Sarah Ullman is a progress-minded filmmaker and advocate for equity in all its forms. Last year, Sarah led the One Vote at a Time team of 56 women to produce free campaign videos for 191 gun sense candidates in 11 states. Previous work includes "Your Food's Roots" for ATTN: with Zooey Deschanel, "Smart Girls Vote" for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and gun violence for Joss Whedon’s progressive SuperPAC "Save The Day." Sarah led a team of 7 cameras as the documentarian for the March for Our Lives in Washington DC. In the 2017 election cycle, she produced campaign ads for 19 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates and directed the political comedy video #DoYourJob, which garnered 11M views and 200K shares online. Her production company, Master Plan, provides production and consulting services. Companies and organizations she has worked with include Maker Studios, DisneyXD, NFL, Paramount, Superfly, Reach Agency, JASH, SoulPancake, @radicalmedia, and The Media Impact Project, amongst others.
Mara Tasker - Co-Executive Director
Mara Tasker is a director and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. Hailing from Denver Colorado, her background is in digital media and filmmaking. She’s passionate about women being the authors of their own stories and brought that to VICE Media where she served as a Development Executive and lead West Coast producer for the company’s most successful channel launch in its history - Broadly - a women’s news vertical.
After leaving VICE, she went on to work with leading digital brands including Condé Nast (Vanity Fair, WIRED, Vogue, Teen Vogue), Crypt TV, One Vote at a Time and more. She’s worked at all levels of film storytelling from funding and development through distribution and festival acclaim on such titles as A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, WOLFPACK and LORDS OF CHAOS among others that have achieved international critical (and cult) acclaim.
Irene Shin - Political Advisor
Irene Shin is the Political Advisor for One Vote at a Time. She has worked for many progressive campaigns and organizations, including Senator Kamala Harris and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and has raised millions of dollars for candidates and causes. Most recently, she was Political Director for Crowdpac, where she helped hundreds of candidates run for all levels of office. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and on the boards of the Competitive Commonwealth Fund and Sister District Project.
Lindsey Esplin - Financial Manager
Lindsey hails from Southbury, CT and is a creative with an affinity for numbers. After receiving her MFA from Adelphi University she moved to Los Angeles, and started her career in television production quickly finding her niche as a cruncher of numbers and maker of budgets. She has worked on shows for IFC, Adult Swim, Snapchat, MTV, and Netflix.
When she's not managing One Vote's finances, she co-runs Color Film, a feminist film collective, and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Los Angeles. She's also a writer and mixed-media artist whose plays have been performed in festivals across the country, and artwork has been featured in Los Angeles art galleries.
Fay Robles - Editor
Fay is a Southern California native. She earned a BA in Documentary Film Directing in 2011 and shortly after became the only female director/editor for the world’s most popular online automotive channel. Currently, she works for Awesomeness TV as a lead editor and story producer in the docudrama department. She is honored and excited to remain a part of the One Vote at a Time team.
Gema Interiano - Editor
Gema is an independent film, TV, and video producer, editor and assistant editor. She lives between Los Angeles and NYC and has worked with production and post-production teams of shows distributed by major studios and platforms such as Netflix, NBC, CBS, PBS and DisneyXD. Her editorial experience also includes music documentaries, TV specials, independent films, commercials and music videos.
Gema is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala; a nature rich country with social inequalities that influenced her to grow passionate about environmental, cultural and social issues.
Jamie MacPherson - B-Cam Operator | Virginia
Jamie was born and raised in Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Film from Full Sail University and moved out to LA with the goal of becoming a director of photography. Her first job immersed her in the art of competition reality and led to her falling in love with the spontaneity and fast pace of that genre. She is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild as a camera operator and has worked on countless competition show and docu-follow shows all over the world. In the process she has made some incredible friendships and memories.
Jane Macedo Young - Director | Virginia
Jane Macedo Young is a Chinese/Mexican-American filmmaker and photographer currently based in Atlanta, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Visual and Dramatic Arts (film track). Along with her sister Jennifer, she worked as a filmmaker for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign in 2018. Together they have a production company - Respira Films - with two documentaries focused on refugees currently in post-production, which were filmed in Southeast Asia. In addition, Jane has a short narrative film in development. Ultimately, she wants to focus on films that have an emphasis on female and queer representation.
