Production Team

Producer/Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s credits include the documentaries Ramadan Primetime, Special Circumstances, Paulina, Home Front and Immigration Calculations, and many short films and television segments.

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Her work has won numerous festival awards and two Emmys.  Based in San Francisco, she has held several arts and journalism fellowships — most recently with New Muslim Cool at the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Edit and Story Lab.

Co-Producer Hana Siddiqi was raised with a combination of traditional Islamic and modern Western ideals.  As an undergraduate she designed her own interdisciplinary major and wrote her thesis paper on Muslim Politics, Identity, and Hip Hop in America.  She received a Masters degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and was a fellow at the CPB/PBS Producers’ Academy at WGBH in Boston.  Born in London to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-Producer Kauthar Umar is a New York and Chicago-based writer, editor and photographer whose work has appeared in YM and Essence and covers domestic and international health issues, youth culture, and religion.  She holds a Master’s degree in International Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.   Kauthar was a production fellow in the National Black Programming Consortium New Media Institute.  She is a second-generation African American Muslim.

hana-siddiqi-jennifer-taylor-chris-strollo-jon-shenk-film-outside-wedding-copyCinematographer Davíd Sarasti, originally from Colombia, is a documentary cinematographer for Canal Plus, BBC, PBS, and other leading networks.  His credits include MTV’s Real World, The Learning Channel’s Trading Spaces and Surviving Motherhood, and Mirror Dance for PBS.  He lives in Philadelphia.

Cinematographer Jon Shenk works for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Bravo, CBS, NBC, and the BBC.  His credits include The Rape of Europa (short listed for the Academy Award), Lost Boys of Sudan and Democracy Afghan Style. He lives in San Francisco.

Cinematographer Mark Knobil’s credits include dozens of titles for national and international broadcasters and production companies.  Credits include The Great Robot Race, The First Flower and Into the Abyss for Nova on PBS, and Strange Days and The Skin We’re In for National Geographic.  He lives in Pittsburgh.

jon-shenk-and-chris-strollo-outside-wedding-mosque-ms-copyEditor Kenji Yamamoto is a Bay Area-based editor and producer whose credits include award-winning national PBS documentaries such as Archaeology of Memory, Thirst, and Downside Up, and the feature film Thousand Pieces of Gold.

Composer and Principal Sound Recordist Chris Strollo is a new music composer and production sound mixer for film and television.  Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has developed new electro-acoustic instruments and improvisational techniques, and teaches workshops in recording production sound for film and video.

Music Engineer/Composer and Sound Recordist Herman Pearl aka Soy Sos is a hip-hop and new music producer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His broad range of experience includes internationally acclaimed record releases, film soundtracks, TV advertising jingles, music libraries and radio spots. He has also done sound design for theatrical and dance productions and has toured throughout the US and Caribbean.

Photos by Kauthar Umar and Carolyn Lambert