Director / Producer Atin Mehra was born and raised in Varanasi, India and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Early in his career as a filmmaker and photographer Atin worked with female victims of dowry burnings in hospitals in his native Varanasi. Beginning in 2002 he collaborated with French filmmakers to produce and shoot his first work in documentary film, Mitti ke Jivan (The Cycle of Clay).
Atin owns and operates Orange Kite Productions. His background experience in international production work spans the genres of documentaries, films, music videos and television shows. He has coordinated and worked on projects for the following: various independent artists and filmmakers, Television Nacional de Chile (TVN), MTV, Global Soul Entertainment-NYC, Essential Image-New Zealand, and New York University.
Co-director / Producer Mae Thornton Mehra is an oral historian and filmmaker who earned her MA in Islamic Studies at Columbia University in New York City in 2008. As a FLAS Scholar Mehra documented the life and poetry of Nazir Banarsi through her original translations and oral history interviews recorded within Nazir’s weaving community of Varanasi, India. Mae went on to pursue advanced level Hindi/Urdu as an American Institute of Indian Studies language fellow in Lucknow, India 2009-2010 where she continued to document the lives of ordinary people through oral history recordings.
Mae has collaborated with her husband and filmmaker, Atin Mehra on documentary film and other media projects at Orange Kite Productions since its inception in 2007. Mehra spends her time between her home in Los Angeles, CA and her home in Varanasi, India as the proud mother of her almost five-year-old daughter.
Ryan Brooks - Producer
Mr. Brooks and his company develop, finance, produce and also distribute narrative and documentary films. Mr. Brooks produced Inocente which was honored with the 2013 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject. Brooks produced Hits written & directed by David Cross, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Sundance London. Brooks also produced the feature length documentary Slam Planet: War of the Words, which won an audience award at the SXSW Film Festival. Mr. Brooks executive produced The Elephant King starring Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn and most recently Dean, written and directed by Demitri Martin, starring Academy Award® winners Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen as well as Demitri Martin. Dean had it’s world premiere opening weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Film. Dean was acquired by CBS Films and will be released in the spring of 2017. Brooks serves as Vice Chairman of the Aspen Film Board of Trustees. He is also on the National Advisory Board for A.R.T.S. San Diego.
Jessica Latham Brooks - Producer
Jessica worked briefly for the Austin Film Festival, before launching her career in Los Angeles, working in celebrity public relations for PMK-HBH. She then moved into the world of event production and marketing where she produced numerous celebrity charity events, notable brand launches, premieres and galas for clients in film, television, philanthropy, publishing and fashion. After moving to New York, she continued her career at Vanity Fair, handling special events from 2007 until 2011, including working on the magazine’s legendary Oscar campaign.
Jessica moved back into the film arena in 2011. She was part of the producing team of the 2013 Academy Award® winning documentary Inocente. Her other producing credits include Sequoia, starring Aly Michalka of the pop duo Aly & AJ, which premiered in 2014 at the SXSW Film Festival, Hits, David Cross’ directorial debut starring Matt Walsh, Michael Cera, Julia Stiles and Dave Koechner which had it’s world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and International Premiere at Sundance London, and most recently Dean, starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Kline, Academy Award® winner Mary Steenburgen and Demitri Martin. Dean had its world premiere opening weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Film and sold to CBS films. It will be released in the spring of 2017. Jessica serves on the Soho House New York membership committee as well as the Aspen Film Board of Trustees.
Social Impact Producer Tara Abrahams, is currently a strategy consultant for the social sector, most recently working with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in in the technology and engineering sectors. Tara previously served as President and Deputy Director of Girl Rising, a global movement and innovative feature film that aim to raise awareness about the importance of educating girls in the developing world. Tara has also served as the founding director of the Maverick Capital Foundation, as a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, and as a managing director at Acelero Learning. Tara began her career in the nonprofit sector as the founding New York director of Health Leads, an organization that mobilizes undergraduate volunteers to partner with urban hospitals and implement programs that will improve the health of low-income children and families. Tara graduated from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Indego Africa, and an advisor to She’s the First.
Editor Kevin Klauber has edited documentaries such as the 2013 Academy Award® winning documentary “ Twenty Feet From Stardom”, Cameron Crowe’s “ Pearl Jam Twenty”, "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck", and the HBO Rolling Stones documentary “Crossfire Hurricane”. He won the 2014 ACE Award for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature and in 2012 was nominated by the WGA EAST for the feature documentary he co-wrote and co-edited “ Beauty Is Embarrassing”. Kevin has also been nominated twice for the Golden Reel Award in sound editing by the MPSE.
Editor Austin Flack After graduating from film school at USC, Austin has mostly worked as an editor on TV shows like Catfish and Top Chef. In between TV gigs, he has traveled to over 49 countries and made documentaries for inspiring non-profits in places like Australia, Thailand, Liberia, Bangladesh, and Mali.