PHILOSOPHY

 

A MOMENT IN TIME PRODUCTIONS is about telling stories with substance and heart. We are a team of journalists, artists and dreamers passionate about non-fiction storytelling. Our work spans the globe and genre – from feature to short-form documentaries; from hard core investigative stories and social justice docs to music and art films about some of the most esoteric subjects of humanity. The common thread in all the work is beauty.


Six reasons why you should hire us:

We meet deadlines. The strict journalism training runs in our blood. Our insomnia works to your advantage.

We keep our word. We are old school. Sure, we can draft contracts but we still believe in a handshake and the power of "I'll get the job done. On time." 

We have substance. And we care. The people we interview quickly learn that we are respectful of their time and the stories they share.

We love Studs Terkel. 

We are excellent writers and listeners, which makes us very good at what we do – making films and taking photos.

We have integrity. Our values aren't jeopardized by numbers. 

Need more? Take a look at our feature films and gallery of images.

 

ABOUT US

 

MIMI CHAKAROVA - FOUNDER, FILM Director and DP

For the past 15 years, photographer and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade. Her film “The Price of Sex,” a feature-length documentary on trafficking and corruption, was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. She was also the winner of the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a Dart Awards Finalist for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Chakarova continued on to direct, shoot and produce another two feature films. "Men: A Love Story" premiered at the renowned Telluride Film Festival in 2016. Chakarova is currently directing "Still I Rise," a documentary series that celebrates people who persevere in spite of adversity. 
 
Mimi Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on trafficking. Other awards include a People's Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. Chakarova's work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The Sunday Times Magazine, London, CBS News' "60 Minutes," CNN World, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, PBS' FRONTLINE World and the Center for Investigative Reporting among others.
 
Chakarova taught visual storytelling at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 14 years. She's also taught at Stanford University's African and African American Studies and Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity and has extensively lectured in universities throughout the world. Capitalism, God, And A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters The Twenty-first Century, published by Duke University Press, features over 75 of Chakarova's documentary photographs of Cuba.
 
Mimi Chakarova received her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MA in Visual Studies from UC Berkeley.

 

KRISTEN FITZPATRICK – Production and Impact Director

Kristen Fitzpatrick has worked in the film industry for over 16 years. Originally a programmer from South Florida, she is currently the Director of Acquisition & Exhibition at Women Make Movies, the world's leading distributor of films by and about women. There, Kristen programs the global exhibition of WMM's core collection, booking them into exhibition spaces around the world. In an acquisition capacity, she is responsible for curating the organization's overall content. Kristen's involvement in the industry has been global – from participating on film festival juries and forums around the world to speaking on panels focused on distribution, promotional strategies and impact campaigns for social justice documentary. She is passionate about short-form documentary in the digital space and telling extraordinary stories through the everyday ordinary with universal themes and aesthetic genius in the hope of connecting people. She plans to one day produce her own doc series that does that notion justice. Kristen currently lives in Brooklyn with her chihuahua, Kingston, and spends a considerable amount of time deliberating about how film and the stories we choose to tell really can change the world.

RON SAINT GERMAIN – PRODUCER, ENGINEER, MIXER

Ron Saint Germain received a BFA from VCU in Performing Arts, played ‘Woof’ in ‘Hair’ on Broadway and parts in several films, TV shows and commercials before learning the art of recording at Record Plant and Media Sound Studios, NYC.

Four and a half decades later he still works as an independent Producer, Engineer, Mixer amassing over 100 gold and platinum awards, selling well over a quarter billion units, garnering 19 Grammy nominations with 14 wins for the Artists.

Ron Saint Germain has mixed live venues from CBGB’s, the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 1980 Winter Olympics and Regan’s Inauguration. An eclectic discography, he has worked with such Artists as Jimi, Aretha, Whitney, Diana, Michael, Smokey, Ashford & Simpson, Mick Jagger, U2, Muse, Bad Brains, 311, Living Colour, Soundgarden, Tool, Sonic Youth, Creed, The Cure, Ziggy, Chili Peppers, Foreigner, Kraftwerk, Duran Duran, Nels Cline, Ben Goldberg, Kris Davis, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, The Last Poets, and numerous others.

