THE CREATIVE TEAM
Sandra Morse is a communications philosopher and has a private practice in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a BA degree in philosophy and communication and is a certified mediator. Sandra and her husband, Michael, are Directors of Inch by Inch, LLC and Global Worming, LLC whereby soil amendments, worm castings and worms are developed in an effort to return Pachamama (Mother Earth) to her original, pristine condition.
Sandra has been a long time facilitator of Awakening The Dreamer Symposiums for the Pachamama Alliance, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. This international organization educates individuals to become proactive creators of a global future by taking a stand for a thriving, just and sustainable world.
For over a decade, Sandra has conducted numerous immersion experiences to the Ecuadorian rainforest for The Pachamama Alliance. Achuar elders from the villages of Wayusentsa and Kusutkau have publicly thanked and honored Sandra as “one of them.”
Besides producing and narrating the film, Sister Jaguar’s Journey, Sandra Morse with Sister Judy Bisignano co-authored the book by the same title. The pair went on to write Maketai: An Ode to Pachamama, a photographic essay honoring their friends the Achuar who protect and preserve the pristine Amazon rainforest.
Sande Zeig directed and produced four films including the short CENTRAL PARK, which premiered at Sundance in 1994; a feature THE GIRL, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig in 2001, which premiered at Toronto and Berlin; the documentary SOUL MASTERS: DR. GUO & DR. SHA, which was released in 2008 and APACHE 8, a documentary about Apache women firefighters, which was first broadcast on PBS in March 2011. It has been broadcast over 1500 times on PBS.
Zeig is President of Artistic License Films, a film distribution company that has distributed over a hundred films including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu, Theo Angelopoulos, Agnes Jaoui, and Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher.
Since 2006 Zeig became the head of the Media Department of Universal Soul Service, and travels worldwide filming, webcasting and teleconferencing the Tao Healing Miracles of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha.
Sister Judy Bisignano
SISTER JAGUAR’S JOURNEY tells the story of Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, and her lifetime of anger resulting from her experience with abusive systems within family, schools, religious life, and the Catholic Church. Her journey takes her to Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest where ayahuasca, the sacred plant medicine of the Achuar people, transformed her life. After searching for God in all the wrong places, Sister Judy finally found the healing grace and forgiveness of Pachamama (Mother Earth). The Achuar call her Sister Jaguar, and so will you…
Dar Dowling has also produced and directed Hey Mom, What’s Sex, a documentary, and is currently shooting her newest documentary film The Body Doc. Besides being a film maker she is also an artist, having shown her work across the U.S. for the last decade she has also been a writer, getting her start making films when she wrote her first film script, which is currently in Development. Both Sister Judy Bisignano and her story are near and dear to her heart.
Melody London has worked for over two decades with several luminaries of the New York avant-garde film world including Jim Jarmusch, Beth B, Laurie Anderson, The Wooster Group and Richard Hell. She has received many rewards for her work as editor, including Best Picture at both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. Throughout her career, she has alternately worked on feature films, including Hollywood mainstream movies, and social issue documentaries. Melody has also taught film production and history at both the California Institute of the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Melody’s recent list of credits include: Like Your Brother (Short), Generation Um…, Night Has Settled, The Wannabe, and Daughter of God.
Wendy Blackstone has composed original film scores for over 100 film and TV projects. With equal strengths in drama and comedy, fiction and non-fiction, her artistic and eclectic approach inspires her to create a unique score for each film. Determined to innovate, Wendy combines experimentation with the great musical traditions of the past, weaving originally designed sounds with acoustic ensembles to create the best score for each film. Wendy’s extensive list of credits include: Dear Diary (Dreamworks), Crisis Hotline, Veterans Press 1, Strangers No More, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Love Walked In New Jersey Drive, Only You, The Dutch Master, and A Tourist.
Mari Keiko Gonzalez is an award-winning editor whose extensive list of credits include: LIVE FROM NEW YORK! which was the opening night film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015; TEXAS, about Russell Crowe’s band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts; APACHE 8, directed by Sande Zeig about an all-women wildland firefighter crew; JAY-Z live from Madison Square Garden and HBO’s 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Mari is currently directing and editing a feature-length documentary about the history of Latin music.