Filmmaking Team

Ann Lupo (Co-Director and Co-Producer)

Ann Lupo, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and editor.

In 2011, she met and traveled with Jose Antonio Vargas to Alabama as a camera operator. That fortuitous trip would inspire a burgeoning interest in immigration issues and the beginning of an incredible journey and partnership with Jose.

Documented is her first co-directorial credit on a feature film. Her other work includes directing and editing music videos, commercials, and short films. Most recently, she edited the music video for U2's Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated original song "Ordinary Love." She has also worked in various capacities for HBO, the Tribeca Film Institute, Sprint, and the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, writing, and eating croissants.


Sabrina Gordon (Editor and Co-Producer)

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon has been committed to making documentary films on cultural and social issues for over a decade. Her editing debut was an Emmy-winning episode of WGBH's Greater Boston Arts series, and she has continued to distinguish herself as both a producer and editor on numerous award-winning productions.

She is the co-producer and editor of Mrs. Goundo's Daughter, a gripping documentary about a young Malian mother's fight for asylum to protect her daughter from ritual genital cutting, which toured with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and screened at a U.S. Congressional hearing on asylum and women. She is also the co-producer and editor of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a critically-acclaimed documentary about masculinity and gender politics in mainstream hip-hop. It premiered to rave reviews and sold-out shows at the Sundance Film Festival, and was named one of the Chicago Tribune's "Best Documentaries of 2007," as well as one of MSNBC's "Ten Most Important Black Films of the Decade."

She is currently producing and editing BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, about the renowned poet and activist, and is a contributing editor on The New Black, an 2014 NAACP Image Award-nominated documentary about marriage equality and the black church. Sabrina teaches documentary filmmaking at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and has guest lectured at NYU, Brooklyn College, the Independent Filmmaker Project, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. She is an advisor to the Yale Visual Law Project, along with Frederick Wiseman and Alex Gibney, and serves on numerous media boards, panels, and film festival juries.


Clarissa de los Reyes (Director of Photography and Co-Producer)

Clarissa de los Reyes is a director and cinematographer born in Manila, Philippines. She moved to New York City in 2000 and spent several years working in various capacities in independent film production before her acceptance into NYU's Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. Her directorial work at NYU focused on stories about Filipino immigrants in New York City, and has played at film festivals around the world, including the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and Fribourg International Film Festival.

She is the recipient of the Sara Driver Production Award, the New York Women in Film and Television Production Grant, the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship, the prestigious Tisch Graduate Assistantship for Cinematography, and an Honorable Mention at the Director's Guild of America Student Awards East Coast Division. She was selected to be a part of the sixth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, Germany, and was most recently awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival for her short film Johnny Loves Dolores. As a director of photography, she has shot numerous narrative short films, documentaries, and industrials in the United States and Asia. Most recently, she shot a narrative feature for broadcast in Taiwan.

She worked as a camera operator for Oscar-nominated American independent filmmaker John Sayles' feature film Amigo, and is currently collaborating with multi-award-winning documentary filmmakers on two upcoming feature-length documentaries.


Brendon Anderegg (Composer)

Brendon Anderegg is a New York City-based composer and sound engineer, and the owner of Telescope Recording.

Utilizing a unique blend of acoustic instrumentation and electronic processing, Brendon has composed music and created sound design for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and more.

He is also one half of the band Mountains, and has been performing internationally since 2001, sharing the stage with artists such as Tony Conrad, Fennesz, Polvo, James Blackshaw, and Tim Hecker.


Define American

Define American is a media and culture campaign using the power of story to transcend politics and shift conversation around immigration, identity, and citizenship in America. To learn more about the organization, visit


Executive Producers

Sean Parker

Ben BakerSean Parker is an entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies that reinvent ways to spread information online. Documented is the first film that he has executive produced.

In 1999, at the age of 19, Sean co-founded Napster and changed how people think about and share music. Two years later, Sean co-founded Plaxo, pioneering viral engineering technology for updating contact information. Sean served as Plaxo's president until 2004, when he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook. Sean was Facebook's founding president, helping transform that small start-up into an industry giant. In 2007, Sean co-founded Causes, which promotes on-line philanthropy; in 2010, he joined Airtime as a co-founder, reuniting with Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning at a social video company backed by Founders Fund.

