Creative Team

PRODUCER
Wendy Thompson-Marquez

w_wendy_thompsonDescribed by the Washington Business Journal as “dedicated and powerful,” Wendy Thompson-Marquez is the President and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications, Inc. For nearly 12 years, Ms. Thompson was Vice President of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, a minority-owned communications company where she supervised the daily operations and advertising sales of eleven Telemundo network affiliates as well as three radio stations.

In October 1997, she began her career with ZGS in the nation’s capital at the Telemundo Washington affiliate as a Sales Account Executive. As a result of her success in Washington, Ms. Thompson was promoted to Vice President of Operations at ZGS, assuming responsibility for Telemundo affiliates that included stations in Boston, Providence, El Paso, Hartford, Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers. Her commitment to the Latino community has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County, which awarded her the 1999 Poder con Ganas Award for Business Excellence. In 2004, she was also honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Media and Community Service Award.

CO-DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
EDUARDO LÓPEZ

w_eduardo_lopezEduardo López is the co-founder of EVS Communications and the producer of Línea Directa, an award-winning Spanish-language television series that provides Latino families living in the Washington metropolitan area with information on their rights, as well as on important health, education, legal, and social service issues. After more than 23 years of innovative community outreach, the program has become one of the nation’s longest-running Spanish-language television programs dedicated to public service, broadcasting crucial messages directly into the living rooms of thousands of Latino households.

In recognition of his groundbreaking work in communications and community empowerment, Mr. López was named a winner of the Ford Foundation’s prestigious 2002 Leadership for a Changing World Award. Nearly 1,500 organizations were originally nominated for the honor, which was given to twenty leadership groups for demonstrating outstanding creativity, effectiveness, and societal impact in their work. Mr. López was nominated by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and EVS was the only media organization chosen for the coveted social justice award.

CO-DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
PETER GETZELS

w_peter_getzelsPeter Getzels is an Emmy-winning documentary director, producer and cinematographer. He is the Executive Producer, Director, and Writer at Getzels Gordon Productions, an independent production company in Washington,D.C., where he is leading a team in the production of, Closer to Truth, an ambitious 117-episode science series on Cosmology, Consciousness and God for PBS.

Mr. Getzels has also served as a staff producer at National Geographic Film and Television, where he produced a major four-part series on ancient Egypt for National Geographic Film and Television. He also directed, shot and wrote a number of award-winning documentaries for the flagship series Explorer and Ultimate Explorer. Prior to joining National Geographic, Mr. Getzels, along with his partner Harriet Gordon, headed an award-winning independent production company (Getzels Gordon Ltd) in England, where they produced, shot and wrote documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK), ZDF, Canal Plus, and the Discovery Channel.

EDITOR
CATHERINE SHIELDS

w_catherine_shieldsCatherine Shields is a multiple Emmy-winning editor with more than 25 years of experience at the highest levels of production http://assignmenthelponline.co.uk/. She has edited two winners of the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, The Johnstown Flood, and A Time for Justice, both directed by the legendary Charles Guggenheim. Ms. Shields also edited the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey, directed by his son, George Stevens, Jr.

Her national Emmys were won for her work on The Kennedy Center Honors, and the AFI Tribute to Lillian Gish, as well as for the film, George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin. She has worked closely with Peter Getzels for three years, and her work has been shown on CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC and the National Geographic Channel.

ANIMATION & GRAPHICS
PIXELDUST STUDIOS

PixelDust2Founded in 2004 by Executive Creative Director Ricardo Andrade, Pixeldust Studios is an Emmy and Telly Award-winning digital animation, visual design and production studio in the metro Washington D.C. area and New York City. With world-class creative talent and the latest technological tools, Pixeldust Studios specializes in creating innovative animations, motion graphics, visual effects and videos for television, film, new media and corporate clients. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed 4-part NOVA series, The Fabric of the Cosmos, for which Pixeldust created all of the 2D and 3D animations, visual effects, digital sets, green screen and motion tracking shots.

Pixeldust Studios has delivered hundreds of hours of animation, visual effects, motion graphics and live-action video for television series, specials, miniseries, documentaries, docudramas as well as on-air promos. Entertainment industry clients include Discovery Channel, TLC, PBS/NOVA, Smithsonian Network, Animal Planet, Military Channel, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Television, NBC News, A&E, History Channel, and NHNZ. The company’s non-entertainment clients include the U.S. Government (DOD), National Geographic Missions, Cornell University, The British Museum of London, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAMES M. FELTER

JamesFelter2James M. Felter is an internationally recognized filmmaker who has been making movies and television programs professionally since 1980. Over the course of his career, his national broadcast credits have included productions for NBC, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and PBS. In addition, Felter has produced, directed, shot, and edited several independent feature films, most notably, Run of the House (1992 Berlin International Film Festival), RATS (SXSW Film Festival 2000), Secret To A Happy Ending, and Last Will And Testament for Centropolis Entertainment, which was released in conjunction with the Roland Emmerich film, Anonymous.

He is currently working on his next project – Ayiti Cheri, a voodoo docu-opera shot entirely in Haiti over the past five years.

CO-PRODUCER
HARRIET GORDON GETZELS

HarrietHarriet Gordon Getzels has a long track record of producing, directing and writing award-winning documentaries all over the world for British, American, and European television. Her subjects range from long-term, character-driven narratives to cutting-edge science and the fringes of religion. Based in Oxford, England for sixteen years and now in Washington D.C., Harriet is co-owner of Getzels Gordon Productions. She is also a writer of narrative nonfiction. Her blog about a trip to Antarctica was selected as one of the top ten travel blogs on Huffington Post in 2011.

CO-PRODUCER
JAMES ORR

James_OrrJames started his filmmaking career as an assistant film editor, eventually settling into documentary filmmaking with National Geographic Television. While at National Geographic James worked as an assistant editor, motion graphics artist, associate producer and as the Series Coordinator for the Explorer Television series, coordinating the production of over 50 films, including the 2009 Emmy award winner for Best Documentary, Gorilla Murders, and the 2010 Emmy winner Solitary Confinement. James won a Finalist Award at the New York Film Festival for his graphic work on the show Lincoln: American Mastermind, and recently completed work as a Co-Producer for the documentary on Juan González’s best selling book, Harvest of Empire.