 

STEFANIA ROUSSELLE – DP & Film PROJECTS

Stefania Rousselle is an independent French-American journalist and documentary filmmaker, based in Paris, France. Her work includes documentaries on terrorism in France, the European debt crisis, the rise of extremism in Europe, sex trafficking in Spain and immigration. In 2016, she was on The New York Times team that won an Overseas Press Club for its reporting on the Paris attacks. One of the stories she worked on was also a Pulitzer finalist. For the last seven years, Rousselle has travelled extensively in Europe for The New York Times reporting, shooting and editing documentaries. In 2015, she directed a feature documentary about slavery for the French National Television. In 2014, she worked as the Director of Photography on Mimi Chakarova's U.S. feature documentary "MEN: A Love Story". Stefania is currently completing a documentary for PBS Frontline. Her work has also appeared on AJ+, Global PostElle and Le Monde.

Rousselle has won three Webby awards. In 2015, her work for The New York Times 36 Hours videos series was honored. In 2013, she won an honoree award for her reporting on sex trafficking in Spain. And in 2009, as a student in UC Berkeley, she was instrumental in building Mission Local, a hyper local news website in San Francisco that also won a Webby Award.

Rousselle taught a video journalism seminar at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism in 2013 and was a multimedia coach with the MediaStorm crew at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009. She was a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and holds an MA in history from the Paris-Sorbonne University.

 

 

DEREK O. Hanley – editor

Derek has been involved in visual art and storytelling for over five years, with his favored role in production as an editor. While he enjoys the access and thrill that shooting a project provide, he feels most comfortable crunching away behind the scenes to craft the story and provide the rhythm, visuals and pacing necessary to emotively convey the intended message. 

Starting out in the commercial and narrative film realm, he brings some of that acumen for splash and brazen badass-ery to all documentary projects. His unique perspective has also been forged by his varied spectrum of life experiences and his background as an ex-military paramedic and instructor. Seeing and understanding naked humanity at its exalted best and abject worst, gives him a hyper-observant empathy for the human condition, allowing him to disarm subjects, deconstruct and distill concepts to their base elemental form, and recombine them to form a cohesive and visually engaging story.

Derek seeks to use his powers for good, in an all-out-effort to take back the world from the forces of evil, help those who can't help themselves, and shine a light on murky realities that necessitate exposure. 

STEPHEN TALBOT – Senior Producer

Stephen Talbot has written and produced over 40 documentaries for public television. Beginning his career at KQED in San Francisco, Talbot went on to become a producer for the acclaimed PBS series, FRONTLINE, where he made 10 films, including “The Best Campaign Money Can Buy,” “Justice for Sale.” and two investigative biographies of Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. From 2002-2008, he served as Series Editor and senior producer of the PBS international news magazine series, FRONTLINE World, commissioning and supervising 30 episodes and more than 100 broadcast stories, including his own reports from Lebanon and Syria. He then created and was the executive producer of the PBS show, “SOUND TRACKS: Music Without Borders.” His work has won nearly every major award in broadcast journalism, including Emmys, Peabodys and duPonts. Talbot has also produced six hour-long biographies of writers for PBS. His first, “The Case of Dashiell Hammett,” won a Peabody and a special “Edgar Allan Poe” Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His profile of the pioneering aviator from Kenya, Beryl Markham, “World Without Walls,” catapulted her memoir, “West with the Night,” onto national bestseller lists. He also produced award-winning PBS biographies of Ken Kesey, Carlos Fuentes, Maxine Hong Kingston and John Dos Passos. In 2011, Talbot served as executive producer for Mimi Chakarova’s independent documentary, “The Price of Sex.” Since then, he has served as senior producer of videos at the Center for Investigative Reporting and executive producer for the documentary "Daisy and Max" for Al Jazeera America. He currently is a producer at ITVS, the San Francisco-based non-profit that runs the PBS series, "Independent Lens."

 

 

noor halloum – production intern

Noor Halloum received a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 2017. Her interest in international human rights and humanitarian law was inspired by the power of documentary films and journalism. 

In 2010, Noor created an organization in Palestine aimed to empower disadvantaged and disabled women in rural areas by helping them continue their education. She organized local campaigns and collaborated with prominent figures within the communities to help foster a greater social acceptance.

Noor's experience with campaigning and building positive rhetoric surrounding difficult topics led her to develop and teach a course at UC Berkeley in 2016 titled "Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership." 

Noor looks forward to learning film production and journalism fieldwork so that she can create inspiring pieces of her own.