Frank Ferendo is award winning director, who has been working in the film and television industry for over a decade. His feature documentary debut, Angel of Nanjing won 13 awards including Best Documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival, The Catalina Film Festival, and the Long Island International Film Expo. The film also won Humanitarian Awards at the Phoenix and Rhode Island International Film Festivals. Frank got his start as an editor on shows for VH1 and TV Guide, and quickly moved on to producing and directing. He has gone on to direct many short films, television pilots, commercials and music videos. As a producer with Hearst Digital Media, he has produced content for Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire to name a few. He is also the owner of Balance Productions where he has shot and directed many meaningful campaigns and content for Shriners Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors, Gloria Gemma breast cancer foundation, Boys and Girls club of america, among many others.
Creator and Director
Michelle Vey, born in rural Massachusetts, grew up on the east coast where, through ample outdoor exposure, she became passionate about wild life and nature. She lived in England for a year at age ten and spent summers with relatives in Texas and New York gaining a broader view of the world.
Michelle attended Waldorf schools, Pine Hill and High Mowing, in Wilton, New Hampshire, an education system rich in history and the arts. She went on to the New England School of Art and Design in Boston before moving to San Francisco to attend The California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkley.
Michelle’s love for the visual arts brought her into the arena of film and photography where she built a career as a prop stylist in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
Over the years Michelle’s concerns for the deteriorating condition of our environment grew. Despite her efforts to recycle and shop consciously, she never felt she was doing enough. This feeling inspired the creation of her first self-funded documentary “From Elegance To Earthworms” a movie about New York’s growing eco-consciousness, screened at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York, May 2009. Michelle screened six of her short films at The Solar One Solar Powered Film Festival that same year.
During the making of her previous film, Michelle became aware that the toxicity of the fashion industry had not reached main stream consciousness, and it needed exposure. This idea inspired the creation of her current documentary project, “THREAD”.
Dennis Aig has produced and/or directed both documentary and dramatic productions for the Walt Disney Company, National Geographic Television, PBS, Lifetime Television, the Outside Channel, the History Channel, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). His projects have ranged from the award winning documentary UNBRANDED to two behind-the-scenes specials about feature films directed by Robert Redford.
His major works include UNBRANDED, SHADOW CASTING: THE MAKING OF “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT,” VISIONS OF GRACE: ROBERT REDFORD AND “THE HORSE WHISPERER,” GUIDE SEASON, SACRED JOURNEY OF THE NEZ PERCE, TEST PILOTS OF THE BODY, and AMERICA’S OUTDOOR HERITAGE. Aig’s works have won over 100 awards since 1993, including three regional Emmys, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival, 17 Tellys, and the Gold Medal from the New York Festivals. A Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with advanced work in English and Film, Aig is also a tenured Professor of Film and Photography at Montana State University-Bozeman, serves as the School’s Director, and is co-head of the School’s acclaimed MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking.
Marci Zaroff coined the term and pioneered the market for ECOfashion®, then Founded leading brands “Under the Canopy” & “FASE”. Marci also is co-Founder/President of Metawear Organic — the first sustainable style manufacturer in the USA. A graduate from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School and co-Founder of “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition”, for over two decades, Ms. Zaroff has been an internationally-recognized authority, visionary, ECOpreneur, change agent, consultant & keynote speaker of ECOfashion, green business, social innovation and an organic/sustainable lifestyle.
Director/Advisor on numerous Boards, including the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Cradle to Cradle “Fashion Positive”, Fair Trade USA, AllergyKids Foundation and Teens Turning Green, Marci was instrumental in defining the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the 1st Fair Trade Textile Certification for the USA, driving authenticity, environmental compliance and social justice worldwide. Marci is featured in the book: “Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World” and has received countless recognitions, including the Natural Product Industry’s “Socially Responsible Business Award”, New York Moves “Power Woman Award”, Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star Award” and a prestigious “Henry Crown Fellowship” of The Aspen Institute.