One of Sean's primary passions is creating change for social good. His philanthropic contributions range from education reform to cancer immunotherapy. He was one of the first investors in Nationbuilder and Votizen, which was later acquired by Causes. Sean was also a founding member of, a political advocacy organization started by Mark Zuckerberg to fight for immigration reform.


Matthew Hiltzik

Matthew Hiltzik is the founder and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm with experience representing influential companies, organizations, film and television projects, and high profile individuals in media, entertainment, sports, publishing, finance, politics, and philanthropy. The firm, based in New York, provides a broad range of high-level communications services including strategic counsel, corporate positioning, profile management, message development, media relations, brand-building, and crisis management.

The Hiltzik Strategies team has worked for a diverse range of clients including Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Glenn Beck, Don Imus, Sean Parker, Ivanka Trump, Justin Bieber, DreamWorks, The New York Mets, Madison Square Garden, Newsweek, CORE Media, Open Road Integrated Media, Relativity Media, General Assembly, and Scooter Braun among many other individuals and companies. The executives have also done work with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner, The Weinstein Company, A&E Television, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and CondéNast among others.

The Hiltzik Strategies team has also worked with many nonprofit organizations including Define American, Rainforest Foundation, Norman Mailer Center, Wish of a Lifetime, Relay School of Education, Child Mind Institute, Gen YOUth Foundation, Cancer Research Institute, Common Sense Media, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, Children's Defense Fund, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Before founding Hiltzik Strategies in 2008, Matthew spent five and a half years as head of corporate communications and government relations at Miramax, coordinating print and media publicity efforts for Miramax Films, Miramax Books, Miramax TV, and Talk magazine, and served as spokesman for Bob and Harvey Weinstein. In 2005, Matthew launched and served as President and CEO of U.S. Operations of British PR firm Freud Communications.

A member of BAFTA, Matthew recently executive produced a film by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, titled Documented. He co-produced Webby Award founder Tiffany Shlain's 2011 Sundance documentary Connected and also executive produced the documentaries Holyland Hardball and Paper Clips. Matthew oversaw marketing, distribution and publicity of Paper Clips, which inspired the development of One Clip At a Time, a non-profit organization which Matthew co-founded.

Earlier in his career, Matthew spent two years as Press Secretary and Deputy Executive Director for the New York State Democratic Committee, and helped organize Hillary Clinton's "Listening Tour" in 1999 and served as Director of Jewish Relations for Mrs. Clinton's 2000 United States Senate campaign.

Matthew serves on the board of The Jewish Week, The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), the Andi Foundation and The Big Apple Circus. He is also a vice chair of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Media and Entertainment Division.

Matthew has a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

He lives in New York City with his wife Dana and their three children.


Liz Simons

Liz Simons is president of the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to sustainable, research-based solutions in early childhood education, environment, science, and policy. Liz's deep interests in education and, particularly, in the experiences of second language learners and immigrant students, were forged over the years by professional, educational, and volunteer experiences. After earning a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's in Education from Stanford University, Liz taught high school English and, subsequently, Spanish-bilingual and English as a Second Language elementary school classes. She founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a summer early childhood education program designed to facilitate the transition to kindergarten for children with no or negligible prior preschool experience.

Liz currently serves on the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation that aims to help parents, caregivers, educators, communities, and businesses improve the health and well-being of America's youngest children. She also serves on the boards of the Foundation for a Just Society, a foundation committed to addressing the needs of women and girls in marginalized communities, the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's student newspaper, and she is on the advisory council of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She formerly served on the board of Reading Partners, the executive board at Menlo School, the board of Palo Alto Partners in Education, and the advisory council for Stanford's K-12 Initiative.

Over the years she has volunteered in schools and in programs for nursing mothers and under-resourced youth, including those who are undocumented. She wrote a daily education column for the Palo Alto Daily News and has written op-eds for the San Jose Mercury News and the Palo Alto Weekly. Liz currently volunteers in a high school journalism class at Eastside College Preparatory School.

This is Liz's first time executive-producing a film. She is proud to help shine a light on the millions of young people and their families who strive to be a vital part of the country they call their home.


Scott Budnick

Budnick grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Emory University in 1999 with degrees in Business and Film. He began his film career working in casting and as an Assistant to director Todd Phillips on the DreamWorks comedy, Road Trip.

