Ann Hedreen is a writer, producer, director, and teacher. Her memoir, Her Beautiful Brain, won a 2016 Next Generation Indie book award. Ann has also won many Emmys and other filmmaking honors, including Women in Film’s Nell Shipman award for Best Documentary, awarded to Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story. Her long-running blog, The Restless Nest, received a 2016 honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Ann earned her M.F.A. in creative writing at Goddard College and her B.A. at Wellesley College. She is a regular volunteer tutor for Horn of Africa Services and teaches memoir writing at Seattle Central College and Hugo House. A Seattle native, she is an alumna of the Hedgebrook center for women writers and a member of Women in Film Seattle. Ann began her career at the City News Bureau of Chicago.
Rustin Thompson is an independent filmmaker with more than 30 years experience as a director, cinematographer, editor, and writer. He has earned several Emmy and photojournalism awards, including a national Emmy for his producing and camerawork on a CBS News Special Report from North Korea. His documentary, 30 Frames A Second, won numerous Best Documentary awards at film festivals nationwide, and is distributed by Cinetic and Bullfrog Films. Along with Ann, his other documentaries include False Promises, Quick Brown Fox and The Church on Dauphine Street, which have all aired internationally, can be watched on Amazon and other streaming platforms, and are distributed by Women Make Movies and Alexander Street Press. He hosts the popular Americana radio program, Road Songs, on KBCS 91.3. Rustin is also at work on My Mother Was Here, a memoir film, and he is completing a book on lean team documentary filmmaking. Ann and Rustin’s latest completed documentary is Zona Intangible, currently in submission to film festivals.