Amanda Rose Wilder (Director, Cinematographer, Producer) Wilder spent years writing poems, then in the hills of Vermont began making films, which led to a B.A. thesis “The Poetic Documentary and the Documentary Poem,” for which she created poetic documentaries and studied the works of poets Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder and Jorie Graham as they relate to the documentary impulse found in poetry. APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT is her first feature. Wilder has shot as second camera alongside Albert Maysles for Maysles Films, Inc. features and commissioned works. She lives in New York and is working on a film about art models.
Jay Craven (Producer) is an award-winning media producer, independent film writer/director, impresario, and community arts activist. Craven’s films have played three hundred and forty five U.S. cities and towns; fifty-two countries; and more than sixty international festivals, including Sundance. Awards and recognitions include two New England Emmys, 1998 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Arts film grants. Craven’s most recent film, DISAPPEARANCES, was selected by the American Film Institute for its first ever AFI: Project 20/20—a two year global cultural exchange to U.S. and international venues.
Robert Greene (Editor, Producer) is a filmmaker and writer. Robert’s most recent film, FAKE IT SO REAL, was named one of the 15 best films of 2012 by The New Yorker and one of the best documentaries of the year by Roger Ebert. His previous documentary, KATI WITH AN I, was nominated for a Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You” in 2010. Robert has produced and edited over a dozen award-winning documentaries, including his 4th feature, ACTRESS. He has edited films as diverse as Douglas Tirola’s HEY BARTENDER and Alex Ross Perry’s upcoming LISTEN UP PHILIP, while contributing editing to many more films, including LENNY COOKE (Safdie bros.), HELLAWARE (Bilandic) and THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA (Oreck). Robert has also written movie reviews and essays on documentary film for outlets such Sight & Sound, Filmmaker Magazine, Hammer to Nail, Nonfics and the Indiewire blog Press Play.
Caitlin Mae Burke (Co-Producer) is a film and television producer/director. After attending Vassar College and Prague Film School, where her respective thesis films received festival attention and awards, Caitlin began producing for non-fiction television, including four seasons of Discovery Health’s MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS, and three seasons of TLC’s FOUR WEDDINGS. Caitlin was the series recreation producer on OWN’s UNFAITHFUL: STORIES OF BETRAYAL. Caitlin has produced a handful of short films and sitcom pilots. She also assisted the producers of BRICK CITY, the Emmy nominated, Peabody Award Winning documentary series. She is currently producing a feature documentary on a public high school football team in Philadelphia, directed by Judd Ehrlich.