Pablo Miralles – Producer/Director/Writer
Pablo Miralles is a proud graduate of John Muir High School (Class of '82) and has over 20 years experience in the visual communications field. He is the creative force behind the award winning feature documentary "Gringos at the Gate - Soccer and the US Mexico Divide" released in 2012. Made in collaboration with Michael Whalen and Roberto Donati, the film examines the history and passion surrounding arguably the world's greatest national soccer rivalry. Pablo served as Production Coordinator on Cedar Grove Productions' ACADEMY AWARD winning short film "Visas and Virtue" and Co-Producer on their EMMY NOMINATED short film, "Day of Independence". Other professional experience has included motion picture and television projects at Mess Media, UBU, CBS, Neo Motion Pictures, Triangle Productions, Commercial Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Independently, he has produced, written and directed several DV short-shorts, educational shorts and on-line interactive marketing materials for such clients as AIG Insurance, Zenalta and Intomotion. He attended the UCLA Graduate Film Program where he won both the UCLA "Spotlight" and MPAA "Student Filmmaker" awards.

Jerry A. Henry – Cinematographer
Jerry Henry received his MFA from UCLA Film School with an emphasis on documentaries, cinematography, and digital media. Since graduating, he has shot and produced over 300 reality television programs and documentary series including MADE, 16 & PREGNANT and TRUE LIFE for MTV News & Docs as well as programs for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Bravo, VH-1, NBC, ABC and the Discovery Channel among many others. Documentary feature credits include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, David Zeiger’s SIR, NO SIR! and WINTER SOLDIER and most recently the Academy Award nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. Jerry’s award-winning short documentaries I PROMISE AFRICA and SOMETHING OTHER THAN OTHER have screened in over 100 film festivals around the world and he is a recipient of the Gordon Parks Emerging African American Filmmaker Award. He is currently in post-production on his first feature-length documentary ECONOMY SUPERSTAR and continues to explore the beauty of HDSLR filmmaking and time-lapse photography while enjoying fatherhood.

Carl Pfirman – Editor
Carl Pfirman is an editor from Los Angeles. Carl’s editorial credits include: the Emmy award-nominated HBO feature documentary A Small Act (premiered at Sundance 2010); the feature documentary film “The Georgia Holt Story” which premiered on Lifetime TV in May, 2013; the feature film The Making of an Avant-Garde, which premiered at MOMA in June, 2013; the feature documentary film Tyrus which just received funding from Women In Film; and the documentary Limited Partnership about a bi-national gay couple’s 40-year battle with the INS/ICE to stay together in the United States (premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival). Limited Partnership was one of the very few films selected for ITVS funding and will air in 2015 on PBS’s Independent Lens Series. Carl’s UCLA graduate thesis film won a Student Academy Award. As a writer, his screenplay “Sugar Land” was a Quarterfinalist for the Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship and selected for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. His commercial work has been honored with a CLIO award and a GOLD PENCIL from the New York One Show

Janet Chen – Co-Producer
Janet Chen is a Los Angeles based independent producer and filmmaker. Janet emigrated from Taiwan at an early age, grew up in Southern California and studied in the UK. After earning a BA in Film Studies from UCI, she traveled the world and later worked at UCLA Extension's American Language Center for international students. These formative experiences compel her to create films that deal with cultural and ethnic diversity. Her work has been featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and SXSW.



Robert Egami – Post-Production
Robert's first job out of college was working in Post Production on the Academy Award winning documentary, "Into the Arms of Strangers." 12 years later, Robert is now an Associate Producer and Post Producing television and side projects. As a graduate of John Muir High School, c/o '86, he is very honored that Pablo and his team have welcomed him onto "Can We All Get Along?".





Pamela Racs – Graphic Design
Pamela Racs is a graduate of both John Muir High School (Class of '82) and the Art Center College of Design. For the past five years she has run her own design business focusing on brand identity and retail design. For eight years she worked at adidas International where she advanced from Senior Designer to Creative Manager for the Portland global design team. She was responsible for corporate identity, global retail campaigns, store opening graphic installations in Europe, as well as art direction of athlete and concept photography. Some of her current clients include: Nike, Vancouver Food Co-op, Tempo Cycling and Pilates, and Arroyo Seco Films.


Bryan Levinh – Assistant Editor
Bryan Levinh is a Visual Arts graduate from UCSD with interests in prosumer media technologies. Before graduating, he was involved with a remote collaboration between Keio Media and Design in Japan, and UC San diego in developing a series of short documentaries “Growing Documentary Project” through the use of experimental software, hardware, and proxies. The films have been screened at CALIT2, Cinegrid, SIGGRAPH, and Amsterdam with positive reviews. Bryan is a passionate storyteller with a keen eye in the editing suite and continues to work with experimental technologies and remote collaborations.



Stephen Bentley – Cartoonist
John Muir High School Hall of Fame recipient Stephen Bentley is the creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip, Herb & Jamaal. Stephen first became interested in cartooning in grade school as a means to increase his popularity. During a tour of duty in the Navy, Bentley illustrated stories and drew comic strips for a hospital base newspaper. After the service, Bentley attended college majoring in commercial illustration. Herb & Jamaal blends characters that represent different sides of Bentley’s personality with current societal issues and was inspired by Stephen’s attendance at his John Muir high school reunion.

Allen Mezquida – Animator
Allen Mezquida has been a freelance animator for over ten years creating engaging animation for documentaries, television, short films, commercials and music videos. If you're impressed with powerful corporate logos he has worked for Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Pixar. His short films have appeared at numerous film festivals and aired on Nickelodeon and the BBC. He is the creator of the web series SMIGLY which has half a million views. He also plays jazz saxophone when he has free time between drawing pictures that move.

OTHER JMHS ALUMNI INVOLVED
Respected TV producer La Monte Westmoreland ('82) is helping produce. Writer and fundraiser Nancy Young ('81) has been helping with the concept and development of the project. Social commentator, radio personality and all-around good guy Cameron Turner ('81), whose wise missives are the genesis of this work, will be a content advisor. Award-winning historian and author Michele Zack ('69) has been helpful in educating me on the truly unique history of JMHS and it's surroundings. Renowned filmmakers Renee Tajima-Pena ('76) and Robert Winn( '81) will be advising the production.

 

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