Ana Joanes, Producer/Director
Ana was born in Portugal and grew up in Switzerland. Following a travel-abroad program exploring the impact of globalization on the environment and culture, Ana came to the U.S. to study. After a BA in political science from Barnard College, Ana graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was awarded as a Stone Scholar and Human Rights Fellow. Before dedicating herself to filmmaking, Ana founded Reel Youth, Inc., a video production program for youth coming out of detention, and other under-served youth. Her first documentary, Generation Meds, explored our fears and misgivings about mental illness and medication. FRESH, Ana’s second documentary, celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Ana is the mother of two beautiful girls, and with her new documentary project, Taking Our Places, she hopes to explore new ground in parenting strategies and childhood development.
Toni Nagy, Co-Producer
Toni Nagy is a writer for Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Hairpin, Thought Catalogue, and more. Toni also has a popular “mommy blog” called “Toni Bologna” where she chronicles adventures with her 4-year old daughter. She has written, directed, edited, and produced two short films ; “An Immaculate Conception”, and “The Only One.” She is in the midst of writing a children’s book, owns a dance studio in Brattleboro VT called SoBo studios, and is an active member of the artistic community. Toni is the head of the board for “Farmer John’s Plot” which is an organic farm and CSA. She also produced and edited a pilot for MTV, has also worked for a variety of Non Profits including People for the American Way and The League of Young Voters doing fundraising, PR, organizing concerts, and producing events. Toni graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and was double major in philosophy and dance.
Deana Morenoff, Co-Producer
Deana Morenoff is a documentary producer/director with 15 years experience in both independent and mainstream film. She completed her MA in Media Studies at The New School and most recently, has produced and directed content for Sesame Street, Interface Inc, The American Dance Awards and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Deana has also worked in marketing and event production, documentary outreach and holistic healthcare education. Her storytelling focuses primarily on food, children, and community building. Deana gets excited about swimming holes, the challenge of a new recipe, tea parties and helping her daughter experience the world through taste buds, dress ups and great storytelling.
Susan Minzter, Passionate Supporter
A former .com co-founder and workaholic, Susan surprises and amuses herself every day with who she has become since becoming a mom. She has a B.S.in English literature with a minor in psychology from William Smith College and also holds a certificate in training & development. She has had jobs in various fields including advertising, training & development, casting, and magazine production, and currently works with her husband building 3D printers. For inspiration, community, and growth, she attends workshops as often as she can. This includes 100+ hours of play therapy, 100+ hours of nonviolent communication, child development, parenting, and mindfulness. For additional nourishment, she hugs and hangs out with her kids as often as she can. And for companionship, she teams up in life and work with her husband, who makes things.