The Team

Director/Producer: Sydney Bowie discovered her love of documentary film as an undergraduate at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated in 2014 with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Her short films have been selected to screen at festivals across the United States. In addition, Sydney has worked alongside noted documentary filmmakers, including Oscar-nominated Robert Kenner (Food Inc.) and world renowned British journalist and filmmaker Sean Langan. Pursuing her passion for storytelling and travel, she has lived abroad in three countries: Argentina, Australia, and Spain. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Sydney has received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to work on her most recent film the New Migration Project, documenting the lives of immigrants in Spain. Additionally, she has been selected to present on her project at the 63rd Annual Fulbright Commission Berlin Seminar in March 2017 and to represent the U.S.-Spanish Fulbright Commission at the US-EU Young Leaders Enrichment Seminar on Migration this April.

Editor: Florencia P. Marano is an Argentinian- Spanish editor and director based in Los Angeles with a 10 year career working in the film and television industry. After receiving a dual degree in Fine Arts and Film Direction in Argentina, Florencia went on to receive a master’s degree in screenwriting in Spain. After finishing school, she worked as a director of short films and documentaries in Barcelona at both the local and international level. In 2008, she received the Generations Award from Caja Madrid— one of the most prestigious visual art grants in the country—to fund her experimental documentary Le Corps de Mouhmadou, which documented the migratory route from Senegal to Spain and screened at the International Art Fair Arco ‘08. Her documentaries have received selection at festivals internationally, including Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, LGBT International Film Festival in Buenos Aires, and Huesca International Film Festival. Her work has also screened at museums and art galleries internationally, namely the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the HKW in Berlin. In 2013, Florencia and her wife Carole moved to Los Angeles where she began working primarily as a freelance editor alongside renowned directors, including Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award Winner Rafal Zielkinski. Most recently, she worked as the main editor for the film The Shadow Within starring Lindsay Lohan.

Director of Photography: Brecht Van’t Hof began his career studying photography at Parsons/The New School for Design and has since made a name for himself in the industry as both a photographer and cinematographer. His short film “Wedge” (2012), captured over an epic weekend of surf at Newport Beach’s infamous Wedge street, launched his career amassing over 1 million views on Youtube. Brecht’s extensive client list for commercial work includes Sleep Number, Soho House, Maxim, Atlantic, Behr, and Almond Surfboards, among other big names. Additionally, he is featured on college campuses across the country as part of Adobe Systems’ Creative Cloud media campaign. Outside of the commercial world, Brecht’s independent creative projects have received national recognition. Most notably, Brecht’s short film Process, which he wrote, directed, and edited, received selection for the Hollyshorts Film Festival and premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. In addition to pursuing his own creative projects, Brecht now works as Creative Director and Partner of Saltwater & Chaos, a creative consultancy specializing in film production.