Scott then went to work for former TriStar Pictures chairman, Mike Medavoy at Phoenix Pictures, where he worked first-hand in the development of over forty films. A year later, Scott returned to work with Phillips on the work of his second film, Old School as Associate to the Director. Upon completion of photography on Old School, Bob and Harvey Weinstein signed Todd to a three-year deal with Miramax Films and Phillips tapped Scott to run his new production company. Scott then took on the role of Associate Producer on Starsky and Hutch, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, and subsequently served as Co-Producer of School for Scoundrels.

As Executive Vice President at Phillips' production company, Budnick developed and produced projects under the Green Hat Films banner, now based at Warner Bros Studios. While at Green Hat Films, Budnick Executive Produced extremely successful comedies including Due Date, Project X, and the highest grossing R-rated comedies in film history, The Hangover trilogy. The series grossed over .4 billion.

Outside of film, Budnick is a fierce champion for children in need. Budnick is a teacher and on the Advisory Board for InsideOUT Writers; is a board member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; and is on the Advisory board for the Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.

Budnick works closely with the Los Angeles Probation Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, to give incarcerated youth a path to education, success, and rehabilitation before their release. He can often be found walking the tiers of California jails and prisons on his nights and weekends, giving hope and words of advice to the many incarcerated youth who have been through his classes.

For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named Budnick California's Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Budnick also received the Volunteer of the Year award from LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and was interviewed by Chelsea Clinton for NBC Nightly News "Making a Difference" series.

In August of 2013, Budnick was appointed to the Board of State and Community Assembly (BSCC) by the Speaker of the Assembly, John Perez.

Budnick is currently on a brief hiatus from the film world to focus on launching The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), an organization of very high-achieving formerly incarcerated young adults who work to support one another, while stopping the flow of men and woman into the criminal justice system.


Janet Yang

Throughout her life, Janet Yang has distinguished herself by serving as both a producer, and a cultural ambassador, in bringing the creative and business worlds together, as well as bridging East and West.

Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world. She was partnered for many years with multiple Academy Award winning writer/director Oliver Stone. Her numerous award-winning film and TV credits include The Joy Luck Club; Dark Matter with Meryl Streep, The Weight of Water, with Sean Penn and directed by Academy-Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow; High Crimes with Morgan Freeman; Indictment: The McMartin Trial, which won both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for "Best Made for Television Movie"; and The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by multiple Academy Award winning director Milos Forman, and which won Golden Globe Awards for Best Director and Best Actor.

Most recently, Yang produced the film, Shanghai Calling, a romantic comedy set in contemporary Shanghai. The film has garnered numerous awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and will be released in the U.S. in early 2013.

Prior to that, she was hired by Disney Studios to make a Chinese version of its coveted franchise, High School Musical, for Chinese audiences.

She got her start in production working in Shanghai with Steven Spielberg on the historic epic, Empire of the Sun.

Yang began her career distributing Chinese films in North America by such now famous directors as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. She was then brought to Hollywood in the 80's by several major studios to re-introduce American cinema to the Chinese marketplace, and successfully brokered the first sale of Hollywood movies to China since 1949.

Ms. Yang has been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood" by the Hollywood Reporter. She has been featured in articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, shows on PBS, NPR, CCTV, and others. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Committee of 100.

Ms. Yang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. For more information, please visit:


Kevin Iwashina

Kevin Iwashina is a Managing Partner of Preferred Content, a film sales, project finance, and media advisory company.

Founded in January 2010, Preferred Content (PC) specializes in the sale of North American and Worldwide distribution rights for both narrative and documentary filmed entertainment content. Additionally, PC represents filmmakers and financiers to assemble creative and financial elements for film, TV, and digital projects.

Recent PC sales projects include Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Blood Brother, Sundance 2013 competition title Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, Tribeca 2013 Spotlight title The Pretty One, and the Magnolia distributed hit documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

In addition to his responsibilities at PC, Iwashina is the Managing Partner of Preferred Ventures, a digital media venture fund. Iwashina also holds the title of Managing Director and Co-President of City Room Creative, a creative editorial and production services company. Lastly, he is partnered with Christine Vachon in Killer Digital, a production company focused in creating original content for digital platforms.

Prior to founding PC and his suite of affiliated companies, Iwashina spent 10 years at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he was a talent agent, specializing in film packaging, financing and distribution.

Iwashina holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in French Language and Culture from U.C.L.A. He is active in the non-profit and political sectors and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He began his career in the mailroom at the United Talent Agency (UTA).