Valley and Arnett Watson Apartments in San Francisco with Art Hazelwood. In 2010 with Daniel Galvez, Jos completed a huge 7000 sq.ft Mural for a new Recreation Center at Ira Jenkins Park in Oakland. In 2011 Sances and Galvez completed a tile and etched metal artwork for Skyline College in San Bruno, CA.



Emmy Scharlatt


started her film career as an assistant editor in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include: Year of The Dragon; Karate Kid II; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Steel Magnolias. She has worked as an editor, researcher, writer, and producer on documentaries and feature films since 1982. She edited Taino Maida’s Peace is Every Step, The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn, and was Consultanting Editor and Associate Producer on Mark Eisner’s film on the life of Pablo Neruda, The Poets Calling. Emmy co-produced Four Questions For A Rabbi directed by Stacey Ross and Jay Rosenblatt, an 11-minute film that won the Directors Cut award at the 2008 Black Maria film festival. In the Image is her directorial debut. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University.

Ramzi Maqdisi


was born in Jerusalem Palestine. He began is professional career as an actor in the Palestinian National Theatre as well as Al Rahala, Al Jawal and the Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo acting in plays such as Searching Handalah, One for the Road, Abu Munir Abed Raboh, Eyes That Can See, Al Sultan Al Aneed wa Al Hadad Asaid and Mahmoud Darwish’s Jidariyya.

In 2005 he received a scholarship from the  A.M. Qattan Foundation to continue his studies in Theatre and Performing Arts at the University of Barcelona. In that period he wrote a play called Maturity (‘Maduresa’), funded by the City Council of Barcelona and produced by Quds Art Theatre. Other stage credits are Josep Pere Peyró’s The Gates of Heaven at La Invenció Theatre and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord with Peter Brook (Paris), The Images of the Middle East Festival (Denmark and Sweden), the Geneva Festival and the International Intercultural Theatre Festival in Tortosa (Catalonia),

He later studied  Film Directing at the Catalonia Film Making Studies Centre (CECC) and wrote and directed a documentary film, Behind the Wall: Mirage, Year of Losses (adapted from the novel Ramallah, mon amour by Mahmoud Abu Hashash), The Red Beach (16 mm), Under the Sky aWithout Oxygen, Or Haja

He also acted in the acclaimed film The Attack directed by Ziad Doueri, Academy Award nominated Omar, directed by Hni abu assad, Girafada, Rani Masalha, Le joure de l'homme by Aurelien Lambert

Omar Fadel


Born in Houston, Texas, and raised between Dubai and Egypt, Omar Fadel received an eclectic musical education. Beginning with drum lessons at age 9 he has strived to create a unique style of composition fusing together a diverse range of musical influences.  Omar has scored documentaries, scripted and non-scripted television, as well as independent and studio feature films., He has also written music for many major motion picture advertising campaigns. His credits include:The Day I Stop Cheering is the Day I Die - Middlewest Films (in production) 2013 Hank & Asha - Paperchain Productions (additional music) 2013 The Dictator - Paramount (additional music) 2012 Undying Dreams - Pars Productions 2012 The United - Touchstone 2011 Just Like Us - Lionsgate 2010 The Taqwacores - Visit Films 2009 Camouflage - Palmer Pictures 2009 The Colours of Exile - Canadian Broadcast Corp. 2008 Next Day Air - Summit (additional music) 2008 Kingdom Come.Rafea: Solar Mama - PBS 2012 In Search of Oil & Sand - PBS 2012 Shedding for the Wedding - CW 2011 Sprite Step Off - MTV 2010 The Goode Family - ABC 2009 Phenomenon - NBC 2007

Jesse Spencer

Online Editor

has been editing for over 20 years on independent and commercial productions, as both offline creative editor, and broadcast online editor/colorist. He has edited several feature films including The Hamiltons (Lionsgate) Everything Strange And New (Sundance), The Violent Kind (Image), Everything Strange and New,  and Strange Culture (Sundance) as well as acting as Consultant and Post Supervisor on several Bay Area documentaries and narratives, including the 2010 Oscar Nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America.  As online editor he has done finishing and color work on several films broadcast on ITVS, such as Ruby Yang’s Blood of the Yingzhou District (2006 Best Short Documentary Academy Award winner).