Jennifer Macedo Young - Director | Virginia
Jennifer Macedo Young is a director and writer whose Mexican and Chinese roots have inspired her push for inclusive storytelling and spotlighting underrepresented voices. She got her start in the international and political realms interning at the Department of State, one of the Missions to the UN, and most recently as a filmmaker for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign. She and her sister Jane are the co-founders of Respira Films where they direct and produce narrative, branded, and documentary work. They are in post-production for two documentaries they directed in Malaysia on the Rohingya and Afghan refugee communities.
Kelsey Norton - P.A. | Virginia
Kelsey is a rising high school senior who lives in Northern Virginia. Growing up in such close proximity to the D.C. area has shaped her upbringing and inspired her to help make change in environmental, social, and political issues. In her free time, Kelsey has a passion for singing and musical theater.
Kim Vath - Sound Mixer | Virginia
Kim is a freelance sound mixer based in LA. She was born and raised in Texas and knew from a young age she wanted to work in the film and television industry. She received her B.A. in Digital Media from Sacramento State University, California in 2008. Kim has worked in reality and scripted television, docu series, commercials, film and corporate videos.
Maeyen Bassey - Field Producer | Virginia
Maeyen Bassey is an Emmy Award Nominated filmmaker who has worked with HBO, DreamWorks, New Line, and 20th Century Fox. Her time-proven, cross-genre, works as a director, producer, and writer have earned her 5 Telly awards, as well as fellowships from the Producers Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America, and Women In Film.
Maeyen has earned grants from The Ford Foundation and The Institute of International Education. She also recently completed a short documentary film for the BBC and was one of eleven filmmakers selected from around the globe to direct an episode for the ninth season of the acclaimed Gersh Agency and Andy Warhol Foundation sponsored artistic film series Motionpoems. Her most recent work as a producer, the network doc series,“Why We Fight” was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Martine Charnow - Editor
Martine is an LA-based video editor. She has worked on shows for Netflix (Making a Murderer), YouTube Red (Escape the Night) and KCET (Blue Sky Metropolis) and cut content for brands like Google, Lyft and I Heart Radio. In her spare time, she works with a non-profit called She Sees, teaching young women in South LA to tell their stories through documentary film.
She is a proud dog mom to rescue mutts Kylo and Looper.
Mireya Martinezis a Mexican-American filmmaker, producer and writer. She earned her MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts and most recently worked as a producer and co-writer on the short film Lata, which filmed in Mumbai, India. Currently she is editing her short Sin Pecado and in pre-production for her short documentary stop motion series Lip Sync. Her film Aquí screened at the REDCAT theater in downtown LA as part of the 2016 Film Directing Showcase. In 2017 she served as part of the Mezcal Jury for the Guadalajara International Film Festival.
She is a co-parent to her niece and nephew and fascinated by language and the act of translation. The driving force behind her work is an obsession with trying to capture the human experience in all of its tattered-ness and beauty.
Olesia Saveleva - B-Cam Operator | Virginia
Olesia Saveleva is a cinematographer based in LA. Originally from Russia, Olesia earned her bachelor’s in economics and went into real estate, but the draw of the cinema was too strong to ignore. She got her MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2017. She was taught by the top cinematographers in the industry, Including Steven Fierberg (Secretary, Entourage, Love & Other Drugs) and Steve Yedlin (Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, Looper, San Andreas). Soon after graduation Olesia was nominated for best cinematography in multiple festivals including Top Indie Film Awards and Detroit Shetown Film Festival. Her primary focus lies in narrative short and feature films, though her heart follows any project that can make the world a better place.
Sofia Chang - Assistant Editor
Sofia is a documentary editor and assistant editor who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota. She is excited to join One Vote at a Time and to learn from such a talented and diverse group of filmmakers.
Sofia expresses her commitment to social transformation through grassroots organizing and nonfiction filmmaking. As a kid she wanted to be an author, and she still dabbles in creative writing. She is mother to a cat named Anna May Wong and aspires to be a cool auntie one day.
Vashni Balleste - Assistant Editor
Vashni Balleste is best known for her dream-like music video direction & photography of indie artists and bands. Her work has been seen in TheFader, OkayPlayer, NPR, Pitchfork, Vibe Magazine, Saint Heron and Offbeat Magazine. In her early career she photographed and wrote for Ebony Magazine’s online platform and interviewed music artists.
Photography and writing essentially led to Vashni’s passion for counter-cultures and documentary filmmaking. A grant recipient of UNCF, she traveled to the borders of Haiti/Dominican Republic to document migrant workers and cover border issues. A true cultural enthusiast, her goal is always to shed light on untold histories.